2019-2020 Academic Catalog
The Saint Louis University Academic Catalog is for information purposes and does not constitute a contract. Although the Academic Catalog was prepared with the latest information available at the time of publication, the statements concerning fees, courses, admission and graduation requirements, general regulations and curricula are subject to change. Please refer to your college, school, center or program handbook for additional information, policies and procedures of your program.
The programs of Saint Louis University are open to all without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. All University policies, practices and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with its Catholic and Jesuit identity. Programs and activities located in facilities not easily accessible to disabled persons will be made accessible through relocation or other means upon request. For general information, call 314-977-2222. The 504 and ADA Coordinator, the University’s Affirmative Action Officer, is located in DuBourg Hall, Room 36, Telephone 314-977-3838.
Saint Louis University, a private university under Catholic and Jesuit auspices, traces its history to the foundation of the Saint Louis Academy by the Right Reverend Louis William DuBourg, Bishop of Louisiana, in 1818. At Bishop DuBourg’s request, the Society of Jesus assumed the direction of the school in 1827. This small Jesuit College received its charter as Saint Louis University in 1832, becoming the first university established west of the Mississippi River. The University settled at its present site on Grand Boulevard in 1888.
Saint Louis University has two campuses: the St. Louis, Missouri, campus and the Madrid, Spain, campus. The St. Louis campus is physically divided into the North Campus, located in the Grand Avenue midtown area; the South Campus, located one mile to the south; and SLU School of Law, located in downtown St. Louis near civil, criminal and appellate courts.
Saint Louis University is classified as a Research University: High Research Activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University enrolls more than 14,000 full- and part-time students, including a significant number from countries around the world.
The University is presently composed of the following colleges, schools and centers offering post-baccalaureate programs.
- College of Arts and Sciences (established in 1818)
- School of Law (1842)
- College of Philosophy and Letters (1898)
- School of Medicine (1903)
- Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business (1910)
- Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology (1927)
- School of Nursing (1928)
- Madrid, Spain Campus (1967)
- Doisy College of Health Sciences (1979)
- College for Public Health and Social Justice (1991)
- School for Professional Studies (1996)
- School of Education (1998)
- Center for Advanced Dental Education (1994)
- Center for Health Outcomes Research (SLUCOR) (2012)
The Mission of Saint Louis University is the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity.
The University seeks excellence in the fulfillment of its corporate purposes of teaching, research, health care and service to the community. It is dedicated to leadership in the continuing quest for understanding of God's creation and for the discovery, dissemination and integration of the values, knowledge and skills required to transform society in the spirit of the Gospels. As a Catholic, Jesuit university, this pursuit is motivated by the inspiration and values of the Judeo-Christian tradition and is guided by the spiritual and intellectual ideals of the Society of Jesus.
In support of its mission, the University:
- Encourages and supports innovative scholarship and effective teaching in all fields of the arts; the humanities; the natural, health and medical sciences; the social sciences; the law; business; aviation; and technology.
- Creates an academic environment that values and promotes free, active and original intellectual inquiry among its faculty and students.
- Fosters programs that link University resources to local, national and international communities in collaborative efforts to alleviate ignorance, poverty, injustice and hunger; extend compassionate care to the ill and needy; and maintain and improve the quality of life for all persons.
- Strives continuously to seek means to build upon its Catholic, Jesuit identity and to promote activities that apply its intellectual and ethical heritage to work for the good of society as a whole.
- Welcomes students, faculty and staff from all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds and beliefs and creates a sense of community that facilitates their development as men and women for others.
- Nurtures within its community an understanding of and commitment to the promotion of faith and justice in the spirit of the Gospels.
- Wisely allocates its resources to maintain efficiency and effectiveness in attaining its mission and goals.
Saint Louis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and has been continuously accredited since 1916. Inquiries on accreditation may be made to the:
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411
Some colleges, schools and programs have also attained individual accreditation from professional disciplinary associations.
In 1967, Saint Louis University became the first major Catholic university in the United States to give lay and clergy people combined legal responsibility for institutional policy as members of its board of trustees. Today, the board is the principal governing authority for the University, charged with fiduciary responsibility and with preserving and enhancing SLU’s Jesuit mission.
Members of SLU's Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms and may stand for re-election for two additional three-year terms. Trustees are volunteers and are not compensated for their service.
