Students in the MLS program develop more than lifelong learning habits—they also develop lifelong friendships. Despite juggling many responsibilities, MLS students nevertheless find ways to connect with one another, whether it’s grabbing a bite at a program reception before class, having dinner with faculty and alumni, getting coffee after class, or sharing photos from a field trip. MLS students are encouraged to be involved in the MLS Student Association.
All MLS students receive a subscription to Confluence, the Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. Published by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP), Confluence is a national, interdisciplinary journal reflecting the best scholarly and creative work of graduate liberal studies programs. Its broad scope includes scholarly essays and creative work, such as short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Contributors include students, alumni, faculty, and others affiliated with graduate liberal studies programs. USC MLS students are encouraged to read Confluence to be part of the intellectual discussion in the graduate liberal studies community and to submit work to Confluence for publishing consideration. The hybrid prose-poetry of Karen Holden (MLS ’09) was published in Confluence Vol. XV:2, Spring 2010.
A number of universities within the AGLSP jointly sponsor a west coast summer weekend symposium. This Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium gives students and alumni the experience of presenting papers and learning from presentations in a supportive, academic environment. Past symposia have been held on the campuses of Dominican University, Stanford University, Reed College, and Simon Fraser University. USC MLS students selected to present papers receive financial awards to defray their travel expenses. The USC MLS Program hosted the 2012 GLS Symposium on June 22-23, 2012.
The entire MLS community – students, faculty, alumni, and staff – turns out for the annual Colloquium, at which the graduating MLS students present short synopses of their summative projects. Of course, Commencement is a celebration for all, most especially the graduates and their families.
The MLS program inculcates a mindset of lifelong learning. Here’s what some USC MLS students had to say.