General Requirements for the MLA Degree

The MLA degree is a thirty-seven (37) hour program. 

All MLA candidates must complete the following:

  • LA5003: MLA seminar, a one-hour introductory class (first Fall semester).
  • LA6103 & LA6203: ‘Truth, Order and Beauty’ I and II, a two-semester (6 hour) core sequence—Truth, Order, and Beauty (first two regular semesters)
  • One of the following:
    • LA6503 & LA6513: Liberal Arts Thesis Project I & II (6 hours)
    • LA6543 & LA6553: Liberal Arts Thesis I & Thesis II (6 hours)
    • LA6123: Internship (track-appropriate)
  • 18 hours of 6000-level courses (unless otherwise specified).

Major Tracks

Candidates can choose their major tracks from the following:

Art History
English Literature
Media and Popular Culture
Rhetoric and Composition
Rhetoric and Philosophy
Teaching English in the Two-Year College
Social Sciences (History or Political Science)
Society and Identity

Off-Track Electives Requirement

Candidates electing to follow tracks in English Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, Rhetoric and Philosophy, Philosophy, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, or Social Sciences will select two or three off-track electives.  At least one of these courses must be designated interdisciplinary (denoted by an asterisk in the course listings).


Before receiving an MLA degree, candidates must complete either a thesis or thesis project unless they are completing the Teaching English in the Two-Year College track. All candidates will also produce an MLA Portfolio.

Students must maintain a 3.00 grade point average to maintain non-probationary status in the program.

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