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Mission Statement

MLAS is Nashville’s graduate liberal studies program, providing challenging and engaging courses in the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences. The MLAS program provides stimulating graduate level courses to the community and encourages informed thought, open-mindedness, and active engagement. The program is committed to a diverse, civil, collegial, small-class environment educating the whole person. The Vanderbilt faculty is active in teaching, service, research and is deeply committed to the development of the student, enhancing a natural curiosity through critical thinking, deep reading, and effective communication. graduation