About Duke GLS

Graduate Liberal Studies at Duke offers a quality interdisciplinary master's degree, supported by the faculty and resources of Duke University's Graduate School.


Why do I hear people refer to this program both as GLS and as MALS?  

While Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) is the name of the program, some people refer to the Master of Arts degree granted by the program as a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree -- so sometimes you may hear faculty or alumni refer to the program as "the MALS program."  

What is GLS House?

GLS House, located at 2114 Campus Drive on Duke's Central Campus, is where you can find the offices and staff of Duke Graduate Liberal Studies.   Built in 1931, this cozy Cape Cod style house is one of many faculty residences that at one time lined Campus Drive, several of which have now been replaced by more modern structures.  It now functions as the on-campus home for GLS.  Its seminar room provides meeting space for Liberal Studies seminars, as well as program workshops and events.  Students should be able to park in the lot behind GLS House after 5pm.  

Prospective students are welcome to stop by to find out more about the program, while current students can stop by just to say hi!  Students are welcome to study in the screened porch upstairs, or in the seminar room (when it is free).  Students who commute from outside the Durham area can make use of the GLS House wi-fi, and use the House as a home base while on campus.  Nearby are the Graduate School and Sarah. P.  Duke Gardens.

How long has the Duke GLS program existed?

The Duke Graduate Liberal Studies program was inaugurated in 1984, with strong support and involvement from Graduate School Dean Craufurd D. Goodwin.  The program began under director Bonnie E. Erikson with 17 students -- all of whom went on to graduate.