The interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Applied Liberal Studies (MAALS) program meets the needs of liberal arts and sciences graduates by providing an effective bridge between rich backgrounds in the sciences, social sciences, fine arts and humanities and the challenging world of professional employment. Through coursework, internships and a capstone experience, students work with faculty from a variety of fields as they build the advanced communication, research and leadership skills sought by employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors. The program facilitates the development of the cultural competency, financial literacy, and information technology knowledge students need to navigate today's complex economies.
Students complete two internships, one in the greater Binghamton community and one in another region of the state, country or world. Students work with the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development to identify interests, explore opportunities and secure internship placements. At the end of the program, students participate in a capstone colloquium and a capstone project, in which students review and analyze their internship experiences and connect their findings to the issues facing practitioners and researchers in their fields.
Employers have already lauded this innovative program, noting that they seek applicants with the refined skills, interdisciplinary perspectives and professional experiences emphasized throughout the MAALS curriculum. Graduates of this program are prepared for a wide range of careers and positions in many of today's growing fields, including the healthcare, service and technology industries.
The Master’s degree in American Studies requires the successful completion of 30 credits of work. Master's degree candidates are expected to complete 24 credits of course work, including 6 credits in two core courses and at least 12 credits in one interdisciplinary area. They have the option of completing their final six credits either preparing a Master’s thesis or taking two additional elective courses.
The Graduate Program in American Studies educates M.A. students to become knowledgeable and productive analysts of American culture who will contribute significantly to a wide range of academic, cultural, and public institutions.