School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences

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Innovative Education in a 21st Century World

Exploring what it means to be thoughtful, imaginative, and creative, students are encouraged to think critically, apply theory to practice, and develop the communications and cultural skills vital to a 21st century work world. Beyond the core courses that make up the foundation of every St. Kate’s student experience, programs include American Sign Language, history, English, biology, economics, theology, and women’s studies.

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In addition to offering liberal arts core courses, the School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences is home to more than 25 majors and 30 minors for undergraduates, as well as graduate programs in education, library and information science, theology, and interpreting studies and communication equity.

Taking core courses through the School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences 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, sciences, or 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 

Academic programs


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.

Visual and Performing Arts

Deepen your understanding and nurture your creativity. St. Kate’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.


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.


Prepare for your teaching licensure with a bachelor’s degree or advance your teaching skills with a Master 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.

National Center for STEM Elementary Education