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This seminar explores some of the ways humans approach meaning for themselves and understand the world in which they live. Seminar participants explore meaning within intuitive, rational, and empirical perspectives. While not a prerequisite for taking other MALS courses, this class should be taken as early as possible.
A range of elective courses enables MALS students to achieve a rich interdisciplinary education. MALS students must complete nine elective graduate courses taken from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including art history, classics, history, world literature, natural sciences, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, religion and theology. Of the nine elective courses (27 credits), at least four must be MLS courses. The balance of this requirement may be fulfilled with courses selected in consultation with a MALS advisor from other graduate courses offered at Creighton University. Students may include up to 6credits of work from a combination of approved graduate work at another university or 500-level course work at Creighton.
MALS students will demonstrate proficiency in a directed independent research project on a topic to be selected by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. A student will register for and begin the directed independent research after the completion of 27 credit hours in the MALS program. The project will culminate in a written report and evaluation of the research.
Following completion of all coursework, MALS students will undertake a final project. This project, which should build upon the Directed Independent Research, provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained through the Program to an independent activity of the student's design. The Final Project may take the form of academic research, applied research, or creative work. In all cases, a written analysis is necessary to fulfill the degree requirements. A final interview with a faculty committee, consisting of the Program Director and two faculty members, will conclude the project and the MALS Program.