Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts is an interdisciplinary curriculum structured to allow the student to design a graduate degree to meet the student's unique and individual interests.  The student chooses three academic disciplines to incorporate into the course of study.   Two of the academic disciplines must be in the College of Arts and Sciences.  One of the academic disciplines may be in a department not in the College of Arts and Sciences.  The student may take no more than eighteen semester-credit-hours in any one discipline and may have no fewer hours than six semester-credit-hours in any of the three disciplines.  The academic discipline with the greatest number of semester-credit-hours must be a discipline from within the College of Arts and Sciences. The semester credit hours in the degree must total thirty-six.  Academic disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences which may be used in the degree are Art, Biology, Communication, English, Geology, History, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Spanish, and Theater. The student must have the consent of the department chair to include an academic discipline in the student's curriculum.

Although the degree is a non-thesis degree, the student must complete a capstone project integrating the three disciplines.   The capstone project is designed to meet the student's particular interests, and, therefore, the range of projects is considerable.  Liberal Arts 5101 (Prospectus for Master's Project) and Liberal Art 5301 (Master's Project) are also required as part of the project process.  

Projects from the 2012-2013 academic year include:

Permian Pulse by Grant Griffin of Gonzales.  Grant integrated Art, Geology, and Natural Resource Management into a public art project that transformed pumpjacks in an oil field into a spectacular display of light.  For Grant, this was an opportunity "...to bring beauty to a blighted place and draw attention to new technology."

Teaching ePortfolio by Kristen Malabayabas of Fort Worth.  Kristen developed a teaching portfolio to be used in a community college setting by integrating Political Science, History, and Education.

Analysis of Emergency Contact Procedures for Brewster County  by Spenser Smith of Marfa.  Motivated by the 2011catastophic wildfires in Brewster County, Spenser analyzed the state of emergency contact procedures in Brewster County by integrating Communication, Public Administration, and Education into his research.  

Earlier projects include:

Under the Stasi by Marilyne Crill-Dieckert of College Station.  Marilyn integrated English, Theater, and Music into an original musical composition bringing to our social consciousness the "...pervasiveness of the dehumanization demonstrated by the Soviets during their occupation of East Germany following the Second World War." 

Communicative Language Teaching Approach for Spanish by Dacil Gutierrez from Ojinaga, Mexico.  Dacil initegrated Spanish, Linguistics, and English to develop a communicative approach for the teaching of a second language.  Dacil demonstrated "...that the communicative approach is an efficacious technique to use with students for the positive development of a second language."

A Wolf's Tale by J. Chris Perkins of Alpine.  Chris integrated Music, Theatre, and Education into the world of a playwright by composing an original work of children's musical theater.   One of Chris's objectives was to "bring awareness to bias, stereotyping, and racism/prejudice." 

Conversation and Sustainable Use of Water Resources of the Rio Grande Basin:  Community Outreach and Education by Christopher P. Hillen of  San Marcos.   Chris integrated Communication, Geology, and Natural Resource Management into the development of a two-part rainwater harvesting workshop held in the spring of 2012 in anticipation of summer rains.  The project was "...an effort to draw attention to the water issues facing the Big Bend region of Texas [through] a multi-faceted social marketing campaign aimed at promoting water conservation in [the Big Bend] area."

Petra's Sueno by Olivia Gallegos of Alpine.  Olivia integrated History, Art, and Theatre to develop the costuming for Tia Cuca, a curandera, in Rupert Reyes's Petra's Sueno.  Olivia based the costuming upon her research of renown Mexican curandera, Teresa Urrea.  Olivia noted that she researched "...some actual pictures of the actual Teresa Urrea" and  based "...Tia Cuca's costume...on the actual Teresa Urrea." 

For more information about the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts, contact Carol Greer in the offices of the College of Arts and Sciences at 432-837-8368 or cgreer@sulross.edu.