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Here is How Barriers are Broken

“What is unique about UB is that the professors are driven to help you undertake your research, even if it takes you outside of the traditional confines of the department.”
Kevin Leary, College of Arts and Sciences

Kevin Leary designed his own master's degree to fit his artistic passion

After enjoying an acting career that included four national tours, Kevin Leary was intrigued by the possibility of combining his love of theater with his desire to play a more comprehensive role in theater production. “I was attracted to UB because of its interdisciplinary focus – it seemed to be the perfect opportunity.” Kevin is currently in the MA in Humanities Interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a concentration in theatre.

“What is unique about UB,” said Leary, “is that the professors are driven to help you undertake your research, even if it takes you outside of the traditional confines of the department. They’re really motivated to help you succeed and they make sure you have the resources to do so.”

Students pursuing the MA in Humanities Interdisciplinary program design an individual degree, combining coursework from a variety of arts and humanities fields. Candidates also have the opportunity to integrate a social or natural science into their course of study.

Leary is focusing on directing and theater research. Through the support of UB, he’s been able to develop some tangible artistic and production credits: He has written and directed a staged reading of his own original musical adaptation, One for the Road, and directed Hedda Gabler as part of the department’s performance season.