St. Thomas University (STU) is a small, exclusively Liberal Arts University located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. It is a primarily undergraduate university offering bachelor's degrees in the arts (humanities and social sciences), education, and social work to approximately 2,300. The university offers a number of unique programs including recognized majors in Criminology, Journalism, Human Rights, and Communications and Public Policy. St. Thomas is the home of the Frank McKenna Centre for Communications and Public Policy. The university is unique in Canada for its sole focus on liberal arts and its commitment to social justice.
In 1960, an act of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick changed the name of St. Thomas College to St. Thomas University, reflecting its expanded departments. The following year, the high school courses were eliminated from the curriculum. From the middle 1950s, the President of UNB, Colin B. Mackay, pushed to have St Thomas moved to the UNB campus in Fredericton. According to this agreement, St. Thomas University would be an "affiliated university" with UNB, with a 99-year lease to a large portion of the UNB campus. It would continue to grant its own undergraduate degrees in arts and education but gave up its former right to grant degrees in Nursing or graduate degrees.
On September 2, 1964, St. Thomas University opened its new premises in Fredericton. Since its relocation, the university has undergone significant growth in the number of students, faculty, and facilities. From less than 500 students, 22 faculty and 3 buildings at that time, St. Thomas has grown to nearly 3000 students, 121 full-time faculty and 12 buildings. St. Thomas is now nationally recognized for the beauty of its campus and the quality of its learning environment.
STU offers the following programs to students:
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Applied Arts
- Bachelor of Education
- Bachelor of Social Work
STU offers the following degrees to students: Anthropology, Catholic Studies, Communications and Public Policy, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, English Language and Literature (with the option to additionally concentrate in Creative Writing or Drama), Environment and Society, Fine Arts, French, Gerontology, Great Books, History, Human Rights, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Relations, Irish Studies, Journalism, Mathematics, Media Studies, Native Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Science and Technology Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Women's Studies and Gender Studies.
St. Thomas University is unique in Canada: with sole focus is liberal arts education. It is the best way to prepare for a life as a leader, thinker, and global citizen. Liberal arts education gives you the ability to find solutions to problems, make independent decisions, and act on them. It teaches you how to argue logically, write clearly, and master new ways of thinking. It means gaining skills in communication, critical thinking and open-mindedness.
At St. Thomas, you can expect small classes, engaged classmates, and teachers second-to-none. Choose from among more than 30 academic disciplines: from traditional fields like Philosophy, History and Languages, to innovative programs in Journalism, Human Rights, Criminology, Environment and Society, and Native Studies.