About St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences promotes the objectives of the University at large by offering a liberal education to students who seek higher learning for its intrinsic value, or as preparation for graduate study or a professional career. In addition to developing basic skills in writing and foreign language, our curriculum provides students with a firm grounding in powers of analysis, critical thinking and problem solving. Particular emphasis is placed on expanding and enriching students’ horizons so they can learn to make a positive contribution to the world. 

St. Johns Vision Statement

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is committed to student-centered teaching, social diversity, and a modern educational environment. Grounded in rich and challenging curricula, innovative technological educational resources, and community service, we seek to develop in our students a critical consciousness and ethical perspective that will prepare them for service and leadership roles in the local, national, and international spheres. In both our graduate and undergraduate programs, we seek the highest standards of scholarly inquiry and creative expression. Through their research, our faculty will contribute to the creation, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. St. John's College will continue to serve the university with broad graduate and undergraduate offerings in the arts and sciences that reflect industry, market, and employer needs as well as the global perspectives of our continuously changing world.


As an undergraduate or graduate student at St. John’s, you will have access to the extensive resources of both the University and New York City – plus a faculty comprised of recognized researchers and authors who typically hold the highest degrees in their fields. Numerous special degree programs and internship offerings are also available, as well as a rigorous honors program for qualified students.

Student Support

Freshman entering the college are advised by representatives from the University Freshman Center who place special attention on successful adjustment to college life as well as to important academic choices.  Beginning in the second year students are advised by the College office and by faculty advisors in major departments.  Advisors are a source of direction in terms of specific degree requirements, appropriate use of electives, career goals and special academic opportunities.  Undecided majors are advised by the Deans office staff and are encouraged to try out likely areas of interest.  All students must select a major area by the beginning of junior year.