Loyola University Maryland

Graduate Program in Liberal Studies

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What exactly is Liberal Studies and who pursues this degree?

AGLSP logoLoyola's graduate program in liberal studies (M.A.L.S.) prepares students with a broad spectrum of interests and experience to engage with the critical issues in society today.

Students learn to:

  • Think critically and communicate effectively
  • Speak and write with clarity, precision, and authority
  • Qualitatively analyze texts and ideas
  • Understand and situate cultural and literary historical events and concepts
  • Understand and appreciate the nuances of diverse philosophical and analytical traditions

Our students enter into an intellectual dialogue with professors from a wide variety of fields who are first and foremost passionate about what they teach. The program offers 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.

The program seeks to "liberate" in the classic sense of that term, delivering a rich and satisfying intellectual experience in an environment which respects a broad spectrum of cultural traditions and perspectives. At the heart of Graduate Liberal Studies is the commitment to better understand the world as well as the place each of us has within it, driven by an acute recognition of, and respect for, the profound diversity of human character and human experience. Liberal Studies at Loyola strives to make a difference in students’ lives, so that they in turn can make a real difference in their offices, in their classrooms, in their communities, and in their world.