Educational Objectives

To introduce students to the breadth and depth of human intellectual experience and to foster an unrestrained search for meaning and purpose that enables students to achieve the full measure of their being.

To provide the most intellectually stimulating learning environment possible: one that fosters the development of the disciplined habits of mind, body and spirit that are the mark of the well-educated, free human being.

To aspire to the highest standards in teaching and research with particular regard to teaching excellence, whereby professors are committed to communicate clearly and honestly the results of their research and to care about students’ academic and personal well-being.

To provide individual attention to each student and to be a community of scholars, animated by the spirit of Christ, in which all students, faculty and staff are dedicated to the academic, personal social, and spiritual development of each member.

To encourage the pursuit of wisdom through learning and to ensure the learning experience at the University enables an exhilarating period of sustained personal growth and inspiring intellectual development whereby education nurtures talents, abilities, and interests, and facilitates self-discovery and an enthusiastic quest for truth.

To promote scholarly excellence by providing the highest possible quality of university-level courses and programs, and to equip and prepare St. Mary’s University graduates to become productive members of and to take leadership roles in their communities, the Church, and the broader society.

To provide each graduate with insights, knowledge, and skills including:

  • mastery of a substantial body of knowledge, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, including familiarity with the modes of inquiry used in various disciplines and the ability to integrate knowledge and insights from one discipline into another
  • the ability to think critically and creatively and to make perceptive judgements about a diversity of perspectives that can be brought to bear on problems and issues, and the ability to recognize ethical and moral dimensions and implications
  • conceptual understanding and mastery of the latest and most sophisticated information and communication technologies, including an acute sensitivity to the opportunities and challenges presented by the use of such technologies
  • the capacity to communicate clearly, effectively, and logically in written, oral, and multimedia forms
  • commitment to and acceptance of the obligations demanded by the pursuit of social justice and the common good at the local, national, and international levels; and acceptance of responsibility to strive for integrity in the workplace and commitment to Christian values in one’s personal life.