The Year of the Liberal Arts

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St. Catherine University celebrated the Year of the Liberal Arts in 2010–11, in conjunction with the launch of St. Kate's new School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences (SHAS).

The festivities included a series of events between February and May 2011.

"The liberal arts are alive and well throughout the University," says Alan Silva, assistant vice president and dean of SHAS and the College for Women. "By coming together and reorganizing as a school, we carry the weight of collective power. Together, we create a culture of assessment and excellence."

Learn how St. Kate's remains true to its classical liberal arts roots while branching out in strong new directions. Read "Living the Liberal Arts" in SCAN, October 2009.

What's new in SHAS?

Interpreting Program
The Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE) granted the interpreting program full accreditation as of March 1, 2010. St. Kate’s Interpreting major became one of seven programs in the country with this designation, and only one of five bachelor degree programs (out of more than 130 programs nationwide).

CATIE Center (CATIE: Collaborative for the Advancement of Teaching Interpreting Excellence)
St. Kate's hosts one of only six centers in the country that facilitates national initiatives for the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC). The center drew national attention when it hosted the country's first National Symposium on Healthcare Interpreting.

Student-Faculty Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program
This new program includes funding for both faculty and students to conduct collaborative research during the academic year and at a newly created Summer Scholars’ Institute. Students receive funding to present their work at regional and national conferences, and have opportunities to publish their research with faculty co-authors.

National Center for STEM Elementary Education
The School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences partnered with St. Kate's education department to create this center that houses a STEM minor, a STEM certificate and numerous outreach programs and services. The National Center for STEM Elementary Education also has a nationally recognized model of collaboration between science and education faculty for teaching and conducting research in the sciences. SHAS has created more course offerings in engineering and is developing an Environmental Studies major. Learn more about STEM »

Model UN
SHAS began offering a new Model United Nations course in winter 2010. Students study the UN system then travel to New York City to participate in a Model UN simulation with more than 2,500 students from across the globe. In the works is a Model UN club and new course offerings in international relations, political science and history. Read more »

Music Theater Major
The music and theater programs merged into one department and created the music theater major. This major is for students who want to study the relationship between music and theater and are interested in learning about on-stage performance, orchestra pit or backstage work.

Music in the Church Major
The newly formed music and theater department offers a Music in the Church major to prepare students to work in the fields of music, liturgy and music ministry in a variety of religious settings. Students take interdisciplinary courses in music, theater and theology. They also participate in choirs both in the music and theater department and in the Campus Ministry program.

Mock Trial
Students from many disciplines have the opportunity to participate in a new Mock Trial program. It begins with formal training in a mock trial course and continues with regional and national competitions. This is excellent preparation for students who want to build skills in debate, oral communication, investigative research and reporting. Students who plan to attend law school can benefit greatly from this program.

Internationalization Initiative
Students have even more opportunities to study abroad with a dramatic increase in short-term study-abroad programs and new scholarships. St. Kate's Internationalization Council is exploring new partnerships with foreign institutions to create faculty and student exchanges.

Antonian Scholars Honors Program
New study abroad and academic opportunities abound for students who apply to St. Kate's enhanced Honors program.

National Fellowship and Scholarship Program
Students seeking post-graduate fellowships and scholarships, including Fulbright, Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, Rotary and Goldwater, can receive expert advice through a SHAS mentoring program. They can also receive funding to prepare materials for submission and interviews.

Pre-Professional Advising Program
SHAS has established a program for students who plan to attend law school, medical school or other professional programs. Students are mentored by individual faculty and faculty committees in all areas, including how to prepare application materials.