Master of Arts, Liberal Studies

Students who have completed a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies will be expected to exhibit enhanced capacities for both “analytic” and “synthetic” thought, particularly in the areas of critical inquiry and aesthetic analysis. In addition to the “who, what, when, and where,” or the content of their educational experience, students will focus on the more important issues of “why and how”. These cognitive skills should be particularly evidenced in the analysis of diverse civilizations and their creative and philosophic contributions to the global community.

The objectives of the Liberal Studies program are:
• Students will think and write critically about the major traditions of Western civilization;
• Students will comprehend the fundamental systems of analysis for a multitude of cultural disciplines, such as philosophy, art, literature, architecture, religion, music, and history, while understanding the interrelatedness of these subsets of the humanities;
• Students will apply these critical skills toward analysis of global cultures and cultural artifacts;
• Students will learn to identify the core processes of creativity used in the construction of products of human cultures, such as art, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and architecture;
• Students will synthesize the fundamental components of mature global citizenship by engaging the various civilizations and creative traditions of the globe, with an emphasis on the Western tradition.

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Sarah Kyle
Office: LAR 205F
Phone: (405) 974–5856

Admission Requirements
Submit the following items to: Jackson College of Graduate Studies
100 N. University Drive, NUC 404
Edmond, OK 73034

  • Online application for admission (
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from each institution attended with all degrees posted. All transcripts must be from an accredited institution. Transcripts must show a minimum 2.75 GPA overall or 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours attempted.
  • Completion of 18 hours in one or more disciplines of the Liberal Arts with a minimum GPA of 3.00
  • The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) may be used for admission if the undergraduate GPA does not meet the minimum requirement. A score of 153 (500 on the unrevised score scale) on the verbal portion and a 4.0 on the writing assessment is required.
  • Students with a native language other than English must submit evidence of English language proficiency. See Admission to Graduate Studies - English Language Proficiency (p.15).

Other Requirements

  • Plan of Study. Each student must develop a Plan of Study with his/her graduate program advisor and file it with the Jackson College of Graduate Studies by the end of his/her first semester of graduate work. The plan must be signed and dated by the student and the graduate program advisor before it can be considered official.
  • Academic Standards. Meet the following course work standards:
    • Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher;
    • No more than six (6) hours of “C”; and
    • No more than six (6) advisor-approved hours from traditional correspondence courses (i.e., S.P.O.C. courses).
  • Demonstrate reading knowledge for one foreign language (which must be approved by the Graduate Advisor) in one of the following ways:
    • Pass a foreign language reading examination administered by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultural Studies or other recognized language exam equivalent to second semester mastery;
    • Earn a “C” or better in a minimum of six (6) credit hours for a single foreign language at the University of Central Oklahoma. These hours will not count toward the M.A. degree;
    • Produce evidence of having earned a “C” or better in a minimum of six (6) credit hours in a single foreign language at an approved college of university. These hours will not count toward the M.A. degree.
  • Thesis or Comprehensive Examination Options:
    • Thesis Option:
      • Complete a thesis (with a minimum of three hours and a maximum of six);
      • Successfully defend it in a public and preannounced oral defense;
      • Provide two paper copies of the thesis and one electronic copy to the library through Proquest, and the title page, original signature page, and abstract page to the JCGS.
    • Comprehensive Examination Option
      • Write a four- to six-hour examination on the designated examination day. The examination may be done either by hand or on a laptop provided by the department.
      • Upon satisfactory completion of the written exam, the student will take a one-hour oral examination administered by his or her advisory committee.
    • In the event of unsatisfactory performance on either the defense of the thesis or the comprehensive examination, the student may petition to be re-examined at later date determined by the Graduate Advisor. Re-examination or re-defending a thesis will be allowed only twice.

Graduation Requirements
Required Courses: 13 Hours
HUM 5113 Ancient Traditions
HUM 5133 Medieval Traditions
HUM 5203 Early Modern Traditions
HUM 5213 Modern and Contemporary Traditions
HUM 5521 Methods for Liberal Study
Guided Electives: 21 Hours
All students must select either the thesis or comprehensive examination option.
Up to six hours taken in other UCO programs, with approval from Graduate Advisor.
HUM 5103 Pagan Europe
HUM 5113 World Religions
HUM 5133 Women, Witches, and Religion
HUM 5223 Jerusalem: One City/Three Religions
HUM 5303 National Cinemas
HUM 5083 Advanced Film Criticism
HUM 5153 Enlightenment Traditions
PHIL 5163 Philosophy of Science
PHIL 5323 Philosophical Issues in Social Science
PHIL 5323 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 5343 Philosophy of Morality
PHIL 5363 Philosophy of History
HUM 5910 On Human Nature
HUM 5910 The Heroic Tradition
HUM 5910 Women in the Humanities
HUM 5910 Western Mysticism
HUM 5910 Traditions of the Romantic Era
PHIL 5910 Philosophy of Music
HUM 5910 Eastern Traditions