The College of Arts and Sciences provides the core of a student’s holistic education at Saint Martin’s University via the Core Curriculum, as well as a wide range of exciting and important majors and minors. A student’s search for knowledge and meaning as a process of constant growth and transformation is undertaken in History, Biology, English, Music, Mathematics, Chemistry, Religious Studies and other disciplines offered in the College. It is in such courses that students are best educated in the university Core Themes of Faith, Reason, Community, and Service. The faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are dedicated and innovative teachers. They also engage in significant scholarship and sustained service in the community, modeling the very traits we instill in our students. With a core curriculum that emphasizes interdisciplinary teaching, research, service, and engagement with Benedictine Values and the Catholic intellectual tradition, Saint Martin’s students gain a complex understanding of the world that emphasizes empathy, critical analysis, innovative thinking, and a commitment to engaging with other people and cultures in a meaningful and open-hearted manner.
Spanning the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, and characterized by an educational environment that is both rigorous and supportive, the College of Arts and Sciences offers 20 undergraduate major programs and 20 minor programs.
Exploring our galaxy
“Chemistry is kind of like the Force – it surrounds us, and is involved in everything. Our bodies depend on amazing chemistry to work right. Everything that exists is made up of chemicals, and almost everything that happens is happening because of chemical interactions. This is a perfect reason for us to learn as much as we can about it, and it’s why chemistry is so interesting and fun to learn.”
"There is no hiding in my classes. Students are in the middle of it. Students not only read great texts, but they create knowledge. They write and discover new things about themselves, about their topics. There are many reasons to attend a smaller school, and this is chief among them."
"I would like students to take away from my classes that writing is one of the ultimate arts in self-expression. It is a serious means of finding communion with humanity. Write what you like to write, write often and with purpose and you may find yourself more in sync with the human planet."