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 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.
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:
For Program Advisement:
Dr Kulathur Rajasethupathy
The College at Brockport
For Application and Admissions Procedures:
The College at Brockport