College of Arts and Sciences

Office of the Dean

Welcome to the Office of the Dean

Amanda M. Thomas, Ph.D., Dean
Sabrina DeTurk, Ph.D., Associate Dean & Executive Director for Graduate Programs
Nancy R. Fox
, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Social Sciences
Michael McCann
, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Natural Sciences/Mathematics/Computer Science
John Vacca Ph.D., Associate Dean for Education
Maureen Gallagher, Senior Administrative Assistant

Letter from the Dean Dr. Amanda Thomas

Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences!  As a Jesuit institution focused on the educational and spiritual traditions of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Joseph’s University seeks to transform students into men and women for others through rigorous academic study led by faculty scholars. The College of Arts and Sciences is home to a diversity of disciplines that make up the liberal arts General Education Program (GEP), many undergraduate majors & minors, and a variety of graduate programs. 

The College is the base from which all undergraduate Hawks launch their education. Through study in the GEP, students sharpen their skills in critical thinking, creativity, and clear communication. A particularly Jesuit and Catholic emphasis on theology, philosophy, and ethics means that students grow to have an understanding of the relationship between faith and reason as well as build a foundation for a personal commitment to social justice.  Undergraduate majors in the College range from traditional liberal arts disciplines such as Ancient Studies and Sociology, to the STEM and natural science fields, to pre-professional programs as diverse as Education and Actuarial Science. Interdisciplinary study is also available.   Undergraduate students have the opportunity to work with members of the faculty in a university-wide summer scholars program.

Graduate Arts and Sciences offers master’s degrees and certificates for those entering a profession and for those honing their skills to diversify their employment opportunities. Programs are available in traditional arts and science areas, health services, criminal justice, and organization development and leadership. A wide array of degrees and certifications in Education are offered, including reading specialist certification, autism spectrum disorder endorsement, and an interdisciplinary doctorate in Education Leadership.

Students at Saint Joseph’s University embrace a constant challenge to improve, what the Jesuits have called “the Magis.” Expanding personal and professional horizons through intense study, “That’s the Magis” for the College of Arts and Sciences.


Amanda M. Thomas, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Follow the College of Arts & Sciences on Facebook.

Facebook