Saint Mary's College

Introduction

Saint Mary’s College is a Catholic, residential, women’s college in the liberal arts tradition. A pioneer in the education of women, the College is an academic community where women develop their talents and prepare to make a difference in the world. Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1844, Saint Mary’s promotes a life of intellectual vigor, aesthetic appreciation, religious sensibility, and social responsibility. All members of the College remain faithful to this mission and continually assess their response to the complex needs and challenges of the contemporary world.

Statement of Philosophy and Purpose

As a center of higher education, Saint Mary’s fosters an academic climate of scholarship and learning for faculty and students alike. Through excellence in teaching and the example of its own active scholarship, the faculty challenges students to expand their horizons and supports them in their intellectual pursuits. A broad-based course of study invites students to think critically and creatively about the natural world and human culture. Acknowledging the need to prepare women for an array of careers, the College insists on a liberal arts foundation for all its students. Through their years at Saint Mary’s students acquire depth and breadth of knowledge, competence in quantitative skills and modern languages, the ability to think clearly about complex problems, and the capacity to communicate with precision and style.

As a Catholic college, Saint Mary’s cultivates a community of intellectual inquiry, liturgical prayer, and social action. The College creates an open forum in which students freely and critically study the rich heritage of the Catholic tradition, raising the questions necessary to develop a mature religious life. The celebration of liturgy encourages students to explore the fullness of life and its mysteries. The College nurtures awareness and compassion for a troubled world and challenges students to promote human dignity throughout their lives. In preparing women for roles of leadership and action, Saint Mary’s pays particular attention to the rights and responsibilities of women in the worlds of work, church, community, and family.

Dedicated to the personal and social growth of its students, Saint Mary’s cultivates a community of students, faculty, and staff, which responds to the needs of women. In order to offer the richest educational experience possible, the College strives to bring together women of different nations, cultures, and races. It provides a residential environment where women grow in their appreciation of the strengths and needs of others. Through a host of co-curricular programs on campus and in the local community, Saint Mary’s initiates students in the habits of civic responsibility. Engaging in all aspects of the college experience, students acquire the hallmarks of a liberally educated woman: keen self-knowledge, lively imagination, lifelong intellectual and cultural interests, and the ability to make socially responsible choices about the future.

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BFA Studio Art

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Notre Dame

As a Saint Mary’s art student, you will develop an impressive portfolio and exhibit your work every semester in The Moreau Center for the Arts. You’ll work closely with accomplished professors who exhibit regionally, nationally, and internationally and explore new developments in art and a wide range of media and techniques. The art program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)... [+]

BFA Studio Art As a Saint Mary’s art student, you will develop an impressive portfolio and exhibit your work every semester in The Moreau Center for the Arts. You’ll work closely with accomplished professors who exhibit regionally, nationally, and internationally and explore new developments in art and a wide range of media and techniques. The art program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). "Saint Mary's as a whole, but especially the art department, was such a supportive place, both through professors and fellow students. I have made lifelong friends and memories and will never forget the morals, education, and confidence that Saint Mary's instilled in me." —Lauren Magnifico '06 Degrees When you major in Studio Art at Saint Mary's College you can choose from two degrees. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) is the professional degree in Studio Art and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is the liberal arts degree in Studio or Art History. B.A. students can complete requirements in Education to teach art in grades P-12. Areas of Emphasis As a B.A. or B.F.A. major concentrating in studio art, develop expertise as you specialize in one of the following areas: ceramics, fibers, new media art, painting, photo media, printmaking, or sculpture. Portfolio reviews Each semester you will present your current studio work in the galleries for assessment by the art faculty. This process helps to ensure you’re progressing through the program and reaching your artistic potential. Writing in the major Learn... [-]

BSc

BSc Biology (Cellular/Molecular)

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Notre Dame

As a biology major at Saint Mary's you will explore current biological principles and the scientific approach to problems. You will also gain practical experience in laboratory and field methods of investigation that will allow you to develop an appreciation for intellectual achievements in science. Courses are designed to prepare you well for a career in science, graduate study, and/or admission to medical and dental schools... [+]

