Liberal Studies - L.S.M. Download to print
College of Arts and Sciences
Center of Comparative and Integrative Programs
105 Bowman Hall
Unlike most graduate programs that emphasize specialization, the Master of Liberal Studies (L.S.M.) encourages a broad educational perspective and interdisciplinary study. It allows students to take courses from several different departments.
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The degree requires a total of 33 credit hours, that consists of 30 hours of coursework plus the Liberal Studies Essay, which students write near the end of their time in the program and for which they receive 3 credit hours of graduate credit under the rubric AS 61098. The one required course, AS 61000 Introduction to Liberal Studies, an online course that introduces students to interdisciplinary study, carries 2 hours of graduate credit and must be completed during the student's first year in the program. If students feel they need to develop their research paper skills, they can take AS 61001 Liberal Studies Research Paper in conjunction with AS 61000. Except for these no other specific courses are required for the L.S.M. degree. For the remaining 27-28 hours of course credit, student take 12 to 15 hours in a single department and 12 to 15 hours spread across two or three other departments. Courses may be taken in any college or school in the university.
In order to graduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.000 in their approved program of study.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Bring together the different fields in which they have been working
2. See the advantages of doing so.
3. Continue to pursue the knowledge they entered the program to acquire.
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