Over 14,000 plants grown from seed in the campus greenhouse bring the St. Paul campus to life every summer.


At the heart of St. Catherine University, the School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences centrally locates the humanities, arts and sciences disciplines as essential not only for majors in those fields but for all students. The School represents a direct continuation of the original mission and vision for the College – to educate women to lead and influence by providing a liberal arts education guided by the principles of our Catholic identity. This education commits us to rigorous intellectual inquiry, social justice teaching, ethical character and agency development, and the valuing of aesthetic experiences. It is the three elements of our mission – Women, Catholic and Liberal Arts – that make a St Catherine education both powerful and unique. These three elements are at the very foundation of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.


Educating women to lead and influence through a strong liberal arts curriculum has been at the heart of the College of St. Catherine since its founding over a century ago. As early as 1905, the Sisters of St.Joesph of Carondelet, our founding mothers, recognized the world’s need for women educated in the liberal arts and committed to social justice. Today, the need for such educated women remains strong, though the means of educating them may be quite different.

Educating women to lead and influence in the 21st century requires a curriculum rooted in the knowledge, values and skills fostered by the humanities, arts and sciences, and responsive to the local and global realities our students will encounter. As part of St. Catherine University, the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences reaffirms its commitment to educate majors in humanities, arts and sciences, and to provide a liberal arts foundation for all students built on St. Catherine’s enduring strengths.

As a strong and innovative center of liberal arts learning, the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences develops research, analytical and cultural capacities through:

  • building community among diverse learners,
  • guiding their exploration of complex global issues,
  • providing powerful skills to integrate knowledge across disciplines,
  • fostering individual intellectual and cultural enrichment, and
  • engaging the learner in authentic work.

This education will allow students to demonstrate their facility with the most sought-after skills for work, leadership, citizenship and graduate education. Students will develop a repertoire of knowledge, skills, and values through active intellectual engagement with complex historical and contemporary ideas and issues. Innovative and traditional teaching-learning practices will foster the mental agility students need to understand deeply, analyze critically, explore and judge available solutions, and take effective, ethical action in increasingly complex and ever-changing global communities.