The board meets four times a year and has a number of standing committees that include faculty, staff and student representatives.
|J. Joseph Conran, Chairman (’67, ’70)||Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP|
|Patrick J. Sly, Vice Chairman (’77)||Executive Vice President, Emerson (Retired)|
|Peter F. Benoist Jr. (’70, ’75)||President and Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Financial Services Corp. (Retired)|
|Albert C. Black Jr.||Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, On-Target Supplies and Logistics|
|William Blase Jr. (’91)||Senior Executive Vice President - Human Resources, AT&T|
|George Brill (’85)||Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Talisen Technologies Inc.|
|Thomas M. Buchanan ('77)||Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP|
|Richard O. Buhler, S.J. (’63, ’64, ’71)||Rector, Manresa Retreat Center|
|Richard Chaifetz (’75)||Founder, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych Corporation; Chairman of Chaifetz Group, ComPsych Corporation; Chaifetz Group|
|W. Winston Chan (’81, ’83)||Chief Executive Officer, Corvusys Inc.|
|Robert J. Ciapciak (‘79, '07)||Partner, Edward Jones|
|Kevin Cullen, S.J. (’80)||President of the Board of Directors, L'Arche St. Louis|
|J. Daniel Daly, S.J.||Treasurer, Jesuits of the U.S. Central and Southern Province|
|Gerald E. Daniels||CEO (retired), Boeing Military Aircraft and Missile|
|L.B. Eckelkamp Jr.||Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Washington|
|Robert N. Fox (’76)||Founder & Chief Executive Officer, NewSpace, Inc., the Clark-Fox Family Foundation|
|Anne Gagen (’72, ’76)||Managing Director (retired), the Private Bank|
|Chang Soo Huh (’77)||Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, GS Group|
|Edward B. Ignaczak||Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing (retired), Express Scripts|
|Joseph F. Imbs III (’75)||Regional Chairman and St. Louis Market President (retired), US Bank|
|B. Todd Jones||Senior Vice President and Special Counsel, National Football League|
|Darryl Jones (’77)||Managing Partner, D&D Concessions|
|Paul D. Kalsbeek||Regional Group Head, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.|
|James P. Kavanaugh (’86)||Chief Executive Officer, World Wide Technology Inc.|
|Ronald J. Kruszewski||Chairman and CEO, Stifel Financial Corp.|
|Patrick Lo||Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NETGEAR|
|Virginia McDowell||President and Chief Operating Officer (retired), Isle of Capri Casinos Inc.|
|Michael C. McFarland, S.J.||Treasurer, USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus|
|Marian V. "Bo" Mehan (’74,’82)||Partner and Estate Planning and Probate Department Co-chair, Lewis Rice|
|Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.||Provincial Assistant for Higher Education, Jesuits West|
|Frank E. O'Donnell, Jr, MD (’70)||Manager, Hopkins Capital Group, LLC|
|Robert O'Loughlin||Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lodging Hospitality Management|
|George Paz||Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (Retired), Express Scripts|
|G. Keith Phoenix (’74)||Senior Counsel, Sandberg, Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C.|
|Stephen A. Privett, S.J.||President, Verbum Dei High School|
|Jacqueline Drury Pollvogt (’85, ’88)||Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Drury Development Corporation|
|Kristin Robertson||Vice President and General Manager, Autonomous Systems Boeing Defense, Space & Security|
|Daniel A. Rodrigues (’77)||Chief Operating Officer, Herndon Products LLC (Retired)|
|Michael J. Sheeran, S.J. (’63, ’64, ’67, ’71)||President, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities|
|Rex A. Sinquefield (’67)||President, Show Me Institute|
|James T. Smith||Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (retired), IPSOS Americas|
|Philip Steele, S.J. (’71)||Rector, Jesuit Community of Saint Louis University|
|Gregory R. Stubblefield||Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.|
|Anthony R. Tersigni, Ed.D., FACHE||President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension|
|Martha Uhlhorn||President/Owner, La Bonne Bouchée Wholesale Bakery and Gourmet To Go|
|Trudy Busch Valentine (’80)||Philanthropist|
University President Fred P. Pestello serves as an ex-officio voting member of the board. Vice President and General Counsel William Kauffman is board secretary.
SLU also has trustee emeriti, former trustees who do not make motions, vote or hold office, but are entitled to all other privileges of board members.
Current trustee emeriti are: J. Joe Adorjan, John Alberici, Barry Beracha, Thomas H. Brouster Sr., William H.T. Bush, John Cook, Walter Davisson, Charles L. Drury Sr., Aloys H. Litteken, Michael F. Shanahan Sr., Nancy Siwak, Francis A. Stroble and Kenneth Teasdale.
Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., became the 33rd president and chief executive officer of Saint Louis University in 2014. He is the first permanent lay president of Saint Louis University since its founding in 1818.
Dr. Pestello has a cabinet comprised of senior administrators who report directly to him and who advise him on important University matters. Members of the cabinet also work closely with trustees, deans and other vice presidents to advance SLU’s strategic priorities.
University Leadership Council
The University Leadership Council (ULC) is responsible for reviewing and approving all University policies and providing input on other important University matters. The group is comprised of senior administrators, academic deans, and the leaders of the Faculty Senate, Staff Advisory Committee and Student Government Association.
President’s Advisory Council
The President’s Advisory Council (PAC) is a 100-member body that is charged with representing the interests of faculty, staff and students in major University decisions. The group is comprised of all vice presidents and deans, the executive leadership of the Faculty Senate and Student Government Association, the chairs of the college and school faculty councils, and a number of staff and administrative leaders.
Mission and Diversity Offices
At SLU, the Office of Mission and Identity and the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement report directly to the president.
