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iun liberal studies

Thesis Option: Independent Research / Creative Activity

The Independent Research/Creative Activity Option offers students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty committee and to complete a final project designed around their unique interests. Students must take 12 credits of electives and then successfully complete their program with a graduate project. The graduate project is an independent scholarly enterprise in which the student demonstrates mastery of a specific topic. Examples include a thesis, a computer program, a translation of a work of literature, or an artistic composition or performance.


  • LIBS D601 M.L.S. Project Proposal Seminar (3 cr.)
  • LIBS D602 Graduate Project (3-6 cr.)

Public Intellectual Option

Upon completion of two additional core seminars and 12 credits of electives, the Public Intellectual Option offers students the opportunity to work within a learning community made up of their peers and led by a faculty facilitator to explore the variety of genres through which public intellectuals communicate, and to create their own portfolio to be submitted for completion of the M.L.S. degree.


  • LIBS D600 Public Intellectual Practicum (3 cr.)