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 (GLS Director), copy to (GLS  Assistant Director) and Dr. Dana Stachowiak - (Women's Studies and Resource Center Director).

Once approved by the GLS Program Director, students should closely coordinate their academic journey with both the GLS Program Director and the Director of the Office of Women's Studies and Resource Center, Dr. Dana Stachowiak. She can be contacted at 910.962.3328

Certificate Requirements

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.