Clayton State University
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
College of Arts & Sciences
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260-0285
(678) 466-4899 (fax)
Dr. Susan Copeland
Professor of English
210-G Arts & Sciences Bldg
Each student will complete 36 semester hours of MALS coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. At least 30 of these credits must be taken at Clayton State University. In their first semester, it is recommended that students take the required MALS 5000 Introduction to Graduate Studies course (3 hrs.). Also, in this and subsequent semesters, additional courses (9 hrs.) will provide all students with a selected background in Art, Literature, Math, Music, Philosophy, and Political/Historical Thought. Each student will also select an academic area of focus or concentration (18 hrs.). Students may select from one of six (6) areas now available in this degree program: English, History, Liberal Arts, Math, or Philosophy. Students have two options (6 hrs.) in completing the program: The Capstone Thesis or Non-Thesis Option.
Summary Degree Requirements:
Plan of Study
MALS 5000Introduction to Graduate Studies (3 hrs.)and
Choose 3 of the following courses (9 hrs.)
ART 5000Great Works in Art History (3-0-3)
The Capstone Experience
Candidates for the MA in Liberal Studies have two options in order to satisfy the final requirement for the degree:
Non-Thesis (6 hrs.)
The “Non-Thesis” option is available to candidates in all concentrations. Candidates who choose this option must take two additional courses from any of the areas of concentration (or MALS 6890 and MALS 6899) and must also either: a) present a paper at a local, state, regional, national or international conference or b) must submit or have an article accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Students selecting this option must also pass a comprehensive exam of major coursework prepared by a committee comprised of four MALS faculty.
Thesis (6 hrs.)
Candidates in any one of the areas of concentration may choose to write a thesis. The thesis is a scholarly work that is central in the graduate tradition.