St. Mary's University Calgary

Introduction

St. Mary’s University is an innovative teaching and research university that provides affordable, accredited and highly valued degrees in the LIBERAL ARTS, SCIENCES AND EDUCATION located on a historic site in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Our students are inspired to combine academics with a passionate commitment to ethics, social justice and respect for diversity of opinion and belief.

A LEADER IN POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION, open to all, and focused on developing the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Founded on the CATHOLIC INTELLECTUAL TRADITION, St. Mary’s will prepare its students to live with integrity, compassion and confidence. Through the PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE and SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY, we prepare our students to become lifelong learners, engaged citizens and compassionate members of society. A CENTRE OF KNOWLEDGE with a library that holds extensive collections in many key areas and a Learning Centre dedicated to helping students become successful learners. An engaging GATHERING PLACE where all are invited to join in campus events such as Speakers Series, Eucharistic celebrations, social justice campaigns, drama and choral performances and a variety of festivals and academic symposiums.

What We Offer

St. Mary’s University offers eight Bachelor of Arts degrees, a Bachelor of Science degree, a Bachelor of Education after degree and transferable university courses in 35 academic disciplines. St. Mary’s is accredited to offer four three-year Bachelor of Arts degrees with concentrations in General Studies, English, History, or Psychology. As well as five, four-year degrees: a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English, a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Liberal Studies, a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History as well as a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology.

Our Mission

Through the pursuit of knowledge and service to the community, we prepare our students to become lifelong learners, engaged citizens and compassionate members of society.

Our Vision

St. Mary’s University will be a leader in post-secondary education, open to all, and focused on developing the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Founded on the Catholic intellectual tradition, St. Mary’s will prepare its students to live with integrity, compassion and confidence.

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Programs

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Bachelor

Bachelor of Elementary Education

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Canada Calgary

The two-year, after degree Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program at St. Mary’s University is designed to prepare teachers to teach at the primary and elementary levels (K-6) in Alberta schools. The degree is designed to provide an intensive orientation to and mastery of the knowledge, skills and attributes essential for those who would teach in the primary/elementary, K-6 programs administered by... [+]

The two-year, after degree Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program at St. Mary’s University is designed to prepare teachers to teach at the primary and elementary levels (K-6) in Alberta schools. The degree is designed to provide an intensive orientation to and mastery of the knowledge, skills and attributes essential for those who would teach in the primary/elementary, K-6 programs administered by authorized school authorities in Alberta and beyond, with particular reference to the unique environment of the Catholic school system in Alberta. Catholic School Districts/Divisions seek teachers who can articulate what it means to be Catholic and who are able to integrate their faith and culture in an all-inclusive community. The degree program is structured to achieve that objective. Instruction is delivered by a combination of core education faculty members and experienced field practitioners who have attained advanced academic training in the field of educational studies combined with extensive experience as teachers in Canadian schools. Program Philosophy Whether you are a future or present student teacher, an alumni graduate or a supporter of our program, you will already know that St. Mary’s is quickly becoming recognized as one of the fastest growing Bachelor of Education programs in Alberta and beyond to prepare teachers today for tomorrow’s students! Teachers exert a significant influence on children. Although we present a Catholic perspective on education, we are open to everyone interested in education. St. Mary’s B Ed faculty and staff are dedicated and highly competent to inspire our student teachers with the best experience and preparation for current educational settings. Our student graduates are provided with the linkages and transformation of theory to extensive practicum experiences in various school settings. They observe modelling of team teaching and staff collaboration in cohort settings and quickly recognize current best practices to meet diverse needs and engage all students. Finally, the success of our program is based on close working relationships with all of our school districts, stakeholders and members of the community. What are the admission requirements for this program? Students entering this program will have: completed a St. Mary’s University Bachelor of Arts degree, or an equivalent 3- or 4-year baccalaureate degree from a recognized university or college with an equally strong liberal arts component. This may include courses in the following areas: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, human kinetics, interdisciplinary studies and computer science an admission grade point average of at least 2.5 (on St. Mary’s 4-point scale) or equivalent on the most recently attempted 60 credits What would my career options be with a Bachelor of Education Degree? Although a Bachelor’s of Education degree prepares a graduate for a variety of professional contexts, graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) degree program will be prepared to teach in a K-6 program in any school, public or private, faith-based or secular. Upon completion of St. Mary’s Bachelor of Education degree, graduates will be eligible to apply for Interim Professional Teaching Certificates from Alberta Education. [-]

BSc

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Canada Calgary

St. Mary’s University is pleased to announce it will offer a new four-year degree. The Alberta Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education approved the four-year Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. Drawing on the existing strength of St. Mary’s in the Liberal Arts, students will be broadly educated, grounded, practically-minded thinkers able to work across and outside disciplinary boundaries... [+]

