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Browse some of the frequently asked questions about academics at the University of St. Thomas

What majors are available?

We offer more than 90 majors and 60 minors.

Do you have pre-professional programs?

We offer pre-professional programs in pre-chiropractic, pre-dentistry, pre-engineering, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant and pre-veterinary medicine.

Do you have an honors program?

Yes. The Aquinas Scholars Honors Program provides opportunities for motivated and curious students to deepen and enrich their undergraduate education.

Are there religious classes?

As part of our core liberal arts requirements, students will take three theology classes. The first is The Christian Theological Tradition (the history of Christianity). The other two courses are chosen by the student. These classes are academic classes and are not considered faith formation. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to discuss and debate different viewpoints in all classes. For those who wish to study Catholicism or other faith traditions more deeply, opportunities are plentiful.

Do you offer internships/research opportunities?

Yes. Last year 60% of graduating seniors had internships.  Our Career Development Center  is a resource for students looking for assistance in writing their résumé, building interviewing skills, accessing job and internship listings and more.  

As for research, students are encouraged to work with faculty members across career fields. Students can receive financial support for study during the academic year and summer. You can see examples of student research here.

What is the average class size and the student-to-faculty ratio?

The average class size is 21 students and the student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

Each year nearly 1,000 St. Thomas students study abroad on semester, yearlong, J-Term or summer programs. More than 150 programs are offered each year in more than 50 countries. UST consistently ranks in the top 10 nationally by the Institute of International Education for percent of undergraduates studying abroad.

Do you have to apply to the program in which you plan to major?

In most cases, you do not.  Once a student has been accepted to St. Thomas, he or she can choose to major in any of the more than 90 programs on campus.  Select programs, such as education and music require students to prove certain competencies before declaring their major.

Does St. Thomas offer Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)?

No, St. Thomas does not enroll high school students for PSEO on our campus.  A list of participating institutions is available on the Minnesota Department of Education PSEO website.  However, St. Thomas does evaluate completed PSEO coursework for credit when students apply to St. Thomas as incoming freshmen or transfer students.

Does St. Thomas offer an evening program?

No, St. Thomas no longer offers its Undergraduate Evening Program.  We do still offer the opportunity to take undergraduate classes in the evening.

Are there any majors you can complete taking evening courses only?

Yes, you can currently complete a few degrees by taking only evening courses. Please visit our Evening Courses webpage to view the full list of degrees available in the evening.