Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Open Doors of Opportunity

Marywood’s Liberal Arts and Social Sciences programs prepare responsible citizens and in-demand professionals. Through our comprehensive Core Curriculum, Marywood fulfills its historic mission as a Catholic university and affirms its commitment to the liberal arts tradition. Our students think critically, examine values carefully, and act responsibly. They are challenged to engage in civic responsibility in terms of social justice, unmet human needs, and empowerment of others. Students who choose Liberal Arts and Social Sciences degree programs open the doors of opportunity to a variety of versatile career paths, realizing meaningful personal and professional lives.

Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Apply Clinical Expertise and Develop a Compassionate Approach with a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

DEADLINE: December 1, 2022 for Fall 2023 cohort. GRE tests are no longer required.

Marywood University's APA-accredited* Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) prepares students to provide evidence-based and culturally-sensitive clinical services to diverse populations. Students develop competencies in nine areas, including: research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.

  • Meet requirements for PA licensure
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Predoctoral internships in a variety of settings across the country. The majority of students obtain APA-accredited internships.

Internship Placements

Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data

Program Aims

  • To provide students with foundational knowledge of the field of psychology in general and clinical psychology in particular.
  • To help students advance from novice to the early stages of competent clinician status in: research; ethics; individual and cultural diversity; professional values, attitudes, and behaviors; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; intervention; supervision; and, consultation and interprofessional/interpersonal skills.
  • To teach students to view themselves as being life-long learners while also giving them the skills necessary to be critical and sophisticated consumers of research so that they may be able to independently and effectively apply future developments in the field to clinical practice.
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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Investigate a Variety of Career Options with a Criminal Justice Degree

A Criminal Justice degree provides a solid foundation for the growing number of careers for law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, security services, and criminal investigation.

For those who wish to enter the labor market upon completion of the criminal justice program, Marywood University provides excellent preparation for careers in law enforcement, criminal investigation, corrections, and probation, and parole.

Internships with local, state and national criminal justice agencies are available to qualified majors providing specific preparation for future employment.

Criminal justice students who wish to pursue further education in criminal justice, the program offers advanced standing in the Marywood graduate program in Criminal Justice, permitting qualified students to complete a master's degree in Criminal Justice in their fifth year of study at the University.

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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Advance Your Career with an Online Criminal Justice Masters Degree

The online Criminal Justice degree combines criminal justice and management course work to prepare law enforcement professionals for administrative positions. Our program, the first graduate criminal justice program in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is designed for those with a strong interest in criminal justice and the ambition to enhance their management skills. Work with a variety of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Learn about the history of the American criminal justice system, explore the causes of crime and delinquency and the effectiveness of rehabilitation efforts, examine contemporary criminal justice policies, create financial statements, utilize management information systems, manage personnel, and interpret administrative law.

  • Convenient and fully online, offering face-to-face remote instruction.
  • Tuition-reduction to graduate students employed in Criminal Justice or related field.
  • Take courses in Criminal Justice, Management, and related fields, such as Public Administration, Psychology, & Social Work.
  • Be In Demand: Salaries are higher for CJ professionals with master’s degrees, and they receive more job offers.
  • Transferable Skills
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English (Literature)

English (Literature)

Bookmark Exciting Career Possibilities with an English Literature Degree

At Marywood, you’ll find a comprehensive curriculum in English and World Literature, a dedicated and engaging faculty – and a background in critical thinking and writing that will serve you well whatever your goals. You’ll develop your abilities to think, to write, to communicate: skills that you can use everywhere from the classroom to the office to the web. You’ll be required to think critically and analyze what you read for quality, merit, and reason. The background you’ll gain in English and other world literatures—and the histories and cultures behind them—will help prepare you to realize the goal of every Marywood student’s education: you’ll be learning to live responsibly in a world where persons are increasingly interdependent.

Course requirements allow room for students to make choices, enabling you to shape the dimensions of your degree. We offer small seminars, a gateway course, and a research-based capstone course. All English majors are encouraged to pursue a minor to broaden their learning and enhance their marketability. Literature majors graduate with strong reading, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills, all of which serve them well in a variety of professions, such as: Law / Journalism / Editing / Library / Science / Business / Teaching / News Broadcasting Technical Writing / Marketing / and more.

