Priorities of the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences prides itself on being the cornerstone of a St. Thomas education. We impart a timeless education on Tommies while providing them with skills that help prepare them for the real world.
The College is dedicated to continue providing this rigorous education for future Tommies. In order to meet the changing needs of our society, we are establishing innovation hubs and an enhanced study abroad scholarship program for all students. These initiatives will allow the College of Arts and Sciences and the University of St. Thomas to be at the forefront of community-engaged scholarship.
These initiatives will push the College and university-at-large to the forefront of community-engaged scholarship and give our students the opportunity to live out the university’s mission through real-world experiences.
The world is changing faster than ever before. Technology has changed the way we interact with each other personally and professionally. In order to meet the needs of our changing society, the College of Arts and Sciences created the SOLV Initiative, an agile think tank that moves beyond university walls into the community we serve for the common good.
The SOLV Initiative centers its efforts around three focus areas:
The arts and humanities are the foundation of everything we teach in the College of Arts and Sciences and University of St. Thomas. This focus area will provide opportunities for students and faculty to pursue applied research that demonstrate how the arts and humanities create new ideas, ultimately driving innovation that improves culture, society and productivity.
Wellness goes beyond one’s body. Issues of global warming, energy, public health, mindfulness and environmental justice all play a role in living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. This focus area will also provide opportunities for faculty to explore innovative ways of teaching course content, as well as providing resources for faculty and students to collaborate on collaborative research focusing on human and environmental health.
Becoming a responsible citizen is one of the goals of the St. Thomas mission. This area will focus on creating and repairing new pathways for civil discourse through faculty and student research, public lectures and forums, and community-based research. Priority will be given to projects incorporating interdisciplinary research and ultimately connects St. Thomas and the community with an emphasis on civility and reasoned debate that is synonymous with the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
To learn more about the SOLV Initiative, click here.
Reimagining Study Abroad
Studying abroad opens student’s minds to new ideas and cultures, further enhancing their ability to communicate with others and understanding differing perspectives from their own. Our goal is to ensure all of our students are able to take advantage of these opportunities throughout their college career at St. Thomas.
Study abroad is an important opportunity for broadening a student’s academic experience and cultural awareness. Our new Awakenings program will add a service component to a student’s study abroad experience so they can apply their experience, knowledge and skills to issues in our local community. In addition, the Empower program will support faculty in developing interdisciplinary courses focusing on a variety of topics. Whether it is tropical ecology in Costa Rica or organic chemistry in Rome, we want to enhance our student’s St. Thomas education by giving them real-world perspectives.