The MALS program now offers concentrations in four different areas.   Students may choose one of these concentrations, or they may choose a general Liberal Studies program of courses.   The requirements for concentrations are in addition to the other distributional requirements for the MALS degree.  The area of concentration will be noted on a student’s transcript at graduation.

Each concentration requires four courses from the lists below.  Other appropriate courses may be substituted with prior written permission of the program director.

In addition to the four courses, the concentration will also include a capstone project related to the concentration area.  This means that 15 credits of the MALS degree requirements will be devoted to the concentration.   The other 15 credits are general elective credits which may be used to satisfy distributional requirements.


PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

56:606:622–Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
56:606:641–Psychology of Religious Beliefs, Values, and Symbols
56:606:642–Gods and Monsters:   Understanding Power
56:606:643–Evil 
56:606:644–Contemporary Moral Issues


WORLD HISTORY AND POLITICS

56:606:521–Revolutions that Changed the World
56:606:621–The Collapse of Complex Civilizations
56:606:622–Politics of Terrorism
56:606:623–Middle East History and Politics
56:606:624–Empire and Decolonization
56:606:625–Democracy: Ancient and Modern
56:606:681–Health and Healing in Africa


AMERICAN STUDIES

56:606:534–History, Culture, and Politics of the 1960s
56:606:541–History of Immigration, Race, and Identity in the United States
56:606:612–From Bop to Pop: History of Jazz
56:606:631–Myth and Meaning in America
56:606:661–Women, Men and Work

CREATIVE ARTS AND LITERATURE

56:606:608–Love Story in Contemporary Literature
56:606:608–Disney Films: Analyzing Adaptations
56:606:609–New Media Art
56:606:609–Conceptual Art:  Strategies and Movements
56:606:610–Fiction Workshop:  Methods of Fiction
56:606:611–An Immersion into Experience: Writing from Life 
56:606:612–From Bop to Pop: History of Jazz
56:606:681
World Music