  • Broad overview of world literature, with emphasis on British and American works
  • Focus on written and oral communication skills
  • Wide variety of career opportunities

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English (Writing)

English (Writing)

Draft Your Own Success Story with an English Degree

Marywood University's writing program will teach you to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Courses provide instruction and practice for English majors in three types of writing: creative, professional, and activist. They will help you develop strong rhetorical skills and expertise in editing for correctness and style.

English degree courses help students develop strong rhetorical skills and expertise in editing for correctness and style—abilities that readily transfer to new writing situations.

We offer small seminars that use workshop approaches, a gateway course, and a research-based capstone course for english majors.

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Environmental Studies - Humanities

Environmental Studies - Humanities

Cultivate a Sustainable Career with an Environmental Humanities Degree

Because climate change and other environmental issues are so complex, they need creative solutions grounded in critical analysis and shaped by multiple disciplines. The Environmental Studies Program at Marywood University is distinctive, because our interdisciplinary approach incorporates a diverse array of courses in Art, English, Philosophy, History, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Science, along with practical experiences, internship opportunities, intergenerational collaboration, and a capstone project.

  • Focus on environmental advocacy, encompassing scientific principles, ethical frameworks, public policy, connections to the natural world, and communications skills
  • Career options include advocacy-based professions focused on environmental issues, such as education, consulting, law, urban planning, policy, public relations, and more

Today’s complex environmental challenges call for versatile professionals who can adapt to and thrive in a variety of settings. Environmental Studies students at Marywood University address real world problems, becoming well versed in the comprehensive analysis of complex environmental issues and potential solutions, oral and written communication skills, and critical thinking. The curriculum varies depending on the track of study chosen, but all Environmental Studies majors share the same foundational coursework and must do a capstone project.

Students are prepared to work in a variety of environmental advocacy occupations upon graduation or to pursue advanced studies if their particular career aspirations warrant additional education.

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Environmental Studies - Justice

Environmental Studies - Justice

Cultivate a Sustainable Career with an Environmental Justice Degree

Because climate change and other environmental issues are so complex, they need creative solutions grounded in critical analysis and shaped by multiple disciplines. The Environmental Studies Program at Marywood University is distinctive, because our interdisciplinary approach incorporates a diverse array of courses in Art, English, Philosophy, History, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Science, along with practical experiences, internship opportunities, intergenerational collaboration, and a capstone project.

  • Focus on environmental advocacy, encompassing scientific principles, ethical frameworks, public policy, connections to the natural world, and communications skills
  • Career options include advocacy-based professions focused on environmental issues, such as education, consulting, law, urban planning, policy, public relations, and more

Today’s complex environmental challenges call for versatile professionals who can adapt to and thrive in a variety of settings. Environmental Studies students at Marywood University address real world problems, becoming well versed in the comprehensive analysis of complex environmental issues and potential solutions, oral and written communication skills, and critical thinking. The curriculum varies depending on the track of study chosen, but all Environmental Studies majors share the same foundational coursework and must do a capstone project.

Students are prepared to work in a variety of environmental advocacy occupations upon graduation or to pursue advanced studies if their particular career aspirations warrant additional education.

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Environmental Studies - Science

Environmental Studies - Science

Cultivate a Sustainable Career with a Science of Environmental Studies Degree

Because climate change and other environmental issues are so complex, they need creative solutions grounded in critical analysis and shaped by multiple disciplines. The Environmental Studies Program at Marywood University is distinctive, because our interdisciplinary approach incorporates a diverse array of courses in Art, English, Philosophy, History, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Science, along with practical experiences, internship opportunities, intergenerational collaboration, and a capstone project.

  • Focus on environmental advocacy, encompassing scientific principles, ethical frameworks, public policy, connections to the natural world, and communications skills
  • Career options include advocacy-based professions focused on environmental issues, such as education, consulting, law, urban planning, policy, public relations, and more

Today’s complex environmental challenges call for versatile professionals who can adapt to and thrive in a variety of settings. Students at Marywood University address real world problems, becoming well versed in the comprehensive analysis of complex environmental issues and potential solutions, oral and written communication skills, and critical thinking. The curriculum varies depending on the track of study chosen, but all Environmental Studies majors share the same foundational coursework and must do a capstone project.

