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Liberal Arts Program
Sena Baker, Program Director

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The Master of Liberal Arts degree is designed to meet the needs of the student who wants an interdisciplinary, broad-based graduate education rather than specialization in a single discipline. This flexibility is appealing to a wide range of people who want an expanded liberal arts education and a better understanding of their heritage. Students may take a combination of courses in the Arts, Humanities and Christian Ministry.

 

The Master of Liberal Arts is an approved member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs and is directed neither toward professional research nor toward the achievement of a doctorate.

Curriculum Overview

The 36-credit-hour curriculum is comprised of a nine-credit-hour interdisciplinary core with two options available for the completion of the remaining twenty-seven hours.

Core Courses (9 hours)

MALA 5300 Western Heritage and Christianity
MALA 5350 World Views: Human Beliefs/Human Actions
MALA 5370 Western Culture through the Arts


Option 1:
Interdisciplinary Track
Complete any combination of DBU graduate courses (27 hours)

Option 2: Single-discipline Track
Concentration (18 hours)
Electives (9 hours)

 

Concentrations available to the Master of Liberal Arts student in the single-disipline track are:

Art

Choose 6 classes from the following:

MALA 5333  Fine Arts in East Asia

MALA 5363  Advertising Design (S-L)

MALA 5369  History of Modern Art

MALA 5372  The Arts and the Creative Process

MALA 5376  Drawing and the Liberal Arts

MALA 5377  Painting and the Liberal Arts

MALA 5381  Sculpture and the Liberal Arts

MALA 5384  Visual Faith: The Arts in Worship

MALA 5385  Special Topics in Art

MALA 5386  Crafts and the Liberal Arts

MALA 6382  Travel Study in Fine Arts

MALA 6392  Directed Study in Fine Arts

Other classes may be approved by the Program Director.

  

Christian Studies

Choose 6 classes from the following:

MALA 5301  Western Church History

MALA 5302   History of Religion in America

MALA 5303  Baptist History

MALA 5324  The Gospels

MALA 5351  The Early Life and Letters of Paul

MALA 5352  The Later Life and Letters of Paul

MALA 5355  Systematic Theology

MALA 5357  History of the Reformation

MALA 5358  Teaching Ministry of the Church

MALA 5361  Children's Ministry in the Church

MALA 5362  Youth Ministry in the Church

MALA 5365  Christianity in a Pluralistic World

MALA 5366  The General Epistles

MALA 5373  Hymnology

MALA 5375  Church Music Administration

MALA 5380  Ethnomusicology in Christian Missions

MALA 5394  John

MALA 5396  Mark

MALA 5397  Hebrews

MALA 6384  Travel Study in Religion

Other classes may be approved by the Program Director.

Commercial Art

Required Concentration Courses:

MALA 5336  Illustration I

MALA 5337  Illustration II

MALA 5363  Advertising Design

 

MALA 5369  History of Graphic Design I

or

MALA 5360  History of Graphic Design II

 

MALA 5376  Drawing and the Liberal Arts*

MALA 5377  Painting the Liberal Arts

MALA 6378  Graduate Internship in Publishing

MALA 6379  Graduate Show

 

Required *MALA 5376 Drawing and the Liberal Arts is taken twice (6 hours) to accommodate two levels of skill development.

 

Note: Prerequisites must be met before a student can register for a specific course. Portfolio evaluation by the Program Director for students who have earned a bachelor's degree from another institution.

 

East Asian Studies

MALA 5309  Essentials of East Asian Language

MALA 5331  History and Culture of East Asia

MALA 5332 History of East Asian Philosophy and Religion

MALA 5333  Fine Arts in East Asia

MALA 5334  Literature of East Asia

MAGL 5355  Leadership in East Asia

MAGL 5356  Business and Finance in East Asia

MAGL 5357  Understanding East Asian Civilization and Culture

MAGL 5358  Essentials of East Asian Language

MAGL 5359  Travel Study in East Asia

 

English

Choose 6 classes from the following:

MALA 5340  Studies in Global Literature

MALA 5341  C.S. Lewis

MALA 5342  Select Topics in Linguistics

MALA 5344  Studies in Fiction

MALA 5345  Studies in Non-Fiction

MALA 5346  Special Topics in English

MALA 5347  Studies in Drama

MALA 5348  Studies in Poetry

MALA 5349  Shakespeare

Other classes may be approved by the Program Director.

 

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESLS 5301  Second Language Acuisition

ESLS 5304  Methods in Teaching ESL

ESLS 5306  Content Area Language Proficiency Skills

ESLS 5308  Multicultural and Multilingual Learning

            Environments

ESLS 5310  Administration of ESL Programs

ESLS 5314  Practicum in ESL/EFL Settings (S-L)

 

Fine Arts

Choose 6 classes from the following:

MALA 5320   Technology in Communication

MALA 5321   Readers Theater

MALA 5322   Communication Styles: A Key to Business Success

MALA 5347   Studies in Drama

MALA 5372   The Arts and the Creative Process

MALA 5373   Hymnology

MALA 5375   Church Music Administration

MALA 5376   Drawing and the Liberal Arts

MALA 5380   Ethnomusicology in Christian Missions

MALA 5381   Sculpture and the Liberal Arts

MALA 5384   Visual Faith: The Arts in Worship

MALA 5385   Special Topics in Art

MALA 5386   Crafts and the Liberal Arts

MALA 5399   Opera Workshop

MALA 6382   Travel Study in Fine Arts

Other classes may be approved by the Program Director.

 

History

Choose 6 classes from the following:

MALA 5301   Western Church History

MALA 5302   History of Religion in America

MALA 5303   Baptist History

MALA 5304   American Diplomatic History

MALA 5305   History of Texas

MALA 5308   Medieval History

MALA 5312   The Twentieth Century

MALA 5328   Topics in Latin American History

MALA 5335   American Republic: 1800-1850's

MALA 5354   Ancient Civilizations

MALA 5357   History of the Reformation

MALA 5371   U.S. Intellectual and Social History

MALA 5388   Foundations of the American Republic

MALA 5389   Civil War and Reconstruction

Other classes may be approved by the Program Director.

 

Missions

Choose 6 classes from the following:

MAGL 5330   Introduction to Missiology

MAGL 5331   Cross-Cultural Living and Ministry

MAGL 5332   Strategies for Missionary Work

MAGL 5333   Local Church on Mission

MAGL 5334   Chronological Bible Storying

MAGL 5335   Biographies of Outstanding Missionaries

MAGL 5340   Integrating Faith and Cultures

MAGL 5343   Understanding Islam

MAGL 5344   Strategies for Urban Ministries

Other classes may be approved by the Program Director.

 

Political Science

Choose 6 classes from the following:

MALA 5304   American Diplomatic History

MALA 5311   Political Communication

MALA 5314   International Relations

MALA 5315   Municipal Government and Urban Development

MALA 5316   Study of Public Administration

MALA 5317   Comparative Government

MALA 5318   American Political Tradition

MALA 5395   Directed Study in Social Sciences

Other classes may be approved by the Program Director.

 
Total Credit Hours Required:  Minimum 36 hours

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

 

Dual Master's Degrees

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available through a dual degree program!

 

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M.A. in Management / M.Ed. in Kinesiology
M.A. in Student Ministry / M.A. in Management
M.A. in Student Ministry / M.A. in Teaching
M.A. in Student Ministry / M.A. in Theological Studies
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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction / M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction / M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction / M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership / M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership / M.Ed. in School Counseling
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership / M.Ed. in Special Education
M.Ed. in Higher Education / M.Ed. in Kinesiology
M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language / M.Ed. in Special Education
 

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