Learn to Think Critically through a Broad Educational Experience
Explore topics in arts, humanities and the social sciences in the master’s in liberal studies program at UAlbany. From literary and cultural studies to political theory and environmental law, this interdisciplinary program lets you create a highly personalized curriculum to develop your historical and theoretical background.
If you are interested in issues in contemporary cultural theory in a global context, this program will help you advance your research skills and academic credentials. Culminating in a thesis, the liberal studies MA prepares you for additional study at the doctoral level or for a career in a wide range of fields including public service, education, and healthcare.
Program of Study
Design your own MA track with help from the program director and active faculty. You will first complete requirements from humanities and social sciences survey courses, each of which offers a broad overview of its field.
Your elective selections will span at least two university departments and may examine diverse topics such as literary and cultural theory, gender, race and ethnicity, postcolonial studies, human rights, politics and law.
Complete your MA with a master’s thesis. This scholarly research project will build upon what you have studied in your coursework, affording you the opportunity to delve into an area of personal and professional interest.
For more information, contact Professor Charles Shepherdson, Director of the Liberal Studies Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
30 total credits required to be completed as follows:
Two core requirements, which include one course from Humanities, and one course from Social Sciences. (6-8 credits)
Selected in consultation with the Director or a designated faculty advisor. (minimum 18 credits)
The final research thesis represents the culmination of the degree. It provides evidence of your academic work, and will be used to represent you for any further doctoral program applications and/or employment following completion of the degree. (4 credits)