Master of Liberal Arts & Science

Testimonials

Donna Priesmeyer
Donna Priesmeyer
Executive Producer
CMT.com
MTV Networks

“In the spring of 2002 I was eager for a new creative challenge. Within the same week, two friends who didn't know each other recommended Vanderbilt's MLAS program. I learned that the course selection was exciting and the evening class schedule would enable me to work graduate studies into my busy personal and professional life. I began taking classes in the fall and soon discovered that this program was exactly what I was looking for.

I'm now in the bittersweet process of registering for my last class. I feel a great sense of accomplishment at the prospect of earning a Masters Degree from Vanderbilt University, but I will certainly miss the challenging and intellectually stimulating opportunities this program offers. Through my participation in the MLAS program, I have gained insights and made friends that will last a lifetime. I am most grateful for the opportunity and highly recommend it.”


Adrienne Outlaw
Adrienne Outlaw
Artist and Arts Writer

“Getting an MLAS degree from Vanderbilt is one of the most fun and fulfilling pursuits I have ever undertaken. Each semester MLAS students choose a class from a small yet impressive listing of subjects. Many of us pursue the program to round out our other degrees or professional pursuits and thrive on the lively and intense discussions in class. To be able to debate a given subject not only with a university professor, but also with the fellow MLAS students representing a broad range of expertise — from doctors to artists, from engineers to architects, from scientists to attorneys — is an opportunity not to be missed by anyone searching for a rich educational and zesty experience.”


Wayne Wood
Wayne Wood
Director of Publications at VUMC

“The MLAS program has been one of the best educational experiences my life. I have read great literature, learned history that somehow my other 16 years of schooling had neglected, and now know how a geologist knows how old a rock is. The program has been challenging and fun, and the students are among the most interesting people I've met. Currently I am working on my thesis on medicine and popular music, and look forward to crossing the stage shaking the chancellor's hand in May, 2007.”


Beth Matter
Beth Matter
Editor

“I had wanted to go to graduate school for some time and found the MLAS program to be perfect for me. Not only was there a variety of interesting courses to choose from, but class discussions lived up to the program's promise of intellectual rigor. That degree has led me on the path to lifelong learning.”


Barbara Tsakirgis
Barbara Tsakirgis
Assoc Prof Classics & Art History

“I have had the opportunity to teach courses three times in Vanderbilt University’s Masters of Liberal Arts and Science program. The experience has been rewarding in every way and compliments my experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students. While some of my students in the MLAS program have had little background in ancient art or history, they have all come to the classroom with tremendous enthusiasm to learn as much as possible; their energy has many times served as a welcome contrast to the lack of focus exhibited by a few of my undergraduate students. With their long lives of experience, my students in the MLAS program have brought insight that twenty year olds have simply not yet acquired. I have been able to take many of the comments and observations made by my MLAS students back to the undergraduate classroom to enhance my teaching.”


David Joffe
David Joffe
Attorney

“I have enjoyed thoroughly my participation in the Vanderbilt MLAS program and highly recommend it to anyone who values the university classroom experience and learning more about interesting subjects. The dedication and interest of the professors teaching in the program is readily apparent. The diversity of the students with varied educational and work backgrounds contributes greatly to the value of the program. I especially like the variety of courses that are offered. Vanderbilt has put together a great program, and I would encourage anyone interested in expanding their horizons to consider enrolling.”


John Lachs
John Lachs
Centennial Professor
of Philosophy

“Students in the MLAS program bring a wealth of knowledge into the classroom. Shirley and I learned a great deal from them and are proud to call many of them our friends. Having students who are anxious to learn and immediately integrate what they learn with their principles and experiences is the dream of every teacher. MLAS classes make this dream a reality.”


Marshall Eakin
Marshall Eakin
Professor of History

“The MLAS program has been one of the most interesting and rewarding teaching experiences in my twenty-three years at Vanderbilt. I teach Latin American history at all levels, from first-year students to advanced graduate students. Each of my classes challenges me in different ways with different types of students. What I enjoy most about the my MLAS classes is working with highly motivated, mature students who bring to the classroom a very wide variety of experiences and training. This group challenges me to teach and think about Latin America in more diverse and sophisticated ways than any of the other courses I offer. The MLAS classes I have taught have been an enriching experience for me, and I hope, for my students.”


Anna Letcher
Anna Letcher
Director, Administrative Strategy & Planning

“The MLAS program provides me an opportunity to study subjects that weren't a part of my first college experience. The faculty are leading scholars in their field, very engaging, and demonstrate their passion for the expertise with you in a way that is both fun and rigorous. This program is a great way to enjoy the learning process!”


Jenny Atkinson
Jenny Atkinson
Special Projects Coordinator for the First Amendment Center

“After a number of years pursuing a career, the MLAS is the perfect way to renew, recharge and reconnect: renew your educational path through a wide variety of intellectually stimulating courses; recharge your batteries by participating in discussions led by leading authorities; and reconnect with others equally passionate about continuous learning.”





Kerek Frierson
Kerek Frierson
Research Coordinator Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center

“Participating in the MLAS program is like visiting a new well of knowledge every semester. Each class is a refreshing renewal of the learning spirit. I have seen time and again the professor’s enthusiasm when conversing with motivated, mature students, who themselves provide another channel for the outpouring of creative thoughts and ideas. The MLAS professors have “been there” and are intent on communicating the substance of their experiences. The breadth of knowledge among the students in each class is impressive and nurtures an exchange of ideas at both the intellectual and personal levels. It is such a pleasure to be in a position where learning is not a one-way exchange of ideas, but is instead based on interaction between students and professors. ”





Judy Moss
Judy Moss
Administrative Manager, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

“As a student in the Vanderbilt MLAS Program, I have joyfully rediscovered my love for writing and reading! After many years spent focusing on my children and their futures, I can now focus once again on my own intellectual pursuits. The stimulating MLAS classes have added a creative dimension to my life, and I feel fortunate to be part of this program at Vanderbilt! ”



Judy Moss
Stephen Doster
Editor, Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology

“Vanderbilt's MLAS program provides a great foundation for anyone in today's job market where most workers will hold numerous positions in different fields during their lifetimes. The ability to master concrete and abstract concepts are becoming prerequisites, and the MLAS program provides exceptional education by requiring students to think critically and creatively across a variety of disciplines – ethics, history, science, theology, and the arts. Its multi-disciplinary curriculum challenges students in areas of study outside their normal comfort zones. The end result is the confidence to objectively reason and problem-solve regardless of the subject matter.”