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About the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences, established in 1818, is the oldest and largest academic unit at Saint Louis University.

We offer academic degrees across a range of subjects and fields, including the humanities, sciences, fine and performing arts and social sciences, as well as opportunities and hands-on experience outside of the traditional classroom.

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.

This holistic approach is designed to ensure that our graduates are rigorously prepared not only for the world of work, but also for the work of the world.

College of Arts and Sciences Mission

The College of Arts and Sciences is the heart of Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution whose mission is the pursuit of truth and the transmission of knowledge for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity.

To fulfill this mission, the college aims to educate both undergraduate and graduate students in an atmosphere of personal concern; to encourage intellectual excellence, aesthetic appreciation, and critical thinking while still fostering spiritual and moral awareness; to challenge students to be ethically responsible members of a diverse society who continue to pursue and further their intellectual and moral development and critically reflect on their social commitment; to contribute to the discovery, synthesis, interpretation, and dissemination of new knowledge through significant research and publication; to serve academic and professional groups and the local and global communities by the application of knowledge to human issues and concerns.