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School of Arts and Sciences becomes College

Name change begins Jan. 1

Chicago (Oct. 16, 2006) – Saint Xavier University President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D., announced today that the School of Arts and Sciences will become the College of Arts and Sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2007.

“The name change reflects the vigorous growth currently under way at Saint Xavier and further positions Saint Xavier University as a leading Catholic university in the greater Midwest,” said Kathleen Alaimo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The College of Arts and Sciences provides Saint Xavier students with a challenging university core program of study that reinforces the academic mission of the University. The core program refines the critical skills of effective expression, attentive reading and systematic reasoning as students explore arts and sciences disciplines.

Comprising arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences prepares students in the arts and sciences so they can then pursue advanced work in their chosen majors. It also provides students with focus, depth and specificity in its disciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs.

“The name change reaffirms the liberal arts tradition of Saint Xavier University and our contribution to educating students who possess the habits of mind necessary to the development of the intellectual, ethical, social, spiritual, aesthetic and civic aspects of life,” Alaimo said. “The new name better reflects the robust role of the unit as the heart of the University’s undergraduate general education program, as the home of the arts and sciences disciplines, as the center for liberal learning at the University, and as the sponsor of select graduate programs tied to undergraduate areas of study in the arts and sciences.”

Saint Xavier Provost Dominick Hart agreed. “The change reflects the central role of the College of Arts and Sciences in providing the liberal arts education that is at the heart of the core curriculum. It also better aligns Saint Xavier University with our aspirant institutions and better reflects the large and diverse mix of disciplines within the College.”

The name change better reflects the academic unit’s mission, Alaimo said.

“While the College prepares students for many careers, it does its best work preparing students for life – both as local and global citizens, as members of families and communities, as doers and thinkers, as participants in the creative task of enhancing the common good and protecting the dignity of each person,” Alaimo said. “The role of the College is to provide graduates with the tools they need to live and work with integrity and meaning.”

Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University is a comprehensive Catholic university serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago and Orland Park. The University offers 35 undergraduate majors and more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing with day, evening and weekend courses to fit busy schedules.


Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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