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Liberal Studies - L.S.M.

COLLEGE: College of Arts and Sciences

DEPARTMENT: 308 McGilvrey Hall
Tel: 330-672-9878
Fax: 330-672-7949
Web: http://www.kent.edu/CAS/LiberalStudies/

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Alison J. Smith
alisonjs@kent.edu

DESCRIPTION: Unlike most graduate programs that emphasize specialization, the Master of Liberal Studies encourages a broad educational perspective and interdisciplinary study.

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
Official transcript(s), goal statement and three letters of recommendation.

GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
The degree consists of 32 hours of coursework, 12 to 15 hours in a single discipline and 12 to 15 hours divided among two or more related areas. Courses may be taken in the arts, business, education, humanities, social and natural sciences.

Students will complete a program of study document in which they will develop a theme (title) and choose coursework in the major and minor areas. In developing programs of study, Liberal Studies students must adhere to several fundamental principles:
  • The program of study must be integrated
  • Since the L.S.M. degree specifically focuses on the values of liberal arts education, the program of study must include at least 12 hours of coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • The program of study must emphasize interdisciplinary perspectives to learning
All students are required to take Introduction to Liberal Studies (61000) within the first year and Liberal Studies Essay (61098). Except for these, no other specific courses are required for the L.S.M. program. Candidates for the L.S.M. degree must complete the minimum 32 semester hours of graduate work, 16 hours of which must be at the 60000-level or higher. It should be understood that some available graduate courses may require prerequisites.

PROGRAM FEE: None
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