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School of Design, Arts, and Humanities

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day"

Dr. Christina A. ClarkWelcome to Marymount’s School of Design, Arts, and Humanities! As you decide what to do with “your one wild and precious life,” consider the opportunities found in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs, all of which focus on educating the whole person and promoting intellectual curiosity, global perspective, and service to others. Here you will develop valuable ‘soft skills’ such as empathy, creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing. Those skills and the knowledge gained in your majors and minors will help you succeed in rapidly changing workplaces, serve your communities, and live good lives. Our faculty engage students in exploring the human condition and the world around us in all of its diversity.
Inspired by the mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary to meet the needs of our time “that all may have life and have it to the full”, we engage community partners through our experiential learning activities and focus on making a difference both locally and abroad. While we don’t know what the future will bring, a liberal arts education in one of our majors will help you face the unknown and thrive. I hope that you will follow your passion and study what you love, knowing that only 27% of college graduates work in jobs directly related to their majors. With the transferrable skills you will develop through Marymount’s liberal arts core curriculum and your majors and minors, you can work in a variety of jobs across your lifetime that are not susceptible to automation. Please explore our programs; we look forward to hearing from you and helping you chart your path!
Dr. Christina A. Clark
Dean and Professor



The School of Design, Arts, and Humanities will be known as a leader in the Washington metropolitan area for integrated design, arts, and humanities-based programs by fostering creativity, communication skills, critical thought, and an informed connection with the past. Grounded in a distinctive liberal arts core and using active and engaged learning, the School of Design, Arts, and Humanities will help students develop individualized answers to the central questions of meaning and purpose in our communities.


Building on the foundation of the liberal arts tradition, which is fundamentally humanistic in outlook and promotes the formation of a well-rounded person, the School of Design, Arts, and Humanities empowers students with the knowledge, skills, and values to thrive throughout their lives as informed citizens in a global society. Inspired by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary to respond to the needs of our time so that all may flourish, our alumni combine depth of knowledge in their chosen fields with transferable, practical skills, enabling them to work ethically and adaptably in a variety of meaningful jobs across their lives, facing the future confidently. We embolden our students to speak, write, think, and create in ways that improve the lives of others.

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