A Mercyhurst education prepares you to succeed in a high-demand job or in graduate school, while also providing you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to live a better, fuller, richer life. You’ll learn to appreciate art and culture, to value the interconnectedness of the human experience, to serve others to improve the well-being of communities, and to be resilient in the face of adversity.
To achieve these goals, you’ll complete the REACH Curriculum in addition to your academic major. The REACH Curriculum, adopted in 2016, includes special experiences in the freshman and senior years, as well as coursework from a wide variety of the liberal arts and sciences during your four years here.
All the courses in the REACH Curriculum are designed to:
The Freshman Experience
An introduction to academic writing and thought, as well as to college life. COMP120 (Writing and Research) plus two one-credit courses to help ease the transition from high school to college: iMU101 (Introduction to Mercyhurst) and iMU102 (Involvement at Mercyhurst).
The Liberal Arts Experience
10 courses in 10 different disciplines. To make sure you explore a variety of fields of study, no two of these course numbers can have the same prefix. You’ll take two courses each from these five broad areas:
You can take any 100- or 200-level course in these fields to fill your liberal arts requirements.
The Senior Experience
Ethics 400, a capstone course for the REACH Curriculum, along with the capstone course in your academic major.
Sometime after your freshman year, you’ll do at least one one-credit experience in service learning or civic engagement. Many of these experiences will involve travel abroad or around the country, combined with a significant service component.