Mission and Learning Goals

The CSB/SJU Nutrition Department integrates the knowledge and skills required for nutrition and dietetics with the liberal arts which are rooted in the Catholic Benedictine values and foster a life-long love of learning and an open-hearted response to the needs of others.

An appreciation and respect for the food habits and traditions of diverse peoples is balanced with the principles of scientific methodology and open inquiry.

Intellectual growth of our students is promoted through innovative laboratory experiences, student research, study abroad opportunities, and community service. We are committed to helping our students develop skills in critical thinking, effective communication, ethical decision-making, and leadership in order to prepare them for contemporary nutrition careers, post baccalaureate studies, service to their communities, and life-long learning.

We contribute to the liberal education of all CSB/SJU students through providing courses that meet Liberal Arts Core or other academic program requirements.

Mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) of the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, is to prepare students to successfully enter dietetic internships, graduate school programs, or food and nutrition careers, through the integration of nutrition and dietetics studies within a broad liberal arts base.

DPD Goals

  • To prepare graduates to be successful in dietetic internships, graduate schools or entry-level employment in food and nutrition careers.
  • To produce liberally educated graduates who are prepared for the future.