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Program Structure and Degree Requirements

To receive a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, students must earn a total of 30 approved graduate credits. Since the graduate courses at The College at Brockport are generally three credits each, a normal Plan of Study consists of 10 graduate courses. These courses include four required Liberal Studies courses and six elective courses. The required block includes one topics course from each of three disciplinary perspectives, and the Project Portfolio.


Although the specific topics courses may vary from semester to semester, and from instructor to instructor, one course from each of the following three areas must be taken:

LST 700-719: Topics in the Arts and Humanities 

LST 720-739: Topics in the Natural Sciences    

LST 740-759: Topics in the Social Sciences


The list below is representative of the nature and range of topics courses that are offered:



LST 713 Music in Contemporary Society by Dr. Naralie Sarrazin, Department of Theatre and Music Studies
Explores the complex role of music in contemporary society. This course utilizes theoretical approaches from the field of ethnomusicology to study of music as it permeates, underscores and accompanies our daily lives at many levels. 

LST 714 Democratic Philosophies of Education, by Dr. Christopher Price, CELT
Students will be exposed to a variety of democratic philosophies of education - to examine whether or not democracy needs educated citizens or education needs to be more democratic.

LST 715 Evil In World Literature, by Dr. Austin Busch, Department of English
Surveys a handful of masterpieces of world literature that exemplify the aesthetic and ethical problems associated with representing evil artistically. Modes of instruction will include online lectures (video captures), online conversations  (discussion boards) monitored and moderated by the instructor, and a series of writing assignments submitted and graded online.


LST 721 Environmental Issues, by Dr. Eileen Daniel, Assoc. Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
Examines ecology, environmental quality, agriculture, pest management, economics and waste to develop a responsible awareness of natural resource use and availability.

LST 730 Evolution and Disease, by Dr. Eileen Daniel, Assoc. Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
Applies human evolution to understand infectious, chronic, psychiatric, and environmentally-linked disease. Covers a diverse range of related topics including scientific research methods, the fundamentals of evolutionary theory, diversity of infectious disease agents, immunology, epidemiology, evolution and longevity, drug-resistant antibiotics, evolution and industrial pollutants, acculturation and health.

LST 731 Ethical Issues in Science and Medicine, by Dr. Eileen Daniel, Assoc. Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
Examines ethical problems and policy issues that rise in contemporary science, medicine, health care, and biomedical research. 


LST 743 Multicultural Global Village, Dr. John Marah, African & African-American Studies
Studies the American ethnic mosaic culturally, historically, and sociologically, including the roles of technology, economics, educational and cultural institutions in the global village. 

LST 755 Social Media - Social and Cultural Perspectives, by Dr. Anthony Scime, Department of Computer Science
Examines social media from a cultural and political perspective, focusing on how media technologies figure in everyday life as well as business, education, and society in general.  Studies the construction of social relationships and identities using case studies in social media such as virtual communities, on-line games, blogs, podcasts, social networks, and wikis. Collaborates and communicates using social media and the traditional seminar format.

LST 756 Sociology of Sexiuality, by Dr. Gary Voelkl, Adjunct Faculty
Students learn to apply the sociological perspective to the examination of human sexuality and its expression. Topics covered include sexuality as a social construction, biosocial perspectives on sexuality, research methodology in the investigation of sexuality, sexual practices and diversity, and cross cultural differences in the expression of sexuality.


A pre-graduation "culminating project" that entails both a reflective component and a knowledge application component.  Includes a statement of the specific programmatic goals around which the Plan of Study has been developed; a reflective statement describing how the interrelationships between the areas of knowledge and skills acquired through the student's Plan of Study have provided an integrative experience that has contributed holistically to one's educational objectives; a paper applying insights and/or methodologies from the three Liberal Studies disciplinary approaches (arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences) to an understanding of some issue or problem within contemporary society; and sample work from the student's required and elective courses.

[*Note: Students may not register for this course until they have completed all of the Liberal Studies degree requirements or, in exceptional cases, are concurrently registered for their final course requirements (for a maximum of three credits subject to approval by the Director) as specified in their Plan of Study.]



In the Liberal Studies program, elective courses are selected through advisement (a required procedure that must be completed before a student may continue with the matriculation process, but which may be revised as circumstances warrant).  The electives must reflect a programmatic theme or focus that satisfies the degree candidate's personal and/or professional goals. Effective fall 2010, the following restrictions apply to the selection of elective courses:

  • No more than two courses (six credits) may reflect content intended for application in a specific professional setting (these courses are usually designated as "B" courses at The College at Brockport).
  • No more than six credits may be taken as Independent Study.
  • No elective course may be taken on a "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory" grade basis.
  • No internships allowed.
  • Written approval of the program director is required for any change to a matriculated student's Plan of Study.

Last Updated 2/12/13