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English 350 (Includes American Literature 352)
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Liberal Studies 606
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Peace and Conflict Studies 735
Physics, Applied 755
Political Science 790
Psychology 830
Public Administration 834
Urban Environmental Analysis and Management
Urban Systems 977 (Joint Ph.D. with NJIT)
Women's and Gender Studies 988
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  Graduate School–Newark 2015–2017 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Liberal Studies 606 Program  


Graduate liberal studies is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of the world. Liberal studies concentrations are intended to provide interdisciplinary perspectives on themes, topics, and enduring human issues. The program allows students to create a unique mix of courses from across the humanities, social sciences, and professionally-oriented programs. It is geared to students committed to reading, thinking, and discussion. Students select courses and electives in terms of individualized interests.

With many courses offered in the evening, this program is ideal for mature, part-time students. GREs are not required. By learning to design, implement, and assess their own educational program, students perform many of the same tasks that program designers undertake for their respective academic programs. Every liberal studies student prepares an Annual Study Plan (an update of the Statement of Intent from the original admissions application). In consultation with the program director, the plan outlines the courses to be taken during the following year and overall academic direction in which the student is headed.

Prerequisites for admission include: (1) a baccalaureate degree; (2) at least a B cumulative grade-point average in undergraduate studies; and (3) a brief essay describing what the student hopes to achieve by getting a degree in liberal studies. The master of arts in liberal studies (M.A.L.S.) requires 30 credits for graduation. Credits must represent a concentration of courses chosen from the graduate school's offerings, including courses offered by other units of Rutgers. Study plans are designed in consultation with the program director. Nonmatriculated study also is available on a part-time basis.

Applicants to the liberal studies program should include a Statement of Intent (personal statement) with their application. The statement should be well-written and be one-to-two single-spaced pages in length.

The personal statement should include the following:
  • One-to-two paragraphs that explains what you hope to achieve in this interdisciplinary program. For instance, some students simply enjoy taking interesting courses with great faculty. Another student may be interested in the interface between crime, politics, and gender. What motivates you to join this program? What do you hope to accomplish?
  • If your undergraduate average was below 3.0 (below a B average), please explain what is different now. If you will not submit GRE scores (or your scores are not particularly good), please explain. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, but we would like to know how you assess your own educational background.
The program is open on a full-time or part-time basis. Students may apply throughout the summer for fall semester admission.
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