St. Mary’s University is pleased to announce it will offer a new four-year degree. The Alberta Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education approved the four-year Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. Drawing on the existing strength of St. Mary’s in the Liberal Arts, students will be broadly educated, grounded, practically-minded thinkers able to work across and outside disciplinary boundaries. “The Biology degree arrives at a perfect time for St. Mary’s,” said President, Dr. Gerry Turcotte. “Certainly we have record enrolments in science and unprecedented interest from students. But we are also building great partnerships with Fish Creek Provincial Park and making use of our extraordinary campus.” The Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology is unique in Alberta. According to Dr. Turcotte, “Although there are many Biology degree programs in Alberta, this program offers students opportunities not found at larger institutions. The degree draws on St. Mary’s strengths in the liberal arts, the centrality of ethics and social justice to its mission, its small class size and intimate environment, and its proximity to and ties with Fish Creek Provincial Park.” Students pursuing this degree will be challenged to consider the effect of science on society, and the effect of society on scientific thinking. A vital component of this program will be ensuring that students recognize their responsibility to our community and our world. This program prepares students for a wide array of careers, with roles from agriculture to biomedical laboratory research, from environmental consulting to veterinary medicine. Students completing this program can also pursue graduate work in biology, business, education, law, or medicine. Students currently enrolled in the Biological Sciences Transfer program were thrilled to learn of the announcement of the degree. According to Dr. Mary Ann McLean, Associate Professor in Biology at St. Mary’s, “The new Biology degree has been eagerly awaited by our students. When it was first announced, students were high fiving each other in class. The comment I hear most is that ‘now I won’t have to leave St Mary’s to finish my degree!’” What are the admission requirements for this program? Currently, as a high school graduate, you will need to present an average of 65% in five 30-level courses. Admissions for the Biology program will be changing for Fall, 2015. In Fall 2015, students must have (in addition to the usual requirements) 65% in each of Bio 30, Chem 30, and Math 30-1. Students who do not meet these program-specific requirements, will still be able to enroll at St. Mary’s and take various non-science options, however, students will also be required to upgrade whichever high school marks are deficient. What would my career options be with a BSc Biology Degree? Career options in the following fields would be well-suited to a graduate of our four-year BSc degree with a Major in Biology: Science Journalism Research Laboratory Science Public service e.g.agriculture or environment Non-profit organizations Technical writing Microbiology Forensics Environmental Monitoring Environmental Consultant [-]

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BA in English

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Canada Calgary

Our three-year Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in English offers students the opportunity to develop a rich and broad understanding of literary texts, contexts, and interpretations. With this degree, you will gain the analytic and communication skills you will need to pursue a dynamic career or to continue your university studies... [+]

Our three-year Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in English offers students the opportunity to develop a rich and broad understanding of literary texts, contexts, and interpretations. With this degree, you will gain the analytic and communication skills you will need to pursue a dynamic career or to continue your university studies. With a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree, you can apply to enter St. Mary’s University’s two-year Bachelor of Education degree program, emerging as a fully-qualified elementary teacher within five years. Would you love to be immersed in the study of English literature with like-minded people in an intimate academic atmosphere? Our four-year Bachelor of Arts degree program in English will prepare you for graduate studies in English or for a career in journalism, research, politics, publishing, education, public relations and much more. In this four-year program, you may choose to earn a degree with a major in English and a minor in biology, Canadian studies, Catholic studies, drama, family studies, history, management, philosophy, political science, psychology, science or sociology. What are the admission requirements for this program? As a high school graduate, you will need to present an average of 65% in five 30-level courses. What would my career options be with a English Degree? Career options in the following fields would be well-suited to a graduate of our three-year Bachelor of Arts degree with a Concentration in English: Journalism Research Politics Publishing Editing Education Library and information science Social work Pastoral care Fundraising Government service Advertising/Public Relations Business Non-profit organizations Office administration Records management Social media Technical writing [-]

BA in General Studies

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Canada Calgary

By learning about the past and exploring the future of human endeavour, you will begin to understand the world and find your unique place within it. The three-year Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in General Studies will prepare you for further study in a profession of your choice or help you decide what career to pursue if you’re not sure yet... [+]

By learning about the past and exploring the future of human endeavour, you will begin to understand the world and find your unique place within it. The three-year Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in General Studies will prepare you for further study in a profession of your choice or help you decide what career to pursue if you’re not sure yet. What are the admission requirements for this program? As a high school graduate, you will need to present an average of 65% in five 30-level courses. What would my career options be with a General Studies Degree? Career options in the following fields would be well-suited to a graduate of our three-year Bachelor of Arts degree with a Concentration in General Studies: Education Business Government service Health care Technology Ministry Sales Fundraising Research Financial services Politics Advertising Public relations/Marketing Non-profit organizations [-]

BA in History

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Canada Calgary

The purpose of historical inquiry is not simply to present facts but to search for an interpretation of the past. Historians attempt to find patterns and establish meaning through the rigorous study of documents and artifacts left by people of other times and other places. There is another reason to study history: it’s fun. History combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the sense of... [+]

