Recommended Continuing Studies Courses
Applicants who have been out of school for a while, or who do not have a background in the liberal arts, are encouraged to take a few Stanford Continuing Studies courses prior to applying to the Master of Liberal Arts, both to reintroduce themselves to classroom discussion and to get a sense of what it’s like to take classes at night. CSP classes provide an excellent opportunity to work with instructors who may be able to provide you with the necessary letters of recommendation to apply. If you intend to ask for a letter of recommendation, it is best to take the CSP course for a letter grade. Taking CSP courses is not a requirement for applying to the MLA program.
Prospective applicants should consider enrolling in the CSP fall course "Shell Shock: Art and Literature of the World Wars." This course aims to introduce those who are strongly interested in pursuing a degree in the MLA program to the kind of seminar they will encounter if they are admitted to the program.
We recommend the following classes, offered this fall through CSP:
- The Aeneid (CLA 127)
- Greece and Rome: A New Account of Antiquity (HIS 169)
- Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights (LIT 52)
- 20th-Century American Novel Masterpieces (LIT 70)
- The Origins of Evolution and Modern Philosophy (PHI 110)
Note: Continuing Studies classes do not transfer into the MLA Program. For enrollment dates and more information, visit the Continuing Studies website.