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Kaley Klaus, MLS Coordinator
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 235

Literary Arts Concentration

About the Program

Expand your knowledge of literature and abilities in critical writing through courses in the English Department. Earning a Literary Arts transcript notation, this concentration involves at least eighteen hours (six courses) in English, followed by the Culminating Experience Project. The required course for this concentration is English 812, "Studies in Literary Theory and Application," a lively course offered every spring semester that provides training in contemporary theoretical approaches to literature so that even a student without an undergraduate English degree can succeed in literary studies. Near the end of the program, the learner takes English 874, the Culminating Experience Project in English, a rigorous one-semester exploration of a literary or pedagogical subject under the guidance of the Coordinator of the English Concentration. For the other coursework, students select from a variety of options that rotate and change often. All of the courses for this concentration are online, enabling distance learners to complete their degree.

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts in English OR a minimum of 12 undergraduate credit-hours in Englsih or English-related courses (not including basic composition courses)
  • This concentration requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 on the last 60 undergraduate hours. 

A person seeking admittance to this concentration can take additional coursework at FHSU or elsewhere to build eligibility for application to admission to the concentration. Admittance decisions are made by the MLS Coordinator in English, the English Department Chair, and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Program Curriculum

MLS Core Courses: 10 credit hours (required)

  • IDS 801: Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies
  • IDS 802: Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective
  • IDS 803: Origins and Implications of the Knowledge Soceity
  • IDS 804: Information Literacy

Concentration: 18 credit hours

The English Department is currently offering the following courses for the MLS program:

  • Literature and the Environment
  • Nineteenth Century Women Writers
  • Literary Visions
  • The British Novel
  • The American Novel
  • The European Novel
  • Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • The Classics and You: Part I
  • The Classics and You: Part II
  • The Novella
  • Ethnic American Literature
  • Classics in Detective Fiction
  • Film and Literature
  • World Drama
  • Modern American Poetry
  • The Short Story

Syllabi for all courses are made available to program members, in advance, through the Blackboard site dedicated to the English courses in the Master of Liberal Studies program.

Culminating Experience: 3 credit hours

  • ENG 874: Independent Projects: Culminating Experience

Total Required Hours: 31 Credit Hours

Students completing their MLS program in this concentration will have the following notation on their transcripts:

  • Master of Liberal Studies
  • Major: Liberal Studies (Literary Arts)

Program Contact

Contact Dr. Sharla Hutchison (785-628-4285) to see if the Master of Liberal Studies with a concentration in Literary Arts is right for you. Once you have been admitted to this concentration, please follow the MLS Checklist and carefully read the MLS Student Handbook.

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