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Malachuk Named Director of Liberal Arts and Sciences at WIU-QC

May 21, 2008

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MACOMB, IL - - Dan Malachuk, assistant professor of English at Western Illinois University, has been appointed the Director of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the WIU-Quad Cities campus, effective May 15, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Inessa Levi announced.

"Dan has done an outstanding job in helping the college establish the new Bachelor and Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) degree on the Quad Cities campus as well as promoting the programs to regional community colleges," Levi said. "In this expanded role, he will provide academic advising to all WIU-QC LAS majors, participate in student recruitment, continue to promote the programs and ensure smooth matriculation of students into the major, coordinate and conduct program-enriching co-curricular activities for LAS students and coordinate the schedule of LAS-related classes. We are so fortunate to have Dan working on this project with us."

In 2007, the Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences (BLAS) and Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences (MLAS) degree programs, which will begin Fall 2008 at the WIU-QC campus. The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree at Western Illinois University will offer focused programs tailored to students' academic needs and interests and will provide a broad liberal education base. The program will incorporate study in the traditional areas of liberal education - - humanities, social sciences and natural sciences and mathematics - - to form a solid academic foundation. The degree program will provide a cohesive base for employment opportunities and further professional and graduate education.

The Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences is for students who need or desire advanced education but do not require a specific specialized content area. This interdisciplinary degree stresses critical thinking and comparative analysis through highly flexible content, rather than a more traditional advanced specialization in a fairly small content area. The LAS program is designed especially for students seeking a master's degree as an occupational qualification and for those who wish to have a more in-depth inquiry into the liberal arts and sciences as a step toward greater personal fulfillment. The LAS program promotes an advanced level of critique, analysis and comparison. Students will also explore the broad questions faced by human beings, as well as the specific means by which individual disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics have addressed these questions.

For more information on the LAS degree programs, e-mail Malachuk at

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