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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:
- Communication Studies
- World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
- Global Studies and Human Geography
- Political Science and International Relations
- Sociology and Anthropology
- Theatre and Dance
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.
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:
- Human resources
- Public relations
- Urban planning/city management
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