Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and Hispanic Studies

MALS Degree + Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Hispanic Studies

Effective Spring 2014, students wishing to graduate with a MALS degree using this combination must obtain formal approval to do so from the Director, Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) Program. An email, with an explanation of why this option is desired, should be sent to turrisip AT uncw DOT edu, copy to gentryrc AT uncw DOT edu and harrise AT uncw DOT edu.

Once approved by the GLS Program Director, students should closely coordinate their academic journey with both their MALS academic advisor and the Hispanic Studies Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Harris. He can be contacted at 910.962.3341 - harrise AT uncw DOT edu.

The combined program requires fluency in Spanish and a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study.

Two GLS courses are required for all MALS students.

The remaining 24 hours are broken down as follows:

GLS Restrictions:

  • No more than six GLS hours may be taken from cross-listed 400/500 courses.
  • Students must maintain a "B" average in all graduate courses taken.
  • Students are expected to complete all course work within five years after matriculation into the MALS degree.

MALS (General Option)

MALS students pursuing a general option (no specialization in gerontology, hispanic studies, conflict management and resolution, or women's and gender studies) who wish to take graduate Spanish courses using the allowed elective nine non-GLS hours should obtain permission from both the course instructor and their GLS academic advisor before enrolling in a class.


  1. Under the general option, only nine non-GLS graduate credit hours will be accepted towards the MALS degree and only six credit hours for cross-listed courses may be used.
  2. Non-GLS courses cannot be used towards the GLS post-Master's certificate.

Last Update: October 31, 2016