HAFENMAIER COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Explore the meaning and significance of human existence.

The disciplines within the Hafenmaier College seek to illuminate the variety and complexity of human endeavors in the cultural context of individuals, groups, societies and nations. Through your engagement in the humanities, arts and social sciences, you’ll learn to research complex issues, conceive eloquent arguments and expand your artistic expression to a deeper and more meaningful level. From expressions of beauty to the pursuit of wisdom, these programs equip you with the sought-after abilities to communicate well, initiate positive change, and create images and texts that connect us with one another. 

Fast Facts

  • The Cummings Art Gallery regularly houses installations by regional and national artists as well as student artists, including juried shows and thesis exhibitions

  • Psychology majors develop original research projects that explore topics ranging from smoking addiction to eating disorders to gambling

  • Mercyhurst’s annual Literary Festival welcomes essayists, novelists and poets to campus for several days of readings and workshops for our creative writing students

  • Each year, Mercyhurst students contribute to, edit and design Lumen, our award-winning literature and arts magazine

  • The art department purchased its first 3D MakerBot printer in 2016. Several courses incorporate 3D printing to bring student sketches and designs to life

  • What better way to learn about art than to experience it firsthand? That’s why graphic design majors head to art museums in Pittsburgh and Cleveland and check out major art shows twice a year

  • The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture organizes on-campus programming by world-class touring acts and visiting artists.

Mission Statement

The disciplines within the Hafenmaier College seek to illuminate the variety and complexity of human endeavors from introspective thought to social engagement in a cultural context of individuals, groups, societies, and nations. Through the human expression of beauty in art, dance, music, and theater, and the timeless pursuit of wisdom and understanding in philosophy, religion, and literature, we seek to explore the mystery of being human by bridging what has been, what is, and what will be in our quest for understanding.


Contact Us

Christina Riley-Brown, Ph.D.
Dean, Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Office: Hirt 301
Phone: 814-824-2350
Email: crileybrown@mercyhurst.edu

Resources

Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture

Meet the Deans

Christina Riley-Brown, Ph.D.
Dean, Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Jeffrey Roessner, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Professor