As a candidate for the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program, I have also shared experiences with students with different degree backgrounds. The flexibility of the MLA program, paired with an open mind, has the ability to provide a customized educational experience for any University College hopeful.
Master of Liberal Arts student
The Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program fosters intellectual breadth through courses that address a broad range of cultural issues from different academic perspectives. Students may explore questions of identity through art, literature, and religion. They may analyze the politics of race in fiction, historical documents, the visual arts, and music. They may debate ethical choices presented by fiction writers, jurists, philosophers, and scientists from Antiquity through the present. MLA seminars examine literary, artistic, and cinematic masterpieces; historic moments of discovery and change; traditions of thought; cultural differences; and civic responsibilities. MLA students sharpen their thinking about contemporary values and choices through courses that ask them to reflect on the individual's relation to society; technology and the spread of ideas; challenges to freedom; inspiration and creativity.
Students pursue course work and independent research with Washington University scholars from a number of academic disciplines, including architecture, art, film, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and science.
The program provides four optional concentrations in which students may focus a portion of their work: Literary and Historical Studies; Philosophy, Religion, and Ethical Studies; Visual Culture, Arts, and Media Studies; and Science, Technology, and Culture.
The MLA program emphasizes critical thinking and inquiry, close reading, intensive writing, and problem solving, all hallmarks of a liberal arts education and essential skills for a range of professional contexts.
Who Should Apply?
The Master of Liberal Arts program is designed for the experienced adult learner who wishes to pursue interdisciplinary study along with scholarly reading and research.
This program is designed to cultivate:
- interdisciplinary skills
- intellectual habits
- analytical and critical reasoning
- effective writing
- broad-based decision making
- Learn more about our degree requirements, admission policies, and final project.
- Meet our faculty and learn more about their field of expertise.
- Attend an information session and learn more about the Master of Liberal Arts program.
|Program Coordinator: Harriet Stone, (314) 935-5175|
Director of Advising and Student Services: Elizabeth Fogt, (314) 935-6778
Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder, (314) 935-6759
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