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Liberal Studies, Master of Arts

Liberal Studies, Master of Arts

Prepare for a lifetime of learning.

Ursuline College offers a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Program that prepares students for a lifetime of learning in their personal and professional lives. Students choose from one of two options — a 30 hour thesis option or a 33 hour essay option.

This self-designed degree allows adults with a bachelor’s degree or previously earned advanced degree to tailor their curriculum to meet their personal interests and/or professional goals. MALS emphasizes expressions (from buildings and land use to literature and cinema) and their embedded values as ways of understanding various cultures around the globe. Students are able to construct their own areas of concentration by taking courses within the MALS Program as well as courses from other graduate programs in the college.

Why Ursuline?

  • Committed Faculty. The interdisciplinary nature of the program calls together a diverse and specialized faculty, each with expertise in a specific content area as well as the liberal arts tradition.
  • Clear Focus. “Values and their expressions” provides a unifying theme that guides all stages of the program at the same time that its flexibility allows students to personalize their coursework and research.
  • Seminar Approach. Classes encourage critical thinking by engagement in research, collaboration with peers, and invitation to student-teacher dialogue.
  • Tuition Reduction. Educators and administrators in public and private schools and community librarians are eligible for a one-third tuition reduction.
  • Concentration. Students may choose to develop a concentration (12 hours) in a particular area.

Prepare for a lifetime of learning.

Ursuline College offers a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Program that prepares students for a lifetime of learning in their personal and professional lives. Students choose from one of two options — a 30 hour thesis option or a 33 hour essay option.

This self-designed degree allows adults with a bachelor’s degree or previously earned advanced degree to tailor their curriculum to meet their personal interests and/or professional goals. MALS emphasizes expressions (from buildings and land use to literature and cinema) and their embedded values as ways of understanding various cultures around the globe. Students are able to construct their own areas of concentration by taking courses within the MALS Program as well as courses from other graduate programs in the college.

Why Ursuline?

  • Committed Faculty. The interdisciplinary nature of the program calls together a diverse and specialized faculty, each with expertise in a specific content area as well as the liberal arts tradition.
  • Clear Focus. “Values and their expressions” provides a unifying theme that guides all stages of the program at the same time that its flexibility allows students to personalize their coursework and research.
  • Seminar Approach. Classes encourage critical thinking by engagement in research, collaboration with peers, and invitation to student-teacher dialogue.
  • Tuition Reduction. Educators and administrators in public and private schools and community librarians are eligible for a one-third tuition reduction.
  • Concentration. Students may choose to develop a conce

A Liberal Studies degree not only stimulates critical thinking for anyone interested in learning and seeing the world in new ways, it also provides benefits across a wide spectrum of careers, from education to the humanities to business and professional programs. It encourages ethical reflection, fosters public discourse and active citizenship, and enhances leadership potential in every field.

The MALS curriculum offers a variety of courses structured around a 9 or 12 credit core of requirements.

Required Courses Credits

  • MLS 501 Introduction to Liberal Studies
  • MLS 502 Values and Their Expressions
  • MLS 597 The MALS Essay
  • MLS 598 Capstone Tutorial I
  • MLS 599 Capstone Tutorial II

The Foundations Seminars are designed to provide a grounding in values, critical thinking, research, and interdisciplinary study. The Capstone Courses provide direction while students complete a master’s thesis or creative project in the semesters prior to graduation.

In addition, students select 18 credits of electives chosen from options such as:

Electives Credits

  • MLS 503 Cultural Literacy
  • MLS 505 Multiculturalism and American Values
  • MLS 506 End of Life Issues and the Catholic Church
  • MLS 507 Men and Women Dressing the Part
  • MLS 508 The American Cinema Since World War II
  • MLS 509 Transcultural Health Care Issues
  • MLS 510 U.S. Civil War: Present Day Implications
  • MLS 512 The Drug Culture in American Society
  • MLS 513 The Built Environment: Outside
  • MLS 514 The Built Environment: Inside
    MLS 515 Social Justice From a Christian Perspective
  • MLS 516 Values in Italian and Italian-American Movies of the Neorealistic and Post-Neorealistic Era: Portrayal of Women
  • MLS 518 Family: A Christian Social Perspective
  • MLS 519 The Novel as Nexus for Cross Cultural Values
  • MLS 556 Women and Leadership
  • MLS 588 Special Topics/Readings
  • MLS 589 Independent Study

Timothy Kinsella, Ph.D.

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