Saint Joseph's University

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Template:Infobox American Universities Saint Joseph's University is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic university in the United States. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it was founded in 1851 as Saint Joseph's College by the Society of Jesus. Today, Saint Joseph's University is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Saint Joseph's University educates over 7000 students each year in over 40 undergraduate majors, 10 special-study options, 20 study abroad programs, 52 graduate study areas, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. The school is one of just 142 nationwide with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and AACSB business school accreditation.

In 1970, ownership of Saint Joseph's College was transferred to a private corporation governed by a Board of Trustees. That same year, women were admitted for the first time. In 1978, Saint Joseph's College was elevated to the rank of university.

Saint Joseph's University is home of the Hawks, the university's athletic program. It fields teams in 20 varsity sports. It competes in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. It belongs to the Atlantic 10 and Big 5 conferences. In 2004, the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team almost finished with a undefeated regular season suffering their only loss to Xavier University in the Atlantic 10 tournament. In the NCAA tournament that year, they lost to Oklahoma St. by two points in the Elite Eight. Saint Joseph's University also offers 30 intramural and recreational programs.

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Entrance to Lapsley Lane on City Avenue

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Pathway to Campion Student Center


In telling the story of Saint Joseph’s in Saint Joseph’s, Philadelphia’s Jesuit University: 150 Years, author David R. Contosta examines five intertwined and shifting forces that have shaped the university since its founding in the mid-nineteenth century. These have been the fortunes of Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Roman Catholic Church, the overall development of American higher education, and a welter of external events during 15 decades of national and world history.
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The Barbelin Bell Tower

In the book, Contosta shows how four successive locations of this institution have paralleled the development of Philadelphia itself. Starting out in 1851 on the site of Old Saint Joseph’s Church, the city’s first Roman Catholic parish, the fledgling college soon outgrew an increasingly noisy and commercialized location on Willing’s Alley, near Fourth and Walnut Streets. From there the college moved in 1856 to a building at Juniper and Filbert Streets, then in a prosperous residential neighborhood near the future site of City Hall. In 1889 Saint Joseph’s inaugurated its third site at Seventeenth and Stiles Streets in North Philadelphia, in the heart of Philadelphia’s booming industrial zone. Then, in 1927, in recognition of population shifts toward the western part of the city and into the western suburbs, the college moved to 54th and City Avenue, at the very entrance to Philadelphia’s fashionable Main Line. In the post-World War II period, Saint Joseph’s began to acquire properties across City Avenue on the Main Line itself, propelling the institution physically as well as culturally into the suburbs proper.

As Saint Joseph’s was evolving with the city and its suburbs, it became more and more enmeshed into the mainstream of American higher education. In the process, the college had to abandon the Jesuit tradition of a seven-year course of studies, which combined both secondary and higher education. Saint Joseph’s also greatly altered its governance system in the late 1960s and early 1970s, in concert with many other Catholic colleges and universities, when it legally separated ownership of the college from the Society of Jesus. In 1970, Saint Joseph’s admitted women to all its programs for the first time, and in 1978 it took the additional step of becoming a university.

As a Jesuit institution, Saint Joseph’s was by definition Catholic. A militant Catholicism, often typical of the Jesuits, was evident during the college’s earlier decades, when Catholics found themselves a somewhat spurned minority in an overwhelmingly Protestant nation. But with the election of John F. Kennedy as the country’s first Catholic president in 1960 and the emphasis on ecumenical dialog coming out of Vatican II, such militancy vanished quickly.

Most recently, religious debates have centered on the real and potential conflicts between the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the rights of academic freedom. These matters came into sharp focus after Pope John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae in 1990, an apostolic constitution on Catholic universities which sought to ensure that institutions calling themselves Catholic were faithful to Church teachings. This document also caused Saint Joseph’s to focus on just what it meant to be a Catholic institution of higher learning at the dawn of a new millennium. And at a time when there were fewer and fewer members of the Society of Jesus, Saint Joseph’s was forced to ask how it could maintain its Jesuit identity when the overwhelming majority of faculty and administrators were lay men and women.

Beyond the influences of the Jesuit community, the Roman Catholic Church, the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and the requirements of American higher education as a whole, Saint Joseph’s has been shaped by a multitude of wider forces. These have ranged from the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Great Depression, to the counterculture of the 1960s and the information age of the twenty-first century.

Erivan K. Haub School of Business

The Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph's University is accredited by AACSB-The International Association for Management Education. AACSB is higher education's most prestigious and rigorous accrediting body in business, stressing academic excellence and a commitment to continuous improvement. Less than 10% of the business schools in the United States and several selected schools internationally have earned this accreditation in business and accounting. In Pennsylvania, SJU is one of only four business schools to have its accounting program and business program AACSB accredited.
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The Haub School of Business

The Haub School is home to the only Wall Street Trading Room in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Trading Room consists of a Trans Lux Ticker Board, Picture Wall and Data Wall, and 36 IBM Net Vista computers with 17" flat screens. Comprehensive financial data is provided through Reuters StockVal research software. Real-Time ticker data from the major exchanges (NYSE, NASDAQ) is provided through Reuters 3000 Extra with up to the minute news reports provided through Dow Jones News. The Wall Street Trading Room is used by students taking courses in Investments, Portfolio Analysis, Financial Statement Analysis, and Information Systems. A student portfolio ("The Hawk Fund") is managed by the undergraduate Finance Club using the research capabilities in the Trading Room.

All students are required to participate in the laptop computer program. The objective of this program is to empower students and faculty with the necessary tools to benefit from the campus network, the internet, and course-specific software. Use of the laptop is an integral part of the business school curriculum, keeping HSB students current with today's business trends and proficient in the utilization of cutting edge technology.

HSB offers an innovative four-year Cooperative Education Program that provides students the opportunity to gain a year of work experience in two paid coop experiences and still graduate with your entering class in 4 years.

Undergraduate programs:

  • Accounting
  • Decision and Systems Sciences
  • Finance
  • Food Marketing
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Pharmaceutical Marketing

Graduate Programs:

  • MBA (concentrations: Accounting, Decision and System Sciences, Finance, Health and Medical Services, Human Resource Management, International Business, International Marketing, Management, Marketing)
  • MS in Human Resource Management
  • MS in Financial Services
  • MS in International Marketing
  • Executive MBA
  • Executive MS in Food Marketing
  • Executive MBA in Pharmaceutical Marketing
  • China Programs

Post-MBA Certificate Program:

  • Finance
  • Financial Analysis and Reporting
  • Health and Medical Services
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Marketing
  • Management
  • Marketing

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