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Administration
Kathleen Forbes, Program Director

About
The Master of Arts in Applied Arts and Sciences encourages innovative graduate studies across traditional disciplinary boundaries. It seeks to establish an intellectual community whose members, both students and faculty, are eager to employ the arts and sciences in ways that will enrich their understanding of themselves and of the world surrounding them. Interdisciplinary seminars, course work, and symposia are intended to nurture this intellectual community. The MA in Applied Arts and Sciences and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate can serve to enhance career opportunities as well as provide personal enrichment. More information is available at The Graduate School or UNCG Online: The Division of Online Learning.

Graduate Programs

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Global Studies, (15)
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Arts and Sciences, (33)
Professors

  • Robert Cannon, Microbiology, biology of Acetobacter, a cellulose synthesizing microbe (Director of Graduate Study; Department of Biology).
  • Larry Lavender, PhD, Choreography, dance criticism, aesthetics, creative process (Department of Dance).
  • Hephzibah Roskelley, Rhetoric and composition, reading theory, pedagogy, American literature (Department of English).
  • Stephen Ruzicka, Ancient history, Greek, Roman, Persian (Department of History).

Associate Professors

  • James A. Anderson, East Asia, China, Vietnam (Department of History).
  • Jeffrey W. Jones, Russia (Department of History).
  • Bennett Ramsey, Systems theory and thinking, social ethics, contemporary religion and politics (Department of Religious Studies).

Global Studies, PBC, (15)

The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Global Studies seeks to instill in students a solid knowledge of particular cultures, while also providing training in the analysis of global trends. Students will learn how to make connections between their knowledge of a particular part of the world and the larger trends and issues that affect all societies. Fifteen (15) semester hours must be successfully completed during a three-year period to earn the certificate.

Application and Admission
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a personal statement elaborating how the certificate will further their personal and professional goals.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses (9)
MAS 610 Culture and Ideas (3)
MAS 620 Human Nature and Society (3)
MAS 630 Scientific Reasoning (3)

Electives (6)
In consultation with the program director, students choose 6 hours of electives from the following courses:
Subtopics for MAS 610

  • The Islamic World: Perceptions and Realities
  • Global Arts: Windows into the Hearts of Other Cultures
  • Current Problems in the Middle East: An Historical Perspective
  • The Dragon Awakes: Charting the Course of Modern China
  • Cultural Identities: Contemporary Non-Western Literature
  • Voices from Latin America: Why Don’t They Like Us?
  • Religion and Ecology
  • The Reel World: Contemporary Issues on Screen

Subtopics for MAS 620

  • Dangerous Minds: Understanding Terrorism
  • Global Human Rights
  • Emerging Powers

Applied Arts and Sciences, MA (33)

The MA in Applied Arts and Sciences is an interdisciplinary degree consisting of 33 hours of graduate course work.

Application and Admission
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a three-to four-page essay describing their academic background and interest in applied arts and sciences and the program.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Seminars (9)
MAS 610 Culture and Ideas (3)
MAS 620 Human Nature and Society (3)
MAS 630 Scientific Reasoning (3)

Electives (18)
In consultation with the program director, a student may choose 18 hours of 500-to 600-level electives.

Thesis Option (6)
MAS 699 Thesis (1-6)

Non-Thesis Option (6)
6 additional hours in one of the core seminar areas and a Portfolio, Capstone Experience.

MAS 589 Experimental Course
This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

MAS 610 Culture and Ideas (3:3)
Artistic, literary, philosophical, or religious traditions, works of particular thinkers, and historical discourse on intellectual issues.
Prerequisite
Admission to the MAAS program
Notes
May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

MAS 620 Human Nature and Society (3:3)
Issues concerning human nature, society, or political life through works or problems from the various social sciences.
Prerequisite
Admission to the MAAS program
Notes
May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

MAS 630 Scientific Reasoning (3:3)
Reflections on scientific reasoning and/or investigations of particular problems to illustrate scientific reasoning.
Prerequisite
Admission to the MAAS program
Notes
May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

MAS 650 Independent Study (1–3)
Guided readings, research and individual project work on an interdisciplinary topic under direction of a faculty member.
Notes
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit when topic varies.

MAS 699 Thesis (1–6)

MAS 711 Experimental Course
This number reserved for experimental courses. Refer to the Course Schedule for current offerings.

MAS 801 Thesis Extension (1–3)

MAS 803 Research Extension (1–3)