About the Program
Master of Liberal Arts (MLA)
The Master of Liberal Arts Program provides learners with the unique ability to pursue a highly customized interdisciplinary graduate degree program, developed according to their own interests, while building broad analytical and problem solving skills that reach across the boundaries of academic disciplines and beyond the limited structure of traditional graduate degree programs.
The program is designed for mature learners who seek intellectual stimulation outside of traditional graduate programs. In contrast to traditional master’s degrees which narrow a student’s perspective in a single discipline, the MLA degree is based on the philosophy that fundamental human questions cannot be addressed adequately from such a narrow point of view. This philosophy, central to graduate liberal education across the country, is evident through the program at Winthrop.
The theme of the program is "The Search for Order." This search is undertaken through core colloquia which explore how humans have searched and continue to search for order in their world through empirical, rational, and intuitive means. Students expand their search through courses in history, literature, political science, psychology, sociology, art history, and other disciplines in the arts and humanities. The central feature of the program is that students must be given, and they must seize, the opportunity to think about and reflect on issues basic to our humanity; they must explore how we bring order to a chaotic world and vice versa.
The Master of Liberal Arts program has been a full member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) since 1995. The Master of Liberal Arts program now offers an MLA with a concentration in Poltical and Civic Engagement.