Master Of Liberal Arts (MLA)


The Master of Liberal Arts program at Henderson State University provides graduate students with an advanced liberal arts education which challenges the mind and invigorates the spirit. It is designed to meet the learning needs of candidates from a variety of backgrounds who wish to pursue advanced study in an accessible, flexible, interdisciplinary context.  By adopting an individualized learning model, the program allows students to blend their interests, talents, and experiences to develop courses of study relevant to them, both personally and professionally. 

Our program offers innovative courses taught by graduate faculty accomplished at teaching, academic research, the arts and media. In both online and traditionally-delivered classes, as well as by personal mentoring and capstone supervision, our faculty facilitate students’ academic engagement with a wide range of fields including literature, history, politics, language and composition, media studies, art history, popular culture, comic book and film studies, identity and gender studies, psychology, sociology, religion, rhetoric, and philosophy. Our students work closely with their professors to shape rigorous, dynamic, and intellectually nourishing degree programs that culminate in unique research or creative projects reflecting their individual academic or creative passions. Graduates of the program possess the skills to pursue further graduate study—in PhD, law, or MFA programs, for example—or otherwise advance in existing or new careers, including in community college-level teaching.

Henderson's MLA program offers a number of graduate assistantships, which provide tuition waivers and monthly stipends to candidates who teach and work on campus.

This program is an associate member of the AGLSP, the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.


Areas of Emphasis (Tracks)

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

All Elective Courses

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Megan Hickerson, PhD
Professor of History & Director, Master of Liberal Arts Program 
Henderson State University