School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Essential disciplines for every student — the foundation of a St. Kate’s liberal arts education.


    Find liberal arts core courses or choose from popular majors.

    In addition to offering liberal arts core courses, the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences (SHAS) is home to more than 25 majors and 30 minors for undergraduates as well as the Master of Arts in Theology and the Associate of Arts two-year program in Minneapolis.

    Taking core courses through the SHAS lets you share a common experience with other students. This helps build a cohesive campus community and connect students to the St. Kate’s mission.

    Whether you major in humanities, arts or sciences or you get to know us through your core courses, we want you to experience an integrated learning approach focused on:

    • Making connections
    • Using multiple sources and experiences to gain knowledge and perspectives
    • Applying theory to practice across a variety of settings
    • Exploring diverse—even contradictory—points of view
    • Understanding issues and positions contextually


    Explore what it means to be thoughtful, imaginative and creative.

    Ask critical questions about humanity. Cultivate your whole self. Develop transformational life skills. As a student of the humanities, you will gain the ability to think critically, read deeply and communicate effectively across a broad range of fields.


    Deepen your understanding and nurture your creativity.

    St. Catherine’s arts environment is vibrant and energized; creative and innovative. It celebrates diversity and values individual differences.

    The School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences offers a distinctive blend of visual and performing arts grounded in a core curriculum of humanities and sciences. Whatever your path, you will study with a gifted faculty of accomplished artists and performers whose greatest passion is sharing their knowledge and talents.

    St. Kate's rich performing and visual arts venues — The O'Shaughnessy and the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery — encourage all women to find their voice and take their place on life’s stage. Co-curricular music and theater seasons as well as the St. Catherine Choral Society provide performance opportunities.


    Explore natural and social sciences that emphasize the process of inquiry.

    How is scientific knowledge acquired? Find out first hand as you conduct laboratory experiments, venture out for field study and integrate teaching with research. Science majors and minors might even study abroad to learn how science takes place in a societal and global context.

    Scientific literacy is crucial for success in our 21st-century, global environment and economy and we want every student at St. Kate’s to become a scientifically literate citizen. Our faculty is committed to providing inclusive classroom environments that value the diversity of student experiences and backgrounds, foster collaboration and self-directed learning, and support the potential of all students.


    Discover transformative learning practices and become an effective and ethical leader.

    Prepare for your teaching licensure with a bachelor’s degree or advance your teaching skills with a Master’s of Arts in Education degree. The education degree programs at St. Kate’s integrate practical course work and hands-on fieldwork to prepare you as an effective teacher and respected leader.

    At St. Kate’s, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in the Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2), a collaboration of six private colleges and universities that want to establish a new paradigm for teaching and learning.

    St. Kate’s requires all elementary education majors to complete a three-course STEM certificate, making St. Kate’s the first institution of higher education in the country to ensure that teacher candidates demonstrate competence in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. Learn more by visiting the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University.