Male student holding is hands up as he walks across commencement stage


Welcome to St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Jeffrey Fagen, Ph.D., Dean, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Jeffrey Fagen, Ph.D., Dean, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Founded in 1870, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the cornerstone and oldest division of St. John’s University. The College offers three undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Fine Arts. Although the College has always emphasized the liberal arts tradition, we offer more than thirty majors and forty minors in the arts and sciences, business and education. The school’s graduate division, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, provides numerous programs leading to master’s and doctorate degrees.

While these programs form the foundation for a superlative education, St. John’s offers more: a top – notch faculty, a curriculum designed to expand your horizons and prepare you for a rewarding career, and a student population that is one of the most diverse in the country.

Study abroad possibilities, cross – school offerings with the Tobin College of Business, plus professional courses at the College of Professional Studies are also available. St. John's College undergraduates have the best of many worlds, including the advantages of a strong liberal arts core married to a truly "option – oriented" curriculum. In addition, the College has established strong internship/externship programs with businesses, government agencies, museums and other institutions outside the University. These and other attributes make St. John’s College an exciting and diversified branch of the University. We invite you to learn more about all we have to offer!

—Jeffrey Fagen, Ph.D., Dean, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences commits itself to academic excellence as expressed in the University’s Mission Statement, and the Catholic, Vincentian, metropolitan, and global character of a St. John’s education. St. John’s College emphasizes student learning as an active process and offers a holistic education with special attention given to compassionate concern for others, to cultural diversity, and to the challenges of an interdependent world. The college provides a university-wide core curriculum, which serves as a foundation for a distinct and unified undergraduate education. Required courses in theology and philosophy play a pivotal role in creating the integral vision of Catholic and Vincentian education that stands at the center of the St. John’s University experience. Critical thinking, as evidenced through verbal, written, quantitative, and analytical skills, is expected of every student. St. John’s College offers undergraduate majors in the liberal arts and sciences. These majors provide students with broad academic underpinnings that have developed through the centuries and challenge students to apply their knowledge in academic, professional, and social contexts. Graduate programs offer quality education through a commitment to research, rigorous standards, and innovative application of knowledge. Through these programs, St. John’s College educates the leaders of tomorrow. 

Vision Statement

In keeping with its mission, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will provide a student-centered education in a socially diverse environment. We will develop in our students a critical consciousness and ethical perspective, preparing them for service and leadership roles in the local, national, and international spheres. Through research, students and faculty will exemplify the highest standards of scholarly inquiry and expression, contributing to the creation, acquisition, and dissemination of knowledge.  St. John's College will serve the University with graduate and undergraduate offerings in the arts and sciences that reflect the global perspectives of our continually changing world, prepare students for careers in their fields, and instill a devotion to life-long learning. 


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.

Common Goals

Communication Skills

Demonstrate the ability to think, speak, and write cogently, clearly, and effectively.

Information Literacy

Locate, access, evaluate, and comprehend information in electronic, print, archival, and/or material sources, and develop an awareness of how that information is situated, produced, and used, including discipline-specific publishing standards.

Critical, Creative, and/or Quantitative Thinking

Create, synthesize, analyze, compare, and evaluate ideas, sources, data, and diverse and/or global perspectives as part of an ongoing process of scholarly inquiry and creativity.

Research Skills and Professional Development

Integrate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate applied and adaptive learning skills, and demonstrate ongoing professional development skills through research, internships, and projects.

Liberal Arts Faculty Council Meeting #307
18 November 2014