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The College of Arts and Sciences

Foundations of the College

This Is Who We Are

The College of Arts and Sciences is the liberal arts heart of St. Thomas.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, our mission is to engage students in an exceptional liberal arts education that prepares them to be reflective individuals, responsible citizens, and thoughtful professionals committed to the common good.

The College of Arts and Sciences houses 38 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs across four divisions. We give life to our liberal arts mission through a broad range of majors and minors and, importantly, through the Core: a cohesive set of courses designed to promote critical thinking and provide a liberal arts foundation to all St. Thomas students. Our faculty are dedicated teachers and scholars who work closely with students in order to give them the opportunity to grow academically, creatively, and spiritually, ultimately preparing them for a complex world.

Please take a few minutes to explore all The College has to offer.

  • Practical Application
  • Enlarging One's World View
  • Academic Excellence
  • State of the Art Equipment and Venues
  • Variety
  • Affordability
  • Practical Application

    • Tommie Media is an award-winning web-based news organization that employs students to report campus, local and world news.
    • 59 Sustainable Communities Partnership projects were completed between 2015-2018. These projects engage students in real-world applied research and innovative problem solving while advancing city sustainability and quality of life goals.
    • Sixteen interdisciplinary programs (such as data analytics, family studies and biochemistry) draw from the knowledge and resources of more than one academic or professional field, providing greater context and a holistic understanding of the topics studied.
    • The Center for Applied Mathematics facilitates student-faculty research and industrial collaborations on a range of topics including mathematical modeling of weather phenomena, mathematical biology and financial mathematics.
    • All programs in the College offer internships as part of their curriculum; more than half of all students complete at least one internship.
    • Our undergraduates have exposure to experiences that are usually reserved for grad students, including collaborative research, publishing and presenting at professional venues, working directly with art in our collections and performing in top music ensembles.
    • Graduate programs are different because they’re about hands-on learning.

    Research Numbers

    • 275 students annually conduct research outside of the classroom.
    • 300+ students have presented research at an external conference or workshop.
    • 80 students have presented a professional paper at an external conference or workshop.
    • 40+ students have co-authored and published a paper or article with a faculty mentor.

    Enlarging One's World View

    • The Empower program in Rome is designed for first-semester sophomores and immerses them in a new culture as they complete courses from a variety of disciplines, including organic chemistry and core requirements needed for graduation.
    • The Awakenings program adds a service opportunity upon returning from the Empower study abroad program that encourages students to apply the experience, knowledge and skills acquired through study abroad to issues in our local community.
    • Teach-In Tuesdays are a collective effort by faculty, staff, students and administration to share knowledge as a means of building a more diverse and inclusive community through thought-provoking discussions on a variety of issues such as race and economic inequality.
    • First-year students have the opportunity to study abroad in January, fulfilling their theology 101 requirement in Rome while living at the St. Thomas Bernardi campus.
    • A range of short-term and embedded study abroad courses are offered annually, with 200+ students participating each year.

    Academic Excellence

    • 110+ majors and minors supported by 250 faculty create boundless opportunities for undergraduate students.
    • Our actuarial science program is a designated Actuarial Science Center of Excellence; one of only 32 institutions in the world to hold this designation.
    • Neuroscience is offered as a research-intensive standalone major that combines a curated track of courses from several disciplines with neuroscience-specific experiences in both classrooms and labs taught by faculty with a PhD in neuroscience.
    • Our Catholic studies program is the oldest and largest of its kind in the country.
    • Alumni from The College are accepted into medical school at a higher rate than the national average.
    • 30+ years of excellence in Graduate Programs in Music Education.
    • #2 art history program in the Midwest (College Magazine).

    State of the Art Equipment and Venues

    • An observatory equipped with a world-class telescope and mount (Corrected Dall-Kirkham Cassegrain Reflector PlaneWave CDK 17 telescope and German Equatorial Astro-Physics 3600GTOPE “el capitan” mount).
    • Two greenhouses, a medicinal garden and the Pollinator Path serve as a “living laboratory” for undergraduate research and Sustainable Communities Partnerships.
    • More than 50 musical keyboard instruments including the Gabriel Kney organ that are well-maintained by master technicians.
    • The university’s teaching art collections including the American Museum of Asmat Art which give students hands-on opportunities to curate collections.
    • A professional media and journalism studio.
    • Student ensembles regularly perform at professional venues such as Orchestra Hall and The Ordway Center for Performing Arts.

    Variety

    • 45 faculty from 18 disciplines offered 90 sections of courses with a sustainability designation during the 2018-2019 academic year.
    • 23 community engagement courses were offered fall semester 2018. These courses offer students opportunities to link theory and practice through structured engagement in collaboration with a community partner.
    • 38 undergraduate student clubs ranging from Ad Fed (Advertising Federation) to Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology).
    • Students from all programs are invited to audition for the 20+ choral and instrumental music ensembles; music lessons on a variety of instruments are also available.

    Affordability

    • Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarships: Two full-tuition scholarships and two renewable $8,000 competitive scholarships for students planning to major in science, mathematics and/or engineering.
    • Habiger Institute Latino Scholars Scholarship: Two scholarships for members of the Latino community who plan to major or minor in Catholic studies.
    • Music major scholarships: Renewable $2,000-$10,000 competitive scholarships for students who plan to major in music.
    • ThreeSixty Journalism scholarship: A full-tuition scholarship awarded to an alumnus of the ThreeSixty Journalism program who plans to major in a program offered by the Department of Emerging Media.
    • Father James Whalen Endowed Scholarship: a $2,000 scholarship for incoming first-year students who plan to major in a program offered by Emerging Media or Communication Studies.
    • Stanley Ryan Scholarship for students majoring in art history or music.
    • Empower awards offset travel expenses for students who participate in the Empower study abroad program.
    • Dean's Scholarships for students of color, low income students and first-generation college students to promote diversity among graduate students.

