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College of Liberal Arts

With the most departments, faculty and programs, this is the largest college within Mount St. Mary’s University. Many of the core curriculum courses are rooted in the liberal arts, which celebrate the pursuit of knowledge, culture and leadership.

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is about making connections freely-exploring human achievement, examining the past critically and discovering ways to build upon it, and understanding yourself and our diverse world in order to transform it.

311 Bradley Hall

16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727


Jay Phillips, C'05

I can give others a love greater than my own. I can strive to give others the love of God. I can try to love my student-athletes, my staff, my colleagues in the way that God loves them.

Jay Phillips, C'05, MT'08 Theology
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Undergraduate Programs

The programs in the Mount’s College of Liberal Arts will inspire and challenge you. Small classes, caring professors, knowledgeable students and abundant leadership opportunities create a transformative environment that will move you toward a better version of yourself who interacts productively with the world.

Communication Major / Minor
Criminal Justice Minor / Major / Adult
English Minor / Major
French Minor / Major
German Major / Minor
History Major / Minor
Human Services Major / Adult
International Studies Major / Minor
Philosophy Minor / Major
Political Science Major / Minor
Pre-Law Special
Sociology Major / Minor
Spanish Major / Minor
Theology Major / Minor

Graduate Program

The Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies (MAPS) This graduate program provides liberal arts students with the unique opportunity for advanced study of philosophy, emphasizing both the history of philosophy and major topical areas, with attention to how these inform and are informed by the Catholic intellectual tradition. The MAPS program is designed to be compatible with the philosophical education included in the two-year pre-theology program of the Mount's Seminary, but the program is not limited to seminary students.

Pete Dorsey, dean of College of Liberal Arts

A Message from the Dean.

The Mount's College of Liberal Arts is an exceptional place to pursue your passion and find your purpose in ways that develop your professional skills and deepen your commitment to the good. Welcome.

Peter Dorsey, Ph.D. Dean
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Student Opportunities & Resources

Within the College of Liberal Arts, you will develop skills, both in the classroom and beyond, that employers are looking for—analytical thinking, effective oral and written communication, insightful interpretation, and innovative problem solving.

These resources at the Mount are here to support your education and development of such skills:

  • student opportunities

    You have a wide range of student opportunities programs that will keep you inspired and engaged, from lecture series and experiential writing opportunities to performance based learning and honor societies. You're sure to find something that keeps you inspired and engaged.

  • Study Abroad

    Study Abroad Programs of varying lengths allow you to explore foreign cultures and expand your educational reach.

  • Writing Center

    The Writing Center assists students in developing their skills in writing, both analytically and critically.

  • Foreign Languages Learning Center

    Our Foreign Languages Learning Center is equipped with resources to help guide you through mastering a new language. Students can gather for one-on-one or group conversations in in a specific language or work independently reading language specific periodicals or completing programs through computer aided resources.

  • Learning Services

    Learning Services offers a large variety of programs designed to help students succeed in their studies.

Journal of Moral Theology

Our Journal of Moral Theology is a peer-reviewed scholarly publication focused on Catholic moral theology. This publication gives students and faculty a chance to publish articles in the field of moral theology, as well as theological treatments of related topics in philosophy, economics, political philosophy, and psychology.

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