Multidisciplinary Studies Advising

The College of Continuing Education's dedicated, experienced advisers will help you find the right combination of courses from across the University to create a degree that satisfies your interests and professional objectives.

Meet past and current MdS students who, with the help of their advisers, forged their own personal paths to success.

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Josh Borowicz

As a senior academic adviser, Josh Borowicz, Ph.D., has advised University students over the past 30 years, especially students pursuing individually designed degrees. He holds a B.A. in English literature, an M.A. in Creative Writing, and a Ph.D. in American Studies.

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Karen Moon

​Karen Moon has a 30-year history with the University of Minnesota that includes 12 years of administration and communications in the College of Liberal Arts, and 8 years of advising graduate social work students. As a part-time, returning learner, she earned her B.A. in art history with a focus on American Indian art and issues of cultural representation. Her Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree reflects her ongoing interest in visual culture and the cultural construction of race.​   

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Karolyn Redoute

Karolyn Redoute, M.F.A., has taught courses in English as a Second Language, Freshman and Advanced Writing, Creative Writing and the Humanities, and now, MdS 3001W. Karolyn has published a collection of poetry called Prayers of the Shaman, and holds a B.A. in English Literature from Wayne State University in Detroit, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University- Bloomington. She is working on a second book of poems and  enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and walking vast distances.

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Lisa Garrett

Lisa Garrett, M.S., M.Ed., has a background in business education, instructional design, training facilitation and consulting, and program evaluation. She has been advising and teaching undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota since 2001. Her academic interests include reflective and experiential learning practices, building online learning communities, and teaching and learning models for adult learners.