I’m pleased to welcome you to the Academic Departments of St. Jerome's University. We offer Faculty of Arts courses in ten academic disciplines and four Interdisciplinary Studies areas, including Legal Studies, Medieval Studies, Italian Studies, Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies. All of these academic courses, integrated with their counterparts at the University of Waterloo, lead to University of Waterloo degrees.
Our most distinguishing academic characteristic is the commitment to the principles of a liberal arts education and to teaching excellence at the undergraduate level. All of our faculty uphold the St. Jerome’s University commitment to teaching excellence and from this commitment an interdisciplinary community has been fostered; one that aims to mentor our students through the diverse programs they choose.
Participating in the academic life at our university means that you will meet a wide array of leading scholars. If you have a narrow view of what the liberal arts mean, you may in fact come across some surprises. You will meet scholars whose interests range from medieval history to our age of globalization and transnational identity; academics who have been invited to lecture around the globe but come back to engage you in your interests and their field of study. You will of course have the opportunity to discuss philosophy with scholars of Aristotle, Aquinas, Arendt, or Maritain. You may want to engage professors of national reputation in the intricacies of understanding Chaucer, Shakespeare, or Blake. Perhaps your interests focus on understanding social phenomena like the family, or legal systems, or perhaps religion and identity – there are a number of prominent professors here who would be glad to converse with you on these topics as well. You may not expect to meet one of Canada’s leading historians of the Arctic at St. Jerome’s University, but you very well may.
Academic life at St. Jerome’s University will take you beyond you – to a world full of questions, wonder, and awe.
Dr. Scott Kline
Vice President Academic and Dean