The mission of the School of Arts supports Manhattan College’s tradition of liberal inquiry, reflection on faith in relation to reason, emphasis on ethical conduct and commitment to social justice by offering diverse foundation courses for all students, no matter their school or major. In addition, the School of Arts furthers Manhattan College’s emphasis on high academic standards by offering challenging majors in the humanities and social sciences and innovative interdisciplinary majors. These include courses taught by outstanding educators, committed to the advancement of knowledge in their classrooms and in their disciplines. The School of Arts seeks to educate its students broadly — considering timeless issues and providing timely preparation — so that its graduates lead rewarding lives full of professional success and lifelong learning.
The School of Arts and Sciences was the first and only school when Manhattan College was established in 1853. Throughout the history of Manhattan College, the School of Arts has been integral to the College’s curriculum. Even as the College added separate schools for engineering, education and business, students continued to take core liberal arts courses in the School of Arts and Sciences. The School of Arts was separated from the School of Science in 1933, but they rejoined in 1939, before splitting again in 1993.
Some of the major developments in the School of Arts’ history: