Each degree-seeking student is required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of MLA coursework, with at least 24 of those credits taken at UNC Asheville. Students must complete at least one MLA course per year and maintain regular contact with their assigned faculty advisors in order to remain candidates for the degree. Students should track their own progress through the use of the Graduation Checksheet. It is expected that a student will need no more than 5 years to complete the MLA degree. Permission of the Graduate Council is necessary in order to remain a candidate for the degree beyond this time limit.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be attained in order to graduate. All coursework is assessed on the four-point scale, except for work related to the Capstone Project, which is evaluated on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis.
Required Interdisciplinary Seminars
Required Capstone Project Seminar
Required Interdisciplinary Seminars
(12 graduate credit hours)
Each of the following seminars are required of all MLA students. Topics for each seminar change each semester. Visit the Course Descriptions page for current offerings.
MLA 500: Seminar on the Human Condition - 3 credit hours
Explores the historical evolution of concepts central to the development of civilization and of the human personality, including freedom and authority, aesthetic sensibility, a sense of self and of social relationships and mastery over the physical environment. Required of all MLA students; must be taken at the first opportunity. May not be repeated for elective credit.
MLA/ENG 520: Seminar on the Human Experience - 3 credit hours
Interdisciplinary seminars on questions of human nature and human values raised in the humanities, but drawing on insights from the natural and social sciences as well. Topics vary. Required of all MLA students. May be repeated for elective credit.
MLA 540: Seminar on the Individual and Society - 3 credit hours
Interdisciplinary seminars on questions of human nature and human values raised in the social sciences, but drawing on insights from the humanities and natural sciences as well. Topics vary. Required of all MLA students. May be repeated for elective credit.
MLA/CCS 560: Seminar on Science and Human Values - 3 credit hours
Interdisciplinary seminars on questions of human nature and human values raised by the natural sciences, but drawing on insights from the humanities and social sciences as well. Topics vary. Required of all MLA students. May be repeated for elective credit.
Required Capstone Project Seminars (6 graduate credit hours)
MLA students are required to complete a Capstone Project through the following two seminars. The seminars must be taken sequentially:
MLA 670: Scholarly Inquiry Seminar (spring semester only) - 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 21 credit hours in MLA
This seminar provides a forum for students to develop their individual scholarly interests into a capstone MLA project. Includes survey of techniques of inquiry in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as practical issues from finding a topic, to final presentation and defense. Students will define a topic for the project seminar and begin preliminary research. Project proposals must be approved by the project advisor, the project seminar instructor and the MLA Program Director. Grading S/U.
MLA 680: Project Seminar (fall semester only) - 3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Successful completion of MLA 670 & 24 credit hours in MLA
Seminar dedicated to the completion of a capstone scholarly research project under the direction of a project advisor and project seminar instructor. Typically the project takes the form of a major research paper (40-50 pages), but alternatives, including creative projects in the arts or literature are permitted with the concurrence of the advisor and project seminar instructor. Drafts are presented and defended in the seminar, and final projects are due before the end of the semester. The final paper/project is approved by the instructor of 680, the project advisor and the MLA Program Director. (Grading S/U).
Electives (12 graduate credit hours)
12 credit hours from ENG/MLA 520, MLA 540, and CCS/MLA 560 (as topics change) or the following:
MLA 610: Tutorial - 1-3 credit hours
Student may take up to 6 credit hours of tutorials for elective credit.
Individual study supervised by a faculty member. Topics are chosen after consultation between student, graduate advisor and faculty member. Course may be repeated as subject matter changes for a total of 6 hours of credit. Requires permission of program director - please submit a Tutorial Request Form. Tutorials may only be used for elective credit and will appear on the academic transcript as MLA 610.
MLA 571-3, 671-3: Special Topics in Master of Liberal Arts - 1-3 credit hours
Courses not otherwise included in the catalog listing but for which there may be special needs. May be repeated for credit as subject matter changes. Elective credit only. See program director.