Centers and Institutes

American Museum of Asmat Art at the University of St. Thomas

The AMAA @ UST constitutes one of the most comprehensive collections of Asmat art in the United States. Located on our St. Paul Campus, it provides students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities with opportunities to learn about traditional and contemporary Asmat art and culture, as well as current challenges for the Asmat artists. Today economic, societal and environmental issues influence art production in diverse ways.

Center for Applied Mathematics

The Center for Applied Mathematics (CAM) supports and facilitates faculty and undergraduate student research in the Department of Mathematics at the University of St. Thomas. The CAM Colloquium Series offers several colloquiums a year from distinguished visiting speakers and UST faculty. 

Center for Catholic Studies

The Center for Catholic Studies is an academic community within the University of St Thomas dedicated to the ongoing renewal of Catholic higher education. Shaped by the Catholic principles of the unity of knowledge and the complementarity of faith and reason, the Center pursues its mission through interdisciplinary teaching and research, service to the community, and cultivation of spiritual life.

Center for Irish Studies

The Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas advances teaching and scholarship in Irish Studies for Students, faculty and friends of the university through publications, instruction and public programs; enriches the international dimensions of education at St. Thomas; and affirms the many historic and contemporary bonds between the university, Ireland and the Irish-American community.

Center for Writing

The staff of the Center for Writing, undergraduate and graduate peer writing consultants, an ESL Specialist, and the Director,  provide free, one-on-one conferences with writers at the University of St. Thomas and in the community, including: undergraduate students in their first year at UST, undergraduate students writing in core courses, undergraduate students working on writing assignments for "writing intensive" and "writing in the disciplines" courses in the WAC program at UST, graduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, students at any level developing their abilities to write using the English language, full-time and adjunct faculty working on their own scholarly writing and alumni.

Habiger Institute

The Joseph and Edith Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership answers the call to provide Catholics students at the University of St. Thomas a unique context for leadership formation which goes beyond the development of skills to a more organic and collaborative model of Catholic leadership in the academy, in the Church, and in civil and professional life. In addition to assisting the formation of many young Catholic leaders, the Institute is a place of thoughtful analysis concerning what it means to be a Catholic leader in our modern society.

The Institute will also provide opportunities for Catholic Studies graduate students—priests, laity and religious—to explore new approaches to leadership in the Church, in lay apostolates and parish ministry, and in professional, civic and political life.

Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship

The Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship (ICC), housed in the Theology Department of the University of St. Thomas, engages the Catholic intellectual tradition, particularly Catholic social thought, to offer a locus for deepening this dialogue.  We work within a democratic ethos in order to undergird robust civil discourse, faithful citizenship, and the common good.  The ICC fosters theological insight and interdisciplinary inquiry in a manner that takes up the invitation from Vatican II.  We respond to the changing landscape of Catholicism, locally, regionally, nationally, and globally as well as to shifting economic, political, and social realms.

The Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning

The Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning is a collaborative enterprise of the University of St. Thomas and Saint John’s University (MN), and it also serves the College of Saint Benedict (MN), which shares a common curriculum with Saint John's. Its mission is to promote interfaith learning, friendship, and service among people of various religions.

John A. Ryan Institute

The John A. Ryan Institute explores the relationship between the Catholic social tradition and business theory and practice by fostering a deeper integration of faith and work. Drawing upon the resources of the university, the Ryan Institute promotes this integration by sponsoring seminars, conferences and publications that engage: research; faculty and curriculum development; and leadership outreach.

Mathematics Resource Center (MaRC)

The Mathematics Resource Center (MaRC) in O'Shaughnessy Science Center 235 supports student learning in mathematics through free drop-in peer tutoring as a service of the UST Mathematics Department for any ACTC student taking MATH 100 through 200. Solution manuals for all supported mathematics courses are available for use with the deposit of a UST student ID card.   Group study areas, wireless connectivity and extra learning sessions are other features of the MaRC. The MaRC is also headquarters for Math Placement Exam preparation, questions and administration. 

Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center

Our mission is to foster mutual understanding and cooperation among Muslims and Christians through academic and community dialogue grounded in the Qur'anic and Christian traditions. The dialogue flows from the belief that Muslims and Christians worship the same God who is at work in both faiths. Our focus is primarily theological, rather than political, because our two faiths have so much in common theologically.

Terrence J. Murphy Institute

Named for the university's longtime president and chancellor, the Murphy Institute works to engage both the public and academic community in rigorous discussions that bring historical and contemporary Catholic perspectives to bear on debates in law and public policy.  From Augustine and Aquinas to Galileo and Thomas More, on to Montesquieu, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis, the vibrant programs of the Murphy Institute plumb the interdisciplinary riches of the Catholic intellectual tradition and draw upon other academic disciplines and faith traditions.