Ohio Dominican's commitment "to contemplate the Truth and to share the fruits of that contemplation" is realized in all the University‘s programs, but especially in the foundation of these programs, the liberal arts, which historically have prized the study of knowledge for its own sake. The critical thinking and communication skills developed by a graduate liberal arts education will serve students well in their careers, but a liberal arts education at ODU provides more than professional training: the MALS program envisions the formation of the whole person as a thinking and self-aware individual, with a dignity and value not based on economic utility but on the individual‘s capacity to wonder, to reason, and to analyze. As the late Pope John Paul II has written, students at a Catholic university "are challenged to pursue an education that combines excellence in humanistic and cultural development with specialized professional training."
Admission policies and procedures for all graduate academic programs of Ohio Dominican University are the responsibility of the Graduate Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee (GCAP). Admission to the program is the decision of the Program Director and the Master of Education Graduate Admissions Committee who review and evaluate all applications. In the case of applicants who do not satisfy the general requirements for admission to the program, the program faculty will decide on the merit of such cases. For admission to the M. A. in Liberal Studies Program, students must:
Students seeking admission to the Master of Art in Liberal Studies, who do not have an approved liberal arts major, may be admitted on the recommendation of the director of the program.
The graduate program in liberal studies is designed to make connections between the study of the liberal arts and the lifelong journey toward becoming fully human. This is accomplished through the rigorous study of past and present attempts to understand the human spirit. Students are encouraged to craft and pursue their own intellectual goals within the program framework. Our small, interdisciplinary seminars involve the rigorous study of primary sources and theory, both historical and contemporary. As such they include significant research that demonstrates independent critical thinking, critical reading, clear and concise writing, and the mastering of the historical overview of their subjects.
The MALS degree at Ohio Dominican provides graduate students with a distinctly Dominican education. The program of study is grouped into interdisciplinary categories that suggest the university‘s Dominican legacy: the contemplative life, the commitment to community and social justice, and the pursuit of truth.Students complete their degree requirements in two phases: first, through a sequence of core courses, and then, by choosing a thesis or non-thesis track. The following chart outlines the way in which MALS courses are grouped*.
Required: 3 credits This course should be taken as soon as possible once the student is admitted to the program.
Elective: 3 credits Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man. -Plato
*Courses in each grouping will rotate, and occasionally special topics courses will be offered. Some courses will share lecture time with upper-level undergraduate courses while retaining their own graduate learning outcomes. Every effort is made to publicize two-year course rotations. Consult the program director or your advisor.
Once a student has completed the degree's core courses (15 credits distributed among the required and elective courses above), the student must declare an intention to complete the degree along one of two tracks: Thesis Track The Thesis Track requires the completion of an additional 12-15 credits from elective courses in the core, plus 3-6 credits that constitute the student‘s thesis.
Seminar Track The Seminar Track requires the completion of an additional 18 credits or elective courses. Upon declaring this track, the student must also choose a faculty advisor. The student and faculty advisor work together to determine an appropriately cohesive sequence of electives.