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Liberal Studies

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Designed to be a student-centered major

Choose a combination of courses that uniquely help you achieve your career and personal goals.

Students who choose liberal studies build a bachelor’s degree with a concentration that works for them by making connections among fields of study with an area of concentration that fits their educational, career, and personal goals.

This major is appealing to students who want to pursue a range of opportunities in any number of different fields, because it allows students to choose a combination of courses that uniquely help them achieve their career and personal goals.

It is also ideal for students that may need to graduate after a late change of major or vocational interest, desire a bachelor’s degree completion program that allows for greater flexibility in the use of transfer credits, or want a degree to meet continuing education or personal learning goals.

At Mount Mercy, my advisor and mentors have encouraged me to define my career goals in the abstract, and then build my career trajectory around those terms.

Tessa Friason '16
Community Health Nurse II, Lance County Government, Eugene, Oregon


Learn to articulate the value of their education through strategies for a successful job search class.

A student must have at least 60 credit hours before declaring the liberal studies major.

Those who pursue a liberal arts major will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, ideal for keeping career options open.


All Liberal Studies majors will complete the MMU Core Curriculum and will design a 31-credit major, including the following requirements:

  • Any 6 courses with 200-level or above course codes and no more than three different academic disciplines; for example, 6 courses from biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • Any 4 courses with 300-level or above course codes from no more than two different academic disciplines.
  • Strategies for a Successful Job Search (one credit hour class)

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Flexible format for working professionals

Complete your degree in as little as 18-24 months!

Our courses are designed for working adults like you—so you can work, spend time with family and friends, and still earn your degree.

There's no need to wait months to start taking classes. At Mount Mercy, we have nine start dates throughout the year, and class blocks are every five weeks.

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What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.