Students are prepared to work in a variety of environmental advocacy occupations upon graduation or to pursue advanced studies if their particular career aspirations warrant additional education.

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Gerontology

Gerontology

Boost Your Professional Portfolio with a Gerontology Certification

The Certificate in Gerontology is a post-baccalaureate certificate offering that provides health care professionals with vital leadership skills and promotes the uniqueness and dignity of the geriatric community and the role they play within our community.

The increasing older population mandates the need for additional health care professionals with expertise in the field of gerontology. Current job markets have increasing availability for positions in the field of gerontology, so the addition of this certificate boosts the portfolio of health and behavioral care professionals. Marywood is currently the only regional provider of a gerontology certification program.

  • Only regional provider of a gerontology certification program
  • Boost your portfolio with a focus on elder care issues
  • Easy to add to your current master's program of study
  • Convenient, on-site opportunity for service learning at Marywood Heights, a university-based retirement community
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History

History

Learn from the Past and Frame the Future with a History Degree

Students interested in pursuing a bachelor of history degree will have many options for their future career including government, archives, museums, historical research, and scholarly associations. A History degree enables students to combine their studies with a number of minors to further enhance career options. For example, recent graduates have combined their major in History with Art History, English, and other Social Science fields, such as Criminal Justice.

Preparing students for graduate study, our history degree helps students develop critical thinking, analytical, research, writing, and foreign language skills. The projected growth for historian jobs will grow by 3 percent over the next decade.

  • A History degree leads students to careers in several disciplines
  • Provides students with strong analytical, research, writing, and foreign language skills
  • Having a History degree prepares students for graduate study/employment in a variety of settings
  • Enhanced career options with a minor 
  • Transferable Skills
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History/Pre-Law

History/Pre-Law

Prepare for Your Legal Career with a Pre-Law Degree

Our History/Pre-Law degree program will prepare you for entry into law school by developing your writing, research, and analytical skills in history and other appropriate disciplines, like criminal justice, political science, philosophy, and sociology.

The program also includes courses in legal research and writing.

  • Prepare for entry into law school
  • A comprehensive degree program that develops critical skills for future legal professions
  • Transferable Skills
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Philosophy

Philosophy

Envision Your Possibilities with a Philosophy Degree

As a philosophy major, you are taking an exciting intellectual journey, in conversation with some of history’s most influential thinkers.  At Marywood, students in philosophy are trained to be creative thinkers, to interpret difficult texts, to evaluate complex ideas and moral situations, and to be sensitive to many points of view. Earning a philosophy degree is a great way to to begin a professional career in law, medicine, business, education, government, or further graduate study. 

Philosophy students at Marywood are taught that their ultimate obligation in their quest for knowledge is to advance the common good. Reflective of this responsibility, in addition to their teaching and research duties, our faculty serve the community in different ways, from monthly discussion groups in libraries and senior residences where everyone has a voice, to public lectures and field trips dedicated to the compassionate treatment of animals. Students are encouraged to engage in  service as a vital part of their Marywood education.

Students have the choice to pursue either a traditional track or an applied track. The traditional track will prepare students to go to graduate school in philosophy. The applied track  is coupled with a second major program of study, giving students the opportunity to integrate ideas and methods across disciplines. Marywood Philosophy also provides students with the opportunity to minor in Philosophy or to complete a certificate in Bioethics. Students interested in majoring in Philosophy must meet with the Philosophy Program Director who will advise them on a specific course of study.

Graduates with a Philosophy Degree:

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Psychology (Clinical Services)

Psychology (Clinical Services)

Set Your Psychology Career in Motion with a Clinical Psychology Degree

Clinical psychology is one of the largest specialty areas within psychology. Having a passion for discovery, learning, and listening are part of what it takes to be successful as a psychologist who delivers clinical or counseling services. Psychologists trained to provide clinical services work in research, education, training, and health sectors. Others specialize in areas such as counseling and school psychology. Working with numerous populations, they focus on individual differences, normal and abnormal behavior, mental and emotional health, healthy behaviors and mental disorders and their prevention.

