The heart of the CSB/SJU undergraduate experience is rooted in a lively and sustained engagement between students and faculty — both in the classroom and beyond. Professors actively encourage students to take responsibility for and own their education. Discussion-based classes and active learning teaching practices typify CSB/SJU classrooms and curricular challenges. Experiential educational opportunities in study abroad, service learning, internships and undergraduate research, as well as learning communities and residential hall learning programs are central to a full CSB/SJU learning experience.
Strong Faculty/Student Interaction
More than 85 percent of all seniors stress the importance of faculty role models and mentors in their positive educational experiences at CSB/SJU. A 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, larger-than-average academic departments, and an average class size of 19 allows for close interaction between faculty and students. With a larger-than-average faculty in comparison to many liberal arts colleges, CSB/SJU offers students the opportunity to learn from experienced, well-prepared teacher/mentors who are recognized scholars in their own fields and committed to continued growth within their own disciplines. That translates into a more extensive range of courses available in many departments.
The CSB/SJU Common Curriculum represents an impressive breadth in liberal learning and a solid foundation for each student to build upon as they pursue their majors, minors and experiences beyond the classroom walls. The Common Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking, effective communications, ethical evaluation, and aesthetic appreciation in addition to the patterns of inquiry, discovery and reasoning that are necessary to meet the challenges of a global information society. This is accomplished by helping each student to examine and consider, from the multiple vantage points of interdisciplinary study, the recurring questions that will define all our futures and our places in society.