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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Thesis or Final Project

A thesis is a scholarly research paper that attempts to add knowledge to the disciplines that the student has studied during his or her program. A final project is a work of some sort which integrates both of the student’s disciplines into a unique form (for example, a creative or applied form).
During the first 18 hours of study MALS students are responsible for establishing the thesis or project committee. The committee is comprised of a chair (typically a faculty member within the student’s primary discipline) and a co-chair (typically a faculty member within the student’s secondary discipline).

The full thesis or project committee will approve the student’s thesis or project and his or her formal defense of it. To register for thesis/final project credit, the student must obtain permission from his or her committee chair.

Updated 2.20.2009