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April 2009

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New Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program begins this fall

Emphasizing “that which is invariant in all the twists of life,” a new master’s in liberal studies (M.L.S.) degree program is projected to begin with the new academic year.

With a bachelor’s degree and intellectual curiosity its only prerequisites, the program will enable students to maintain their careers while pursuing their post-graduate studies. Classes will be scheduled on a part-time basis for an anticipated average completion time of three years.

Instead of focusing on one or two specific fields, courses will provide students with an opportunity to improve their intellectual knowledge and analytical skills.

Upon graduation, students will have completed 11 courses and a thesis-project. They will start out with introductory courses addressing current questions in liberal studies and intellectual history, and then choose one course from three topic areas:

  • ideas and issues in the humanities
  • ideas and issues in the natural sciences and mathematics
  • ideas and issues in the social sciences
After this core has been established, students move on by choosing four courses from the following five areas of emphasis:
  • classical perspectives
  • American perspectives
  • international perspectives
  • diverse perspectives
  • ethics and liberal studies
Students will then conclude with a capstone course and submit a research thesis in their area of interest.

The M.L.S. will build on the core strengths of St. Norbert College, according to Howard Ebert, director of the new program.

“St. Norbert is dedicated through its history to the liberal arts,” said Ebert. “We have outstanding faculty who are known nationally for their teaching and research in a vast array of areas.”

“The program is in line with the Norbertine tradition and, like Abbot Pennings before us, we are trying to respond to the needs of the local community.”

The program is one of only two master’s programs in liberal studies in the state of Wisconsin. All courses will be taught by qualified faculty, whether from St. Norbert and its related communities or from other institutions.

For more information on the M.L.S. program, contact Howard Ebert by e-mail or by phone at (920) 403-3956. You can also learn more from the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies programs, of which St. Norbert is a member.

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