Master of Arts in Liberal Arts
The Masters in Liberal Arts at LSU Shreveport is a flexible, interdisciplinary 30-credit-hour graduate program. A two-course core sequence introduces the student to graduate-level work in the humanities, but beyond these required classes students are encouraged to their own interests within the larger framework of the liberal arts. The highlight of the program is the thesis, developed over three semesters. Graduating students compete to win the MLA Thesis Award, which carries a $500 cash prize and publication. Our students are mature, self-motivated, and driven by a genuine thirst to increase their understanding of their world and of themselves. Our graduates work in many fields, including business, education, management, media, and the creative arts. The program at a glance:
- 6 hours of core courses
- 15 hours of electives
- 9 hours of thesis
Department of English & Foreign Languages
The Department of English and Foreign Languages at LSU Shreveport offers BA in English with concentrations in literary studies or writing. Students in all majors have the option of earning a minor in Foreign Languages; currently we teach Spanish, French, and German. Our students are not only encouraged to develop a broad-based knowledge of their chosen field but they are also given opportunities for professionalization, including off-campus and on-campus writing internships and opportunities for presenting research papers at the LSUS Student Scholars’ Forum. We are the only department on campus with a lounge for our undergraduates, equipped with microwave, fridge, coffee-maker, tables, bookshelves, and couches. The lounge is home to our English Club and offers all English majors a quiet space to work or engage in group study.
The department’s literary magazine, Spectra, publishes the best of student creative work – poetry, prose, and art – on a yearly basis, with student interns serving as editors under faculty guidance. This year, for the first time, Spectra has lent its name to our national sci-fi short story competition.