Welcome from the Dean
Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences. I am honored to join the College and Saint Joseph’s University and delighted by the warm welcome I have received.
The College of Arts and Sciences is the foundation from which all undergraduates launch their education and is home to a diversity of disciplines that make up the liberal arts General Education Program (GEP). Through study in the GEP, students sharpen their skills in critical thinking, creativity, and clear communication. A Jesuit emphasis on theology, philosophy and ethics enables students to grow their understanding of the relationship between faith and reason, helps them integrate contemplation and action, and challenges them to strive to “live greater” and make a personal commitment to social justice.
We offer a suite of undergraduate majors and minors, graduate programs, certificate programs and continuing education opportunities, as well as an interdisciplinary doctorate of Educational Leadership. Disciplines range from the liberal arts, to STEM and natural science fields, to pre-professional programs and joint degree programs with partners such as Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Interdisciplinary study is encouraged and experiential learning and hands-on research are key elements of each program’s curricula.
A Phi Beta Kappa member school, the College supports unique opportunities for student research including the Summer Scholars Program, the McNulty Scholars and Fellows and the Beautiful Social project. Resources such as the CAS Advising Support Center and the Career Development Center help students develop their academic interests and professional goals.
Consistently ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges,” Saint Joseph’s creates an educational experience aimed at helping each graduate enter the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. The College of Arts and Sciences achieves this goal through intense academic study led by faculty scholars, centers and initiatives such as our Institute of Clinical Bioethics, the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, Faith-Justice Institute and the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, opportunities for service learning, and a robust study abroad program.
The College of Arts and Sciences prepares students to be engaged in the world around them as problem solvers working toward a larger purpose. Our undergraduate majors and minors, graduate programs, and our emphasis on interdisciplinary study, experiential learning, creativity, and innovation offer opportunities for every student.
I invite you to join us and explore the possibilities that will prepare you to shape the future.
Shaily Menon, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences