To strengthen and deepen its role in the pursuit of an expanded understanding and expression of our Catholic identity, the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences is committed to intellectual inquiry, aesthetic experience, and social justice. These connect the learner with the human capacities for knowledge, spiritual and artistic experience, and the development of ethical agency.
Drawing upon Catholic intellectual traditions in which the search for truth is equated with true liberation, the School values a liberal arts education located within an open atmosphere of critical inquiry and integration of all disciplinary perspectives. Our programs are uniquely suited to explore how the Catholic traditions celebrate the arts and beauty and the transcendence that these core elements of human life enable. We continue to develop more fully our Catholic identity in its programs the intellectual, social justice and sacramental traditions particularly as embodied by our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Principles of Catholic Social Teaching serve as guideposts for the School’s emphasis on social justice:
- The life and dignity of every human person;
- The call to community, participation and the common good;
- The balance of fundamental human rights and corresponding responsibilities;
- The preferential option for the poor and vulnerable;
- The dignity of work and the rights of workers;
- The solidarity with the human family within the global community; and
- The careful stewardship of the natural world.
Given these principles, a St. Catherine education calls students to develop a strong ethical character and to imagine and enact strategies for change by applying their knowledge to complex global issues.