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An experience rooted in our heritage

The Liberal Arts Advantage

The Difference

The University of St. Thomas was founded in St. Paul by a priest (John Ireland) and a railroad tycoon (James J. Hill) to educate immigrants. It was created to serve, make good neighbors and to be inclusive. The formation of St. Thomas goes beyond the typical educational institution—it was born and exists to champion the common good.

With that as our guide, the work we do in the College of Arts and Sciences goes beyond test taking. The work we do is anchored in improving the human condition. With a strong foundation in arts and sciences, we can focus on celebrating the entire human experience because we believe people are made to appreciate art and science as they work together in harmony, as they have since the beginning of time.

The College of Arts and Sciences is building a community of people who care about ethical leadership; people who are concerned about the other and who want to give back to the world they live in. The graduates of this college aren’t simply ready for the workforce—they’re ready for life. To that end, this college emphasizes the importance of living life based on who you are, not simply what you do.

undergraduate majors and minors; graduate degrees as well
of graduates have jobs or go to graduate school within 8 months
faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences

The Heart of the Core Curriculum

Like life, learning is a journey. As students discover who they are and what they’re passionate about, the College of Arts and Sciences provides meaningful, interactive experiences that allow students to reflect on and apply what they’re learning so that they’re prepared for what’s next.   

Through our curriculum, graduates are prepared to contribute to their industry and their community in meaningful ways as soon as they get their diploma. St. Thomas doesn’t just produce graduates—we create individuals who are more analytical, creative, empathetic, scientific, data and fact driven, agile and versatile with a heart for social justice and equity.

Students marching past the statue of John Ireland on campus.

Where students explore strengths and passions

Imagine Yourself Here

Our ideal student is comfortable with being uncomfortable and embraces challenging conversations and thinking with an open, curious mind. The individuals who find this college most rewarding aren’t afraid to challenge convictions or convention in order to find truth; they look and think beyond today and into the future with minds that are ready to adapt to change. If this excites you, join us.

People of The College

Meet some of the students and faculty that make the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Thomas unique.

Keanu Daley
Julia Wickham
Thanos Zyngas
Keanu Daley performs his poem about Jamaica during International Dinner. Julia Wickham smiling. Thanos Zynga standing with arms crossed

Keanu Daley

The 2020 Tommie Award winner is a senior earning a triple major in actuarial science, statistics and theology and a minor in mathematics.

Julia Wickham

Julia received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award in Study/Research for the 2020-21 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Thanos Zyngas

For the past 18 years, the Rome Campus Director has helped create a dynamic, rich learning experience for hundreds of St. Thomas students.