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Liberal Arts

Still unsure what you really want in a career? Explore your interests and gain valuable skills through the liberal arts program. By taking a variety of courses, you’ll learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and problem solve efficiently, all while discovering your true calling. So whatever field you decide to enter, you will have already built a solid foundation. Plus, with concentrations in communications, new media and science, you can get a jumpstart on a career in advertising, marketing, public relations or other fields.

This associate degree is intended to lead to a four-year degree. The degree requirements include 20 courses from a wide array of disciplines, intended to provide students with fundamental skills and knowledge of cultural and social areas, the sciences, and the arts. Since we're a fully accredited institution, these 20 courses should all transfer into the college of your choice.*


What can I do with this degree?

While this degree is designed as a springboard to a bachelor's degree, the liberal arts associate degree is a signaling factor to employers that you've got the communication and critical thinking skills necessary to be a productive employee. A two-year degree may give you an edge on other applicants with no college experience.

The degree could satisfy up to 60 credits worth of college work toward a bachelor's degree program (some college's transfer policies or program requirements may result in less credits being applied to your program of choice).

Many MNE liberal arts alum have gone on to earn a bachelor's degree in fields ranging from athletic training and history to biology and fashion at Mercyhurst's Erie Campus. Credits should also transfer to other four-year institutions. Visit our Internal Transfer webpage to learn more about pursuing your bachelor’s degree at Mercyhurst's Erie Campus and potentially qualifying for $18,000 in transfer scholarships!

NOTE: 099 classes (developmental writing, developmental math) may not transfer.


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Admissions Requirements

Students are admitted to the Mercyhurst North East liberal arts program based on our standard admissions requirements, which include a high school diploma, a minimum GPA of 1.75, and either an ACT, SAT or MNE Placement Test score. Official, final transcripts are required prior to the start of classes.

Transferring in from another college? Transfers are welcome in this program, assuming we get a final, official college transcript from each college you have attended. If you still owe another college money, and cannot get a transcript, you will not be permitted to start classes.

If you should have any questions regarding your admission into the program, please contact the admissions office at 814-725-6144.

A degree from Mercyhurst North East prepares you for this exciting and dynamic career.

Liberal Arts-Science Concentration

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The Liberal Arts Associate degree major prepares students to transcend the boundaries of any single discipline and fosters a broad, challenging, interdisciplinary foundation of skills. Our goals are to instruct our students in the Mercyhurst core curriculum and develop their skills in communication, research literacy, critical thinking and reasoning. We strive to introduce our students to the benefits of a broad-based liberal arts education as well as to familiarize them with the Mercyhurst Mission which stresses ethical integrity, cultural diversity, critical reflection, sustainability, and becoming global citizens. Moreover, these skills are viewed as especially significant given our global knowledge based economy where it is predicted that today's graduates will have at least 10 different jobs during their work career. A strong skill base affords students the flexibility needed to adapt and change as the world continues rapid transformation.

Vision Statement: We strive to deliver a solid foundation in the Mercyhurst University core curriculum and mission while preparing our students to meet the challenges of a BA/BS completion degree program or become a valuable member of the workforce and contributor to our global society.

  • Consistently demonstrate effective written and oral communication, documented research, interpersonal communication, and presentation skills with clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness. Identify, locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and responsibly to increase understanding Access/analyze information that facilitates learning/critical inquiry; to adhere to standards of academic honesty
  • Students effectively connect well-informed social and civic participation with community-focused/ experiential education
  • Students develop skills in quantitative and scientific reasoning, including the ability to identify valid arguments, effectively problem-solve demanding quantitative literacy; as well as comprehend and use quantitative concepts and scientific inquiry to hypothesize/interpret/evaluate