Mission & Learning Outcomes


The Liberal Arts Associate degree major prepares students to transcend the boundaries of any single discipline and fosters a broad, challenging, interdisciplinary foundation of skills. Our goals are to instruct our students in the Mercyhurst core curriculum and develop their skills in communication, research literacy, critical thinking and reasoning. We strive to introduce our students to the benefits of a broad-based liberal arts education as well as to familiarize them with the Mercyhurst Mission which stresses ethical integrity, cultural diversity, critical reflection, sustainability, and becoming global citizens. Moreover, these skills are viewed as especially significant given our global knowledge based economy where it is predicted that today's graduates will have at least 10 different jobs during their work career. A strong skill base affords students the flexibility needed to adapt and change as the world continues rapid transformation.

Vision Statement: We strive to deliver a solid foundation in the Mercyhurst University core curriculum and mission while preparing our students to meet the challenges of a BA/BS completion degree program or become a valuable member of the workforce and contributor to our global society.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Consistently demonstrate effective written and oral communication, documented research, interpersonal communication, and presentation skills with clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness. Identify, locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and responsibly to increase understanding Access/analyze information that facilitates learning/critical inquiry; to adhere to standards of academic honesty
  • Students effectively connect well-informed social and civic participation with community-focused/ experiential education
  • Students develop skills in quantitative and scientific reasoning, including the ability to identify valid arguments, effectively problem-solve demanding quantitative literacy; as well as comprehend and use quantitative concepts and scientific inquiry to hypothesize/interpret/evaluate


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum

MU Course Catalog