The mission of the Liberal Arts Department seeks to honor the heritage of St. Marguerite d'Youville 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.
The mission of the Sociology Program is to consider the notion of power and the complex ways in which humans make meaning. Sociology students explore the relationships between individuals and social institutions, with a focus on societal diversity. At the core of the program is the emphasis on human rights, and the belief that all individuals deserve a life of dignity and equality.
From the investigation of daily interactions to the study of broad-based global social movements, the program accentuates a concern for social justice along lines of social class, race, ethnicity, gender, and so forth. The program stresses the importance of devising solutions to social problems. Students are exposed to the substantive areas within the discipline, and within courses they develop skills in critical thinking, data collection and interpretation, and oral and written communication.
As part of their course work students apply these knowledge bases and skills out in the community. They graduate from the program with a deeper sense of self and a richer and more meaningful sense of one's place in society.