College of Arts and Sciences

Confetti flies over students during the 2018 Graduate Commencement ceremony in O'Shaughnessy Stadium on May 18, 2018 in St. Paul.

Class of 2019 in the Spotlight

Congratulations to all 2019 graduates, including undergraduates, graduates, and those from Dougherty Family College! In honor of these graduates and their accomplishments, let's look back at all of the remarkable things they did while they were Tommies.

LOGOS Journal: St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Feminism and Eternity

In the Winter 2019 issue of LOGOS, Sister Albert Marie Surmanski, OP’s “St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Feminism and Eternity: In Conversation with Sister Elizabeth Johnson” examines how many of the contemporary feminist theologian’s concerns are legitimate and echoed in the thought of the 19th century Carmelite.
Sarah Nelson poses in front of a light rail car featuring her design for Earth Week. The unique display is the culmination of a partnership between students at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul-based artist Sarah Nelson and Metro Transit.

SOLV Initiative: Investigating the Impact of Innovative Pedagogies on Sustainability Literacy

A collaboration between several St. Thomas partners and Metro Transit is visible throughout St. Paul and Minneapolis. The project is part of the partnership between College of Arts and Sciences' SOLV; Metro Transit; St. Thomas' Sustainable Communities Partnership "SCP Arts;" Justice and Peace Studies professor Mike Klein’s Fall 2018 Leadership for Social Justice course; and SCP Artist-in-Residence Sarah Nelson.
mindful movement

SOLV Initiative: Mindful Movement

With one in four adults over the age of 65 experiencing some form of a physical fall every year, fall risk is a major health concern. To address these safety needs, two assistant professors in the Health and Human Performance Department, Brett Bruininks and Starr Sage, are leading the Mindful Movement project that is part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ SOLV Initiative.
Cynthia Fraction, Director of the EXCEL! Research Scholars Program, poses for a portrait in the JRC Auditorium.

Excel! Research Scholars Live Out Hopes and Dreams

Since 2007 when it began as the McNair Scholars program at St. Thomas, Excel! has provided an academic enrichment program that helps undergraduate students who are first-generation, low-income or from underrepresented populations to acquire the necessary education, training and experience required to build an academic portfolio vital to successfully gaining graduate school admission and to earning fellowships and funding based on merit.