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UNCG Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Its Award-Winning Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program


Today students can earn a MALS degree entirely online if they choose, taking courses recognized for excellence by organizations specializing in education and distance learning.

Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) October 24, 2012

A quarter of a century ago, UNCG launched an innovative Master of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies (MALS) program that since has intrigued learners around the globe and earned a nationwide reputation for excellence. Today nearly 200 students are enrolled in MALS from Australia, Afghanistan, Canada, China, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand and 21 U.S. states.

Students are drawn to the program for its unique portfolio of multidisciplinary courses. For example, they can dive into mystery fiction or poetry, explore the theories of the world's great thinkers or dig into the historical roots of problems in the Middle East.

“Rather than locking students into a rigidly constructed specialty, we decided to create a curriculum that lets them follow their passion – from political science and history to literature and the arts,” says Kathleen Forbes, MALS director.

In 2004 UNCG took its innovative MALS curriculum to the Web, offering students the option to complete their Master's degree completely online. The move fueled a period of significant growth and has expanded the program's reach. Students now can learn when and where they want, from virtually anywhere on the planet.

MALS online courses have been recognized for excellence by a number of national, regional and state organizations specializing in education and distance learning. Audio and video, interactive maps and timelines, case studies, simulations and role-playing scenarios keep students engaged, help them build their critical thinking skills and make it easier for them to learn.

In 2008 MALS reinforced its commitment to online learning with the launch of a new post-baccalaureate Certificate in Global Studies that teaches students to think across borders and boundaries. The 15 credit-hour program is taught entirely online.

Reception to Celebrate 25 Years of Curiosity

To celebrate the program's anniversary, UNCG is hosting a reception for current students, graduates, professors and guests at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 17, at the Greensboro Country Club on Sunset Drive. UNCG Provost David Perrin will open the event, and guest speaker is Jim Dodson, editor of O. Henry Magazine. The $15 per person cost covers heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks and dessert.

To register to attend or to find out more, visit, or phone the University at 336-315-7044 (toll free 866-334-2255).

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