Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)


Education has come a long way over the course of history. Gone are the days of simply training a student in the technical skills that he or she might need in order to be successful in a career after graduation. Increasingly, colleges and universities are being called on to develop the whole individual. This emphasis IS largely concerned with the behaviors associated with a liberal education, namely those soft skills that are not field specific, but may be vitally important to the student outside of the academic environment. This study investigated the levels of psychological capital areas exhibited by students in the leadership studies program at Fort Hays State University. Based on a survey, the students were evaluated on six different capacities. These survey results were tabulated and analyzed for development over the course of the program of study. The findings generally supported the thesis that students may improve these dimensions as a result of their participation in the program. The study also produced several possible implications for future research, implications for educators, and possible implications for practitioners.


Brent Goertzen

Date of Award

Summer 2008

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 2008 Brett L. Whitaker


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