Program Overview

Lenoir-Rhyne University offers a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degrees for students who are interested in studying multiple disciplines and fields to understand human ideas in philosophy, history, written and spoken literature, the arts and other fields. Students will learn about the humanities with political, religious, social and scientific contexts. The program will emphasize areas chosen by the student, including gender, religion, culture, science, nature, and creative nonfiction writing, health, and cultural identity.

Students will take part in a curriculum which emphasizes analytical and critical capacities in the examination of liberal studies. Classes include comparative sociology, political sociology, global social movements, history of social thought, studies in American literature and culture, studies in 20th century British and Irish literature and culture, studies in American romanticism, experimental narrative, the British novel, gender and literature, contemporary women writers, and studies in film.

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications show that the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as functional affective professional in their field. These qualifications include the ability to demonstrate acquired skills and knowledge in general education areas that are the foundation to life skills and further education, to demonstrate basic knowledge in of literature, the humanities, and other liberal arts which will provide the basis for further study, and to demonstrate a basic knowledge in several areas of liberal studies, and to develop a broad foundation for advanced studies. "

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended.
    2. An official copy of GRE or MAT test scores (unless Career Admission Track applies).
    3. If Career Admission Track, one professional Recommendation [PDF].
    4. Essay clearly articulating goals and life experiences that have impacted your decision to pursue a degree in Language Development and Learning.
    5. Resume or vitae.

    School Overview

    Lenoir-Rhyne University is a four-year, private, liberal arts academy that is located in Hickory, North Carolina. The school was founded in 1891 by four Lutheran pastors. Lenoir-Rhyne University is associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

    Lenoir-Rhyne University offers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. The school offers more than 60 different majors in a wide variety of career fields, and many master's degree programs are offered completely online.


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