The University of St. Thomas

College of Arts & Sciences

About Us

About Us

Mission

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas engages students in an exceptional liberal arts education that prepares them to be reflective individuals, responsible citizens, and thoughtful professionals committed to the common good.

Vision


Believing in the fundamental compatibility of faith and reason, we are committed to educating the whole person, giving life to our liberal arts mission through the Core Curriculum and programs in the Arts, Humanities, and Social and Natural Sciences.  Fostering the pursuit of truth and knowledge within and across disciplines, we emphasize critical thinking, artistic expression, communication skills, and the value of life-long learning.

Priorities


The College of Arts and Sciences’ mission and vision are pursued in a context of academic excellence.  For us “excellence” is not limited to the mastery of a particular specialty or area of study, but is also defined in terms of the interrelation and integration of various branches of human knowledge.  We believe that an ethical and academically excellent environment is marked by the interaction of differing perspectives and experiences among its members.  To realize this vision we place priority upon the following:

Engaged Learning


The College of Arts and Sciences will ensure that engaged learning opportunities are available to students in all majors in the College and infused throughout the Core Curriculum. Initiatives in this area will include, but are not limited to: community-based learning, undergraduate research and creative activity, study abroad, internships, interactive uses of technology, and hands-on experimentation.

Interdisciplinary Learning


The College of Arts and Sciences will promote the development of interdisciplinary learning in majors and the Core Curriculum. Initiatives in this area will include the expansion of team-taught and paired courses.

Intercultural Learning


The College of Arts and Sciences will assure that a variety of valuable intercultural experiences is available to students in all majors in the College as well as in appropriate Core courses.  Initiatives in this area will include but are not limited to: study abroad, service learning, and performance and research activities designed to foster students’ intercultural competence.

Moral Responsibility


The College of Arts and Sciences will foster in students the values and sensibilities necessary to be morally responsible members of their professions and their communities, including personal integrity, respect for human rights, and the promotion of a just social order. Each program in the College will infuse its curriculum, including its contributions to the Core, with a focus on the moral dynamics appropriate to the discipline and to issues surrounding life in a complex, changing society.

Scholarly Endeavors


The College of Arts and Sciences will enrich the intellectual and creative life of the University community through the scholarship of its faculty.  The College defines scholarship broadly to include discovery, artistic activity, integration, and pedagogy. Our faculty model life-long learning through continual engagement with disciplinary and interdisciplinary interests, and expose students to their scholarship by integrating it into their teaching.  The College supports student-faculty collaborative scholarship.

Community Diversity


The College of Arts and Sciences will work to attract and retain a highly talented and diverse faculty, staff, and student body through recruitment, advising and mentorship, and curricular and co-curricular innovation.

Placing the College Mission in the Context
of the University Mission


Terence G. Langan
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences