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Program eligibility requirements
Get approved early! Avoid complications to your graduation planning by submitting your Liberal Arts Major (LAM) proposal in a timely manner. The LAM offers a rolling application process. For 2022-2023 proposal due dates are September 13, October 11, November 8, December 6, January 17, February 14, March 14, and April 11. The LAM Faculty Review Committee will typically respond to proposals within two weeks.
Students interested in the LAM must first work with an advisor to create a proposal for a unified interdisciplinary program of study. Advisors can find all of the relevant application materials and additional program information in the university S Drive: CLA folder/Checklists/Current Liberal Arts Major Documents.
All LAM proposals consist of three parts:
- LAM Rationale of Coherence Essay (1000-2000 words)
- Identifies the focus of the interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Major
- Specifies how this program of study will contribute to the student's future goals
- Describes how each of the courses included in the student's course list contributes to the overall learning/goal(s)
- LAM Course List (at least 33 upper-division credits)
- Includes at least 32 upper-division semester credits (3xx-, 4xx-, or 5xx-level courses)
- Includes a 1-credit LAM Mentorship Student-Designed Independent Study (SDIS)
- At least half of the credits in the course list must be earned at Metropolitan State
- No more than 8 semester credits of the total coursework can be in non-CLA courses or disciplines
- No D grades are acceptable in any LAM
- LAM Checklist
- Includes student tech ID
- Includes advisor's name
- Is signed and dated
Students are encouraged to apply to the LAM before they have earned 80 credits or at least one semester before they intend to graduate. Students submitting their LAM proposal after this may find their graduation delayed.
Students must submit their proposals to the LAM Director and may do so electronically, in person, or by mail. Proposals not meeting minimum guidelines will be immediately returned to students. Typically, within two weeks of each proposal deadline, the LAM Faculty Review Committee will evaluate student proposals and either approve them or return them with suggestions for revision. Students quoting materials from the university's course catalog or individual faculty syllabi in their Rationale of Coherence Essay must provide an appropriate source citation. Students can find resources to help them meet the university's academic integrity policies and procedures here. Each LAM proposal will be scored on a rubric and must demonstrate appropriate communication skills, writing skills, and research skills. Students may request a copy of this rubric from their advisor.