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Master of Liberal Arts

MLA Ethics and Leadership Concentration

A liberal arts education empowers us to make connections between different ideas and ways of thinking. It weaves networks between the fragmented parts of our lives, helping to develop a clearer sense of purpose. Starting in autumn 2018, the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program will introduce a new concentration in Ethics and Leadership.

Through interdisciplinary study, students will develop moral reasoning and grapple with competing notions of the Just and the Good, as well as what it means to not just lead, but lead ethically. As part of the nine-course MLA program, the Ethics and Leadership concentration builds on an interdisciplinary foundation. MLA core courses introduce students to distinct ways of approaching knowledge as they explore the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, biological sciences, and non-Western topics. The three-course Ethics and Leadership concentration further focuses students’ program of study to prepare them to examine a problem of their own choosing.

Ethics and Leadership courses for the 2018–2019 academic year include Liberal Arts for Business Leaders; History of Ethics; and Heritage: Law, Ethics, Policy. In subsequent years, courses in bioethics, professional ethics, and public leadership will be added.

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