MLA Areas of Emphasis

The MLA degree’s areas of emphases provide suggested recommendations for course options. Students are not bound by the emphases, but should rather use them as a guide to fulfill their individual purpose/goal in taking up the MLA.


Classical Learning Emphasis

This emphasis is for students who are either already teachers or intend to become teachers. It is intended to deepen students’ knowledge of classical education and train them to teach from a Great Books perspective.


Suggested Courses:
12 hours:
  • MLA 5301 The Trivium and the Western Tradition
  • MLA 5302 Logic and the Great Texts
  • MLA 5349 The Epic: Homer and Virgil
  • MLA 53XX Teaching Experience (up to 6 hours)
12 hours from: 12 hours: General MLA Electives

 


Research Emphasis

This area is for students who are considering pursuing an advanced graduate degree in the Humanities or Liberal Arts. It is intended to provide students with a strong foundation in research methods and writing skills in order to prepare them for further study.


Suggested Courses:
12 hours:
  • MLA 5302 Logic and the Great Texts
  • MLA 6381 Special Topics
  • MLA 5399 Thesis (6 hours—over two semesters)
12 hours from: 12 hours: General MLA Electives



General Liberal Arts Emphasis

This area is for students who desire a broad education in the liberal arts, allowing them to craft their own degree out of the variety of courses taught in the MLA. 


Suggested Courses (24 hours)
12 hours from: 12 hours from: 12 hours: General MLA Elective