College of Arts and Sciences

Grounded in the liberal arts with an emphasis on ethics and self-discovery, the College of Arts and Sciences gives you the flexibility, resolve and self-awareness — and the practical skills — to lead by example in a fast-changing world.

What’s the Most Effective Way to Create Change? Lead Well.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we question everything — from our preconceptions and chosen paths to the status quo. By integrating mind-opening, immersive experiences with a challenging liberal arts curriculum, we invite you to venture into the unfamiliar and rethink inherited notions.

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College of Arts and Sciences students participated in the Summer Scholars program in 2018-2019. 

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College of Arts and Sciences students studied abroad in 2018-2019.

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College of Arts and Sciences students are completing internships.

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College of Arts and Sciences students who are pursuing dual majors.

Find Your Program

Saint Joseph’s has a wide variety of majors and minors, graduate programs, degree completion and certificate programs. Here, you can choose a traditional academic path, or you can combine majors across schools, explore stackable options or enroll in a dual-degree 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 emphasis on interdisciplinary study, experiential learning, creativity and innovation offer opportunities for every student.

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

Shaily Menon, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Our Faculty

The faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences bring their experiences from the disciplines of natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and many more to our students.

Experiential Learning at Saint Joseph’s

Aerial view of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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.

A student teacher smiles at an elementary student in a classroom

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.