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Liberal Studies

Fort Wayne

South Bend Southeast Fort Wayne

Program Director
Associate Professor Michael E. Kaufmann

Departmental e-mail:
kaufmann@ipfw.edu

Departmental URL:
http://www.ipfw.edu/libstudies/

Degree Offered
Master of Liberal Studies, an interdisciplinary graduate degree in arts and sciences. The degree provides an opportunity for students to study the liberal arts and sciences beyond the bachelorís degree. It is intended primarily for those who regard the liberal arts as subjects for lifelong learning and for those who, because their undergraduate curriculum was primarily professional, wish to broaden their general education. The Master of Liberal Studies is not intended as preparation for doctoral study.

Admission Requirements
For regular admission, students must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of B or higher overall. Applications are accepted at any time, but a deadline of August 1 is recommended for admission to the program for the fall semester, and December 1 for the spring semester. Request application materials from the program director, Associate Professor Michael E. Kaufmann, at (219) 481-6760 or 481-6019.

Course Requirements
To earn the Master of Liberal Studies degree, students must complete at least 30 hours of courses approved for graduate credit, including D501 Humanities Seminar, D502 Social Sciences Seminar, D503 Science Seminar, either D500 Graduate Project or D700 Topics in Liberal Studies, and 18 credits in electives from at least two disciplines in arts and sciences.

In consultation with the program director, each student designs a course of study appropriate to his or her interests and experience.

Grades
No course with a grade lower than B will be counted toward the degree.

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Courses

D500 Graduate Project (3-6 cr.) Independent project to be undertaken in consultation with graduate advisor. This project requires students to demonstrate mastery of some specific topic or medium of expression.
D501 Humanities Seminar (3 cr.) An interdisciplinary graduate seminar in the humanities. Topics vary from semester to semester.
D502 Social Science Seminar (3 cr.) An interdisciplinary graduate seminar in the social sciences. Topics vary from semester to semester.
D503 Science Seminar (3 cr.) An interdisciplinary graduate seminar in the sciences. Topics vary from semester to semester.
D700 Topics in Liberal Studies (3 cr.) P: completion of two 500-level liberal studies seminars or consent of program director. Intensive study of major issues in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. Interdisciplinary approach, seminar format. Individual project required. Specific topic announced in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated with different topic for a maximum of 9 credits.

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South Bend

Graduate Director
Professor Patrick J. Furlong

Departmental e-mail:
pfurlong@iusb.edu

Departmental URL:
http://www.iusb.edu/~lasi/

The Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers instruction leading to the degree Master of Liberal Studies. The interdisciplinary program provides an opportunity for students to study the liberal arts and sciences beyond the bachelorís degree. It is intended primarily for those who regard the liberal arts as subjects for lifelong learning and for those who, because their undergraduate curriculum was primarily professional, wish to broaden their general education. The Master of Liberal Studies is not intended as preparation for doctoral study. In addition to taking three required graduate seminars, students complete a project and a program of electives designed to meet their own interests and needs.

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Special Program Requirements

Admission Requirements
Students are admitted to the Master of Liberal Studies program by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences. To be considered for admission, students must hold a bachelorís degree from an accredited institution and must have obtained an undergraduate grade point average of at least B (3.0), but the committee may make exceptions to this latter requirement. Application forms and further details may be obtained from the director of graduate studies in the Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wiekamp Hall 3247, or by calling (219) 237-4256.

Application Deadlines
Students seeking admission to the Master of Liberal Studies program should submit all application materials by July 15 for admission in the fall semester and by November 15 for admission in the spring semester. Late applications may be considered if there are vacancies in the program.

Grades
An average grade of B (3.0) is required for graduation, and no course with a grade lower than B - (2.7) will be counted toward the degree. Students are required to remain in academic good standing, i.e., to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.7. Failure to maintain good standing may result in dismissal from the program.

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Master of Liberal Studies Degree

Course Requirements
A total of 30 credit hours of graduate-level work, including D500, D501, D502, D503, and 15 credit hours of electives selected to provide support and background for the graduate project or to enable students to understand new areas of knowledge from an interdisciplinary point of view. Not more than 9 credit hours of electives may be taken in any one department. Programs of study must be approved by the graduate director.

Master of Liberal Studies Project
Required; 6 credits. The graduate project is a scholarly enterprise in which the student demonstrates mastery of a specific topic, by means of, for example, a thesis, a computer program, a translation of a work of literature, or an artistic composition or performance. Students plan and execute their projects after completion of the three core courses.

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Required Courses

D500 Graduate Project (3-6 cr.)
D501 Humanities Seminar (3 cr.) An interdisciplinary graduate seminar in the humanities. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated once for credit.
D502 Social Science Seminar (3 cr.) An interdisciplinary graduate seminar in the social sciences. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated once for credit.
D503 Science Seminar (3 cr.) An interdisciplinary graduate seminar in the natural sciences. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated once for credit.

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Southeast

Program Director
Associate Professor Sandra French (Sociology)

Degree Offered
The Master of Liberal Studies program is an interdisciplinary graduate program that offers study beyond the bachelorís level for those persons who are interested in continuing their education in a diversified, challenging manner. The program is not meant to prepare students for doctoral study.

Admission Requirements
For regular admission, students must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of B or above. Applicants are accepted anytime, but to assure enrollment students should apply by July 31 for the fall semester and November 30 for the spring. Applications may be obtained through the Master of Liberal Studies office at Crestview Hall 018B or by calling (812) 941-2604 or (812) 941-2393.

Course Requirements
Students are required to complete 30 hours of courses that have been approved for graduate credit. These courses must represent all three of the arts and sciences divisions and must include 9 credits of graduate seminars D501, D502, D503, and six credits of graduate project (D500).

Grades
Only courses in which a grade of at least a B is earned will count toward the degree.

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Courses

D500 Graduate Project (3-6 cr.) Independent project to be undertaken in consultation with graduate committee. This project requires students to demonstrate mastery of some specific topic or medium of expression.
D501 Humanities Seminar (1-3 cr.) An interdisciplinary graduate seminar in the humanities. Topics vary from semester to semester.
D502 Social Science Seminar (1-3 cr.) An interdisciplinary graduate seminar in the social sciences. Topics vary from semester to semester.
D503 Science Seminar (1-3 cr.) An interdisciplinary graduate seminar in the sciences. Topics vary from semester to semester.

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