Liberal Arts


"I would wish to fit you for that world in which you are destined to live." 
                                                                        - Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton


Liberal Arts & Careers

Graduates entering the workforce in the next decade can expect to be changing careers at least three times in their lives, many even more. The skills and qualities necessary for success and adaptability in work life are developed through the liberal arts curriculum at Seton Hill, which is required as a part of every degree program. These include:

  • Resourcefulness in obtaining and processing information.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to think critically and solve problems.
  • Awareness of global issues and other cultures.
  • Capacity to collaborate and work among diversity.
  • Sensitivity to ethical dimensions and strong self-discipline.

In a rapidly changing and unpredictable job market, college graduates must create their own futures. Coupled with the depth achieved through study in a chosen major, the liberal arts curriculum prepares students not only to land their first job, but to step confidently into a lifetime of career opportunities.

Liberal Arts Curriculum

Basic Composition and Seminar in Thinking & Writing focus on writing, communication and critical thinking - foundational skills for success in college as well as life. The unique and intensive approach at Seton Hill combines examination of cultural identity with an emphasis on oral, written, technological and interpersonal skill building.

Connections provides an introduction to university life in general and Seton Hill life in particular, including strategies for academic success and information on campus resources.

Artistic expression courses allow students to tap into their imaginations and enhance their skills in key areas such as communication, reflection and self-awareness. Courses are offered in disciplines of writing, music, dance, theatre and the visual arts.

Faith, Religion & Society studies the role of faith and spirituality in human development. Students explore religious traditions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and examine the role that religions play in shaping human societies – topics important for global citizenship in a world increasingly influenced by the power of religion.

Courses in language study, western culture, U.S. cultures and global perspectives require students to develop an awareness of cultural, historical and global issues. This cultural analysis, focusing on issues related to social privilege, oppression, class, gender, race, ethnicity and religion, provides students with foundational knowledge and critical perspectives that are essential for effective citizens of the twenty-first century. Topics are explored through various cultural lenses including art, music, literature, philosophy and theology.

Students in mathematics and science courses engage in inquiry through the use of quantitative skills such as logic, algebra, geometry and statistics, or through scientific research and analysis of data. This base of knowledge and skill is crucial to the analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills that are vital in both the professional world and everyday life.

In philosophy and theology courses students exercise critical and creative thinking to develop a system of informed values and to explore the faith tradition of Christianity. Students choose from a variety of courses to find one best suited for reflection on their own spiritual journeys, and to examine contemporary life through the lenses of ethics, faith and reason.

Senior Integrative Seminar guides students through a cross-disciplinary capstone experience that aids them in integrating their educational experiences, accomplishments and personal value system, and in demonstrating their fulfillment of the University Learning Objectives.

Throughout the Seton Hill experience, students also learn entrepreneurial skills such as goal setting, risk-taking, flexibility, teamwork, transferring knowledge into behavior, and sound decision-making. These skills are introduced during the first year, honed through special assignments in the major, and assessed through a senior capstone project.

Information literacy skills are developed beginning with the Seminar in Thinking and Writing, and information literacy concepts are integrated throughout the major curricula and liberal arts courses. These ensure that students leave Seton Hill able to access, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources.

Total credits = 39 - 48

Total result = Skills for meaningful success in professional and personal life.