Welcome from Dean Silva

Dean, School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences

Welcome to the School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences (SHAS), the home of the liberal arts at St. Catherine University and your gateway into the heart of learning.

We offer some of the most popular majors for students, from the humanities to the visual and performing arts to the natural and social sciences. Regardless of the major you choose, you will be studying in a supportive learning community with award-winning faculty who will become your mentors and collaborators.

Our curriculum prepares you to be a citizen of the world and purposeful lifelong learner with a broad knowledge of leadership and collaboration, ethics and social justice, diversity and global perspectives and critical and creative inquiry. You will be prepared for success in a highly complex world where adaptability, effective communication, and the desire to work for social change are essential.

Our faculty are committed to your personal and professional development. They bring diverse perspectives into the classroom and integrate career development experiences and community work and learning opportunities into their courses.

Interested in research? You will have the opportunity to collaborate with your professors from the project design phase through various stages of field work, creative production, or archival research, and ultimately share your findings at regional and national conferences.

You will learn from working artists and have the opportunity to develop your own talents in St. Kate’s exhibition and performance spaces: the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium and the Frey Theater. Interested in travel? You can expand your horizons globally with more than 150 short-term, semester and year-long programs in more than 50 countries.

Read our spotlight stories. Take a look at our key initiatives. Study our list of majors and minors. Chances are you will find an exciting program designed for you in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.

Welcome home.

Alan J. Silva, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences