University at Albany

About MALS

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program supports the diverse interests of students pursuing graduate study in a variety of areas across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  The program focuses on issues in contemporary cultural theory in a global context.  The areas of study are flexible and open, and we particularly invite students who are interested in issues of pressing concern that cut across disciplinary boundaries – postcolonial studies; globalization; new media; race, gender and ethnicity; human rights; literary and cultural theory; feminist theory; politics, law and culture; and similar areas of work, all of which are reconfiguring the boundaries of contemporary liberal education.

Students in the program pursue an individualized course of study, focused on a particular problem or area of intellectual interest to be defined in consultation with the Director of the Liberal Studies program (Director) and participating faculty.  

Unlike most Liberal Studies programs in the United States, our program is designed for students who intend to pursue doctoral work, or who intend to use their particular research interests as a platform for the development of their careers.  Recruitment for this program has a national and international orientation, and we invite students who are interested in developing an international perspective on challenging issues in contemporary social and cultural theory.

If you have questions or wish to apply to the program, contact or schedule an appointment with:

Dr. Kir Kuiken, Interim Director of MALS Dr. Kir Kuiken
Interim Director of Liberal Studies
(518) 442-4069
Humanities 320
1400 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12222