M.A. in Liberal Studies - Message from the Director
Dear Prospective Student:
What can’t you do with a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MLS) degree?
At the beginning of his Rules for the Direction of the Mind, René Descartes argued that it is a mistake to think that the best way to search for truth and to improve the mind is to specialize and focus only on one discipline without regard for the others. Descartes argued that quite the opposite is true -since all the disciplines are intimately connected together we should study them together rather than separating them one from another.
Arguably this worked pretty successfully for Descartes, who came to be known as the father of both analytical geometry and modern philosophy (he also was no slouch in physics either, for example consider his work on the laws of inertia and refraction). Over the course of time, however, we seem to have become more and more compartmentalized in our knowledge. Of course, it is easy to say that there is just so much more to know today that there is no way to advance knowledge without specialization within narrow boundaries, but how do we know unless we put it to the test?
Unlike typical graduate degree programs, which seem to be about limiting your field of study and narrowing your focus, Fairfield University’s MLS program is designed to help you breakdown the tendency toward mental compartmentalization, to expand your focus, and to take your inquiry beyond ordinary disciplinary boundaries.
The MLS is not a professional degree, so there is no single target career at the end of your study. None the less, our broad interdisciplinary liberal studies curriculum with its focus on developing your critical and creative thinking and writing skills will make a wide range of opportunities available to you. People who have earned Master of Liberal Studies degrees have gone on to have careers in business, education, the arts, journalism, politics, writing, and publishing -to name just a few.
What exciting new path will you blaze with your Fairfield University M.A. in Liberal Studies degree? I can't wait to find out!
Steven M. Bayne