The purpose of historical inquiry is not simply to present facts but to search for an interpretation of the past. Historians attempt to find patterns and establish meaning through the rigorous study of documents and artifacts left by people of other times and other places. There is another reason to study history: it’s fun. History combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the sense of reward born of successfully confronting and making sense of complex and challenging problems. Maybe it’s time to make a little history of your own Our three-year Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in History has been designed for individuals who seek a broad and extensive interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts tradition. The major in History equips students with the skills needed to uncover and analyze the events, processes and ideas which shape the past and to appreciate how an understanding of the past helps inform the present and the future. Through the study of change and continuity over time and place, students acquire an ability to look at the past from different angles and perspectives and to employ a variety of analytical tools and methods in interpreting human affairs and institutions. St. Mary’s latest offering , a four-year Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History is a rich and varied program that will take you on a voyage of discovery which spans the origins of human civilization to the present day. After completing a core course on the History of Western Thought and foundations courses in Canadian and World History, students complete senior courses in the fields of North American, European, World, Intellectual and Social and Cultural History as well as Research Methods. In the final year, students complete a capstone course on the Historians’ Craft and may choose between a major research or service learning project. What are the admission requirements for this program? As a high school graduate, you will need to present an average of 65% in five 30-level courses. What would my career options be with a History Degree? Career options in the following fields would be well-suited to a graduate of our three-year Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in History: Research Politics Education Library and information science Museum/heritage work Business Law Journalism Fundraising Government service Advertising Public relations/Marketing Non-profit organizations Office administration Records management Purchasing [-]

BA in Liberal Studies

Campus Full time 4 weeks September 2017 Canada Calgary

The first degree of its kind in Alberta! The Liberal Studies degree has been designed specifically for the 21st century student and job market. Students will gain valuable skills as they build a program focused on their interests... [+]

The first degree of its kind in Alberta! The Liberal Studies degree has been designed specifically for the 21st century student and job market. Students will gain valuable skills as they build a program focused on their interests. This is the first degree of its kind in Alberta and it will quickly become one of St. Mary’s most sought-after degrees. It offers real-world training and applications, broad interdisciplinary knowledge and the opportunity to focus on a specific concentration in one of eleven areas such as Drama, Family Studies, Business and Management Studies, Sociology or Science, to name just a few. It’s an exciting and dynamic addition to St. Mary’s suite of degrees. Students completing the Liberal Studies degree will be able to pursue many career paths including journalism, management, marketing, public relations, human resources, education, social services, research and analysis, government and industry. The degree also provides an excellent foundation for further studies at the graduate level in a number of fields and for professional programs including law. This program allows students the maximum flexibility to discover and pursue their interests while completing a 4-year (120 credit) degree. Students learn how to tackle contemporary issues through interdisciplinary inquiry across the Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. Students will finish their degree with an innovative and interdisciplinary project. Young people today are unlikely to have one job for their entire career. Instead they are more likely to pursue a career path that will require the application of job skills in a number of positions. The Liberal Studies degree emphasizes the development of transferable and marketable skills: the ability to think critically and analytically and to communicate effectively orally and in writing. The Liberal Studies degree offers real-world training and applications, broad interdisciplinary knowledge and the opportunity to focus on a specific concentration in one of eleven areas: Canadian Studies, Catholic Studies, Drama, English, Family Studies, History, Business and Management Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Science Studies and Sociology. What are the admission requirements for this program? As a high school graduate, you will need to present an average of 65% in five 30-level courses. What would my career options be with a Liberal Studies Degree? Career options in the following fields would be well-suited to a graduate of our four-year Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Liberal Studies: journalism management marketing public relations human resources education social services research and analysis government communications environmental economics [-]

BA in Psychology

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Canada Calgary

By studying Psychology over a three-year period, you will understand the development and history of various schools of psychological thought, developing a thorough awareness of human behaviour, ideas and research. You will learn to critically read and evaluate past and current research, and explore psychological issues affecting people over the course of their lifetimes... [+]

By studying Psychology over a three-year period, you will understand the development and history of various schools of psychological thought, developing a thorough awareness of human behaviour, ideas and research. You will learn to critically read and evaluate past and current research, and explore psychological issues affecting people over the course of their lifetimes. Is it your dream to work as a psychologist, therapist or mediator? Do you seek a career in mental health, research, politics, education or social work? St. Mary’s four-year Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology, will ground you in psychological research methods and expose you to the variety of ways in which human behaviour can be understood. On this journey, you will learn to read, interpret and synthesize a broad range of ideas and research. In your final year, you will write a research proposal, conduct the research and present your findings to your peers. The program ensures that those who wish to pursue further education will be well-prepared for graduate school. In this four-year program, you may choose to earn a degree with a major in psychology and a minor in biology, Canadian studies, Catholic studies, drama, family studies, history, management, philosophy, political science, science or sociology. What are the admission requirements for this program? As a high school graduate, you will need to present an average of 65% in five 30-level courses. What would my career options be with a Psychology Degree? Career options in the following fields would be well-suited to a graduate of our three-year Bachelor of Arts degree with a Concentration in Psychology: Mental Health Research Politics Education Social Work Pastoral Care Government service Forensics Business Advertising Public relations/Marketing Non-profit organizations Health care Sales Fundraising Financial services [-]