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University Goals

Achieve Academic Excellence

Students prepare for responsible leadership roles in society through a broad-based education in the liberal arts, the very heart and soul of the University. Duquesne believes in the mutual enrichment of faith and reason, and so encourages exploration and discussion of new and controversial ideas. Faculty and staff place a premium on intellectual autonomy and integrity and the pursuit of truth through scholarly research.The core curriculum reflects the mission of the University, especially regarding matters of social justice, diversity, and world concerns. Education that informs the mind, engages the heart, and invigorates the spirit is the guiding vision of the curriculum.

Create an Environment of Unconditional Inclusion

Duquesne invites participation in its spiritual life and Catholic traditions, and we retain the openness of our Spiritan founders whose rule calls for dialogue among people of different faiths and harmony among the many cultures of the world. There are dozens of religious traditions and many different cultural backgrounds present in some form on campus. As a Catholic university, Duquesne is called by the Spirit to welcome and partner with people of other religions -- the word catholic literally means universal. We welcome diversity because it enriches us all as intellectual sojourners who live by the Spirit and Mission of the University.

Encourage a Spirit of Service

The mission of Duquesne University calls for service of others by persons with consciences sensitive to the needs of society. Service exists at the core of the University's Catholic and Spiritan identity. The spirit of service manifests itself in a variety of academic and extracurricular volunteer activities. The majority of our students as well as a large segment of our faculty and staff are involved in volunteer efforts, making Duquesne a leader among American universities in its commitment to service. 

Promote Moral and Spiritual Values

The service-learning requirement links academic theory and community-based practice and reflects the Spiritan values of global justice, the kinship of all peoples, and service to others that figure prominently in a Duquesne experience. Literacy in philosophy and theology, the bedrock disciplines of a holistic Catholic education, coupled with the theme areas of faith and reason, global diversity, and social justice in the curriculum reflect the University's Catholic Spiritan commitment. The study of ethics is not only a requirement of the Core but has also been incorporated into all programs.

Involve Students in World Concerns

Students are challenged to find their place in a modern global society. Duquesne's Spiritan charism calls the University to encourage students to come to understand themselves as world citizens who are intimately linked to, and therefore called to work for, a peaceful and just world.