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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program Marks Its Tenth Year at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 14, 2005

(Mahwah) – The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Ramapo College of New Jersey, the first of the College’s graduate programs, celebrated its tenth anniversary on March 10 with a dinner in the campus Trustees Pavilion.

The evening’s program recognized the first decade of graduate education at Ramapo College. The founding director of the program, Dr. Sydney Weinberg, joined current director Dr. Anthony T. Padovano, past directors Dr. Mark Howenstein and Dr. Edward Shannon, faculty and students for student thesis presentations and brief remarks.

Padovano was appointed director of the program a year ago. He is one of the founding faculty of MALS, and of Ramapo College, and is a widely published author and lecturer. Since his appointment, he has revamped the graduate program and introduced a certification concentration, coordinated the creation of a Website linked to the College’s main site and fostered an increase in the number of students enrolled in the program and faculty.

As an interdisciplinary, multicultural program, the broad themes explored in the MALS include art, film, history, literature, music, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, sociology, science and religious studies. Teachers, business people, professionals, and anyone with a desire to learn more about our global community will find that MALS gives them an interdisciplinary outlook and a multicultural awareness,” says Padovano.

Joyce Conroy, a MALS graduate who is pursuing a doctorate at Drew University, comments, The professors in the MALS program encouraged me and my classmates to ask questions, contribute to the discussion, and most of all, to encounter new ideas. The attention and mentoring made a huge difference. The give and take creates a superb atmosphere for learning.”

Since the program’s inception, MALS has evolved as a capstone of liberal arts education for the College, in part, due to its interdisciplinary and comprehensive education. Ramapo College’s program attracts recent college graduates, teachers, business leaders and returning students seeking a stimulating and rewarding experience.

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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