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MA in Liberal Studies

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.

Required Topics Courses

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 seminar courses are offered online only. As of the publication of the catalog, the MALS program offers two seminar courses in each term per the following schedule:

Fall semester: an arts & humanities seminar and a social science seminar
Spring semester: an arts & humanities seminar and a natural science seminar
SummerS ession: a natural science seminar and a social science seminar

Review the list of MALS courses offered to fulfill the required topics courses for the program. 

Project Portfolio (LST 797*)

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.]

Elective Courses

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:

  1. At least one elective course (three credits) must be at the 600-level or higher (i.e., courses designed exclusively for graduate students).
  2. At most 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).
  3. At most six credits may be taken as Independent Study.
  4. Elective courses may not be taken on a "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory" grade basis.
  5. Internships are not allowed.
  6. Written approval of the program director is required for any change to a matriculated student's Plan of Study.

Contact Us

For Program Advisement:

Dr Kulathur Rajasethupathy
Professor and Director of MALS

The College at Brockport 
350 New Campus Drive 
Brockport, NY 14420

(585) 395-5760

For Application and Admissions  Procedures:

The Graduate School

The College at Brockport
350 News Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420

(585) 395-2525


Last Updated 3/24/16