    Practical Application

    • Tommie Media is an award-winning web-based news organization that employs students to report campus, local and world news.
    • 59 Sustainable Communities Partnership projects were completed between 2015-2018. These projects engage students in real-world applied research and innovative problem solving while advancing city sustainability and quality of life goals.
    • Sixteen interdisciplinary programs (such as data analytics, family studies and biochemistry) draw from the knowledge and resources of more than one academic or professional field, providing greater context and a holistic understanding of the topics studied.
    • The Center for Applied Mathematics facilitates student-faculty research and industrial collaborations on a range of topics including mathematical modeling of weather phenomena, mathematical biology and financial mathematics.
    • All programs in the College offer internships as part of their curriculum; more than half of all students complete at least one internship.
    • Our undergraduates have exposure to experiences that are usually reserved for grad students, including collaborative research, publishing and presenting at professional venues, working directly with art in our collections and performing in top music ensembles.
    • Graduate programs are different because they’re about hands-on learning.

    Research Numbers

    • 275 students annually conduct research outside of the classroom.
    • 300+ students have presented research at an external conference or workshop.
    • 80 students have presented a professional paper at an external conference or workshop.
    • 40+ students have co-authored and published a paper or article with a faculty mentor.

    Enlarging One's World View

    • The Empower program in Rome is designed for first-semester sophomores and immerses them in a new culture as they complete courses from a variety of disciplines, including organic chemistry and core requirements needed for graduation.
    • The Awakenings program adds a service opportunity upon returning from the Empower study abroad program that encourages students to apply the experience, knowledge and skills acquired through study abroad to issues in our local community.
    • Teach-In Tuesdays are a collective effort by faculty, staff, students and administration to share knowledge as a means of building a more diverse and inclusive community through thought-provoking discussions on a variety of issues such as race and economic inequality.
    • First-year students have the opportunity to study abroad in January, fulfilling their theology 101 requirement in Rome while living at the St. Thomas Bernardi campus.
    • A range of short-term and embedded study abroad courses are offered annually, with 200+ students participating each year.

    Academic Excellence

    • 110+ majors and minors supported by 250 faculty create boundless opportunities for undergraduate students.
    • Our actuarial science program is a designated Actuarial Science Center of Excellence; one of only 32 institutions in the world to hold this designation.
    • Neuroscience is offered as a research-intensive standalone major that combines a curated track of courses from several disciplines with neuroscience-specific experiences in both classrooms and labs taught by faculty with a PhD in neuroscience.
    • Our Catholic studies program is the oldest and largest of its kind in the country.
    • Alumni from The College are accepted into medical school at a higher rate than the national average.
    • 30+ years of excellence in Graduate Programs in Music Education.
    • #2 art history program in the Midwest (College Magazine).

    State of the Art Equipment and Venues

    • An observatory equipped with a world-class telescope and mount (Corrected Dall-Kirkham Cassegrain Reflector PlaneWave CDK 17 telescope and German Equatorial Astro-Physics 3600GTOPE “el capitan” mount).
    • Two greenhouses, a medicinal garden and the Pollinator Path serve as a “living laboratory” for undergraduate research and Sustainable Communities Partnerships.
    • More than 50 musical keyboard instruments including the Gabriel Kney organ that are well-maintained by master technicians.
    • The university’s teaching art collections including the American Museum of Asmat Art which give students hands-on opportunities to curate collections.
    • A professional media and journalism studio.
    • Student ensembles regularly perform at professional venues such as Orchestra Hall and The Ordway Center for Performing Arts.

    Variety

    • 45 faculty from 18 disciplines offered 90 sections of courses with a sustainability designation during the 2018-2019 academic year.
    • 23 community engagement courses were offered fall semester 2018. These courses offer students opportunities to link theory and practice through structured engagement in collaboration with a community partner.
    • 38 undergraduate student clubs ranging from Ad Fed (Advertising Federation) to Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology).
    • Students from all programs are invited to audition for the 20+ choral and instrumental music ensembles; music lessons on a variety of instruments are also available.

    Affordability

    • Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarships: Two full-tuition scholarships and two renewable $8,000 competitive scholarships for students planning to major in science, mathematics and/or engineering.
    • Habiger Institute Latino Scholars Scholarship: Two scholarships for members of the Latino community who plan to major or minor in Catholic studies.
    • Music major scholarships: Renewable $2,000-$10,000 competitive scholarships for students who plan to major in music.
    • ThreeSixty Journalism scholarship: A full-tuition scholarship awarded to an alumnus of the ThreeSixty Journalism program who plans to major in a program offered by the Department of Emerging Media.
    • Father James Whalen Endowed Scholarship: a $2,000 scholarship for incoming first-year students who plan to major in a program offered by Emerging Media or Communication Studies.
    • Stanley Ryan Scholarship for students majoring in art history or music.
    • Empower awards offset travel expenses for students who participate in the Empower study abroad program.
    • Dean's Scholarships for students of color, low income students and first-generation college students to promote diversity among graduate students.
    110+

    undergraduate majors and minors

    250

    faculty

    15+

    graduate programs

    94%

    of CAS graduates have jobs or go to graduate school within eight months of graduation; more than half of students have job offers before they graduate