Master of Liberal Arts


After completing their core requirements, students take three elective courses. Those who choose to pursue a concentration will focus these three electives in related coursework and write their thesis on a similarly related topic. Those students then earn a concentration credential on their degree. The MLA program currently offers concentrations in two fields: Ethics and Leadership and Literary Studies.

Ethics and Leadership Concentration

The emergent crises of the 21st century—from access to education in a knowledge-based economy to climate change to equitable economic development—are at once profoundly global and local, and demand innovative approaches and imaginative leadership.

The Ethics and Leadership concentration is designed for leaders who want to examine ethical theory and engage in a rigorous exploration of models of leadership. Innovation, disruption, and problem-solving are central to our understanding of leadership in business, politics, and culture. What qualities are associated with leadership in business? In democratic politics? In cultural institutions?

Ethics and Leadership Courses

MLA courses counting toward the Ethics and Leadership concentration include:

Literary Studies Concentration

MLA students in the Literary Studies concentration pursue questions about the formal structure of literary works and genres, the connection between literature and the culture that produces it, the relationship between philosophy and literature, and the methodologies that underpin scholarly modes of literary inquiry. And in so doing, they become closer readers, clearer writers, and deeper thinkers.

Literary Studies Courses

MLA courses counting toward the Literary Studies concentration include: