Students in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program design individualized, interdisciplinary graduate study programs in the arts, humanities, natural and social sciences. Working with Skidmore faculty and the MALS Director, students create curriculum and choose courses that facilitate in-depth exploration of their proposed research topic and fields of concentration. After finishing their coursework and passing successfully through the Academic Plan review, students complete an interdisciplinary Final Project that serves as the culmination of their program of study. Typically, students compose a 60-75 page Master’s thesis incorporating multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students may also include creative work in their final project, provided that a significant part of the work entails a theoretical discussion.

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Theses from 2017

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The Divergent Favela: Development, Security, and Resistance in Rocinha, Aaron Marcel McClain

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Long After the Battle: James Hope’s “Authentic” Commemoration of Antietam’s Bloody Lane, Phillip Whitman

Theses from 2016

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Exposed By Phoenix: Veterans Health Care in the Age of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Andrew Bogardus

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Pascal and Fermat: Religion, Probability, and Other Mathematical Discoveries, Adrienne E. Lazes

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The Art of Controversy: The Role of Museums Exhibiting Works By Kara Walker, Carmen Lookshire

Theses from 2015

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Suffering Saint, Asexual Victorian Woman, Or Queer Icon? Cinematic Representations of Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Beauchamp

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An Aesthetic of Resourcefulness: Japanese Folk Textiles from the Edo Period and Beyond, Mary E. Dolden Veale

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She's Right on Time: Dorothy Love Coates and the Transformation of Gospel Music in the Service of the Civil Rights Movements, Randal Fippinger

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Ghost Soldiers, Elaine Lynch

Theses from 2014

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Utilizing the Contextual Learning Model at the Plattsburgh State Art Museum, Samantha E. Bellinger

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Empathy, Social Intelligence and Critical Thinking: What Can Theatre Education Offer?, Jane Dewey

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A Historical Examination of Punishment and Forgiveness in Literature for Children, Caroline L. Dee Gutbier

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The Changing Institutional Role of the Art Museum in the United States, Evelyn Ramirez-Schultz

Theses from 2013

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The Application of the Matching Hypothesis to the Group Theater and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Kaela M. Altman

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Films of the 1950s: Two Perspectives on Post-War America, Stephanie J. Baker

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Mining Our Heritage: Oral History and Place-Based Learning in the Adirondacks, Christine Campeau

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The Unique Nationalism of Isaac Albeniz, Stephen A. Keyser

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Fashioning a Better Future: Why Educating Young People about the Impact of their Clothing Choices Matters, Andrea B. Neiman

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Implementation Intentions: Examining the Social Implications of Establishing Metacognitive Processes which Bypass the Neuropsychological Planning Fallacy of Self-Employed Adult Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, Kate Palmer

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Dispelling the Myth of the One Tribe Nation The Work of David W ojnarowicz, Jimmy C. Powell

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Walking Through the Darkness: Pastoral Care to Survivors of Traumatic Loss, Mary M. Price

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The Way to Wanakena: A Photodocumentary Study on the Concept of Community in an Adirondack Hamlet, Kristin V. Rehder

Theses from 2012

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From the Ground Up: The Historical Roots of Umuganda in Rwandan Economic and Political Development, Sarah Bates

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Rudolf Steiner and Peter Sellars: Theory to Practice, Louis Balestra Di Nolfi

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Reconciling Greed and Altruism in the Open Source Community, Aaron Jay Dunn