Liberal and Integrative Studies

Academic Year: 2009 – 2010


Liberal and Integrative Studies is a graduate degree program built on 30 years of experience in individualized learning. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to design a degree consistent with their own educational goals, using available institutional and area resources. The department’s major purpose is to serve students whose needs and objectives are best met by combinations of courses or mixes of learning formats not available through established curricula.

The curriculum structure emphasizes the integration of key learning categories with a variety of instructional methods to form a well-rounded and individualized academic experience. Through integrating these categories with customized learning activities, the Liberal and Integrative Studies Department assists learners to deepen their understandings of the values, meanings, concerns, choices, and commitments that are basic to the quality of life.

On entering the major, students design individualized degree proposals for a course of study consistent with their particular goals, needs, and interests through LNT 501 Graduate Colloquium. Self-assessment, independent study, multidisciplinary courses/studies, and credit for prior learning assessment are all course work alternatives that may be integrated within individual curricula. Student degree proposals meet the interdisciplinary goals of the program while specializing in an area such as human resource development, global education, women and gender studies, African-American studies, technology and education, or society and the law.

Admission to the graduate program is limited due to the individualized nature of the degree process. In addition to applying to UIS, students are required to complete a separate application process that includes an LNT application form, a personal statement, two letters of reference, and an interview with an LNT faculty member. Deadlines: March 15 for summer term, April 15 for fall semester, and October 15 for spring semester. Admissions are continuous until an incoming class is filled.

Students are conditionally admitted to the LNT Program pending successful completion of LNT 501 Graduate Colloquium and approval of degree proposals by committees. Students must obtain committee approval within the semester following completion of LNT 501.

If a graduate applicant has an undergraduate grade-point average of less than 2.50, full admission to the program requires the completion of eight hours of course work at the graduate level with grades of B or better. These hours must be completed before enrolling in LNT 501. Graduate students may count a maximum of 12 semester hours in courses taken before they began the LNT Program.

Grading Policy
The following courses are offered only on a CR/NC basis: LNT 501, LNT 521, LNT 580, and LNT 599.

Graduate students are expected to maintain a grade-point average of 3.00 (B). At the graduate level, a maximum of eight hours of C grades is applicable to the degree, provided each hour of C is balanced by an hour of A and provided the C grade is approved by the student’s degree committee.

Graduate students registering in 400-level courses are expected to perform at a higher level than undergraduates in the same course. Individual instructors in 400-level courses specify the criteria for awarding graduate-level credit. These may be qualitative (higher standards for written work and/or contributions to group discussion) or quantitative (additional work or higher test scores).

Master’s Closure
After initial registration in LNT 550 or LNT 560, students must maintain registration in the closure activity. Students who have not completed their master’s project or thesis after registering for the number of project or thesis hours specified in their degree proposal must register for LNT 551 Master’s Project Continuing Enrollment or LNT 561 Thesis Continuing Enrollment (zero credit hours, one billable hour) each fall and spring semester until the project or thesis is completed.

Credit for Prior Learning
Mature students with extensive life and work experience may apply for graduate-level credit for these experiences. For these students, EXL 501 Graduate Prior Learning Portfolio Development is recommended. Students should contact the Credit for Prior Learning office during their first term for information about the process. Contact the CPL office or see the website for more information.

Major Requirements
LNT 501 Graduate Colloquium 4 Hrs.
LNT 521 Liberal & Integrative Studies 2 Hrs.

LNT Elective Courses
*LNT 580 Independent Field Project 2-12 Hrs.
*LNT 599 Independent Study: Tutorial 2-12 Hrs.
(minimum) 4 Hrs.
(maximum) 12 Hrs.

Graduate Closure Project
*LNT 550 Master’s Project 1-8 Hrs.
*LNT 560 Thesis 1-8 Hrs.
(minimum) 4 Hrs.
(maximum) 8 Hrs.

*There are no classroom meetings for these courses. Students sign independent study contracts with faculty sponsors.

Other Requirements
Additional courses (at least 12 hours must be at the 500-level) 30 Hrs.

In some instances, the interdisciplinary nature of the student’s curriculum will suggest the need for educational experiences that total more than the required minimum number of credits. The final number of credit hours for the degree must be negotiated between the student and the degree committee at the time the degree proposal is approved.


Master of Arts in Liberal and Integrative Studies


Eric Hadley-Ives, Karen Kirkendall, William Kline, Rosina Neginsky, Annette Van Dyke
Associated Faculty: Peter Boltuc
Emerita Faculty: Jan Droegkamp


Phone: 217/206-6962