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The graduate Liberal Studies program (MLSt) offers a challenging interdisciplinary/integrative study for adults who work toward a master's degree while maintaining their careers. Students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds and professions and they all share an intense love of learning, an active curiosity, and a desire for continued intellectual enrichment.
How are we unique? A traditional master's program offers a program of study that focuses on a single area. Our program combines study in a number of different subjects—often within each class. Deep study of a topic can be powerful; however, we argue that subjects that are entwined with other subjects and ideas are particularly vital. Our classes might include a mix of film, cultural studies, examinations of gender, personal writing, classical literature, history and scholarly research. As a master's student in liberal studies you'll approach topics from multiple vantage points.
The Master of Liberal Studies program offers students interested in a transdisciplinary approach to human ideas and values an opportunity to expand their liberal arts backgrounds. The program is intended for students seeking a graduate degree that explores the integration of the humanities with political, religious, social and scientific questions within their cultural contexts.
The program connects students to the entire College of Integrative Sciences and Arts and integrates the disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach trains students in the skills needed for the jobs of the future: communication, research and an understanding of the diverse and changing world. The degree can be completed entirely online or on campus with a selection of icourses.
30 credit hours including the required applied project course (MLS 593)
MLS 501 Writing About Social Issues: Culture, Gender, Society, and Well-Being in the Southwest (3)
MLS 502 Religion, Culture, and Health: Where Cultures Intersect (3)
MLS 503 Ethics, Science, and Culture (3)
MLS 504 Film Analysis (3)
MLS 593 Applied Project (3)
Students choose three of the four courses listed above to fulfill the nine-credit hour core requirement. Emphasis areas available are borders (migration, health and cultural identity); gender, religion and culture; and science, nature, and creative nonfiction writing.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.
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Angela Giron is the Assistant Program Director and a Clinical Assistant Professor of the Masters of Liberal Studies Program at Arizona State University. She has developed numerous Humanities courses for the MLS program with a strong focus on film content. In the summer of 2015 Angela presented her paper, "The Missing -- Geriatric Female Sexuality in Film Content and Cinematography" at the Film-Philosophy conference at St. Anne's College, Oxford University, England. Resulting from the Film-Philosophy conferences that she's attended is an introductory course on Film-Philosophy that was recently launched in the Spiring 2018 ASU semester. Ms. Giron has worked professionally in Theatre and Film out of Chicago, Los Angele, Montreal, and Toronto, Canada. You can find professor Giron's full bio here: https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/247454.
Megan Anne Todd earned her Ph.D. in Theatre/Performance/Dance of the Americas and M.S. in Exercise & Wellness (Arizona State University). She has published in the Journal of Pan African Studies, Theatre Journal, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies and in an edited book, The Sonic World of Dance Film. Dr. Todd teaches and develops curriculum in humanities, dance/performance studies, as well as embodied movement disciplines. She is invested in performance-based research and artistic projects that constellate wellness, arts, justice and action. She is passionate about collaborating creatively and critically to develop and activate work that forges a more just, equitable and better world. You can find professor Todd's full bio here: https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/463658.
Rebecca (Becky) Byrkit, assistant Clinical Professor of Liberal Studies and Creative Writing, teaches courses in creative nonfiction and critical thinking as a founding faculty member of the MLS program at Arizona State University since 2008. She's developed over a dozen core and special topics courses; she also serves as an MLS Exit Suite mentor. Becky taught poetry and fiction writing for the ASU Creative Writing Program, and is an affiliate faculty member with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the Barrett Honors College. She served as a visiting faculty at the American College of Greece in Athens. A prizewinning author, her poetry, reviews, and memoir pieces have appeared in numerous excellent literary journals. She is the longtime faculty editor and advisor in Creative Nonfiction for the Superstition Review, and soon to be Co-Director of the Tempe Library Writing Contest. You can find professor Byrkit's full bio here: https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/1167814.