Earn your master degree in Liberal Arts (MA) from Louisiana State University Shreveport, and develop your own direction and interests in this unique interdisciplinary program.
Gain advanced skills in research, critical thinking, creative problem-solving and communication. LSUS’ master’s degree in liberal arts gives you the tools to develop your own direction and interests – education and hands-on training you can apply to careers in teaching, journalism, law, medicine, social work, business, government and industry.
The liberal arts program at LSUS offers a level of individualized attention that sets the graduate experience apart from similar degrees at other universities. Our blended classes are capped at just eight graduate students per class, while our core courses are capped at 30 students. As a result, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a close working relationship with your thesis director over three semesters of individual guidance.
Thesis students regularly engage in fascinating field research, from exploring the impact of music therapy on people with disabilities to designing websites. Whatever your passion, you’ll have the opportunity to develop and pursue your interests – including 15 hours of interdisciplinary electives to prepare for the thesis or thesis-equivalent project on your topic of choice. You’ll also benefit from the unique resources offered by the Noel Collection and the Northwest Louisiana Archives.
Katie Bickham (M.A. in Liberal Arts, 2010) has won the Ava Leavell-Haymon Award, the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize, the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize, the New Millennium Writings Poetry Prize, and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Critical Mass Prize.
Liberal arts students may take an independent study as one of their electives. Independent studies regularly include real-world experiences, hands-on archaeological digs and opportunities to assist faculty in research.
Engage in field work or gain guided experience teaching at the college level. One of our students registered for an independent study in English to gain teaching skills and is now the Dean of Liberal Arts at Bossier Parish Community College.
Recently, one of our graduate assistants helped to develop a database of military and diplomatic events in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Europe, gathering information to process and catalogue almost one thousand events.
Graduates of the liberal arts program are prepared to serve as leaders in rapidly changing social, technological and political environments. Potential career options include:
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