BSc Biology (Cellular/Molecular) As a biology major at Saint Mary's you will explore current biological principles and the scientific approach to problems. You will also gain practical experience in laboratory and field methods of investigation that will allow you to develop an appreciation for intellectual achievements in science. Courses are designed to prepare you well for a career in science, graduate study, and/or admission to medical and dental schools. You will also have the option to experience a semester or a year abroad, as foreign study is feasible although it may require some summer classes. "Our students are enthusiastic and our program is distinctive. As students unlock their potential they also bring out the best in me. The energy that students bring to the classroom and the laboratory is the reason that I remain excited and involved in my discipline." —Tom Fogle, Professor of Biology Degree You will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a concentration in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Writing in the Major Go beyond lab and classroom study and demonstrate your writing skills and unique scientific perspective with the advanced writing proficiency requirement. You will submit a scientific paper as part of the senior comprehensive experience based on a directed research project of your choice, including successful completion of BIO 385: Introduction to Research and BIO 485: Research in Biology. Senior comprehensive As a senior biology major, you will demonstrate first-hand your scientific intellectual development in a final comprehensive submission. You will complete the course requirements of... [-]

BSc Chemistry

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Notre Dame

Whether you go straight from college to a career, or on to graduate, medical, dental, or law school, the Saint Mary’s chemistry program, recognized with national accreditation from the American Chemical Society (ACS), will open doors for you. Graduating from a nationally accredited program can mean a higher starting salary or improved odds of acceptance to graduate school. ACS accreditation means that the program meets the same... [+]

BSc Chemistry Whether you go straight from college to a career, or on to graduate, medical, dental, or law school, the Saint Mary’s chemistry program, recognized with national accreditation from the American Chemical Society (ACS), will open doors for you. Graduating from a nationally accredited program can mean a higher starting salary or improved odds of acceptance to graduate school. ACS accreditation means that the program meets the same standards as undergraduate programs at major research universities. It recognizes the program’s rigorous curriculum, top-notch faculty, and facilities—recognition Saint Mary’s shares with programs like the California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University. At Saint Mary’s, however, the focus is on you. Small classes will give you hands-on laboratory experience with state-of-the-art chemical instrumentation. "When I interviewed at graduate programs, the other applicants I met came from larger schools where they’d only ever had big, lecture-style science classes. But at Saint Mary’s, most of my advanced chemistry classes had just a few students, so you had to come to class prepared and really know the material. I think that really gives us an edge." —Katie White '07 Degree Two degrees are offered in chemistry, including a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) major in Chemistry; or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) major in Chemistry. Writing in the Major Science is increasingly about collaboration, and your ability to communicate with your colleagues and contemporaries will be vital. As a chemistry major at Saint Mary’s College, you will learn to write about... [-]

BSc Nursing

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Notre Dame

As a nursing major, you will acquire the scientific background and clinical skills to prepare for top-level positions in your field. The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Saint Mary's College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Indiana State Board of Nursing, and taught by expert faculty dedicated to helping you succeed. The nursing program is also a member organization of... [+]

BSc Nursing As a nursing major, you will acquire the scientific background and clinical skills to prepare for top-level positions in your field. The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Saint Mary's College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Indiana State Board of Nursing, and taught by expert faculty dedicated to helping you succeed. The nursing program is also a member organization of AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing). Nursing majors follow a rigorous four-year program of study, including liberal arts and professional nursing courses, as well as valuable, hands-on clinical experience. An emphasis is placed on the sciences, primarily chemistry and biology. Training emphasizes leadership ability, respect for the spiritual dimensions of health care, and a solid foundation in the liberal arts. "I truly believe the Saint Mary's nursing program prepared me for not only my career but also my life. I would not trade my education for any other. It was more than a college, it was—and is—my home." —Angela Kelly Writing in the Major Advanced writing proficiency is evaluated within the major during your senior year. A designated course paper is submitted for review and is evaluated for demonstration of professional writing proficiency. The Department of Nursing requires use of the current style manual of the American Psychological Association for all course assignments as well as the advanced writing proficiency paper. Senior Comprehensive Examination The senior comprehensive examination is typically administered during the final semester of the senior year. The exam... [-]

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BA Communication Studies

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Notre Dame

As a communication studies major, you will examine the role and evolution of communication throughout history and the ways it impacts our increasingly global society. Your education in this major incorporates aspects of the humanities, social sciences, and professional degrees. The versatility of the communication studies program ensures that you will have many opportunities for work in a variety of industries, as well as for... [+]

BA Communication Studies As a communication studies major, you will examine the role and evolution of communication throughout history and the ways it impacts our increasingly global society. Your education in this major incorporates aspects of the humanities, social sciences, and professional degrees. The versatility of the communication studies program ensures that you will have many opportunities for work in a variety of industries, as well as for graduate school. "Over my four years I developed a strong work ethic, taking pride in the work that I turned into my professors. The communication department’s standards for education have taught me the importance of writing and communicating clearly to an audience. I saw each assignment as a reflection of myself and this pride in my work has carried over into my internship." —Brittany Taylor '08 Minors and Concentrations The communication studies major program offers several tracks of study within which you can pursue your distinct interests. You may want to join the many other students who link their studies in communication with performance-based programs in dance and theatre to round out your education. You can select a concentration in mass communication or speech communication, and choose from minors in advertising, public communication, public relations, dance, theatre production, and theatre performance. Writing in the Major You will complete an advanced writing proficiency requirement by submitting a portfolio of writing samples from three categories that correspond to the curricular requirement. The papers for the portfolio are based upon assignments prepared for courses in... [-]

BA Global Economics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Notre Dame

A global studies major enables you to fully participate in the emerging global community, increases your post-graduate opportunities in a wide array of globally oriented fields, and may include living outside the United States. Prepare yourself to collaborate, and compete, with colleagues from around the globe, or work toward social responsibility on a global scale. The global studies major not only prepares you for the... [+]

BA Global Economics A global studies major enables you to fully participate in the emerging global community, increases your post-graduate opportunities in a wide array of globally oriented fields, and may include living outside the United States. Prepare yourself to collaborate, and compete, with colleagues from around the globe, or work toward social responsibility on a global scale. The global studies major not only prepares you for the worldwide community, the global economics concentration enables you to tailor your studies to your area of interest and future professional goals. Choose from courses covering comparative economic systems, public sector systems, and labor economics. Writing in the Major A portfolio of three essays will complete your advanced writing proficiency. At least one essay must come from one of the core courses and at least one must come from the area of concentration you choose demonstrating your ability to write in a focused and specific manner. Senior Comprehensive The senior comprehensive in global studies will require you to carry out a research project grounded in a topic related to your area of concentration. You'll get graduate level experience as you develop and present your proposal, including hypothesis, design, and proposed methodologies. In the spring of your senior year, you will present your findings to global studies faculty. All students in the global studies major will submit an e-portfolio at the end of the Senior Seminar. Some of the items in the portfolio include: language proficiency score, reflection paper regarding study abroad experience, resume,... [-]

BA Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Notre Dame

Students are introduced to the major perspectives that predominate in psychology today, including biological, learning, cognitive, developmental, sociocultural, and psychodynamic perspective. Whether or not you wish to become a psychologist, a major in psychology, paired with an excellent liberal arts program, can lead to a variety of careers... [+]

BA Psychology Students are introduced to the major perspectives that predominate in psychology today, including biological, learning, cognitive, developmental, sociocultural, and psychodynamic perspective. Whether or not you wish to become a psychologist, a major in psychology, paired with an excellent liberal arts program, can lead to a variety of careers. "As a student at Saint Mary's, I learned to be a strong, ambitious woman who can make a difference in the world. This drive and ambition has carried me through my first two years of graduate school and will carry me through my remaining three years. With a degree in psychology I know that I will make a difference by touching the lives of children and their families. I will always have Saint Mary's to thank for guiding me down the road to great things." —Megan Ubinger '06 Writing in the Major The advanced writing proficiency requirement in psychology is designed to ensure that you develop a high level of skill in writing subjects pertaining to your psychology major. You will demonstrate mastery of several styles and skills including the following: the analysis and synthesis of research literature using scientific (i.e., APA style) writing; case study descriptions of child and adult development; report of a scientific research project and structured lab observations; personal reflections on the intersection of theory, research, and person experiences; reasoned position papers using empirical evidence to support the student’s argument. Students complete a designated set of papers to demonstrate competence in various writing skills and proficiency... [-]

