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College of Arts and Sciences

At SLU’s College of Arts and Sciences, we’re educating the mind, body, heart and spirit.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, you can study everything from the smallest pieces of matter to the intricacies of the natural world. You’ll examine the nature and substance of the individual person, as well as the essence of human creativity and imagination. We will also help you understand the social and institutional world structures we share.

The College of Arts and Sciences provide undergraduate students with a liberal education based on a core curriculum designed to educate the whole person. Our graduates are prepared to make value-centered, ethically-based judgments. They are academically competent in their chosen disciplines. And they are prepared to enter their professional or academic future inspired to be effective leaders for change.

Graduate students at the College of Arts and Sciences are leaders within their disciplines. Here, they gain the knowledge and skills that lead to breakthroughs in research and new discoveries that are consistent with Jesuit values. Based on that 500-year old educational tradition, our goal is to truly educate the whole person-mind, body, heart and spirit. 

Message from the Dean

As we move away from the weird year that was 2020, and into the hope of a better 2021, I want to take this opportunity to inform you of the ways in which the students, faculty, and staff of the College of Arts & Sciences have continued to engage in innovative and exciting work despite pandemic and zoom fatigue. As the oldest, largest, and most diverse college at SLU we are the heart of the University. Despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, we welcomed for the second year in a row a record number of freshman students to the college. Our faculty developed new ways to teach their courses online, as well as in hybrid combined online/on-ground formats, tapping into new technologies to meet our students’ needs and to remain connected with them. Our laboratory-based courses and research activities were able to continue safely on-campus without significant disruption, many of them in the new Integrated Science and Engineering building, opened in the fall. The Theatre and Dance program in Fine and Performing Arts adapted their performances for streaming video and audio production, and the Studio Art program produced virtual gallery art shows for both student and faculty work. We have continued to advance groundbreaking research in Geospatial Science and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, created new academic programs in Catholic Studies and Data Science, and welcomed new faculty in Media Production, Mathematics, and American Literature and Culture. Our graduate programs in English and History continue to be ranked in the top 100 graduate programs by the U.S. News and World Report. The Department of Political Science is ranked number 9 in the nation for its undergraduate offerings.

These achievements are only a small sample of the many ways in which the College of Arts and Sciences lives out the larger Saint Louis University mission to pursue truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. Our success in a period of rapid change and disruption serves as an important reminder that the education we offer, motivated and guided by Jesuit spiritual and intellectual ideals, is an education that provides our students with the tools to meet the unknown demands of the future with confidence. Thank you for your interest in our work in the College and for your support and personal witness to our mission.

We are grateful to you and all that you have done to hold us up in these challenging times.

In warm appreciation,

Donna J. LaVoie, Ph.D.
Interim Dean and Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


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