Division of Social Sciences & History

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)

Full Admission. To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  1. Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
  2. Have earned a grade point average of 3.2 or higher on all undergraduate coursework;
  3. Candidates for admission must submit a written statement describing why they wish to enter the program and how the program can lead to career
  4. Candidates must also submit three letters of recommendation from professors and/or At least one letter should come from a professor who is familiar with the applicant’s work.
  5. Candidates must submit a
  6. Submit a graded writing assignment from an upper-level undergraduate

Applications will be considered by the MALS coordinating committee, which consists of the MALS program coordinator, the advisors for each track, and the chairs of the divisions of Social Science & History and Languages and Literature.

Provisional Admission. Applicants may be granted provisional admission status for the first nine (9) hours of graduate course work. All admission requirements must be met within these nine hours. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above to be admitted provisionally.

Degree Requirements. A candidate for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is required to:

  1. Fulfill the general requirements for a graduate degree at Delta State University;
  2. Complete graduate work consisting of core courses and elective hours as specified;
  3. Earn a grade point average of at least 0 overall;
  4. Earn a grade of B or higher in GLS 600;
  5. Pass an oral and/or written comprehensive exam administered by a committee appointed by the MALS coordinator;
  6. With the consent of the advisor, elect to research and write a thesis for 6 hours credit;
  7. Earn at least one-half of all hours toward the MALS degree at the 600

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Curriculum

  1. GLS 600 ………………………………………………… 3
    GLS 600 (must be taken and passed with a grade of B or above before formal admission to a track)
  2. Required Courses ……………………………………. 3-18
    (stated below by track)
  3. Electives …………………………………………………. 15-30
    (stated below by track)
    Electives must be relevant to the objectives of the track and chosen from any offerings in the DSU Graduate Catalog, with advisor approval.
    Concentrations of 18 hours in ENG, GEO, HIS, PHI, and SOC are optional.

Track Requirements:

Evolving Human Voices: Studies of the Written Word
  1. GLS 600………………………………………………… 3
  2. Required Courses…………………………………… 3
    ENG 601
  3. Electives……………………………………………….. 30

Thesis Option: ENG 690 and 9 hours from relevant course offerings in the DSU Graduate Catalog, with advisor approval.
Non-thesis Option: Choose 6 hours from  ENG and 9 hours from relevant course offerings in the DSU Graduate Catalog, with advisor approval.
An 18 hour concentration in ENG is optional.


Gender and Diversity Studies
  1. GLS 600…………………………………………….. 3
  2. Required Courses……………………………….. 12
    Choose from SOC 501, 514, 521, 522, 550, 556, 532, 600, 601, 624, 670
  3. Electives……………………………………………. 21

Non-thesis: Choose 21 hours from relevant course offerings in the DSU Graduate Catalog, with advisor approval.
Thesis: SOC 699 and 15 hours from relevant course offerings in the DSU Graduate Catalog, with advisor approval.
An 18 hour concentration in SOC is optional.


Globalization Studies
  1. GLS 600…………………………………………… 3
  2. Required Courses………………………………. 12
    GEO 680 or GEO 690 (3 hours)
    GEO 685 (3 hours)
    Choose at least 3 hours from GEO 505, 506, or 507
    Choose at least 3 hours from GEO 545, 546, 547, 548, 549, 562
  3. Electives……………………………………………. 21

Non-thesis: Choose 21 hours from relevant course offerings in the DSU Graduate Catalog, with advisor approval.
Thesis: GEO 699 and 15 hours from relevant course offerings in the DSU Graduate Catalog, with advisor approval.
An 18 hour concentration in GEO is optional.


Mississippi Delta Studies
  1. GLS 600……………………………………………. 3
  2. Required: HIS 500 and HIS 631………….. 6
  3. Electives……………………………………………. 27

Non-thesis: Choose 21 hours from course offerings in the divisions of Social Sciences & History and Languages & Literature and 6 hours from other relevant course offerings in the DSU Graduate Catalog, with advisor approval.
Thesis: HIS 690 and choose 18 hours from course offerings in the divisions of Social Sciences & History and Languages & Literature and 3 hours from other relevant course offerings in the DSU Graduate Catalog, with advisor approval.
An 18 hour concentration in HIS is optional.

Contact

Program Coordinator

Dr. Charles Westmoreland
P: (662) 846-4065
cwestmoreland@deltastate.edu

Address and Mailing

Division of Social Sciences & History
College of Arts & Sciences
DSU Box 3264 Kethley 206
Cleveland, MS 38733