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Master of Liberal Arts Program Sets Course, Information Session Lineup

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The Master of Liberal Arts program, which will begin offering courses at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus in January, has announced a lineup of information sessions and informal drop-in sessions. Program directors also have determined which courses will be available at the Montgomery County Campus during the spring semester.

Nature and the American Imagination will be offered at the Montgomery County Campus in January. The other course will be Victorian British Women.

Nature and the American Imagination provides an interdisciplinary study of the American landscape and the role it has played in shaping American identity. In Victorian British Women, students will analyze the emergence of the Victorian stereotype of middle- and upper-class women and compare that stereotype to the reality of individual case studies. Two online courses will also be available to Montgomery County Campus students: What is History and Religions of the Emerging World.

The master of liberal arts is a part-time degree program, with students generally taking about three years to complete the coursework. They have up to five years to finish the curriculum.

The Master of Liberal Arts degree isn’t just for former English majors. Those who focus on science, medicine, technology, computers or engineering can benefit from a Master of Liberal Arts degree as well: students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and writing skills.

Classes will be held in the evenings and on weekends, said D. Melissa Hilbish, director of the Center for Liberal Arts and associate program chair of the Master of Liberal Arts Program.

Students are required to take 10 courses. Exploring the Liberal Arts is a core course required of all students. The class provides an introduction to the breadth and scope of the liberal arts. After that, students are free to choose from a variety of classes focusing on film, religion, literature, history, photography, political science, science and other areas.

Students can take classes in on-site, on-line and via video conference, Hilbish said.

Information sessions:

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept.20
6:15-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12

Informal drop-in sessions:

4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7
4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15
4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21

All information sessions and informal drop-in sessions will be held at the Montgomery County Campus, Gilchrist Hall, 9601 Medical Center Drive in Rockville.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the program directors and ask questions about the MLA degree.