Mission Statement

The Master of Arts in the Liberal Arts (MALA) program is a graduate-level MA-granting interdisciplinary program administered by the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.  It is a broad, interdisciplinary program of part-time or full-time graduate study that integrates and expands the student’s knowledge and awareness and that is geared toward the student’s interests.

The Mission of the MALA Program is

  • to provide graduate-level opportunities for students to pursue studies not provided by traditional department programs;
  • to encourage non-traditional students (especially working adults) to pursue graduate-level professional and/or personal enhancement;
  • to serve as an incubator for programs of study not currently formally created;  
  • to provide an opportunity for students to reestablish their academic careers after professional or personal hiatus in a manner suited to their uniquely developed interests as well as time constraints.

In support of this mission, the MALA program embraces the following broad goals:

  • To encourage independent-minded students to pursue graduate-level interdisciplinary programs of study.
  • To provide academic opportunities at the Master’s level not provided by discipline-specific degree programs within the university.
  • To encourage interdisciplinary research and studies.
  • To offer instructional venues to exhibit and develop interdisciplinary expertise among LSU’s faculty and to have that expertise shared with students.