Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Student Profiles

Kay Warren -- Alumnus

Why Liberal Studies?

The Liberal Studies Graduate program is appealing to me for many reasons. For one, the courses sound fascinating. Reading over the course titles and descriptions is stimulating. It would be impossible not to be curious about these topics. I have always thought of myself as a lifelong learner. I want to broaden my way of thinking and develop critical analytical skills through discussion, writing, and research. This program would give me the type of opportunities that would enable me to learn and grwo academically, personally, and professionally.

This time of my life seems to be one full of many opportunities for personal and professional growth. I have just accepted a new position as Huskins and Cooperative Education Coordinator/Instructor at Cape Fear Community College. My contract requires me to obtain a masters degree within two years. A Master of Arts in Liberal Studies would meet that criterion, but I know that entering this program would mean and offer much more to me than a degree. It would be a wonderful opportunity to advance professionally but also a time of self-growth.

Even though the main part of my new job is administrative, I will also teach one college course per semester. This is an exciting aspect of my new job since I have always loved being in the classroom. A masters degree would increase the number of courses that I am qualified to teach on the college level. Plus, I would bring back my new knowledge to the Cape Fear Community College environment, making me a more effective instructor.

I like the idea that MALS students have the option of possibly undertaking a directed individual study. I understand that this type of study must be approved, but this added flexibility in course selection is appealing to me. I would possibly like to pursue the option of taking gerontology courses as electives in completing the MALS degree requirements. Gerontology is an area that I have been interested in for a while, as I have observed the vast differences in how people age. In addition, I am hopeful that courses in gerontology will soon be offered in the community college's course of study, so that eventually teaching a course in this area might be an option in my current job.

I have wanted to go back to school for years, but it never seemed to be the right time for one reason or another. Now seems to be the perfect time; I am at a point in my life when I have time available to me that I have not had before, and I have almost finished my financial responsibility of educating my children. Plus, I realize that if I am going to do this, it is time. There is no doubt that my participation in the Liberal Studies Masters Program would enhance my personal and professional life.

Last Update: February 12, 2008