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Student Opportunities & Resources

If you study in the College of Liberal Arts you'll have many opportunities outside of class to enhance and apply what you learn in your coursework. Getting involved in clubs, honor societies and events is a great way to build relationships with your peers, develop a better sense of what your interests are, and learn more about your strengths and weaknesses.

Academic Honors Societies

From alpha to omega and everything in between, you’ll find academic groups specializing in your area of study.

Student Clubs

Le Club Français, German Club, Hispanic Cultural Club, Sociology Club

World Languages & Cultures Learning Center

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Mock Trial Team (Pre Law Program)

Be an attorney or a witness in a hypothetical case prepared by the American Mock Trial Association.

Criminal Justice Student Association

A student organization dedicated to our criminal justice majors and those interested in CJ topics.

WMTB 89.9 FM Radio

WMTB, 89.9 FM, is a student-run radio station located at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. A great variety of music emanates from WMTB – everything from rock to pop, hip-hop, jazz, country and more! There are also sports talk shows and public affairs programming that focuses on Maryland news and events.

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The Mountain Echo

The Mountain Echo is a completely student-run newspaper for Mount st. Mary's University. Our staff is comprised of students from all majors, years and backgrounds.

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Lighted Corners Literary Magazine

Lighted Corners is an annual literary magazine devoted to art, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and photography by students at the Mount.

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It is with great pride that we present to you the 2020 edition of Moorings humanities journal! Within these pages is a unique collection of essays written by Mount students and recent alumni that showcase the extraordinary caliber of the Mount’s liberal arts curriculum.

The following ten essays were chosen from one of the largest submission pools Moorings has ever received. They are shining examples of the interests and talents of the 2018-2019 Mount community. Topics cover the entire spectrum; the included essays discuss the roles of women in Ancient Rome, postmodernism in music, the tone of poetry written by Elizabethan-era Catholics, sexism in Reformation-era leaders, the darker side of the stand-up comedy industry, and Disney’s portrayal of witches in comparison with real-life witch hunts, among others. And though the authors’ points of interest may be varied, their abilities are not. Each essay reveals the thoughtfulness, insight, and creative dexterity to be found in a student of the humanities.

Tolle Lege

Tolle Lege is a student journal of theology and philosophy published annually, at the end of the fall semester. Essays written by any student of the university on any topic in theology or philosophy are considered for publication, though preference is given to undergraduates.

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Journal of Moral Theology

Journal of Moral Theology is a peer-reviewed scholarly publication focused on Catholic moral theology. It is concerned with contemporary issues as well as out deeply rooted tradition of inquiry about the moral life. We seek to publish articles in the field of moral theology, as well as theological treatments of related topics in philosophy, economics, political philosophy, and psychology. Journal of Moral Theology is published semiannually, with January and July issues.

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Musical Ensembles

The Mount music programs provide a strong foundational training for students seeking to pursue a career or further study in music and lead all students regardless of major, to the understanding that music is governed by the demands of a rigorous technical, intellectual, aesthetic, and spiritual process.

Students learn to reflect critically and independently on the creative and aesthetic process and product and have a meaningful and excellent musical experience at the Mount through practice, performance and reflection.


Prospective students must submit the admissions application form and all materials, including a completed 2022-2023 FAFSA by December 15, 2021 to be guaranteed consideration for the maximum scholarship amount. Scholarship recipients will receive rewards ranging from $500 - $2000 per academic year.

Apply for Music Scholarship

Reminder - Students must complete the MSMU admissions application and FAFSA prior to submitting Music Scholarships application.

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble engages a broad variety of music encompassing standard wind ensemble repertoire, big band jazz, and avant-garde chamber works. In addition to traditional concert venues, the group performs in a wide range of settings, including an annual Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras revue, an outdoor May Day concert, and other special programming with the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Previous performance experience is essential for participation. Audition with ensemble director for placement. Instruments can be provided if necessary. Available for audit, one or two credits as FAMU 221.

Contact Mark Carlson, D.M.A. for more information.

Lab Band

The Lab Bands are a collective of instrumentalists interested in popular music styles including jazz, rock, hip-hop and ambient music. The group forms different combos over the course of a semester depending on the project and repertoire being studied. Previous concerts have involved an annual Fat Tuesday/ Mardi Gras revue, themed programs such as Punk, 90s styles, combo jazz and avant-garde music. Previous performance experience is essential. Instruments can be provided if necessary. Wind and percussion instrumentalists must play in the Wind Ensemble in order to be eligible for membership in the Lab Bands. Previous performance experience is essential for participation. Available for audit, one or two credits as FAMU 222.

Contact Mark Carlson, D.M.A. for more information.

String Ensemble

The Mount St. Mary’s University String Ensemble performs classical string ensemble repertoire under the direction of Professor James Tung. All string players are invited to register: violins, violas, cellos and basses. Previous performance experience is expected. Contact Prof. Tung regarding ensemble placement. Instruments can be provided if necessary. Available for audit, one or two credits as FAMU 223.

Contact Prof. James Tung for more information.

Flute Ensemble

flute-ensemble-375.250.jpegAccepting experienced flutists by permission of instructor. Instruments are available. Available for audit, one or two credits as FAMU 224.

Contact Prof. Jennifer Witt for more information.

Percussion Ensemble

This performance ensemble is open to all MSMU students with an interest in learning about modern marching percussion aka drumline, and contemporary percussion literature. Under the direction of Director of the Athletic Pep Band Terrell Smith, the primary goal of this course is for students at any level to experience the joys and excitement of drumline and percussion ensemble performance. Solo and ensemble activities are designed to develop the foundational elements of musicianship which include:

  • development of basic drumming technique
  • ear training and rhythmic interpretation
  • introduction to decoding music notation
  • listening and analyzing varying styles of music relevant to traditional and contemporary band, drumline and percussion ensemble literature
  • performance preparation

The class experience also includes select performances with the MSMU Drumline/Percussion Ensemble, MSMU Pep Band, and MSMU Wind Ensemble, campus-wide special events, and performances at community events throughout the academic year.

Mount Chorale

Every year, students representing every discipline of the University audition for the opportunity to sing with the Mount Chorale, which performs a wide variety of sacred and secular repertoire. The choir performs at least one major concert per semester, as well as for a number of college liturgies, special convocations, and other events throughout the year. Starting in 2014, the Chorale is proud to call The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg its “home” performance venue.

Touring is also a part of the Chorale’s routine. The Chorale has taken successful tours of southern Spain, with concerts in Madrid, Seville, and Granada; Stateside in Williamsburg, Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Baltimore, and New York’s Carnegie Hall; A recent tour even brought the ensemble before audiences in Montreal’s Notre Dame de la Consolata Church and renowned Basilique de Notre-Dame. Singers in the Chorale can earn up to two academic credits per semester. Membership is open by audition to all students, regardless of major.

A Capella Group - Pitch Please

a-capella-pitch-please.jpg Pitch, Please is a the department’s own student-led a cappella ensemble, performing arrangements and original vocal jazz, pop, and show tunes. Membership is open by audition to singers in the Mount St. Mary’s University Chorale.

Art Gallery & Theatre shows

Join us in the Williams Art Gallery for our next exciting show.

Ducharme Lecture Series

The Ducharme Lecture series is an annual lecture series fostering integration of knowledge in the liberal arts curriculum. The series is named for Robert Ducharme, professor emeritus of English. The series was established by Mount alumnus Raphael Della Ratta, C'92.Learn more >

Activities and Alumni Organizations

We have a lot going on please check out our calendar of events for more exciting activities, such as the Delaney Dinner and Lecture Series, APS Lecture Series, CSI Challenge, and our work with the PAL Program.

the Seton Basilica is where our choral groups perform

Mount choral groups engage with the Emmitsburg community and perform at the Basilica at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.