The Master of Liberal Arts Program provides an opportunity for mature learners to pursue studies in the liberal arts who wish to sharpen writing, speaking and overall thinking skills, all competencies that enhance personal and professional growth. The program also extends the professional qualifications of those students who need a disciplinary concentration sufficient to qualify them as junior college teachers in the given fields of concentration and also for those high school teachers who want more content courses in their particular discipline.
The program requires a total of 36 graduate hours with 18-27 hours with an area of concentration in history, political science, or English. Students may choose 6-15 hours of electives from the areas of concentration not used as major concentration and/or art history, music history, psychology, sociology, economics, religion, or philosophy.
The MLA is not designed as a “professional” degree nor as the first step toward a doctorate in an academic discipline. Rather, the MLA is designed to appeal to those with wide-ranging interests in the arts and sciences. This program is valuable for teachers at all levels, including those who may already have a master’s degree in another field.