Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

MALS class

The Academic Program

Course Offerings

Graduate Curriculum
Information on the nature of graduate courses, including descriptions of the conference method of teaching, upcoming courses, a list of prior classes, and recent examples of thesis projects is available on the Graduate Courses link.

Undergraduate Course Options
MALS students also are eligible to take limited coursework in any of the 24 undergraduate departments at Reed:

  anthropology
art
biology
chemistry
Chinese literature
Classics
dance
economics
English literature
French literature
German literature
history
  linguistics
mathematics
music
philosophy
physics
political science
psychology
religion
Russian literature
sociology
Spanish literature
theatre


In addition, the undergraduate curriculum includes special programs in:

American studies
comparative literature
creative writing
environmental studies
international and comparative policy studies
general literature

Students may apply up to four units of credit from 300- and 400-level undergraduate courses to the MALS degree. While most of these courses have Reed prerequisites and enrollment limitations, interested MALS students may consult with the professor for permission to take the class. Introductory (100- and 200-level) courses may be taken for undergraduate background credit and prerequisites, but these credits cannot be used to satisfy the unit requirement for the MALS degree. Most undergraduate courses at Reed take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, although a few courses are offered in the evenings.

Independent Study Courses
On an exceptional basis, a student may undertake an independent study course. The course must be approved in advance by the Committee on Graduate Studies, which will take into consideration the individual student’s personal and educational circumstances. A proposal for the course, signed by the instructor, must be submitted to the committee no later than the last day of classes of the preceding term.