The School of Humanities and Fine Arts

The faculty of the School of Humanities and Fine Arts affirms the Catholic, Benedictine, and liberal arts traditions of the Saint Vincent College community. Its constituent departments--English, Fine Arts, History, Liberal Arts, Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy and Theology--are allied in the conviction that higher education is a methodological as well as a creative process. Drawing upon Abbot Boniface Wimmer's precept that a person should learn "first what is necessary, then what is useful, and finally what is beautiful," its teachers invite students to participate in investigations of the world and the self, and to consider discovery and learning in the light of spiritual development.

Faith and Reason

Four goals are the heart of this School's mission: 

  • Providing students a challenging yet welcoming interdisciplinary learning environment. 
  • Initiating students into regional, national and international communities of thinkers and doers. 
  • Empowering students to contribute to the common good in worlds beyond the classroom and campus. 
  • Enhancing students' understanding of and respect for the importance and richness of Catholicism, both as a tradition and as a way of daily living.

The School of Humanities and Fine Arts plays a significant role in the Saint Vincent curriculum because the process of seeking answers to life's most important questions demands skills and competencies beyond the fulfillment of requirements. Students are thus guided in assimilating a critical familiarity with the past, literacy and creativity springing from a developed sense of aesthetics, fluency in thought and expression, ethical judgment rooted in an awareness of community, and spiritual sensitivity and acumen. Faculty members in the School realize that an ongoing quest for truth, beauty and goodness endows the learning process with meaning, and that this meaning manifests itself in nature and culture, in poetry and politics, in tradition and innovation, in commerce and scripture.

Valuing reason, creativity and faith as critical parts of the learning process, faculty members in the School of Humanities and Fine Arts strive to reflect the motto of the college: veri justique scientia vindex (Knowledge vindicates Truth and Justice).


Student Outcomes (2016-17) 

  • Graduate School Acceptances (May 2017 Graduates):
    Albany Law School, Duquesne University, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio State University, Providence College, Saint Mary’s Seminary, Saint Vincent College, Touro Law School, University of North Carolina – Charlotte, University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Historically, HFA students have a 100% acceptance rate at law schools!

  • Employment (May 2017 Graduates):
    • ABC Affiliate Channel 33/40 (Birmingham, AL): TV News Producer
    • Culpeper School District (Culpeper, VA): History Teacher
    • Department of Defense (Washington, DC): Staff Officer
    • Greater Latrobe School District (Latrobe, PA): English Teacher
    • National Council of Catholic Women (Arlington, VA): Office Administrator
    • Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (Providence, RI): Religion Teacher
    • Source4Teachers (Westmoreland County, PA): Substitute Teacher
    • Southwood Psychiatric Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA): Direct Care Provider
    • The Culture Project: Missionary
    • West Overton Museum (Scottdale, PA): Development Associate
  • Study Abroad Locations (2016-17):
    England (3), Germany, Italy, Japan, Haiti, Iceland, Italy, Mexico
  • Internship Locations (2016-2017):
    • Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office
    • Busy Beaver
    • Channell Arts Management
    • College Fashionista
    • CVS Pharmacy
    • Greensburg Salem School District
    • Pulse LLC
    • Saint Vincent College and Parish
    • Sewickley Academy
    • Study Breaks magazine
    • U.S. Department of Defense
    • Yough Middle School Drama Department
  • Honors/Awards (2016-17):
    Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society:  3 students inducted

    Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society for Theology and Religious Studies:  7 students inducted

    Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society: 9 students inducted

    Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities: 11 students inducted
  • Research (2016-17):
    • Associated College Press Convention (San Francisco, CA): 2 students attended
    • Journal of Moral Theology: 1 student designed artwork used in an issue and a blog
    • Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Conference (Louisville, KY): 6 students presented
    • SVC Academic Research Conference and Senior Art Exhibition: 34 students participated; one liberal arts major received “Best Poster Presentation”
    • One student organized a talk by Catholic child psychologist Dr. Christaura Welland on the topic of dating and relationship violence, prevention and support
    • TH 345 Christian Spiritual Writings: 23 students participated in a community service class project
  • Faculty Outcomes (2016-2017) 
  • Books Published:  4
  • Book Reviews Published:  10
  • Professional Presentations:  95*
  • Research Conferences Attended:  45
  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles, Blogs, Poetry and Translations Published:  17

*Includes serving as conductor/director of choral and vocal music performances, recitals, workshops, etc.


