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Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts endorses the principle that an understanding and appreciation of the Liberal Arts is best attained through an integration of specialized disciplines. Each student's program of thirty credit hours will include the following:

Core Courses (6 hours)

COURSEHOURS
LA 701: Introduction to Liberal Arts and Sciences 3 hrs.
LA 702: Research and Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences 3 hrs.

 

Individual Program of Study (15 hours)

In consultation with the MLA Director, the student selects five courses from a minimum of two different disciplines traditionally recognized as belonging to the Liberal Arts, to develop a theme consistent with the interdisciplinary goals of the program. This group of courses should reflect coherence and movement toward a goal upon which the student and the Director have agreed.

Thesis or Equivalent Final Project (9 hours)

COURSEHOURS
LA 797: Independent Inquiry 3 hrs.
LA 798: Thesis Writing 3 hrs.
LA 799: Thesis/Final Project 3 hrs.

Each student can create a program of study that reflects his or her interests. For example, a hypothetical program for a student in exploring Southern literature could be constructed as follows:

COURSE6 HOURS
LA 701: Introduction to Liberal Arts and Sciences 3 hrs.
LA 702: Research and Writing in the Liberal Arts and Sciences 3 hrs.
COURSE15 HOURS
HIST 671: Civil War in Louisiana 3 hrs.
HIST 475: Seminar in Local History 3 hrs.
ENGL 660: Modern Fiction 3 hrs.
ENGL 675: American Novel to 1900 3 hrs.
ENGL 678: Literature of the South 3 hrs.
COURSE9 HOURS
LA 797: Independent Inquiry 3 hrs.
LA 798: Thesis Writing 3 hrs.
LA 799: Thesis/Final Project 3 hrs.
Program Total 30 hrs.