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Liberal Arts, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (MALA) offered through the College of Liberal Arts at MTSU is an interdisciplinary program offering a thesis and non-thesis option.

The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (MALA) is a broadly interdisciplinary program allowing students to construct a personal plan of study from within the College of Liberal Arts departments and programs, which include the following:

With the guidance of the program director, students build a program of study that will enhance career opportunities, provide preparation for further graduate study, or create opportunities for lifelong learning. MTSU's Master of Arts in Liberal Arts is an innovative program allowing students to earn a graduate degree through a course of study built around the subjects that they find most interesting and captivating. Anyone holding a bachelor's degree can pursue long-held or new passions through a personally customized program developed around individual interests. Lifelong learners, professionals, students returning to school after a break, and recent graduates can find the flexibility to fit their educational needs through this unique master's program. Students attend engaging courses and have opportunities to participate in projects in the region or even enroll in education-abroad courses around the world. Top-quality professors bring varying research and teaching interests to the classroom through inspiring instruction. The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts allows students to refine skills, expand their horizons, learn for the joy of it, and obtain the graduate degree they have always wanted.

A number of our courses are designated EXL and MT Engage indicating they contain hands on, reflective learning opportunities.

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News Briefs

Documentarian Commemorates Women's Suffrage

MALA student Mitch Pryor was the principle producer of "Silent No More," a full-length documentary that features interviews with national scholars, Tennessee experts, and MTSU professors reflecting on the history of the woman suffrage movement across the U.S., in the South, and in Tennessee. The documentary lays the groundwork for the movement from its inception in the mid-1800s to ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1920, with the deciding vote won in the Tennessee Legislature on August 18, 1920. In commemoration of the centennial, the film aired on MTSU's True Blue TV in August 2020. It is currently being used by the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation and the Center for Educational Media for K-12 teacher professional development and is accessible for history classes nationwide from the MTSU American Democracy Project website.

Explore, Engage, Enrich

Students in the M.A. in Liberal Arts (MALA) program are encouraged to explore the world around them whether by studying abroad or on campus. Some will experience faraway places by traveling to Israel while others will experience faraway places through (MALA) course offerings such as "Detective Fiction and Film around the World." Still others will engage their minds with topics ranging from evolution to global inequality. All MALA students have opportunity to enrich their lives with skills and knowledge as they benefit from a program of study that matches their interests and goals.

News Briefs

Documentarian Commemorates Women's Suffrage

MALA student Mitch Pryor was the principle producer of "Silent No More," a full-length documentary that features interviews with national scholars, Tennessee experts, and MTSU professors reflecting on the history of the woman suffrage movement across the U.S., in the South, and in Tennessee. The documentary lays the groundwork for the movement from its inception in the mid-1800s to ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1920, with the deciding vote won in the Tennessee Legislature on August 18, 1920. In commemoration of the centennial, the film aired on MTSU's True Blue TV in August 2020. It is currently being used by the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation and the Center for Educational Media for K-12 teacher professional development and is accessible for history classes nationwide from the MTSU American Democracy Project website.

Explore, Engage, Enrich

Students in the M.A. in Liberal Arts (MALA) program are encouraged to explore the world around them whether by studying abroad or on campus. Some will experience faraway places by traveling to Israel while others will experience faraway places through (MALA) course offerings such as "Detective Fiction and Film around the World." Still others will engage their minds with topics ranging from evolution to global inequality. All MALA students have opportunity to enrich their lives with skills and knowledge as they benefit from a program of study that matches their interests and goals.

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Most professions need people with problem-solving and communication skills who understand global systems, can research a broad variety of topics, and can learn on the job. MALA graduates come from and/or choose career fields such as:

  • Advertising
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Human resources
  • Medicine
  • Military
  • Ministry
  • Nonprofits
  • Politics
  • Public relations
  • Urban planning/city management
  • Writing/editing

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