Our faculty mentors make you successful

Research shows that having a mentor makes people successful. To ensure your success, SJC professors will be your mentors, your guides. Our professors will help you gain experience in your chosen field of interest through real-life academics, which is the hands-on learning that Saint Joseph's College is known for.  You will learn in small group discussions with personal attention from faculty, and you will reinforce what you learn in the classroom by actively working on your major outside the classroom, guided by your professor.  To add even more experience, you can participate in internships, service learning, campus jobs, and job shadowing.

If you want to know how current students and alumni feel about their faculty mentors, read the success stories in the major or minor you're interested in.

Faculty Facts

  • 69% of full-time faculty have PhD or terminal degree
  • Student/faculty ratio = 13:1
  • Average class size is 14

You'll have opportunities to work with your professors on research, special projects, and creative endeavors. Students have published scholarly articles and have led campaigns, clubs, outreach activities, publications, and even programs.

For example, you could:

  • Monitor populations of amphibians and reptiles with your Biology professor
  • Study Forensic Science with a world-renowned Forensics expert who has been featured on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, and The Learning Channel
  • Get into the classroom as a teacher in your first semester under the guidance of our award-winning Education Department
  • Explore ethnic neighborhoods of Chicago with your Sociology professor
  • Probe political issues in Mexico and Nicaragua with your Political Science professor
  • Study the elements of lyrical verse with a published poet in our English Department
  • Express your artistic abilities with a professor who has received several Indiana Art Commission Fellowships for her artwork

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Explore the Core
  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.