Division of Languages and Literature

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree program promotes an interdisciplinary approach to graduate education by offering a diverse set of humanities and social science tracks. This program is designed for students who want to pursue advanced understanding of the nature of societal values and ideals that influence the human condition in the context of past and present human behavior and institutions. Students are exposed to perspectives that are useful for solving real problems while deciphering major philosophical, cultural, and social concepts about the world around us. The program targets full-time and part-time students from diverse back- grounds and stages in their professional lives, whether they are or returning to school for graduate education as practicing lawyers, ministers of religion, policy makers, teachers, politicians, administrator or are recent graduates who want to sharpen their analytical, critical thinking, writing and research skills by working with a highly qualified and diverse group of faculty. Students can choose from one of the following tracks that reflect an interdisciplinary approach to education:

  • Evolving Human Voices: Studies of the Written Word (with emphasis in English and Literature)
  • Gender and Diversity Studies (with emphasis in Sociology)
  • Globalization Studies (with emphasis in Geography)
  • Mississippi Delta Studies (with emphasis in History)

Admission Requirements:

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
  • Have earned a grade point average of 3.2 or higher on all undergraduate coursework;
  • Candidates for admission must submit a written statement describing why they wish to enter the program and how the program can lead to career success.
  • Candidates must also submit three letters of recommendation from professors familiar with the applicant’s work.
  • Candidates must submit a resume.
  • Submit a graded writing assignment from an upper-level undergraduate class.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Fulfill the general requirements for a graduate degree at Delta State University;
  • Complete graduate work consisting of core courses and elective hours as specified;
  • Earn a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall; Earn a grade of B or higher in GLS 600;
  • Pass an oral and/or written comprehensive exam administered by a committee appointed by the MALS coordinator;
  • With the consent of the advisor, elect to research and write a thesis for 6 hours credit;
  • Earn at least one-half of all hours toward the MALS degree at the 600 level.

For more information, contact

Dr. Chuck Westmoreland, Associate Professor of History, MA-LS Coordinator
(662) 846-4174