Earning a Bachelor of Science degree with the Psychology - Clinical Practices track at Marywood University will set your career as a psychologist in motion. Faculty provide you with an in-depth understanding of human behavior and are committed to a broad interdisciplinary study of humanity. You'll be trained in scientific and critical thinking and in research methods and statistical analysis; you'll learn to see psychology as an approach to solving problems and discovering new ideas. You will gain advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of clinical psychology along with applied experience through internship

The 48-credit Clinical Track involves preparation for professional careers in clinical psychology and related areas, including but not limited to counseling, school psychology, and neuropsychology. Those who desire employment in the field immediately after graduation, and/or who seek to pursue graduate study in clinical psychology or related areas, should pursue the Clinical Track.

  • Internship opportuntiies
  • Preparation for field work after graduation 
  • Hands-on experience
  • State-of-the-art facilities
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Psychology (General/Theoretical)

Psychology (General/Theoretical)

Discover a Versatile Future with a Psychology Degree

A psychology degree is a good choice for students who want to work with people and are interested in understanding human behavior and mental processes. Psychology is one of the most versatile undergraduate degrees. Not only will students learn more about themselves and others, they will gain a myriad of valuable life skills that are flexible and fundamental to achieving success in many careers. Helpful skills for psychology majors include open-mindedness and empathy, critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication abilities.

An undergraduate psychology degree from Marywood will serve you well in almost any area of endeavor, because our outstanding, highly credentialed faculty provide you with an in-depth understanding of human behavior and are committed to a broad interdisciplinary study of humanity. You'll be trained in scientific and critical thinking and in research methods and statistical analysis; you'll learn to see psychology as an approach to solving problems and discovering new ideas.

Knowledge gained at Marywood can serve as a basis for the graduate work needed for careers in such areas as clinical, industrial/organizational, health, social, experimental psychology, and more. Or, you can use your studies as a springboard for a variety of careers from criminology or counseling to personnel management or market research. Whatever you choose to do, you'll find the study of psychology will provide you with the opportunity to make significant contributions to society. You'll be well on your way to the goal of every Marywood student's education: learning to live responsibly in an interdependent world.

Why You Should Major in Psychology:

  • General and clinical tracks
  • Thorough preparation for graduate study
  • Versatile psychology degree for a variety of career choices
  • Internship opportunities for psychology majors
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Psychology (General/Theoretical)

Psychology (General/Theoretical)

Be In Demand with an MA in Psychology

Students who study psychology possess a great deal of information that can be transferred to the world of work, making psychology majors some of the most sought-after prospects by employment recruiters. An MA in Psychology provides students with an in-depth view of the scientific foundations and professional applications of the discipline. The curriculum serves the needs of students who wish to apply psychological principles and techniques in varied professional settings. The master's level program is also appropriate preparation for those who wish to pursue further study at the doctoral level in a more specialized area.

General/Theoretical Psychology

The general/theoretical track is 48-credit program intended for those students who wish to develop a broad-based understanding of psychology for varied purposes (not necessarily involving clinical applications).

  • In-depth view of scientific foundations and professional applications
  • Hands-on experience and research opportunities 
  • Apply psychological principles and techniques in varied professional settings
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Public Administration

Public Administration

Advance the Common Good with an MPA Degree

Public administration professionals serve communities and other public or non-profit entities to effect positive change and to advance the common good. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Marywood University is recognized among the best in the nation. It is an exclusive online 30-credit degree program that follows the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)'s accreditation guidelines.

Our goal is to prepare students for challenging emergence in public administration as effective and innovative administrators equipped with practical and real-world experiences, and to train them with the needed skills, evidence-based research, and theoretical framework in order to tackle the complex environment of public affairs.

The MPA degree program affords students with opportunities to get involved in public affairs as soon as they begin the program, focusing on civic engagement and public responsibilities on local, national, and international levels. The curriculum combines evidence-based research, applied theory, and practical skill development in order to prepare students for conceptual, analytical, and ethical applications of administrative solutions to problems.

