UST's unique core curriculum offers you an entrance into the great conversation unfolding across human history, a conversation about the fundamental questions we must all consider if we hope to live fully human lives.  But it is about more than questions.  The wisdom you discover—animated by faith and reason—and the skills you cultivate prepare you to serve society with conviction and become a leader known for your integrity, insight, and courage.

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Subject areas include:

  • Theology
  • Philosophy
  • English
  • History
  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Natural science
  • Mathematics
  • Fine arts

To learn more about UST’s core, enjoy the podcast “Spelunking with Plato” and visit the “Arts and Sciences” blog, both of which feature faculty, ideas, texts, and themes that are central to the core. 


Dr. Christopher Evans, Vice President of Academic Affairs

We want you to find the professional path aligned with your purpose, so when that alarm rings every day, you wake up excited to do great things.

Dr. Christopher Evans Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Theology


Student standing with hands clasped inside Catholic Chapel of St. Basil on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TexasWithin the secular world that increasingly reduces people to their mere material worth – physical ability, financial capacity, appearance and influence – UST offers a sanctuary where you will develop your mind, body and spirit.

Imagine a halo of light embracing our campus, shining out into the broader world as a beacon of hope. The teachings within the core curriculum affirm that everyone can contribute to society regardless of material qualities, and transcend toward excellence.

Andrew Li-Yung Hing, MD

UST gave me a strong science foundation. The core classes helped me understand my patients’ beliefs so I can fully serve their needs. 

Andrew Li-Yung Hing, MD Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician, Houston, TX | B.A. Biology and B.A. Chemistry, 2005


Two undergraduate STEM students seated at microscopes in classroom at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas​Through learning about everything from theology to math, art to science, you’ll build a broad base of knowledge that connects ideas across disciplines, giving you deeper powers of thinking and understanding.

Today’s employers prize innovators who drive progress and tangible growth. You’ll stand out from the crowd as you enter the professional sphere with strong critical and creative thinking skills, writing skills and excitement to solve unsolved problems. 

Melissa Prazak

My UST philosophy training taught me how to be persuasive and communicate well. Writing ability is so important to employers.

Melissa Prazak B.A. Philosophy and M.A. Thomistic Philosophy from the Center of Thomistic Studies, 2016 | Evangelization Consultant for the Archdiocese of Boston


Students in classroom at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TexasRooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the core curriculum at UST revolves around the seven classical liberal arts. Liberal arts education is the oldest method of higher education in Western history, spanning almost 2,000 years.

The goal is to educate and prepare you to be a wise and virtuous participant in civic life. Wisdom is understanding the truth. Virtue is living in accordance with it. Through our teaching, we nurture growth of your mind, body and spirit.