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Mercyhurst University guarantees that every incoming student who graduates with a Mercyhurst associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree will have gained real-world, outside-the-classroom experience in his or her

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 discipline. These “hands-on” or applied learning opportunities, which we call capstone experiences, are part of the required curriculum for every student, in every major or program offered at Mercyhurst University’s Erie, North East and Corry, Pennsylvania campuses.

We believe that these capstone experiences add considerable value to any Mercyhurst University degree by enhancing each student’s job search, career progress or pursuit of further education following graduation from Mercyhurst.

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Student Experiences - In the News

J-Term Success

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Hands-on, experiential learning is a hallmark of Mercyhurst University in all seasons, but perhaps never more so than during the new January term (commonly known as the J-term). Read more.

Public History

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Led by history professor Chris Magoc, Ph.D., the semester-long project has Mercyhurst history students photographing Erie’s historic structures, collecting oral histories from people familiar with the buildings and assembling their work in a striking photographic tableau. Read more.

Hospitality Management

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Because practical experience is integral to the Mercyhurst University hospitality management program, its graduates typically transition smoothly into the workforce. Read more.

Intelligence Studies

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Students in the intelligence studies department at Mercyhurst University will establish an Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Cell (AHTIC) on campus to help fight these atrocities. Read more. 

Applied Forensics

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You can lecture, demonstrate, simulate and create all kinds of hands-on experiences in the lab, but there’s nothing quite like the real deal. And that’s just what students in Dennis Dirkmaat’s Death-Scene Archaeology Short Course got last week when they responded en masse to a crime scene in Clearfield County. Read more.

Public Health

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David Dausey, PH.D., Dean of the School of Health Professions and Public Health, is continuing his Mercy Mission alongside his students through the American Wheelchair Mission. Read more.
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