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Student Voices

Here's what MALS students and alumni have to say about the MALS experience:

Maryam Ivette Parhizkar
MALS was a great option because I was able to explore multiple interests right away, without necessarily having to commit to a rigid discipline. I realize how beneficial my specific MALS experience was––I was able to do my research while continuing my day-to-day work. Even when I finished my courses, I attended so many amazing events at the Graduate Center that further formed my interests. My time at the GC also became a critical analog to the creative work that I developed as a musician and poet. I learned that I could be a critical thinker, artist and a person in the world all at once––and that all those things could beautifully inform each other.
Maryam Ivette Parhizkar, MALS ’15
PhD Student in American Studies and African American Studies
Yale University

Jennifer Dean
I really appreciated the interdisciplinary nature of the program. I am a recent alumna and still working on my career. The MALS program has helped me to become much more focused and, even after graduation, it has been an invaluable asset in providing me with information and resources.
Jennifer Dean, MALS ’13
Documentarian and Filmmaker
Charles Rowe
Being in the MALS program convinced me I was capable of pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature. I was recently accepted into the Graduate Center’s Ph.D. program in English Literature program and will begin attending this fall
Charles Rowe, MALS ’13
Adjunct Faculty
Bronx Community College/College Now
Monica Filimon
MALS is a wonderful opportunity for students who are looking to develop interests that they did not have time to pursue during their B.A. coursework. MALS made it possible for me to switch my research focus from literature to cinema.
Monica Filimon, MALS ’05
Assistant Professor of English
Kingsborough Community College
Alycia Sellie
Librarianship is an interdisciplinary profession, and the Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies program (MALS) is wonderfully flexible; it allows one to pursue scholarship a variety of disciplines. My work in MALS has been a great complement to my academic work in the library, and has provided the opportunity for me to experiment and explore across departments and with inspiring Grad Center faculty.
Alycia Sellie, MALS ’13
Media and Cultural Studies Librarian
Brooklyn College Library
Eric Pellerin
I was interested in Biography and Film Studies, and was happy to find out that I could study both while pursuing my Liberal Studies M.A.. I have concentrated on Film Studies, and the level of film scholarship in the film classes at the Graduate Center is superb. I hope to turn my thesis into a book after graduation, and several of my professors have asked me if I have considered enrolling in a Ph.D. program in Film Studies after graduation; I am seriously thinking about it.
Eric Pellerin, MALS ’13
Serials/Reference Librarian
Medgar Evers College


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