The MLS Student Handbook

The Purpose of the MLS Program

What is our ideal? Rather than educate you within the parameters of a particular discipline, you are given an opportunity to acquire skills that will enable you to be liberally educated at a deeper level than when you were an undergraduate student and to be interdisciplinary in your approach to the acquisition and use of knowledge. Upon the base of the liberal studies core you build your program of study, which includes the courses in your concentration. Our deep bias is to help you become a better person, and, through you, help the world to be a better place. Thus our motto: "A better world through a better self."

You should expect to work much harder than you did as an undergraduate student. You should expect to encounter higher standards of excellence. A program of study with harder work, more work, and higher expectations should be understood as providing opportunities to improve your skills, acquire other skills, and increase your knowledge. Significant improvement does not come without significant challenge and sacrifice. Your education is an investment of sorts, and if you skimp on your investment now you will, for the rest of your life, have much less "capital" upon which to draw interest. Therefore, while you are in school, you should be more inclined to sacrifice other things for the sake of your education, rather than the other way around.

We hope to assist you in having a meaningful educational experience. If, in the course of doing so, we make mistakes or “irk” you, please let us know. We would like to be better, too.


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