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Changing Lives on Campus and Beyond

College of Arts and Sciences

Our students and faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences think like no one else can. They connect the dots between art and chemistry, math and philosophy, biology and political science -- and everything else in between. The power of the ideas that come out of our college literally cannot be contained by our classrooms, so we're taking them into our community, where we're going to change the world.

In the dynamic and modern world, successful leaders have an open mind, exhibit empathy, and bounce between the targeted goal and the big picture. In the College of Arts and Sciences, we teach our students to think in uncommon ways and encourage them to dig into the complex roots of today's most challenging problems. Our students have the smarts to change the world, but they need you to take them to the top. 

By supporting programs like our Research in Action initiative, you'll be connecting the most influential, talented and powerful people in our community who can help create and enact social and economic change. Your support of research and community engagement programs will cure diseases and reduce poverty. Your backing of our students and faculty will make the College of Arts and Sciences the go-to place for problem-solvers and innovators who are ready to tackle the world's biggest challenges. 


Jennifer Snyder

Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences
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Putting Research into Action

We believe big, important ideas find life through conversation and collaboration. 


With a spirit of discovery and transformation, the College of Arts and Sciences connects faculty and students with community partners to research, provide resources and take learning outside the classroom. These nimble partnerships are fueled by creativity, grounded in our values and informed by data. Together, we rise to the needs of our community to solve problems for the common good. 

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Meet the Dean

Dr. Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell is the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas. He joined the Art History Department in 1990 after receiving his PhD at Yale University. He became a full professor in 2003 and has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses on Greek and Roman archaeology, as well as Near Eastern and medieval art and architecture.

Stansbury-O’Donnell has served in several administrative and committee roles at St. Thomas, including chair of Art History and assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2014 to 2015. He has served as an associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2015.

People have been awakened to our community’s problems, and it also has sparked their desire to reach out to our peers. This study abroad experience is something that changed my life and drives what I want to do moving forward.

Maggie Martin ’20, Rome Empower program alumna
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Broaden Their Horizons

Study Abroad Scholarships

Study abroad is a transformative experience for students. While their scholarships and financial aid can follow students across the ocean, these scholarships help bridge the gap and cover travel expenses, a common barrier for students traveling abroad. 
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The Power of Voice and Storytelling

ThreeSixty Journalism

ThreeSixty Journalism is an award-winning, immersive and inclusive multimedia and college success program for high school students. Supporting ThreeSixty Journalism facilitates pathways to higher education for traditionally underrepresented communities. 
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Historic and Contemporary Bonds

The Center for Irish Studies

The Center for Irish Studies advances teaching and scholarship in Irish Studies for students, faculty and friends of the university. It enriches the dimensions of education at St. Thomas while affirming the many historic and contemporary bonds between the university, Ireland and the Irish-American community.
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ThreeSixty has made my dreams of college a reality. I am so excited to be at St. Thomas in the fall and just know that at the end of the long (but fun) four years I will be doing something I truly am passionate about in a field that needs more people of color and females.

Heidi Sanchez Avila ’23

Areas of Need

Empower Study Abroad

The Empower Study Abroad program takes our big ideas where they're needed most around the world. Support global faculty research or sponsor a student who is presenting at an international conference. Whether it's disaster relief or agricultural revolution, you can ensure that our liberal arts students make an impact well beyond the Twin Cities. 

Access and Support

Access to education is the most powerful way to break the cycle of poverty, and the College of Arts and Sciences is committed to providing scholarships to underserved populations and first-generation college students in order to break that cycle. Our goal is to ensure that no one is left behind in our education system, and your support of scholarships will change the lives of students today and empower our students of the future.

Student Diversity

Diverse perspectives don't just create more thoughtful students -- they create more empathetic people. We're committed to attracting students of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds through scholarships for first-generation college students, students of color, and those with the highest financial need. In conjunction with Dougherty Family College, we're diversifying our student body in order to create richer experiences for all of our students, in and outside of the classroom.