The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies



Confluence welcomes manuscripts from students, faculty, and graduates of AGLSP member programs, including essays, research papers, short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art pieces, and photography. The journal also accepts book reviews of interdisciplinary works of interest to the Liberal Arts community. Confluence publishes new, full issues twice per year – in the Spring and Fall. Additionally, newly accepted manuscripts are published regularly on the newly redesigned Confluence website.

Now accepting submissions year-round!

Submissions are welcome year-round, and will be reviewed promptly after receipt. Authors will generally be notified of the verdict on their work within four to six weeks, with publication often soon thereafter.

For complete submission instructions, please visit the Instructions for Authors page.


New Special Section of the Journal: 

Human Values—Insights, Implications, Applications

Although a primary purpose of liberal education is to provide a sound foundation on which one can begin to identify oneself and one’s world, it must equally provide the tools with which to question, to discuss, and to recognize and cultivate new manners of relating. At the heart of a liberal education should be an acute recognition of, and respect for, the profound diversity of human character and human experience, which should in turn motivate and direct the promotion of justice.

As the voice for graduate liberal studies in North America, Confluence is well positioned to bear the responsibility of fostering the kind of dialogue, engagement, and relation that constitutes the heart and the value of a liberal education. To this end, we are introducing a new special section of the journal: Human Values—Insights, Implications, Applications. This section will comprise submissions that deal specifically with applications of ‘liberal’ learning to questions of human values and contemporary challenges to the stability and security of human society. While reviewing submissions, the Editorial Board will select papers that fit with the purpose and philosophy of this new section; however, if you submit a paper that you feel is appropriate for inclusion, please indicate your preference for consideration.