Traditional MALS

MALS Core (13 hours)
MALS 5000 1 hr Foundations in Liberal Studies
MALS 5100 3 hrs Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
MALS 5200 3 hrs Seminar in Liberal Studies
MALS 5400 3 hrs Seminar in Interdisciplinary Research
MALS 5950 3 hrs Project Research
or
MALS 5960 3 hrs Thesis Research
 
Beyond the MALS core, the program of study will come from offerings of various departments at East Tennessee State University, with the following limitations:  elective courses must come from at least two (2) different academic departments, and except in special circumstances no more than (1) course may be taken from colleges other than Arts and Sciences and Education.  Only (6) credit hours of coursework may be taken from any one (1) department in Arts and Sciences, and Education without approval of the MALS director.  Please note that a student may not take all elective courses from the College of Education.  Students must meet all pre-requisites for all courses.  Students must earn a minimum grade of B in MALS 5400. Students who do not earn a minimum grade of B in this course (MALS 5400) may repeat the course once. If the student does not then earn a minimum grade of B, she/he will be dismissed from the program for failure to make academic progress. 
 
Core Course Descriptions
MALS 5000 1 hr Foundations in Liberal Studies:  An introduction to graduate liberal studies and its theoretical framework for the student's education plan in the MALS program.  Students will complete a plan of study that includes area(s) of emphasis.  Must be taken during the first semester of the MALS program. (top)
MALS 5100 3 hrs Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study:  An introduction to the nature and value of interdisciplinary study.  Literature, scientific theory, critical theory, and/or social science, historical, and philosophical constructs may be brought to bear on the study of interdisciplinarity. (top)
MALS 5200 3 hrs Seminar in Liberal Studies:  An examination through an interdisciplinary approach of a major issue, historical period, or thematic study in the liberal arts.  The particular subject will vary from semester to semester.  May be cross-listed with another academic department. (top)
MALS 5400 3 hrs Seminar in Interdisciplinary Research:  Prerequisite:  MALS 5100.  An introduction to and exploration of interdisciplinary research with an emphasis upon qualitative methodologies.  Students may develop proposals for MALS 5950: Special Project in Liberal Studies or MALS 5960: Thesis. Students must earn a minimum grade of B in MALS 5400. Students who do not earn a minimum grade of B in this course (MALS 5400) may repeat the course once. If the student does not then earn a minimum grade of B, she/he will be dismissed from the program for failure to make academic progress. (top)
MALS 5950 3 hrs Special Project in Liberal Studies:  Prerequisite:  MALS 5400 with minimum grade of B.  Written application of knowledge and understanding gained in the MALS program.  A creative or performance component is acceptable. (top)
MALS 5960 3 hours Thesis:  Prerequisite:  MALS 5400 with minimum grade of B. A research project is developed and documented under the supervision of a faculty committee.  The research project is documented in the form of a thesis. (top)