The Master of
Liberal Studies (MLS) program consists of four major parts: a ten-hour core, an
18-hour concentration, examinations, and a culminating experience project.
entrepreneurship involves the application of innovative ideas to assist others
in need (such as refugees, the homeless, or abandoned children). If you have a
drive to improve our society while earning a living in an occupation that
attempts to help people, then this degree may be for you. The MLS in Social
entrepreneurship teaches practical skills that allow one to start a nonprofit
or work within a nonprofit.
All four core MLS
courses have as their basic concern “the human being as knower.” IDS 801
(Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies) introduces students to the MLS
program requirements, introduces students to each of the four core MLS courses,
aims to develop the practice of critical thinking, provides a consideration of
the nature of studying liberally (how and why humans study), and provides a
consideration of possible intrinsic and extrinsic benefits of liberal studies.
The major foci of IDS 802 (Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective) are: how
to know, whether knowledge is relative, and what knowledge is for. IDS 802
builds analytical skills, critical thinking skills, and moral reasoning skills
by introducing students to a variety of epistemologies (in the ‘hard’ sciences,
social sciences, and the arts and humanities), by offering an explanation and
critique of the scientific method, and by introducing students to questions
regarding knowledge and its purposes. IDS 803 (Origins and Implications of the
Information Society) helps the student understand the context in which ‘humans
as knowers’ live. IDS 804 (Information Literacy) helps ‘students as knowers’
acquire techniques and skills for getting and using knowledge.
culminating experience will be a project. The project will be developed and
carried out under the direction of the student's faculty advisor. The student's
faculty advisory committee will be involved in the approval and evaluation of
the student's project. The student will
be expected to share their project with the advisory committee, who in turn
will evaluate it according to the expected learner outcomes below.
Expected Learner Outcomes:
– critical thinking skills, use of knowledge, analytical skills, and moral
Advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills in sociology.
Introductory research skills – development of techniques and skills for getting and using
with sensitivity critically analyze the situation of selected categories of
people in need and the social contexts within which these people exist.
with sensitivity forcefully represent the positions of selected categories of
people in need in communication with community leaders and members.
identify central ideas within competing positions represented by community
organizations that have impact on selected categories of people in need.
use applied sociological principles to find appropriate compromise positions
for resolving conflicts that arise during attempts at assisting selected categories of people in
mobilize appropriate resources to assist selected categories of people in need.
Employment/Career preparation: this concentration prepares students
for potential employment opportunities of the 21st century which may
not yet have been considered which require advanced sociological skills
centered around a liberal studies core.
Entrepreneurial careers involving sociology are envisioned.
Program Advisor/Point of Contact:
Dr. Keith Campbell Department of Sociology &
designed to be a 2-year program.
Specific Concentration Admission Requirements:
- Effective July, 2012, applications will be reviewed for admission for the Fall semester only. Application materials must be submitted on or before March 1 for consideration. Admissions decisions will be made between March 2 and April 15 each year.
must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 (on 4.0 scale) or higher
page essay on the question, "For what reasons do you want to pursue this
MLS concentration in social entrepreneurship?"
Curriculum 31 total credits
Below are the 15 hours of SOC required courses. Candidates who have already completed up to
two (six hours) of these SOC courses are required to complete substitute course
work in consultation with the concentration coordinator.
- SOC 665 (Social
- SOC 670 (Grant Proposal
- SOC 679 (Community
Theory and Development)
- SOC 680 (Nonprofit
- SOC 681 (NGOs: Global
Social Innovation) [To be developed.]
Students will select one of the
following as the 6th course in the 18 hours.
- COMM 606 (Conflict Management
- MGT 611 (Human Resource
- SOC 673 (Program
Development and Evaluation)
COMM 810 (Organizational Communication and Leadership)
Culminating Experience (3 credit
conducted under the course IDS 820
- Focus of
culminating experience is to jointly provide advanced practical application of
research skills and knowledge base and application of core and concentration
Examinations will be
designed and administered by the program coordinator in consultation with the
advisory committee in a manner that is consistent with Graduate School policy.
will complete a social entrepreneurship project of appropriate size and scope
which reflects the learner outcomes for the degree concentration.