Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Graduate Courses

Graduate courses are offered in the evenings and during the summer. These courses frequently are interdisciplinary in nature and are offered by faculty members from a wide variety of departments. Normally there are three half-unit evening courses each fall and spring semester, and one full-unit course, along with an additional half-unit course, in the summer term. With the exception of the accelerated summer term, graduate courses meet one and one-half hours once a week over the course of the 15-week semester. The graduate curriculum is planned on a two-year cycle. Course offerings and faculty members change each year, reflecting the diversity of interests and fields addressed by the program. Download the MALS 2017-18 academic calendar (pdf).

Liberal Studies Core Classes
Generally, at least one MALS course each term is designated as a liberal studies core course (LBST). These courses are explicitly interdisciplinary and writing intensive. We strongly encourage new students to take at least one liberal studies core course within the first year of the MALS program, preferably before applying for formal candidacy (see Graduate Admission). Starting in fall 2017, new students will be required to take at least one liberal studies core course prior to formal candidacy. Liberal studies core courses scheduled for 2016–17 include the following: The Politics of Genre in fall 2016, The Modern Middle East in spring 2017, and Hindu Religioius Traditions in summer 2017.