Liberal Arts BA
A bachelor’s degree in liberal arts takes a broad view, exposing you to courses in philosophy, mathematics, religious studies, literature, arts, sciences, and languages. Maria’s BA adds another key component. In keeping with our mission and that of the Sisters of Mercy, a Maria degree also emphasizes caring, compassionate service to others.
Your Maria program of study will provide a unique perspective of the world and your role as a global citizen. You will be challenged to learn and think about ideas and beliefs that have guided human beings and shaped civilizations for ages. You also will develop the critical thinking, strategic planning, and communication skills that will be instrumental in preparing you for an ever-evolving workplace
Choose from two concentrations
To complement your liberal arts background, you will choose a concentration in either Communication Studies or Government Studies. Both provide practical experience to prepare you for a career or continued study at the graduate level.
Communication Studies. Develop sought-after communication skills and prepare for careers in digital and new media, marketing, public relations, advertising, TV, film, and journalism. You’ll also study organizational communication, strategic communication, and technical and professional communication, all of which have applications in virtually every industry.
Government Studies. Lay the foundation for careers in federal, state, or local government, or in business or nonprofit organizations. You’ll take classes in advanced composition, the American political system, international relations, and constitutional law—excellent preparation for advanced study in pre-law, public policy, history, and political science.
An internship experience
To gain real-world experience and a competitive edge, you also will complete an internship in your chosen concentration. New York’s Capital Region is a hub of government and communication activity, and Maria will work with you to find a good match for your interests and strengths.