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Meet the Dean

Fr Rene KollarFr. Rene Kollar, O.S.B., serves as Dean of the School of Humanities and Fine Arts and Professor of History.

A Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Fr. Rene graduated from Saint Vincent Preparatory School in 1965. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Vincent College in 1970 and a Masters of Art Degree in 1975 and Ph.D. in History in 1981 from the University of Maryland.

Fr. Rene has authored numerous publications dealing with modern English history and ecclesiastical history including five books, a documentary film for Scan Films (Cardiff, Wales) and more than 150 articles, book chapters and book reviews. He was a co-recipient of a Freedom Project Teaching Grant, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, for an interdisciplinary course titled "Freedom, Politics, and Theology." In addition, Fr. Rene has served as an Honorary Research Fellow at King's College in London and a Visiting Scholar at Heythrop College in London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1986.

Professional affiliations include memberships in the American Historical Association, Church History Society of America, Ecclesiastical History Society (Great Britain), North American Conference on British Studies, Westmoreland Heritage Community Partnership and on the Editorial Board for American Benedictine Review.

Fr. Rene currently teaches the following history courses on a rotating basis: English History to 1485; English History: 1485 to Present; Modern Ireland; and The Devil and the Problem of Evil in Western Thought.

Fr. Rene's CV
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Our Programs
Program Major Minor Cert. Joint Prog. Career Prep Graduate Prog.
Art Administration in Performing Arts check Major,
Art Education check Major,
Art History check Major, check Minor,
Children's Literature check Minor,
Chinese Language and Culture check Minor,
Creative Writing check Minor,
English check Major, check Minor,
French check Major, check Minor,
German check Minor,
Graphic Design check Major, check Minor,
History check Major, check Minor,
International Studies check Minor,
Italian check Minor,
Latin check Minor,
Liberal Arts check Major,
Medieval Studies check Minor,
Music check Major, check Minor,
Music History check Minor,
Music Performance check Major,
Peace and Justice Studies check Minor,
Philosophy check Major, check Minor,
Philosophy and Politics check Major,
Philosophy and Theology check Major,
Photography check Minor,
Pre-Law Program check Career Prep,
Public History check Minor,
Sacred Music check Minor,
Spanish check Major, check Minor,
Studio Arts check Major, check Minor,
Theology check Major, check Minor,
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Advisory Council - School of Humanities and Fine Arts

Fr. Edward Mazich, O.S.B. – Rector, Saint Vincent Seminary, Chair

Marianne Reid Anderson - Executive Editor, Northern Connection Magazine

Michael Bartley - Executive Vice President of Production and Development, Steeltown Entertainment Project

Timothy Chirdon - Principal, Serra Catholic High School

Richard J. Coldren - Senior Counsel Intellectual Property, Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC

Eileen K. Flinn - Title IX Coordinator, Saint Vincent College

David Gibson - National Institute for the Renewal of Priesthood, Washington Theological Union

Rev. Eugene Hemrick - National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood, Washington Theological Union

Barbara Jones - Chief Curator, Westmoreland Museum of American Art

John M. Lally - Co-Founder, Lally & Co.

William P. Malloy - President, ROAM Investments, Inc.

Joseph O'Connor - Retired, advertising

Randy Rossi – President, ballydesign

The Hon. Raymond J. Zadzilko - Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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