Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Liberal Studies (MA) Program Apart?

FOCUS:
  • The program provides two areas of concentration: American Culture or American Theatre.
  • The MA in Liberal Studies program is designed to:
    • Engage you in a critical, multidisciplinary examination of American Culture or American Theatre;
    • Encourage you to explore and critique issues important to American thought and culture, such as race, gender, equality, politics, religion, and popular culture;
    • Give a meaningful context to your academic experience by offering a series of prescribed core courses which are enriched by your own choices of elective courses;
    • Help you learn research methods and techniques and apply them in a thesis or research/creative project.
FLEXIBILITY:
  • Two-year, part-time program with evening courses
  • Requires 30 credit hours (thesis option) or  36 credit hours (non-thesis option)
RESOURCES:
  • The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree is offered through the world-renowned University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
  • The city of Flint’s rich and diverse culture is an invaluable source of inspiration, information, and ideas. UM-Flint’s longstanding relationship with such community partners as the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint Institute of Music, Sloan Museum, and others provides our students with endless opportunities to explore new possibilities.
RESULTS:
  • The MA in Liberal Studies prepares students for many career paths, including:
    • community college instructors/administrators
    • continuing graduate students preparing for doctoral study
    • playwrights
    • editors (i.e. newsletters, magazines, newspapers, journals, etc.)
    • theatre production managers
    • nonprofit CEOs and managers
    • cultural center directors
    • museum directors
    • talent/entertainment/artist agents

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Applicants will usually have completed undergraduate course work in the humanities and social sciences totaling 24 credit hours

Applying

To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.

Application deadlines are as follows:     

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – November 15
  • Spring – March 15
  • Summer – May 15

*You must apply by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.

Courses

Liberal Studies (Master of Arts)

Requirements. 30 to 36 credits, as follows:

  1. Core courses (Thesis Option: 9 credits; Creative Project Option: 12 credits).
    AMC 501 - The Mind of America. 
    AMC 502 - Topics on American Institutions. 
    AMC 503 - The American Character. 
    AMC 504 - The United States in Comparative Perspective. 
  2. Research Courses (6 credits).
    1.  Thesis Option 
          AMC 500 - Research Foundations.  (required)
          AMC 591 - Thesis.  (required)
     2.  Research/Creative Project Option  
         
    AMC 500 - Research Foundations.  
          AMC 592 - Research/Creative Project.  
  3. Additional approved electives to complete a total of 30 credits for thesis option, 36 credits for non-thesis option.  Specific guidelines for each concentration follow.

    American Culture Concentration - Students select any of approved MLS electives listed below.
    AFA 534 /HIS 534 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States. 
    AFA 599 - Teaching Africana Studies. 
    AMC 501 - The Mind of America. 
    AMC 502 - Topics on American Institutions. 
    AMC 503 - The American Character. 
    AMC 504 - The United States in Comparative Perspective.  
    AMC 598 - Selected Topics. 
    ANT 511 - Historical Archaeology. 
    ANT 551 - Political and Legal Anthropology. 
    ANT 555 - Anthropological Interpretation of American Socio-Cultural Systems.  
    ANT 570 - American Ethnic and Cultural Diversity.  
    ARH 509 - History of American Art. 
    BIO 526 - Wildlife Policy and Law. 
    COM 550 - Media, Propaganda and Social Change. 
    ECN 521 - American Economic History. 
    ECN 524 - Labor Economics. 
    EDE 501 - Sociology of Education. 
    EDE 503 - History of American Urban Schooling. 
    EDR 530 - Children’s Literature. 
    EDR 532 - Multicultural Children’s Literature.  
    EDR 535 /THE 549 - Folklore and Storytelling.   
    EDR 537 - Adolescent Literature. 
    EDT 532 - Online Communities for Social Change. 
    ENG 509 - American English. 
    ENG 531 - The American Novel I.  
    ENG 532 - The American Novel II. 
    ENG 533 - American Poetry.  
    ENG 534 /THE 534 - American Drama. 
    ENG 535 - American Film: Silent and Studio Eras. 
    ENG 536 - American Film: After the Studio Era. 
    ENG 539 - Themes in Multicultural American Literatures. 
    EDR 530 - Children’s Literature. 
    ENG 574 /EDR 537 - Adolescent Literature. 
    HIS 509 - Colonial America. 
    HIS 510 - Era of the American Revolution. 
    HIS 511 - Conflict, Reform and Expansion: America before the Civil War. 
    HIS 512 - The Atlantic World in Transition: 1400-1850. 
    HIS 519 - History of Sport in the United States. 
    HIS 521 - History of the United States Constitution, 1789 to Present. 
    HIS 528 - Emergence of the United States as a World Power since 1914. 
    HIS 530 - American Indian History.  
    HIS 531 - American Urban History.  
    HIS 534 /AFA 534 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States.  
    HIS 535 - Black America since the Civil War. 
    HIS 569 - History of Women in America I. 
    HIS 579 - Pacific World in Transition since 19th Century. 
    MGT 552 - Business and Society. 
    MUS 522 - Jazz in American Culture. 
    MUS 555 - American Music.  
    PHL 543 - American Philosophy.  
    POL 501 - American Political Thought. 
    POL 523 - The U.S. Congress. 
    POL 526 - The U.S. Supreme Court. 
    POL 527 - The American Presidency. 
    POL 531 - Women and Work. 
    POL 537 - U.S. Foreign Policy.  
    POL 541 - The Welfare State in Comparative Perspective.  
    POL 551 - Political and Legal Anthropology. 
    PUB 518 - Budgeting in Public and Nonprofit Organizations. 
    SOC 545 - Ethnicity in American Society. 
    SOC 558 - Religion in American Society.  
    SOC 566 /PUB 572 - Work, Occupations and Professions.  
    SOC 569 /EDE 501 - Sociology of Education. 
    SOC 571 - Social Movements in America. 
    SOC 574 /WGS 574 - Gender and Society. 
    THE 505 - American’s Contribution to Theatre. 
    THE 521 - Devising Theatre. 
    THE 522 - Performance Lab.  
    THE 523 - Drama and Social Theory.  

    American Theatre Concentration - students select additional theatre courses, from the following sections:
    Required Core (9 credits)
    THE 521 - Devising Theatre. 
    THE 522 - Performance Lab.  
    THE 523 - Drama and Social Theory. 
    THE 585 - Advanced Directing Methods. 

    Electives I (3 credits for the Thesis Option, 6 credits for the Creative Project Option)
    AMC 598 - Selected Topics. 
    ENG 531 - The American Novel I. 
    ENG 532 - The American Novel II. 
    THE 505 - American’s Contribution to Theatre.  
    THE 534 /ENG 534 - American Drama.  

    Electives II (3 credits from the following) 
    AFA 534 /HIS 534 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States. 
    ANT 570 - American Ethnic and Cultural Diversity.  
    ENG 535 - American Film: Silent and Studio Eras. 
    ENG 536 - American Film: After the Studio Era. 
    HIS 531 - American Urban History. 
    POL 501 - American Political Thought. 
    POL 541 - The Welfare State in Comparative Perspective. 
    PUB 518 - Budgeting in Public and Nonprofit Organizations. 
    SOC 545 - Ethnicity in American Society. 
    SOC 571 - Social Movements in America. 
    SOC 574 /WGS 574 - Gender and Society.  
    THE 549 /EDR 535 - Folklore and Storytelling.  

    Transfer of Credit
    Up to six (6) credit hours of graduate credit completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer.  Transfers of credit are subject to the approval of the program director.  Transfers are made in accordance with the policies of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

     

 




 

 

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