The Liberal Studies program consists of ten graduate courses, which include four required Liberal Studies courses and six elective courses. It is a highly flexible degree program that offers students a wide latitude to design and implement their own curriculum in consultation with an adviser. Beyond the four required courses, the six electives must reflect a programmatic theme or focus that satisfies the degree candidate’s personal and/or professional goals. For example, you may wish your course work to center around women’s issues or issues of diversity, on environmental studies, increase your familiarity with English literature, expand your knowledge regarding international relations and politics, etc.
With this in mind, please write a statement indicating why you are applying to the Liberal Studies program. This statement should include a discussion of your interest in the concept of graduate liberal studies, and what personal, professional, or educational experiences you may have had that are related to your decision to apply to this program. Please be sure to include, even if only as a single sentence at the end, a proposed theme or focus for your graduate studies. The statement of objectives should be no more than 600 words in total.