This course is designed to provide students experience with scholarly research, analysis, writing and oral expression at the graduate level. Students will learn the analytical approaches used in reading, performing research and writing in the disciplines represented in the MLS program—the humanities, social sciences and sciences.

The objectives of the course are to develop the students’ abilities to do the following:

  • Perform library or Internet scholarly research at a graduate level;
  • Conduct graduate-level analysis of representative graduate-level readings and topics similar to those they will encounter in their MLS program at Rice;
  • Demonstrate the advanced analytical and critical thinking abilities required inside and outside of the graduate classroom;
  • Express the results of scholarly research and analysis and their original ideas in the written formats that meet the criteria for graduate-level essays, papers, and reports; and
  • Use oral expression, discussion, and presentation techniques at the level expected in graduate classrooms.

Course Details


Schedule: Jan. 7-March 25, 2019 (skip dates: Jan. 14 and March 11; one additional class to be scheduled)

Days: Mondays

Time: 6:15-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: Dr. Deborah Barrett

Classroom: ACC TBD

Do you crave intellectual challenge at a world-class university? Are you ready to learn new ideas, explore new worlds and meet others as part of the same expedition? Join us for an upcoming Master of Liberal Studies information session and learn about the program while meeting program administrators, faculty and alumni. We will provide an overview of the program and admissions process and answer questions. We offer online and face-to-face sessions.



This course is a part of our Graduate Liberal Studies programs. Participation requires acceptance to the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree program. MLS is tailored toward working adults, retirees and other non-traditional university students who wish to broaden their knowledge in fields they may not have studied in their earlier education.


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