  • Completely online with full- or part-time options
  • Outstanding, experienced faculty, including Fulbright Scholars
  • Apply up to 12 MPA credits toward Marywood's Ph.D. program

MPA/MSW dual degree program opportunities

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    Religious Studies

    Religious Studies

    Encountering Faith in a Diverse World with a Religious Studies Degree

    Knowing about religion is an essential part of living responsibly in today’s diverse and interconnected world. That’s why Marywood University requires all undergraduates to take a minimum of two courses in Religious Studies.

    But you don’t have to stop there!

    At Marywood, you have the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses in Religious Studies and to choose from a flexible array of major and minor options that are tailored to fit your interests:

    • In line with Marywood’s Catholic roots and IHM sponsorship, our Religious Studies program gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the history and relevance of Christian theology. Courses in this area include “Christian Spirituality,” “Political and Liberation Theology,” and “Catholic Social Teaching.”
    • You also have the chance to enter into dialogue with persons of diverse faiths and worldviews by engaging in the comparative study of world religions. Courses in this area include “Women and Religion,” “Introduction to Eastern Religions,” and “Peacemaking in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.”
    • Finally, if you are interested in putting your faith into action, you can collaborate with the wonderful staff in Campus Ministry and take advantage of Marywood’s many service opportunities.

    If any of this sounds exciting to you, consider pursuing a Religious Studies degree today!

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    Social Work

    Social Work

    Focus on Helping Others with a Bachelor of Social Work

    Social work is a dynamic and challenging profession, rich in a tradition of helping. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program at Marywood is part of a nationally recognized School of Social Work. On the undergraduate level, we prepare generalist social work practitioners who are able to help individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. In the BSW program, students acquire the knowledge, values, ethics, and skills necessary for beginning professional social work practice. The curriculum consists of liberal arts, social-behavioral science, and professional social work courses. As part of the curriculum, students complete a series of three field experiences, one of which is a 450-hour field placement in a community social agency during the fall semester of the senior year. Field experiences take place in the freshman, junior, and senior years.

    Five-Year Dual Degree Option »

    At Marywood, you can earn both a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in just five years. This dual degree program will prepare you for a career in a variety of social work settings.

    • Field experience in first year of study
    • Dual-degree option
    • Extracurricular learning through local/state conferences
    • Active student organization
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    Sociology

    Sociology

    Address Important Societal Issues with a Sociology Degree

    Consider Sociology if you are interested in:

    • Raising awareness of urgent social problems
    • Exploring connections between the individual and the larger social structure
    • Acquiring a working knowledge of research methods and analytic skills essential for problem solving

    Our faculty members are experienced teachers and respected scholars in their fields, who maintain open and engaging faculty-student relationships. They're dedicated to helping you put together a program to meet your needs. Students who major in sociology take courses on topics such as social and economic inequality, urbanization and societal development, violent conflict, and the role of media and social institutions. Those who earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology find employment in a diverse range of fields, including management, marketing, sales, research institutes, and governmental services.

    • Pursue a program that fits your interests
    • Raise awareness of urgent social issues 
    • Learn important research and analytic skills
    • Prepare for a diverse array of professional options
    • Transferable Skills

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    Undeclared

    Undeclared

    Not Sure What You Want to Study? Enroll Undeclared.

    Like many undergraduate students, you may have decided to delay your pursuit of a specific major. You are not alone!

    Did you know that 10 percent of freshmen applicants are undecided?

    The good news is that, at Marywood, there are people you can talk with and specific things you can do to help you make career and academic choices.

    Our advisors are ready to help you discover which program is right for you. 

    As an undeclared student, you will either be advised by a faculty member in one of your areas of interest or by specially trained professional staff. Your advisor will assist you in developing an individualized academic plan, which will include liberal arts core courses to learn about various areas of study that may appeal to you and introductory courses in your areas of interest.

    • Individualized academic plan
    • Explore 50+ academic programs
    • 100+ clubs and student organizations
    • 22 NCAA varsity athletic sports, a newly launched Esports program, and 25+ intramural sports
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