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Office of Liberal Education

Miami’s emphasis on global and innovative liberal education has endured since its founding and is referred to as the Miami Plan (MP). 

Innovation in Teaching with Global Reach

Miami University was founded in 1809 on the belief that a liberal education provides the best possible experience for life in a changing world. “Liberal,” from the Latin liberalis, means “free” - the kind of education that free and democratic citizens should attain.

The Miami Plan enhances specialized studies in any major or professional field and provides contexts for exploring social, academic, political, and professional choices. The MP empowers students to creatively transform the future with the tools to question assumptions, design solutions, exchange views with others, and become better global citizens.

All students entering Miami in Fall 2023 or later participate in the new Miami Plan for Liberal Education.

Find Your Miami Plan

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Miami Plan for Students

Find resources to learn more about your Miami Plan options and courses, browse the list of advisors, submit course petitions, and more.

Author and Miami Alum Wil Haygood teaching a class

Resources for Faculty

Find support resources for faculty about how to propose Miami Plan courses, curriculum changes, the Liberal Education Council, Miami Plan Faculty Fellows, the Innovation Lab, and more.

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Resources for Advisors

Information for Academic advisors to help them navigate the options available within each Miami Plan.

Meet Our Staff

Leighton PetersonLeighton Peterson, Ph.D.


Leighton has been at Miami for 19 years. Leighton C. Peterson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Anthropology. A linguistic and visual anthropologist working in the American Southwest, Leighton specializes in Representational Practices, the Anthropology of Media, and Indigenous Language Vitality. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Elizabeth HooverElizabeth Hoover, Ph.D.

Associate Director 

Elizabeth is a Teaching Professor in Musicology and began teaching at Miami in 2012. She serves as the Lead Departmental Advisor for the Department of Music and specializes in music history pedagogy as well as topics on music and screen media. Elizabeth holds an M.A. in Musicology and a Ph.D. in Musicology, both from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dorothy FalkeDorothy Falke

Administrative Assistant 

Dorothy has been at Miami University for 19 years. She enjoys shooting pool, riding motorcycles, reading, cooking, and baking, and has two spoiled rotten cats. She is also continuing her education toward degrees in Accounting and Business Management Technology.

Dorothy loves working with the students, faculty, and staff here at Miami and assisting them with issues concerning the Miami Plan and Liberal Education.