MTSU’s Master of Arts in Liberal Arts is an innovative program allowing students to earn a graduate degree through a course of study built around the subjects that they find most interesting and captivating. Anyone holding a bachelor’s degree can pursue long-held or new passions through a personally customized program developed around individual interests. Lifelong learners, professionals, students returning to school after a break, and recent graduates can find flexibility to fit their educational needs through this unique master’s program. Students attend engaging courses and have opportunities to participate in projects in the region or even enroll in education-abroad courses around the world. Top-quality professors bring varying research and teaching interests to the classroom through inspiring instruction. The M.A. in Liberal Arts allows students to refine skills, expand horizons, learn for the joy of it, and obtain the graduate degree they have always wanted.
After Don Enss retired, he decided to use his increased free time to explore new opportunities and interests. He describes the experience of being accepted in the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts program in August, 2015: “I was cautiously excited and optimistic. I had not attended college in over thirty years, so I was a little anxious too. My background was biology and accounting, and I was uncertain how I would relate to a liberal arts curriculum. In retrospect, this has been the most enjoyable year of my lifetime learning experience.” Enss was recognized as the 2015-16 M.A. in Liberal Arts Distinguished Student.
This summer, graduate students in the program are exploring the occurrence of human trafficking in our region and the development of western thought through the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (MALA) course offerings. Others are engaging in topics in Study Abroad programs in Europe and Asia. In the fall, students will have opportunities to enrich their skills and knowledge in courses concerning identity, human migration, global communication, and the ancient Egyptian king Akhenaten.
Most professions need people with problem-solving and communication skills who understand global systems, can research a broad variety of topics, and can learn on the job. MALA graduates come from and/or choose career fields such as:
This information is still being compiled since this is a new program.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Liberal Arts is a broadly interdisciplinary program allowing students to construct a personal plan of study from within the liberal arts departments and programs, which include Art, Communications Studies and Organizational Communication, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Global Studies and Cultural Geography, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations, Sociology and Anthropology, and Theatre and Dance.
Students, with the guidance of the program director, will build an individualized course of study that will enhance career opportunities, provide preparation for further graduate work, or create opportunities for lifelong learning.
Master’s candidates will complete either a thesis or a capstone project (such as a creative project, an internship portfolio, or a research presentation). Students also must complete 15 hours in core classes and 12 hours of guided electives from graduate-level courses in College of Liberal Arts disciplines.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and submit a current resume or vita along with a 500-word statement of purpose outlining academic interests and goals. Applicants also must fill out the application for admission to the College of Graduate Studies, pay the application fee, and submit official transcripts and two letters of recommendation.
Admission decisions are based upon a holistic review of all admission materials and the program faculty’s judgment of applicant’s capacity, suitability, and preparation for graduate study. The admission committee reserves the right to request references and/or an interview.
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Dawn McCormack, Program Director
Leah Lyons, Program Associate Director (615-898-5778
The College of Liberal Arts offers the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts, an interdisciplinary, 30-hour program offering a thesis and non-thesis option.
The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (MALA), a broadly interdisciplinary program, allows students to construct a personal plan of study from within the Liberal Arts disciplines, which include art, communication studies and organizational communication, English, foreign languages and literatures, global studies and cultural geography, history, music, philosophy, political science and international relations, sociology and anthropology, and theatre and dance. With the guidance of the program director, students build a program of study that will enhance career opportunities, provide preparation for further graduate study, or create opportunities for lifelong learning.
To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts, applicant must have an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college.
Admission decisions are made after a holistic review of all admission materials and are based on the program's judgment of the applicant's capacity, suitability, and preparation for graduate study. The admissions committee reserves the right to request references and/or an interview.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts requires completion of 30 hours.
Candidate must complete 30 hours in the following course of study:
3 credit hours
A study of the traditional disciplines belonging to the liberal arts including art, communication studies, English, foreign languages and literatures, and history. Focuses on the foundations and development of these disciplines with particular emphasis on content, research methods, literature search, and analysis.
3 credit hours
A study of the traditional disciplines belonging to the liberal arts including music, philosophy, political science, theatre and dance, and sociology and anthropology. Focuses on the foundations and development of these disciplines with particular emphasis on content, research methods, literature search, and analysis.
3 credit hours
Selection of an interdisciplinary topic, advanced research including the review of applicable literature, and completion of a final product such as a paper; a creative, visual, or digital presentation; or some other format approved by the course instructor.
1 to 6 credit hours
Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of thesis. Once enrolled, student should register for at least one credit hour of master's research each semester until completion.
3 credit hours
Focuses on the traditions of the humanities as reflected in literature and languages, art and music, historical and philosophical questions, and religious thought.
3 credit hours
Focuses on the structural and political entities in societies of the past and present. Reflects people's efforts at making connections, resolving conflict, and creating identity.
3 credit hours
Focuses on the contributions of the sciences to liberal arts through interdisciplinary study and changes in ways of thinking about ourselves and the world around us.
Choose from additional MALA topics courses and electives or courses in other College of Liberal Arts graduate programs as approved by the director. (Student may take up to 9 credit hours of guided electives at the 5000 level.)
Corpus linguistics; discourse analysis; language pedagogy; translation studies; multilingual literacy; English as a global language
Dr. Mohammed Albakry is Professor of English and Applied Linguistics in the English Department and Affiliate Faculty in the Literacy Studies PhD Program. He is the recipient of various awards, including grants and fellowships from Fulbright, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the University of Connecticut's Humanities Institute, and the Chinese Language Council International, among others. Dr. Albakry's research generally operates within the sociocultural approach to language study and often takes up the intersection between language and identity, discourse and ideology, and translation theory and practice. His books include “Translation and the Intersection of Texts, Contexts, and Politics” (Editor, forthcoming), and “Tahrir Tales: Plays from the Egyptian Revolution” (Co-editor, Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press). He has published numerous refereed articles that appeared in World Englishes, Educational Theory, Text & Talk, and Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, among other academic journals. A recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from MTSU Foundation, he teaches a variety of linguistics and language education courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has taught and lectured extensively at universities in North Africa and East Asia, and he currently serves as an English Education Specialist Candidate for the U.S Department of State.
Laura Cochrane began teaching at MTSU in 2009. Dr. Cochrane teaches classes on medieval art, Renaissance art, Islamic art, book history, design history, and art history methodologies. She has also taught study abroad classes in Istanbul. Before receiving her PhD, Dr. Cochrane worked as a rare book librarian and archivist at Harvard University, the University of Delaware, and Princeton University. She continues her interest in rare books and focuses her research on medieval manuscript illustrations. Presently, she is completing a publication on the diagrams and imagery in a Carolingian mathematical treatises.
Francophone Literature and Film French Language Humanities
I teach French language, literature, and film at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and regularly offer a General Education literature course in the Humanities (HUM 2610) known as â��Crazy Love.â�� My research interests include francophone literature and film from Africa and its Diaspora with a particular focus on women writers and gender theory as well as questions of madness, identity, mother/daughter relationships, and representations of romantic love.
College of Liberal Arts
ATTN: Master of Arts in Liberal Arts program director
MTSU Box 97
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 42
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132