Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)

MALS Degree + Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in WGS

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 Dr. Patricia Turrisi - (GLS Director), copy to Rachel C. Gentry - (GLS Program Assistant) and Dr. Katherine Montwieler - (Women's Studies and Resource Center Director).

Once approved by the GLS Program Director, students should closely coordinate their academic journey with both their WGS Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Turrisi, and the Director of the Office of Women's Studies and Resource Center, Dr. Katherine Montwieler. She can be contacted at 910.962.3328 -

The combined program requires 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:

  • Twelve semester hours as specified in the Women's Studies and Resource Center web page titled Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies.
  • Twelve semester hours of GLS classes (above and beyond any GLS classes used to meet the twelve hours required by the certificate requirements)

Students need to apply to post-baccalaureate in Women and Gender Studies to be admitted. Click here for more info about the certificate:

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, or conflict management and resolution) who wish to take graduate gerontology 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 for the Post-Master's in Liberal Studies certificate program.

Last Update: February 5, 2018