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The protagonist in <em>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em> was the subject of Master of Liberal Studies student Kayla Hengami's paper selected for the recent Seventh Annual Graduate Liberal Studies Joint Symposium. Topics in the paper included religion, morality, abandonment, and good and evil. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Television.

They Slayed It

July 23, 2013

Kayla Hengami was given an assignment to select writing studied in class and another work of her choosing to use as a lens to explore the concept of borders. “Going into this paper, I wasn’t quite sure where I was…

Mischalgrace Diasanta, the Mary Roney Scholarship winner for 2013, is congratulated by Susan Kamei, Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) director and Jim Kincaid, chair of the MLS faculty board, who presented Diasanta with a copy of the master's thesis by Mary Roney. Photo by Erica Christianson.

MLS Program Awards Mary Roney Scholarship

July 12, 2013

Mischalgrace Diasanta of USC Dornsife Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) has received the Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship for 2013. MLS presented Diasanta, who as a MLS student wrote about the early depiction of Muslim…

Lee Crystal (MLS '12) shakes hands with Jim Kincaid (right), Aerol Arnold Chair in English and Professor of English, and chair of the MLS Faculty Board in USC Dornsife, after Crystal presented his research at the international symposium. Nita Kincaid looks on. Photo by Emily Loynachan.

USC Dornsife’s Master of Liberal Studies Program Hosts International Symposium

July 16, 2012

Under an umbrella in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center courtyard, students from USC Dornsife’s Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program traded spirited ideas about Friedrich Nietzsche’s “God is Dead”…

Lorna Joachim, daughter of Mary Roney, presents a copy of her mother's thesis to Master of Liberal Students (MLS) program student Jeri Schuessler-Loynchan (right), who won the first Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship. Photo by Ambrosia Brody.

MLS Program Awards First Mary Roney Scholarship

July 12, 2012

Jeri Schuessler-Loynachan became the first Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program student to receive The Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship during the program’s annual colloquium. The family of Mary Roney, who earned a…

Bill Handley, associate professor of English (right), instructs USC Dornsife's Master of Liberal Arts (MLS) student Nathan Masters in the course "Ideas of Nature." Photo courtesy of MLS.

Master of Liberal Studies Program Creates New Scholarship

May 8, 2012

The USC Dornsife Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program has established The Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship, an annual award given to a meritorious MLS student. The award will provide support to students who have returned to…

From left, Jeri Schuessler-Loynachan, Melisa Doyle, Lindsey Jones, Jennifer Permer, Darianne Dobbie, and Kayla Hengami meet to organize the USC Master of Liberal Studies Student Association (MLSSA).

Master of Liberal Studies Students Form Student Association

September 28, 2011

USC Student Affairs recently recognized the USC Master of Liberal Studies Student Association (MLSSA) as an official student academic organization of the university.  “We are excited to have this association to…

From left, Class of 2011 Master of Liberal Studies graduates Shelly Hacco, Alan Kita, and Tiffany Miller prepare for their presentations at the Fifth Annual Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium at Simon Fraser University. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Master of Liberal Studies Students Selected for Annual Symposium

May 27, 2011

As an actress and fan of Daphne du Maurier’s literary works, Shelly Hacco gravitated to the curriculum she undertook in the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) course “Acts of Interpretation: Literature, Film, and…

Susan Kamei Named to Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Board of Directors

Susan Kamei Named to Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Board of Directors

May 6, 2011

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) has named Susan Kamei, USC Dornsife associate dean for advanced and professional programs and director of the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) Program, to its board…

University Professor of History Kevin Starr's "passion is appealing" in his new book <em>Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge</em>, the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> wrote in a review. Starr of USC College will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame mid-December. Portrait photo credit Philip Channing.

A Wonder of the Modern World

November 30, 2010

Joseph Strauss’ audacity to try out for football as a spare 5-foot-3 undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati led to the creation of the Golden Gate Bridge. During his tryouts, Strauss was injured so badly he was…

Masters of Liberal Studies alumna Karen Holden '09

Karen Holden '09 Presents Project at AGLSP

October 11, 2010

On Oct. 8, 2010, Master of Liberal Studies alumna Karen Holden (’09) gave a presentation at the 2010 AGLSP Conference in Dallas, Texas. In her presentation “Re: The Los Angeles River: An Urban Exploration,”…