As the Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity, Christopher Collins, S.J., provides executive-level leadership for fostering and promoting SLU’s Catholic, Jesuit identity. He also works to ensure that SLU’s mission and core values — as well as the principles and traditions of Catholic, Jesuit higher education — are fully integrated into everything the University does.
As chief diversity officer, Jonathan Smith, Ph.D., vice president for diversity and community engagement, leads efforts to make Saint Louis University more inclusive and welcoming to diverse populations. He works to increase SLU’s outreach to the St. Louis community and access to a SLU education to young people from the region’s most disadvantaged areas.
Saint Louis University’s major administrative divisions and offices provide services, resources and leadership to support teaching, research, health care and service activities. Guided by the University’s mission, these units work strategically to make SLU’s operations as efficient and effective as possible. Information about each of these units is listed, by area, below.
Office of the Provost
Chester Gillis, Ph.D., Provost (Spring 2019)
The Office of the Provost provides leadership for SLU’s academic enterprise, including all colleges, schools, degree-granting centers and libraries. The office promotes faculty excellence, and advances student learning and outcomes. The office also fosters collaboration across academic disciplines and fields of knowledge to address the pressing challenges of our time.
Business and Finance
David F. Heimburger
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The Division of Business and Finance is charged with the careful stewardship of Saint Louis University’s financial resources, including SLU’s $1.1 billion endowment. The division provides a wide array of financial services to the University’s academic units and administrative divisions. It also directs parking, purchasing, real estate and travel, among other areas.
Diversity and Community Engagement
Jonathan C. Smith
Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement
The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement helps SLU forge stronger bonds of common human purpose and shared values across the distinctions of race, class, gender, sexual identity and faith. The office’s areas of responsibility include the Cross Cultural Center, the Center for Global Citizenship, a Diversity Speaker Series and the annual MLK Tribute. The office also oversees our fulfillment of the Clock Tower Accords, which commit us to actively strengthen diversity, inclusion and equity on our campuses.
Enrollment and Retention
Kathleen B. Davis
Interim Vice President of Enrollment and Retention Management
SLU’s Division of Enrollment and Retention Management works to recruit and retain the highest caliber of talented and diverse students. Admissions, financial aid and class registration are just a few of the areas the division oversees. It also administers services tailored to support the University’s low-income, first-generation, military and international students.
Fundraising and Alumni Engagement
Sheila M. Manion
Vice President of Development
The Division of Development supports the University’s strategic priorities by garnering philanthropic support for student scholarships, teaching positions, capital projects, academic initiatives and more. In addition, the division seeks to engage alumni in the life of the University through a wide range of programs and events.
Michael A. Lucido
Vice President of Facilities
The Division of Facilities Services is responsible for planning, building, maintaining and enhancing SLU’s 270-acre, 130-building campus in midtown St. Louis, as well as the School of Law building in downtown St. Louis. The division’s staff members coordinate construction, grounds, custodial services, maintenance, sustainability and transportation, among other areas.
Mickey J. Luna
Vice President of Human Resources
The Division of Human Resources at SLU is committed to ensuring that the University is an outstanding place to work. Overseeing hiring, compensation, benefits, and personnel matters, the division also offers learning and development programs designed to expand employees’ skills and further their leadership abilities.
David J. Hakanson
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
The Division of Information Technology services is the primary provider of computing resources, services and support at SLU. In addition to software, hardware, wireless networks and information security, the division works with colleges, schools and administrative units to implement practical solutions for complex technology needs.
William R. Kauffman
Vice President and General Counsel
The Office of the General Counsel is the principal representative for legal matters involving SLU. Managing all litigation in which the University is a party, the office also reviews contracts and leases, and assists with audits and compliance matters. Additionally, the office serves as the primary liaison between the University and state and federal elected officials.
Marketing and Communications
Jeff L. Fowler
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
The Division of Marketing and Communications is the central unit charged with managing the Saint Louis University brand. The division provides internal clients with a variety of content, design and consultation services. In addition, the division connects SLU and the greater St. Louis region through community relations efforts.
Mission and Identity
Christopher S. Collins, S.J.
Special Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity
The Office of Mission and Identity ensures that the principles and traditions of Catholic, Jesuit higher education, and the mission and core values of SLU are integrated into operations, structures, programs and practices, and the formation of its students, faculty, staff, administration and board members. To further its goals, the office sponsors several programs, on and off campus, each dedicated to the intellectual and spiritual growth of the participants, and all in the Jesuit tradition.
Kenneth A. Olliff
Vice President for Research
The Office of the Vice President for Research furthers the success of SLU’s ground-breaking researchers by supporting them through every stage of the process, from seeking grant funding to finding commercial applications for their novel ideas. The office also ensures that all research conducted at the University meets the highest possible ethical and safety standards.
Kent T. Porterfield
Vice President of Student Development
The Division of Student Development ensures that every student at SLU receives a holistic experience in the Jesuit tradition. Its many programs range from residential living to campus ministry to community service and is home to the Dean of Students Office. Nationally recognized for its commitment to diversity, the division also empowers students to become global citizens who strive for a better world.