St Vincent College
Saint Vincent College is the first Benedictine college in the United States. It is an educational community rooted in the tradition of the Catholic faith, the heritage of Benedictine monasticism, and the love of values inherent in the liberal approach to life and learning. There are 1,601 full-time undergraduate students and 104 part-time students, of whom 82.5 percent reside on campus in five residence halls. The College has students from more than twenty-nine states and twenty other countries. In addition to more than fifty programs in the liberal arts and sciences, the College offers graduate programs in education curriculum and instruction, environmental education, library media management, special education, and school administration and supervision. Student services include advising, athletics, career placement and planning, computer assistance, and a counseling center. Students choose from more than fifty academic clubs and student organizations. Saint Vincent College is accredited by the Department of Education of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.
Majors and Degrees
The College is organized into four schools: the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government; the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing; the School of Humanities and Fine Arts; and the School of Communication, Education, and Social Sciences. The McKenna School includes majors in the areas of business administration, economics, political science, and public policy. The School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing encompasses the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computing and Information Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Physics. The School of Humanities and Fine Arts includes the Departments of English, Fine Arts (art and music), History, Liberal Arts, Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy, and Theology. The School of Communication, Education, and Social Sciences combines the Departments of Communication, Education, Psychology, and Sociology/Anthropology. Education certification is offered in art, biology, business, chemistry, citizenship, computer and information science, early childhood education, elementary education, English, environmental education, French, mathematics, physics, social science, social studies, and Spanish. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in more than twenty fields.
The College offers a law school 3+3 program in cooperation with Duquesne University. Students complete the requirements of their majors at Saint Vincent College in English, history, political science, public policy analysis, or sociology. In addition, in conjunction with university schools of engineering, the College offers a five-year cooperative liberal arts and engineering program.
Saint Vincent offers pre–health training in accelerated osteopathic medicine, accelerated podiatric medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, and physical therapy in cooperation with various professional schools. Certificate programs are offered, including accounting, addiction specialist training, business management, communication, and computing and information science.
Students may select minor areas of study in accounting, anthropology, art history, arts administration, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, communication, computing and information science, economics, education, English, environmental affairs, environmental chemistry, environmental science, finance, fine arts, French, general administration of justice, German, graphic arts, history, international business, international studies, Italian, liberal arts, management, marketing, mathematics, music, music history, philosophy, physics, political science, public administration, psychology, sociology, Spanish, studio arts, and theology.
An academic year consists of two semesters, with the opportunity to earn credits in the summer. Saint Vincent College requires each student to complete a minimum of 124 credits, satisfy the requirements for the major(s) as specified by the department(s) or school(s), achieve an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 as well as a grade point average of at least 2.0 in the major, and satisfy the capstone requirement as specified by the major department(s) or school(s). Each student must complete a core curriculum. The core curriculum provides all students with a broadly based education that provides a general body of knowledge in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics; an interdisciplinary view of that knowledge base; and the skills to increase that general body of knowledge throughout their lives. Special programs include national and international academic honor societies, a cooperative education and internship program, an interdisciplinary writing program, and an honors program.
Saint Vincent has a sister-college relationship with Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan. The College is also a cooperating institution with Central College of Iowa, through which programs are offered in Austria, England, France, Germany, Holland, Mexico, Spain, and Wales. Students may enroll for summer study at Cuauhnahuac Institute of Language and Culture in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Each May and June, after the spring semester, Saint Vincent College students have the opportunity to participate in a three-week East Asian study tour of Taiwan and Japan. Students may also enroll in well-designed academic programs sponsored by recognized universities and institutes.