Fort Hays State University > About FHSU > Academic Divisions > College of Arts and Sciences > Master of Liberal Studies > Conc Soc Entrepreneurship
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:
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 &
Social Workkcampbel@fhsu.edu 785-628-5320
designed to be a 2-year program. Specific Concentration Admission Requirements:
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.
Students will select one of the
following as the 6th course in the 18 hours.
Culminating Experience (3 credit
ExaminationsExaminations 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.