Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) Degree

Program Learning Outcomes for the MLS Degree 

Upon completing the MLS degree, students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate major perspectives and methods of the liberal arts by demonstrating a broadened understanding of some basic concepts in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
  2. Appreciate the connection of the liberal arts to their lives and the larger world.
  3. Demonstrate a capacity for analytical thinking.
  4. Demonstrate good writing skills.
  5. Practice critical listening and good discussion and oral communication skills.
  6. Demonstrate academic research methods.

Requirements for the MLS Degree

The MLS degree is a non-thesis master's degree. For general university requirements, see Non-Thesis Master's Degrees. Students pursuing the MLS degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 11-12 courses (33-36 credit hours) to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in required coursework.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MLS Degree33-36

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
MLSC 600INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE RESEARCH, ANALYSIS AND EXPOSITION 13
Select 1 course from each of the following fields (see below for course lists): 29
Humanities
Social Sciences
Natural Science
Elective Requirements
Select 6 elective courses from MLSC course offerings at the 500-level or 600-level 318
Capstone
Select 1 from the following: 43-6
CAPSTONE I
CAPSTONE I
and CAPSTONE II
Total Credit Hours33-36

Footnotes and Additional Information

Core Requirements

Humanities
Select 1 course from the following:3
THE SHAPING OF WESTERN THOUGHT
SHAKESPEARE AND FILM
MUSIC AND OTHER ARTS: COLLABORATION AND FUSION
MODERN DRAMA ON FILM AND IN PERFORMANCE
CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES
SELF-DETERMINATION IN ARAB WORLD
"PLEASE SIR, I WANT SOME MORE": DICKENS, OLIVER TWIST, POVERTY, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
TRADITIONAL CHINESE CULTURE AND ITS MODERN LEGACY
PROFILES FROM THE PAST: FAMOUS FIGURES IN WESTERN HISTORY
IMMIGRATION AND THE STATE: EUROPE AND THE US IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
HUMAN RIGHTS, GENDER EQUALITY AND RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
THE EPIC JOURNEY
THE CITY IN LITERATURE
WRITING LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN
WINDOW TO THE SOUL: EXPLORING RELIGION AND ETHNICITY THROUGH MUSIC
PROFILES FROM THE PAST II: FAMOUS FIGURES IN WESTERN HISTORY
HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY SET IN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONTEXT
COMPARATIVE IMPERIAL PLEASURE GARDENS: POWER AND LANDSCAPE
PROFILES FROM THE PAST III: FAMOUS FIGURES IN WESTERN HISTORY
Social Sciences
Select 1 course from the following:3
STEREOTYPES, PREJUDICE AND DISCRIMINATION
PSYCHOLOGY OF BELIEFS
THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PUNISHMENT
CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES
SELF-DETERMINATION IN ARAB WORLD
HUMAN RIGHTS IN WORLD AFFAIRS
"PLEASE SIR, I WANT SOME MORE": DICKENS, OLIVER TWIST, POVERTY, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
TRADITIONAL CHINESE CULTURE AND ITS MODERN LEGACY
IMMIGRATION AND THE STATE: EUROPE AND THE US IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
HUMAN RIGHTS, GENDER EQUALITY AND RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
COMPARATIVE IMPERIAL PLEASURE GARDENS: POWER AND LANDSCAPE
Natural Science
Select 1 course from the following:3
OUR ENVIRONMENT: SCIENCE AND CULTURE
THE SOLAR SYSTEM, THE SUN AND THE MIND OF MAN
EARTH SYSTEMS DYNAMICS
DNA: HUMAN IDENTITY AND ORIGINS
SCIENCE IN THE FIRST PERSON
PLAGUES AND POPULATIONS
THE GRAND DESIGN
OUR CHANGING PLANET
IS ANYBODY OUT THERE: THE SEARCH FOR LIFE BEYOND EARTH
THE ROLE OF CHEMISTRY IN HISTORY
MODERN ASTRONOMY AND OUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE
EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY IN ANTARCTICA

Policies for the MLS Degree

Admission

Admission to graduate study is open to qualified students holding a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college. A minimum GPA of 3.0 from the applicant’s undergraduate work is expected, though the admissions committee also gives consideration to applicants’ postgraduate experience and recent accomplishments.

For additional information, please see the Master of Liberal Studies website: http://mls.rice.edu.

Opportunities for the MLS Degree

Association of Graduate Liberal Studies National Honor Society 

MLS graduates who earn a 3.75 GPA or higher and have demonstrated leadership in the classroom and in the greater community are eligible for nomination to the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies National Honor Society. 

For additional information, please see the Master of Liberal Studies website: http://mls.rice.edu.