Program of Study

The Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) Program is based on the premise that studying the great ideas of Western civilization increases intellectual awareness and self-fulfillment. Students explore how these ideas apply to the problems that humans have confronted over the ages, and they consider the moral dimensions of contemporary issues as well. They read great books to revisit ideas and insights that emerged centuries ago and to examine their relevance to the modern world. The program fosters analytical and critical thinking skills that enable individuals to understand and address issues that continue to challenge us.

Matriculated students in each entering class pursue the core courses together, in sequence, so that they achieve a common ground of knowledge and a strong sense of community. Students begin the program of study in the fall term each year; however, once students have been accepted into the program, they may take an elective or masterworks course as a degree-seeking student during any term prior to the fall.