Founded in 1870, St. John University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the cornerstone and oldest division of the University. The College has always emphasized the liberal arts tradition, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers numerous programs that lead to master’s and doctoral degrees.
Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty are world-class scholars and teachers. With their guidance, graduate students earn prestigious awards and fellowships. Above all, our graduate students are part of a supportive, close-knit scholarly community that’s enlivened by lectures, campus organizations and societies, and opportunities to study overseas.
St. John’s University has an alumni network of more than 183,000—with more than 80% residing in the New York metropolitan area. These contacts in an international hub of arts and industry mean strong connections in a diverse arena. Though many working adults enroll to advance in their current fields, a number of students use their training to launch new careers—largely thanks to the availability of internships and job placement connections.
Graduate students in the College’s clinical fields gain hands-on experience in the University’s professional treatment facilities. Students serve under faculty supervision in St. John’s respected Speech & Hearing Center, a state-of-the-art facility for the diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders. The University’s Center for Psychological Services also addresses community needs while providing training opportunities to graduate students in St. John’s College’s Clinical and School Psychology programs.
“It’s the flexibility and translational skills that students get in the liberal arts—the heavy emphasis on critical thinking, writing, and speaking—that prepares students not only for careers today but for careers that don’t even exist today. Nowadays, it’s predicted that students will change careers five or six times in their lifetimes. If you have a liberal arts education, you can easily move from one discipline to another because you learn how to learn.”
— Jeffrey Fagen, PhD
Dean, St. John’s College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences