Apr 23, 2024  
Mercy University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mercy University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Liberal Arts

Peter West, Ph.D., Dean

Andrés Matías-Ortís, Ph.D., Associate Dean

Robert Murray, Ph.D., Associate Dean





Michael Perrota, M.F.A., Chair

  • Communication Studies 
    • Communication Studies with Specialization in Public Relations
  • Media Studies
    • Film and Culture
    • Journalism
    • Radio and Television Production
  • Design and Animation (Formerly Computer Arts and Design)
  • Music Production and Recording Arts 


Maureen MacLeod, Ph.D., Chair

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Religion 


David Wang, Ed.D., Chair

  • Computer Information Systems*
  • Computer Science*
  • Cybersecurity*
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics*


Kristen Keckler, Ph.D., Chair

  • English
  • Modern Foreign Languages

*Courses also offered online

4+1 Degree Education Programs 

The 4+1 Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts/Master of Science in Education Programs are academic programs of study that allow students interested in the teaching profession as a career to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in an accelerated format. Through this special program, qualified students who major in English, History, Mathematics, or Spanish can receive teacher certification in Adolescence Education. A key feature of this program allows students to take up to 15 graduate education credits during their second-semester junior year and senior year.  These courses can be used toward satisfying the bachelor’s as well as the master’s degree requirements. 

Programs Include:

  • BA in English with MS in Adolescent Education
  • BA in History with MS in Adolescent Education
  • BS in Mathematics with MS in Adolescent Education
  • BA in Spanish with MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Please see the School of Education    Section for program and course requirements.

The Latin American and Latino Studies Minor

15 credits required.

Students who choose to minor in Latin American and Latino Studies must complete 15 credits taken across at least three different programs. The minor requires students to take at least one Spanish course in the Modern Foreign Languages program, as well as one of the two English courses and one of the four history courses listed below. 

Courses that may be taken for minor completion:

Spanish courses: 

  • SPAN 196   
  • SPAN 215 Intermediate Spanish I  
  • SPAN 216 Intermediate Spanish II 
  • SPAN 220 Latin America Through Film  
  • SPAN 230 La Gramática Española 
  • SPAN 236 Latin American Cultures   
  • SPAN 240 Aspects of Caribbean Culture  
  • SPAN 241 Main Currents in Puerto Rican Civilization  
  • SPAN 245 From Self to Selfie  
  • SPAN 258 Latin America Today  
  • SPAN 351 Main Currents in Latin American Civilizations I  
  • SPAN 352 Main Currents in Latin American Civilizations II  
  • SPAN 357 The Hispanic Caribbean through Film and Literature  
  • SPAN 359 Afro-Hispanic Literature  
  • SPAN 372 Spanish Conversation  
  • SPAN 397 Independent Study in Spanish  

English Courses: 

  • ENGL 257 Latin American Literature  
  • ENGL 269 Hispanic/Latino Literature  

History Courses: 

  • HIST 119 Introduction to Latin American History  
  • HIST 254 Latinos/as in the U.S.  
  • HIST 260 History of Puerto Rico  
  • HIST 266 US - Latin American Relations    

Other courses may be approved by the Modern Foreign Languages Program Director.

The Philosophy Minor

15 credits required. 

Students who choose to minor in Philosophy must complete 5 courses in Philosophy with at least 3 courses in the 200-level or higher. 

Courses can include:  PHIL 205 PHIL 213 PHIL 294 PHIL 299 PHIL 303 PHIL 317  or PHIL 397 .         


  • Course credits used to fulfill the Ethical Perspectives General Education Requirement cannot be used towards the minor. 
  • Courses designated as being in the School of New Resources cannot be used toward the minor.