Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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.  


of our grads secured jobs or enrolled in grad school within a year of graduation

undergrads in Hafenmaier College

number of law schools our grads have matriculated to in recent years

Mercyhurst students study abroad during their undergrad years (national average: less than 1 in 10)

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College Spotlight: DID YOU KNOW...

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

College Spotlight: DID YOU KNOW...

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.

College Spotlight: MIAC

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


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

College Spotlight: PSYCHOLOGY

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

College Spotlight: LITERARY FESTIVAL

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

College Spotlight: LUMEN

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


Attn. Dean Leanne Roberts, Ph.D.

Audry Hirt Academic Center
501 East 38th St. Erie, PA 16546
Phone: 814-824-3671
Email: lroberts2@mercyhurst.edu

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