Dean: Frances M. Zauhar, Ph.D.
A graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will possess an inquisitive mind, one eager to search out the truth and explore the vast and infinite possibilities and opportunities that bring dignity to and enrich all life. In the words of Albert Einstein, the “arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.”
As a College at a Catholic University we present to our students the fundamentals of Catholic identity, with an emphasis on Gospel values. We are also committed to imparting an awareness of the essential characteristics crucial to understanding our interdependent world, and the cultural, religious, philosophical, social, economic, political, and scientific challenges it faces.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Marywood University aspires to foster in its students a conscious understanding of the complexities, enduring themes, and problems that are central to the human experience.
- Our instructional efforts are directed towards preparing students for a lifetime of achievement, leadership, and service, by providing them with the knowledge and understanding necessary to respond effectively to the needs and challenges of an interdependent world.
- Our intellectual focus is directed towards assisting students to become acquainted with and to examine critically their innermost being, as well as their multiple relationships with others and the natural world.
- Our moral responsibility is to encourage students to develop fully their ethical sensibilities and to contribute, in their lives and work, to the wellbeing of our common humanity.
Areas of Study
Division of Humanities and Social Science
- English Language and Literature: At the bachelor’s level, we help students to think critically and analytically about literature, writing, and connections between cultural texts and historical contexts. This course of study prepares students for effective communication in a variety of professional fields.
- Foreign Language: At the bachelor’s level, we educate students to communicate in other languages, thus helping them to develop a world consciousness and increased cultural awareness that fosters understanding and respect for other languages, cultures, and peoples.
- Philosophy: Philosophy engages students in the fundamental questions about the nature, purpose, function, and meaning of life. Students take courses that enable them to reflect more fully, critically, and carefully about themselves and the world in which they live.
- Religious Studies: This department introduces students to Catholic/Christian beliefs, practices, and values and acquaints them generally with the world’s major religions. Its courses assist students in their search for meaning in life and enable them in a supervised way to confront under the light of revelation the ultimate questions that have perennially engaged the human spirit.
- Social Sciences: The social sciences — history, sociology, political science, economics, criminal justice, anthropology, and geography — enable students to examine the larger historical, social, political, economic, and environmental contexts in which human actions occur. Through courses in the social sciences, students confront the global and interdependent world in which they live and will work.
Division of Mathematics and Sciences
- Mathematics: Currently a shortage of mathematicians exists both in industry and in the teaching profession at every level. The Mathematics Department has a vigorous and well-respected department of dedicated professors who teach our students both the use of logic in the proof of mathematical statements and the analytical skills necessary to solve practical problems in many fields such as engineering, business, and science.
- Science: At the bachelor’s and master’s levels, we focus on producing open-minded persons with specific scientific knowledge and research skills that relate to our natural world. We encourage our students to utilize their scientific knowledge in a manner that responds responsibly to the ever-changing needs of our global society.
Division of Management
- Business: Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, students majoring in business can focus on specialties such as finance, marketing, aviation management, international business, accounting, and hospitality management.