College of Arts and Sciences

The Mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to educate the whole person and promote lifelong learning by integrating the liberal arts with the Franciscan tradition. We provide the means for students to acquire skills, knowledge, perspectives, and aesthetic appreciation so they can think critically and engage responsibly in their personal lives and professional and global communities.

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A Message from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Kate Meudt - Dean, College of Arts and Science
Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Cardinal Stritch University. We offer rigorous programs in more than 20 different undergraduate degree programs ranging in fields from Psychology and Criminal Justice to Computer Science and Biology. We also offer three graduate degree programs (Clinical Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sport Science Management) and seven pre-professional programs, such as Pre-Medicine and Pre-Law.  

Dating back to the founding of our institution in 1937, when we were Saint Clare College, we have always valued the importance of a Liberal Arts education. Sixty years later, as we transitioned in 1997 from Cardinal Stritch College to Cardinal Stritch University with four distinct colleges (Business, Nursing, Education, and Arts and Sciences), our Liberal Arts identity was maintained and strengthened, with the College of Arts and Sciences faculty owning, developing, and teaching our Liberal Arts Core Curriculum to students in all four colleges. 

All of our undergraduate and graduate classes are taught by professors with proven expertise in their fields of study who, grounded by our four Franciscan values (making peace, reverencing creation, creating a caring community, and showing compassion), strive to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and disposition needed to be successful in whatever field of study they choose to pursue.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a transformational academic experience, one that prepares students to achieve in the 21st century while discovering their true purpose in life. I invite you to explore our web site and to contact us directly if you would like to learn more about the College of Arts and Sciences.


Kate Meudt, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences ​ 

Did you know?

  • Liberal arts courses provide the foundation for developing an appreciation for humankind's achievements and the thinking and communication skills necessary for a full and successful life.    
  • The College of Arts and Sciences offers more than two dozen fields of study and both undergraduate and graduate degrees. 
  • Although the major academic programs vary from one another in content and direction, they are all grounded in the same core values and disciplines of the liberal arts.   
  • Our diverse student body and small student-to-faculty ratio make learning a rich and satisfying experience. 
  • Classes are taught by well-qualified professors rather than teaching assistants. Individualized academic advising, at the department and general level, helps provide a framework on which to build a personal education plan.

More information:

CAS Advisory Council Members, 2016-2017
  • Barbara Binzak Blumenfeld, Counsel, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Warren E. Buliox, Partner, MWH Law Group, LLP
  • Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
  • Caryn Esten, Vice President Strategic Planning, Froedtert & Medical College of WI
  • Christina Green, President, Green Linguistics LLC
  • Dr. James Norden, Music Adjunct Faculty, Cardinal Stritch University
  • Barry Reynolds, Instructor in Leadership Program, WI DOJ
  • Terri Rocole, Chief Mission Integration Officer, Ascension Wisconsin - Glendale Office
  • Judy Saeger, Community Leader
  • Matthew Smith, Vice President Information Technologies, Robert W. Baird
  • Dianne Sposito, Member, Dramatists Guild of America

What is a Concurrent Enrollment Program?

The Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) at Stritch allows qualified high school students to learn and qualified high school instructors to teach Cardinal Stritch University’s curriculum at the partner school’s campus during regular school hours.  Students enrolled in the program concurrently earn both high school and college credit.  The number and size of concurrent enrollment programs are growing nationwide.  While only 55% of postsecondary institutions had concurrent enrollment programs offering courses at high school campuses in 2002-03, the percentage grew to 64% by 2011-12 (NCES, 2013) and continues to grow.  The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) and partner organizations are working to expand concurrent enrollment opportunities while ensuring that the courses maintain the expected rigor.  Over 10,400 concurrent enrollment programs exist throughout the country, with more currently in development (Mobley, 2015).  Over 1.4 million students across the country participate in these programs.

Concurrent Enrollment at Cardinal Stritch University

Qualified students at a partner school who enroll in a Cardinal Stritch University class being offered at their school are admitted to the University as “non-degree seeking students.”  Upon successful completion of the course, these students will receive college credit that will appear on a Cardinal Stritch transcript.  They will be sent a record of that transcript reflecting those credits earned and the grade in the course.  An official transcript sent from Cardinal Stritch University verifies to other colleges/universities that the student has earned and received university credits from Cardinal Stritch University for a particular course or set of courses.  These credits are accepted by nearly all colleges/universities in the same way they would accept credits for traditional transfer students. 

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