D'Youville offers four non-degree programs that help students explore new areas, develop new skills, or pursue a personal interest.
Non-degree programs are designed to enhance academic majors and provide a balanced liberal education.
Because all D'Youville students must enroll in 57 credit hours of core curriculum subjects, a diverse offering of courses in the humanities and the social sciences is available to achieve this requirement.
Liberal arts courses comprise 12 of the 18 core curriculum courses required at D'Youville. There are eight humanities courses and four social sciences courses. These include:
- Fine Arts
- Courses including both studio classes and history of art classes, such as a class on Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture in which students are exposed to three local designs of this famed American architect.
- Foreign Languages
- Courses in Spanish, French, and German enable students to learn more about other Western cultures and often spark an interest to study abroad.
- Political Science
- These courses showcase the activity of the democratic system through a voting registration campaign on campus and a model United Nations both on campus and at Harvard University.
- Religious Studies
- Courses aim to understand sympathetically yet critically the world’s religions—their practices, sacred texts, and beliefs—and to explore the phenomenon of religion itself as a prominent component of human life and culture.