The MLS Student Handbook

IDS 820 Projects in Liberal Studies  

Selecting a project as a culminating experience makes sense if your area of concentration is art or music. For example, a student in the MLS concentration for Art might have an exhibition for his or her artwork.  Another example: a student in the MLS concentration for Music might perform a series of his or her own compositions.

Even if you are not a student in either of those concentrations, selecting a project as a culminating experience may still be what is best for you. The big challenge is to figure out what to do for a project and how to make sure it is sufficiently ambitious to qualify as a culminating experience. You should expect to take more than a semester to finish the culminating experience. Listed below are some ideas for projects.  The list is meant only to help you work with your advisor to develop a project that is appropriate for you.  Be creative!

  1. A research project that results in a research paper and a series of web pages
  2. A research project that results in a research paper and a portfolio for a class, including a course syllabus, a detailed course outline or lesson modules, and a series of PowerPoint presentations
  3. Creation or re-organization of a business or non-profit organization, including a handbook (personnel policies, organizational procedures, etc.) and a research paper.

(Revised 8/29/2007)

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