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College of Arts and Sciences

Inspiring Broad Knowledge and Encouraging Exploration

 

The College of Arts and Sciences inspires in students a love of learning, a global way of thinking and a desire to make meaningful contributions to the world. Grounded in the liberal arts with an emphasis on ethics and self-discovery, Jesuit education gives you the flexibility, resolve and self-awareness — and the practical skills — to lead by example in a fast-changing world.

Ready for an Ever-changing Future

As a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, you will be ready to engage the world around you and work with a sense of purpose. Through a combination of rigorous academics, experiential learning and guidance from dedicated faculty, you’ll be prepared with the skills, knowledge and confidence for success in a complex, fast-changing world.

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Students do service learning each year.

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Students do community-based research each year.

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Students involved in an internship each year.

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Students participate in Summer Scholars each year.

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 emphasis on interdisciplinary study, experiential learning, creativity and innovation offer opportunities for every student.

Shaily Menon, Ph.D. Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Shaily Menon, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Find Your Arts & Sciences Program

The College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Joseph's University offers undergraduate majors and minors, certificates and graduate degrees (including stackable options), and degree completion for adult learners. We encourage you to explore your interests by making it easy to combine courses across schools, choose a double major or enroll in a dual-degree or 4+1 bachelor’s/master’s combined degree program.

Our Faculty

Our faculty are dedicated to the development of our students as they prepare for a future that’s ever-changing on a path that is uniquely theirs. Through classroom instruction and mentorship, faculty in all programs encourage exploration, reflection and critical thinking.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

The world outside the classroom provides rich and challenging opportunities for experiential learning. Our students actively engage with the world and learn by doing through faculty-mentored independent research, community-based projects, service learning, internships and co-ops with non-profit and corporate partners, and study abroad.

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Semester- and summer-long internships in Washington, D.C. allow students to gain valuable career experience while remaining full-time students. Recent placements include the State Department, Federal Trade Commission, Peace Corps, private law firms, think tanks and congressional offices.

Erin sits, typing on her laptop in the Chapel on campus

As one of SJU’s Summer Scholars, Erin Breen ’19 spent her summer writing a series of creative nonfiction essays exploring the intersection of spirituality and the literary.

A Saint Joseph's University student stands with her arms open at Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

Students travel to the Emerald Isle to uncover the socio-historical roots of The Troubles through literary analysis, in-person encounters, and exploration of retribution and forgiveness.

Centers & Institutes

From providing a training ground for students to leading conversations in industry, Saint Joseph's Centers and Institutes are hubs of learning on campus. See a few examples here.

A close-up of “Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time,” an original bronze sculpture on campus that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of ‘Nostra Aetate’

The institute facilitates ongoing dialogue with a single goal: learn from and enrich one another. Through shared study of texts, rituals, events and places, Christians and Jews work together for social justice, human rights and reconciliation.

Eric Adjei-Danquah '17 in the lab

Learn alongside faculty and fellows as you contribute to game-changing research projects. Drawing on its ties to hospitals and health centers, the institute also sponsors lectures, publishes an international journal and provides health screenings for Philadelphia’s immigrant community.

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What are the sources of injustice in our world? How can we work for justice? Through academic courses, public forums and experiential field seminars, the institute promotes critical thought around faith and justice issues.