Liberal Arts Department
The heritage of D'Youville College lies in the spirit of St. Marguerite d'Youville, an eighteenth century Canadian woman whose love of God inspired her to spend her life thoughtfully addressing the needs of society. The mission of the Liberal Arts Department seeks to honor this heritage by providing the foundation for academic, spiritual, ethical, and professional development, liberally educating students by exposing them, in breadth and depth, to the humanities and social sciences. These studies, concerned with information as well as values, encourage a student's development into a well-rounded person, intellectually, socially and personally.
The department offers degrees in English, global studies, interdisciplinary studies, history, psychology, sociology and philosophy, all of which move students through increasing levels of sophistication in both knowledge and theoretical foundations of their chosen areas. These programs prepare students for life-long learning, professional development and further study.
In serving DYC's core, the department of Liberal Arts offers a diversity of course offerings across its programs, which encourage DYC students to examine their essential values through interdisciplinary study, including languages, fine arts and religious studies. The Liberal Arts department also educates students in the requisite college-level skills, necessary to successfully complete any course of program study, namely writing, research and critical thinking skills. Further, the department serves students' educational goals by helping students reach or rethink professional goals through the Career Discovery program.
The department also seeks to serve the increasing diversity of DYC's student body by continually assessing both its offerings and it practices, lending the expertise of its faculty to the development of graduate programs and educational innovations such as distance learning.