The mission of the School of Liberal Arts is to engage students with a wide array of intellectually rich and academically rigorous programs in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. Faculty and students work collaboratively in a dynamic learning community, rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, that challenges students to create a more humble, just, and peaceable world.
The School of Liberals Arts curriculum empowers students to:
- Think critically by questioning assumptions, evaluating evidence, and articulating well-reasoned arguments.
- Acquire specialized expertise and understanding in a specific discipline in the arts, humanities or social sciences, as well as intellectual breadth through study across disciplines and different modes of inquiry.
- Build a foundational understanding of themselves and their place in the world that encourages reflection, wonder, growth, empathy, responsibility, resilience, and flexibility.
- Develop the ability to write and speak confidently and effectively, including artistic forms of expression, and acquire appropriate quantitative and technological capabilities, including information literacy.
- Conduct research or fieldwork that engages with diverse perspectives and employs diverse skill sets in order to examine individual and shared assumptions about themselves and the world.
- Commit to the Franciscan and Catholic goals of social and environmental justice, and develop strategies to recognize and eliminate oppression and discrimination and to promote a just world and sustainable environment.