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Master of Liberal Arts

Fred Beuttler speaking to group of people

How to Make Democracy Wise: Liberal Arts as Foundation

Mr. Beuttler observed that the wisdom found in democracy might best be seen as intimately linked to this critical, questioning spirit, particularly at a time when extreme political polarization and experience increasingly determined by algorithms have done much to erode the common ground on which such engaged democratic discussion can be carried out. Read more >

David Bevington

Professor Bevington is one of the world's foremost Shakespearan scholars. In Autumn Quarter, he teaches "Cannibals, Magicians, Bastards, and Others: The Renaissance as an Age of Discovery." Learn more about our faculty.

Wendy Doniger

Professor Doniger has published over 40 books on Hinduisum and mythology. In Winter Quarter, she teaches "Religious Law, Secular Law, and Sexual Deviation in Ancient India: The Laws of Manu, the Arthasastra, and the Kamasutra." Learn more about our faculty.

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The Master of Liberal Arts program (MLA) at the University of Chicago is a degree program designed for working professionals. Our flexible course schedule and campus conveniently located in downtown Chicago make the MLA an ideal program for adults with busy professional lives. We count doctors, police officers, lawyers, teachers, business professionals, and a wide variety of other professions among our current students.

What draws this diverse set of professions to the MLA program is its engaging course of interdisciplinary studies: all MLA students take one course each in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Physical Sciences, and then fill their remaining course requirements with free electives. This intense sequence of interdisciplinary courses exposes students to diverse methods of thought and provides a lens through which to see connections across fields.

MLA graduates therefore return to their professional lives with a new skillset; as a result they are able to approach problems that present themselves on the job in ways distinct from their colleagues. MLA graduates are able to approach a given problem, analyze it from multiple perspectives, better understand its complicated causes, and propose multivariate solutions. In short, after their interdisciplinary course of liberal arts education, MLA graduates can see connections across fields that their narrowly-trained colleagues might otherwise miss; they are therefore better-positioned to propose appropriate solutions.