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Welcome to Graduate Liberal Studies at Duke

In today’s world, a myriad of voices, perspectives and ideals clamors for our attention.  How do you make sense of it all?  And what will be your contribution? 

Duke Graduate Liberal Studies can help you to navigate this sea of competing ideas and opportunities while pursuing your own passions and interests.  By meeting with others face-to-face to discuss issues both current and timeless under the guidance of renowned Duke scholars, you can expand your understanding of the world and where you fit in.  By developing a personal toolkit that includes interdisciplinary analysis, reading and communication skills, you can develop the mental agility that allows you to move into new intellectual or professional territory. 

Flexible enough to accommodate the needs of both part-time and full-time students, the Duke Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree lets you take advantage of the full resources of one of the leading universities in the world to do graduate work designed around your own needs and interests. 

Is Duke Graduate Liberal Studies right for you?



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Friday October 19, 2018
Last week, Duke GLS students Sara Stevens & Citlaly Mora, and Duke GLS alum Natalya Barker, presented papers at the...
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Tuesday September 18, 2018
The deadline for submitting a paper, poster or panel abstract to the February 2019 Food Conference has been extended to...
Thursday May 31, 2018
The deadline for submitting a paper proposal to the 2018 AGLSP Conference has been extended to June 15 . See...


Information Session

October 23, 2018 -
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
GLS House, 2114 Campus Drive, Durham, NC

Wondering if GLS is right for you? Join us for an information session on Tuesday, October 23, from 6-7 PM, to find out more. RSVP to...

SAVE THE DATE: GLS Holiday Party

December 6, 2018 -
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Doris Duke Center, Duke Gardens
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Stay cozy and warm inside the Doris Duke Center at our annual holiday party for GLS students, alumni, and faculty. Invitations to go out...