BA Social Work

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Notre Dame

Social work courses will teach you how to apply problem-solving techniques to help people navigate social systems and improve their lives. Through the field education component—a supervised internship in your senior year—you will experience the profession first-hand and learn more about your interests to help you plan your career. Nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the program provides a... [+]

BA Social Work Social work courses will teach you how to apply problem-solving techniques to help people navigate social systems and improve their lives. Through the field education component—a supervised internship in your senior year—you will experience the profession first-hand and learn more about your interests to help you plan your career. Nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the program provides a professional curriculum based on national standards. The social work major not only prepares you for employment in social work practice, but also provides you with the opportunity for advanced placement in Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) programs, as well as access to licensure in the state where you wish to practice. "Saint Mary's inspired me to make a difference in the world and prepared me to excel at a highly competitive graduate school. I am proud to have been a part of this community and remain attached to it through the life-long friends I made there." —Anne Rueth '06 Writing in the Major Your work as a professional social worker will be enhanced by your ability to communicate effectively and to analyze social issues through a critical and comparative perspective. To fulfill the College’s advanced writing proficiency requirement, each student is evaluated through materials presented during her senior year. Senior Comprehensive Examination As a senior, you will be required to demonstrate your competency in the required curriculum areas by presenting your senior comprehensive portfolio. Hands-on Learning Field education is a key component of the... [-]

BBA

BBA Management Information Systems

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Notre Dame

As a business major, you will develop strong quantitative, problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills while exploring international business and learning to become an ethical leader in the workplace. In pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, as a major in business administration, you can choose a concentration in management information systems... [+]

BBA Management Information Systems As a business major, you will develop strong quantitative, problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills while exploring international business and learning to become an ethical leader in the workplace. In pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, as a major in business administration, you can choose a concentration in management information systems. "Saint Mary's offered the nurture and support that allowed me to achieve higher goals, achievements, and personal development. Professionally, I feel that the education received in accounting was excellent, creating a framework of concepts to be remembered when studying for the exam. I feel that I would not be the articulate, confident woman I am if I had not attended this college." —Anna Gilsinger-Marshall '06 Writing in the Major To satisfy the Department of Business Administration and Economics Advanced Writing Proficiency (grads call this "getting their 'Advanced W'") requirement, you must demonstrate writing proficiency in your chosen discipline. This requires you to compile a portfolio of three accepted papers from department courses. For a business administration major, at least one of the three papers must be in a course in your concentration. Senior Comprehensive Examination In accordance with the policy of Saint Mary’s College, a comprehensive examination is administered to all students during their senior year. The Comprehensive Examination gives you a chance to demonstrate competence in your chosen major and concentration. Since the examination is given in January of the senior year, you are encouraged to complete as many major requirements as possible... [-]

BBA Marketing

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Notre Dame

As a business major, you will develop strong quantitative, problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills while exploring international business and learning to become an ethical leader in the workplace. In pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, as a major in business administration, you can choose a concentration in marketing... [+]

BBA Marketing As a business major, you will develop strong quantitative, problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills while exploring international business and learning to become an ethical leader in the workplace. In pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, as a major in business administration, you can choose a concentration in marketing. "Saint Mary's offered the nurture and support that allowed me to achieve higher goals, achievements, and personal development. Professionally, I feel that the education received in accounting was excellent, creating a framework of concepts to be remembered when studying for the exam. I feel that I would not be the articulate, confident woman I am if I had not attended this college." —Anna Gilsinger-Marshall '06 Writing in the Major To satisfy the Department of Business Administration and Economics Advanced Writing Proficiency (grads call this "getting their 'Advanced W'") requirement, you must demonstrate writing proficiency in your chosen discipline. This requires you to compile a portfolio of three accepted papers from department courses. For a business administration major, at least one of the three papers must be in a course in your concentration. Senior Comprehensive Examination In accordance with the policy of Saint Mary’s College, a comprehensive examination is administered to all students during their senior year. The Comprehensive Examination gives you a chance to demonstrate competence in your chosen major and concentration. Since the examination is given in January of the senior year, you are encouraged to complete as many major requirements as possible by the end of... [-]

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