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McAnulty College & Graduate School of Liberal Arts

The McAnulty College and Graduate School is grounded in the values and traditions of the liberal arts that are hallmarks of all great universities-especially Catholic institutions. For students in all of Duquesne's schools, the liberal arts serve as the foundation for educational pursuits and personal and social development.

The liberal arts aid in the promotion of essential skills, including critical and creative thinking, precise writing, qualitative and quantitative reasoning, and effective communication. They also impart values, knowledge, and understanding that enrich students' experiences and empower them to address personal, local, national, and global problems and needs.

Following are several key areas in which donors can support the College and Graduate School.

McAnulty Academic Program (MAP) Internships

Internships allow students to apply the attributes of a liberal arts education in a variety of professional settings, and are integral to the job preparation focus of the University's Strategic Plan. Developed in collaboration with Duquesne's Center for Career Development, MAP internships help students identify their professional passions and pursue them with confidence.

Donor support at all levels is needed to sustain and grow the MAP Internships in such areas as:

  • Faculty Mini-Grants: Funding for financial awards that help departmental internship directors to improve existing internships and develop new ones.
  • Student Internship Awards: Financial assistance allowing students to take advantage of unpaid internships.
  • Transportation: Private support is needed for bus passes, dedicated van pools and other transportation options to get students to and from internship sites.
  • Endowed Directorship: Permanently funded position to oversee College internship programs.

Center for Advancing Media and Publication (CAMP)

The College is at the epicenter of a University-wide effort to enhance digital media facilities and capabilities. We envision a comprehensive, state-of-the-art center that not only enhances student learning opportunities in a wide range of media-related programs, but also positions Duquesne as a conduit for civic discourse and the exchange of scholarship throughout the region and beyond.

CAMP interfaces with nearly every aspect of the University's strategic plan, from fully preparing students for their professional careers to promoting deeper community engagement.

The opportunities for donors to realize our ambitious vision are equally diverse. Building on the capabilities of the current Caulfield Media Center, we seek investments in additional production space and locations, and in increasing the quality and quantity of technology we can deploy. Support is also needed to establish new teaching and research programs, increase faculty counts and fund a program director to oversee activities and work with industry and community leaders.

First-Year Residential Learning Communities

The first-year residential learning communities have become a distinctive hallmark of the College's liberal arts curriculum. In choosing their learning community, first-year students who live on the same floor of a residence hall select four courses they will take as a cohort of no more than 36 students in their first year.

The learning communities have proven effective in helping students find friends and study companions; creating a sense of identity and community among students in the College; encouraging students to relate topics in different courses and integrate their knowledge; and connecting the classroom with the community through service.

Gifts may be directed to the overall operation of the Learning Communities, or to academic or co-curricular initiatives in a particular area of interest.

Scholarships and Resource Funds

Duquesne's Spiritan heritage underscores our continuing emphasis on increasing endowed and term funds for need-based financial aid, scholarships and resource funds. These funds ensure that Duquesne can always attract, retain and transform talented and students.