Integrating the Liberal Arts
The School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences serves the University as the primary caretaker of the liberal arts curriculum and as the central location for the humanities, arts, and sciences programs of study. These goals adopted in 2005 reflect the primacy of the liberal arts for all programs at St. Catherine University.
- Leadership and collaboration
The ability to lead and influence for ethical and responsible action and for systemic change; the ability to work well with others, especially in joint intellectual effort.
- Ethics and social justice
The ability to apply ethical standards to judge individual and collective actions; the development of attitudes and behaviors that reflect integrity, honesty, compassion and justice in one’s personal and professional life.
- Diversity and global perspectives
The ability to understand and analyze the impact of diversity and systems of power and privilege on the individual and society; the ability to decipher and honor multiple and global perspectives in creating mutual understanding; the ability to imagine and take action toward justice.
- Critical and creative inquiry
The ability to gather, analyze and critically evaluate information to develop reasonable arguments, sound judgments and effective solutions. This ability is founded on a broad knowledge of the achievements of human creativity and of the variety of disciplinary approaches for exploring truths.
- Effective communication in a variety of modes
The ability to read, write, speak, view and listen effectively; the ability to present information in a clear and engaging manner.
- Purposeful lifelong learning
The ability to continue personal and professional development based on ongoing self-assessment, feedback from others and new learning.
The School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences is committed to these goals, which reflect the knowledge and skills college graduates need to be successful in our highly complex world — a world in which adaptability, a global orientation, critical thinking and a desire and ability to work toward social change are crucial. These goals are a guiding force in the work done by the School.