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Content Area: a single focused content area

Candidates for the Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies in this model will select a logical selection of courses in his or her area of interest (e.g.: Literature and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics, Natural Science, Sociology/Anthropology, Creative Writing, Global Studies, Environmental Studies).

A total of 36 credits—to be designed in consultation with an academic advisor in the content area


  • At least 9 credits of research seminars at the graduate level
  • One masters-level research/analysis project of at least one semester and a minimum of 3 credits
  • The program of study must be clearly and logically defined and must be approved by the relevant academic department and the coordinator of Liberal Studies.

A Sample Curriculum: Content Area, English (36 Credits)

Core Courses (18 credits)

ENG 5240, Bible as Literature
ENG 5250, Myth and Mythologies
ENG 5255, Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Children’s Literature
ENG 5330, Novel in England
ENG 5010, Advanced Composition and Rhetoric
ENG 5110, Creative Writing Workshop

Research Seminars (12 Credits)

ENG 5450, Issues in British Literature and Culture 1750–Present: Austen Industry
ENG 5250, Issues in British Literature and Culture 750–1750: Staging Women
ENG 6240, Major Author: Shakespeare
ENG 6750, Graduate Seminar: Dante

Masters Theses (6 credits)

ENG 5910, Masters Thesis (3 credits)
ENG 6910, Masters Thesis (3 credits)


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