Students & Faculty
The MALS program is designed for students in various ages and occupations whose intellectual curiosity and passion for learning did not cease upon completion of the baccalaureate degree or advanced specialized degree. Because many MALS students already have full-time careers, the program is designed to address the needs of part-time students. Admissions are rolling, and in some cases, conditional admission may be granted by the director. No particular undergraduate degree is required for admission. MALS students bring diverse interests, professions, educational backgrounds, and a lifetime of experience into the classroom.
Because interdisciplinary concentrations must span at least three disciplines, MALS students will have the opportunity to be taught by a wide variety of FIU faculty members. Unlike many graduate programs in Liberal Studies, which have no departmental centre the MALS program at FIU is housed in the Department of Philosophy, whose members have responsibility for coordinating the program, teaching, and arranging guest lectures for the Great Ideas Seminars, helping students develop their Interdisciplinary Concentrations, and ensuring that Capstone Projects are supervised by appropriate experts. The resulting emphasis on a philosophical integration of the disciplines is one of the features that distinguishes FIU’s program from all other MALS programs in Florida.
This arrangement ensures continuity and provides a core group of faculty members committed to the program. It also enables students to enjoy the freedom of interdisciplinary study without completely sacrificing the sense of community that enhances traditional graduate study. Most importantly, the Philosophy Department is a natural home for the program since philosophy is by definition concerned with the synthesis of knowledge from different disciplines. The resulting emphasis on a philosophical integration of the disciplines is one of the features that distinguishes FIU's program from all other MALS programs in Florida.
Information about the faculty members of the Department of Philosophy is available at the following address: http://www.fiu.edu/~philosop/
In addition to the Department of Philosophy faculty, members of the MALS faculty may come from departments throughout the College of Arts and Sciences. They may teach the IDS seminars, supervise Capstone projects, and serve on Capstone committees.