Hello! Welcome to the St. Thomas Aquinas College’s School of Arts & Social Sciences (SASS).
The Vision of St. Thomas Aquinas College is to provide a “transformative education rooted in the liberal arts and designed to prepare them for career success in a changing world.” This goal exists at the heart of the Mission of the SASS: to offer a broad intellectual foundation in the humanities and social sciences in order to prepare students for post-collegiate success, lifelong learning, and to justly serve their community, their country, and the world as democratically engaged citizens.
The disciplines within the School of Arts and Social Sciences are connected by a shared commitment to uncover and explain the inherent complexities within what seems like simple facts and obvious claims about the world. We believe that this activity, commonly known as critical thinking, is essential to student success in all areas of life.
Our majors and minors strive to develop the fundamental skills — analytical, problem solving, and communicative — necessary for post-undergraduate (graduate school) and professional (career) success in a rapidly changing world. Studies show that these skills, which provide numerous and diverse opportunities for professional application, are valued more and more by employers. What is more, these skills are likely the most transferable to the jobs that are yet to be created! For students who can identify their own academic and professional interests, a major in the SASS may prove to be the best of resources for post-collegiate success. A large percentage of SASS graduates continue their education in graduate or professional schools. For those who seek careers immediately after graduation, positions have been found in fields such as journalism, teaching, publishing, radio and television, mental health, social work, business, government, and law.
Our students work alongside world-class faculty in a variety of co-curricular capacities, including research, study away, and service-learning; students frequently attend national academic conferences and exhibit their work alongside faculty. Additionally, our students are active participants in the Justice Studies Institute, in which they engage in relevant and urgent discussions regarding matters of social justice. And through the Office of Career Development, our students are able to further establish practical preparation and professional readiness for the workplace through workshops, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities.
So, please, take some time to check out our academic programs. Additionally, our Master of Public Administration in Criminal Justice degree offers STAC undergraduates an opportunity to graduate with an undergraduate and graduate degree in as little as five years through our 4+1 combined degree program! Whatever you choose, our programs are rigorous and rewarding; and our faculty will inspire, challenge, and prepare you to be an engaged, informed citizen — someone able to make a real and positive difference in your community, your country, and the world.
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St. Thomas Aquinas College’s School of Arts and Social Sciences offers courses and degrees that help students reach their full potential. Interested in learning more about the programs offered within the school? Request more information now!