Master of Liberal Arts

Program Requirements

The MLA degree is a thirty-six (36) hour program.

All MLA candidates must complete the following:

  • LA6103 and LA6203: Truth, Order and Beauty I and II, a two-semester (6 hour) core sequence completed during the student's first two regular semesters.
  • 15 hours of 6000-level courses (unless otherwise specified).
  • Capstone Achievement (see detailed options below).

Major Tracks

Students can choose their major tracks from the following:

  • Art History.
  • English Literature.
  • Media and Popular Culture.
  • Philosophy.
  • Rhetoric and Composition.
  • Rhetoric and Philosophy.
  • Social Sciences.
  • Society and Identity.

Off-Track Electives

Students electing to follow tracks in English Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, Rhetoric and Philosophy, Philosophy, or Social Sciences will select two or three off-track electives.

Capstone Options

Before receiving an MLA degree, students must complete one of the following:

  • A thesis, taking six hours of Liberal Arts Thesis (LA6543 and LA6553).
  • A thesis project, taking six hours of Liberal Arts Thesis Project (LA6503 and LA6513).
  • Six hours of relevant coursework additional to track requirement, with a contracted research paper of twenty or more pages in each course.
  • Six hours of relevant coursework additional to track requirement, including one contracted research paper of forty or more pages.

MLA Portfolio

Each MLA candidate will complete a portfolio to be displayed at the time of thesis, thesis project, or internship public presentations. Candidates should consider their portfolio as a project which can be delivered creatively, whether in paper, digital, or other form.

While candidates are free to create a portfolio as a series of documents, it should be stored digitally; candidates have access to eportfolio through the university’s Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas. An MLA portfolio must be accessible for assessment and, on one occasion at least, public observation. 

For additional details on portfolio format, refer to the Handbook for MLA Students (pdf).

Additional Requirements

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