Liberal and Interdisciplinary Studies, M.A.

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In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit a three-to four-page essay describing their academic background and interest in liberal and interdisciplinary studies and the program.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 30 credit hours

Core Courses (12 credits)
Humanities Topics Course (3 credits)
MAS 610Culture and Ideas *3
Social Sciences Topics Course (3 credits)
MAS 620Human Nature and Society *3
Scientific Reasoning Topics Courses (6 credits)
MAS 630Scientific Reasoning *3
Select one course (3 credits) from the following:3
Understanding Data
Science, Environment, and the Media
Current Topics in Biology
Geography of Livable Cities
Topics in Environmental Sciences
Elective Courses (15 credits)
Select 15 credits of elective courses from the following: **15
Design Thinking
The Contemporary World
Literature of Migration
Systems Thinking
Global Trade
Global Human Rights
Dignity, Identity, and Power
Capstone Experience (3 credits)
MAS 695Applied Capstone Experience3
Total Credit Hours30

Select one Humanities topics course from MAS 610 offerings, one Social Sciences topics course from MAS 620 offerings, and one Scientific Reasoning topics course from MAS 630 offerings.


Students may also select 12 credits of electives from 600-level courses outside of MAS.