Courses designated Mercy Experience (ME) in the catalog are a key component of Mount Mercy's Core Curriculum. They engage students in an active learning environment, with course themes derived from critical social justice and global concerns of the Sisters of Mercy.

The 2016–17 Portal Courses are:

  • Rogues, Rebels, and Accidental Discoveries
  • Cities, Sewers, and Shots: Health Protection
  • Immigrants and Literacy: American Dream
  • Avatars of Good and Evil: Media Stereotypes
  • What a Mercy Education?
  • Poor Women, Poor Family, Poor Work
  • Law Ungendered: History of the Legal Status of US Women
  • Disability Awareness