About the program
You never stop asking, “Why?” A brilliant insight can come from a book, a painting or a conversation. A lively debate about ideas gets your heart pumping more than a double espresso. The nature of reality, identity and humanity are the lenses of your intellectual life. Creative expression helps you navigate new material. The Liberal Studies program of Rollins College is where you will find like minds and grow by integrating disparate ideas. You may even find a new path to a new career!
We teach students new ways of thinking, not just new knowledge. Students update and curate their worldview through analysis of philosophy, history, art, literature, humanities, politics, religion, psychology and themselves. Critical thinking and communication skills honed in the MLS program prepare students for a rapidly changing job market by developing skills that are irreplaceable by technology. And, even when you complete your degree, you're never done learning. Our alums return for speakers, annual events, and book clubs.
Each cohort begins the core curriculum in the fall. Class size is limited to maintain low student to faculty ratio, facilitate engaged classroom discussions and provide individualized attention. Admitted students may take electives or masterworks classes for credit prior to the fall semester.
Each cohort completes the core curriculum of 24 credits in lockstep, creating the opportunity for students to develop relationships with one another that facilitate classroom discussion in an atmosphere of trust. Students develop the same foundation of knowledge on which to build their individual interests and thesis project. The sense of community fostered by the lockstep core curriculum results in an active and engaged community of alumni who continue to share their intellectual interests after graduation.
- The Human Order
- Religion and Western Culture
- Origins of Modernity
- Milestones of Modern Science
- Masterpieces of Modern Literature
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies General Studies & Classics Liberal Arts View 807 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in United States
- A completed Application with a $50 non-refundable application fee.
- Official transcripts from the bachelors or master’s degree granting college or university institution. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0+ is recommended.
- We do not require standardized graduate entrance exams.
- Two letters of recommendation are required to be submitted via the online application process.
- An essay of 3-5 pages discussing a book that you enjoyed reading, other than the Bible, and explain how that book has influenced your thinking.
- Briefly describe the qualities, life experiences, and special abilities that you could bring to the program.
- You will be asked a series of questions about your academic honors, community activities, personal reading interests, completed courses, and personal interests.
- Applicants whose first language is not English to adequately demonstrate English competency as part of the application process.
- Demonstrate appropriate permanent resident or visa status.
International12552 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 523 USD per credit during 24 months.
National12552 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 523 USD per credit during 24 months.
Living costs for Winter Park
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