Welcome to the website of the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest and
most diverse of the University's academic units! Our
courses provide the solid foundation
on which all Saint Martin's bachelor’s degrees are built. They satisfy
requirements, count toward major and minor program requirements, and provide
mind-opening (sometimes even mind-blowing) opportunities to earn elective
credits toward graduation. In all cases, they help Saint Martin's University
deliver on its promise to provide its students with a strong liberal arts
The college's programs in the arts and humanities deal with what is distinctively human—artistic expression, philosophical thought, the use and study of language. Our science and mathematics programs emphasize critical analysis, logical problem solving, and collaborative skills that are fundamental to existence in the contemporary world. Our programs in the social sciences are concerned with the development of human society, human behavior, the nature of social institutions and roles, and the ideas that have shaped human life. The college recently launched a
Bachelor of Social Work program, which applies these lessons in a concrete way, and a
Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which similarly prepares its students to lead and succeed in the nation's increasingly complex health care environment. Our new interdisciplinary Communication Studies program uses critical and cultural studies to understand the central role of communication in society, with a focus on social justice. There is also a new minor program devoted entirely to Social Justice.
I am especially proud of the outstanding
faculty in the College of Arts
and Sciences. They are worthy stewards of the institution’s Catholic Benedictine
heritage. Their commitment to their students' growth and success and the time
and care they devote to helping each student realize her or his full potential
are hallmarks of a Saint Martin’s education. Highly qualified in their fields of
expertise, they regularly conceive new courses and reconceive familiar ones,
keeping the adventure of teaching and learning fresh for their students and
themselves. Many of our faculty members go to great lengths to support
undergraduate research and to involve students in their own scholarly projects.
In the past year, Arts and Sciences faculty members have won Fulbright Teaching
and Research Awards, outstanding book prizes, billets in competitive national
seminars, and invitations to address high-profile national and international
gatherings. They have represented the University impressively in settings around
the world, while always returning, in full force and colorful regalia, to
celebrate our students’ successful graduation each May.
A learning community is ultimately defined by the effort, character and
achievements of its students. For nearly 120 years, Saint Martin's has produced
graduates competent in knowledge, capable of making sound moral and ethical
decisions, and committed to acting responsibly in service to their community.
Reason, faith, service and community continue to form the cornerstones of the
educational experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Whether you major or
minor in one of our programs, take courses to satisfy general education
requirements, or study an elective subject for the sheer delight of learning
about it, you should expect to emerge more willing and able to think critically,
achieve academically, act ethically, and serve society well—to be at once more
self-aware and self-confident, more culturally and environmentally sensitive,
and more appreciative and respectful of diversity in both the local and global
communities—to be better prepared to continue on a path of lifelong learning and
personal and professional success.
I invite you to explore this website. Please contact me or any member of our
faculty and staff for more information about the courses, programs and
opportunities provided by the College of Arts and Sciences. We’ll be delighted
to talk with you about your goals, our strengths, and how they may come together
to provide you with a valuable, unforgettable, uniquely Saint Martin's
Eric C. Apfelstadt, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences