Loyola University Maryland

Graduate Program in Liberal Studies


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Congratulations to our own Steve Burr, co-director of program operations for Liberal Studies at Loyola, who has just been named the new editor of Confluence, the journal of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs. Steve has an MMS degree from Loyola University Maryland (Loyola College at the time) and a doctorate in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. He has developed and taught courses at both Georgetown and Loyola and joined the Liberal Studies administrative team at Loyola in January. Further details about the AGLSP, Confluence, Steve’s background, and his new duties, are available at: http://www.aglsp.org/archives/2906.


Welcome to the Graduate Program in Liberal Studies at Loyola University Maryland! This site is devoted to the needs of current students, prospective students, and other interested parties. Visitors are invited to peruse the many links to develop a feeling for the depth, breadth, and vitality of the program.

What exactly is Liberal Studies and who pursues this degree?

Loyola's graduate program in liberal studies seeks students with a broad spectrum of interests and experience who desire to further their education by engaging in an intellectual dialogue with professors from a wide variety of fields who are first and foremost passionate about what they teach. The program seeks to offer both breadth and depth in courses linked to each other by the liberal-arts tradition of intellectual rigor and eloquence of expression which is the hallmark of a Jesuit education.

What would I learn?

The program seeks to “liberate” in the classic sense of that term. It exists for all who believe that the mind constantly needs to be enriched, and to be challenged to see new things, or to see old things in new ways. It exists, moreover, for those who are intellectually curious—people from all walks of life who feel the need to poke into corners of the modern experience just to see what is there. It serves the needs of those who want a rich and satisfying intellectual experience as well as enhancement of their analytical and communication skills.

What topics do we study?

The subject matter of liberal studies is the whole spectrum of human experience, particularly the American experience as well as the roots of that experience as we discover them in other times and cultures. Areas of study include, but are not limited to, literature, business, economics, the arts, politics, philosophy, science, as well as intellectual and social history.

The program challenges students to continue their journey as citizens who:

  • interact energetically and creatively with a changing world
  • grow in their awareness of cultural tendencies
  • cultivate their analytical and communication skills to reach their full potential
  • develop and expand a commitment to others
  • attain a liberal studies perspective on contemporary problems and opportunities
  • become, in the highest Jesuit ideals of the educational mission of Loyola University Maryland, men and women for others