Dec 07, 2023  
2016-2017 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2016-2017 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Learning in the Lasallian Tradition

Learning at Saint Mary’s University is active, collaborative and contextual, and is supported by a Lasallian commitment to serve the needs of individual learners.

The College integrates undergraduate education in the liberal arts with a residential experience to challenge and support students in their intellectual, spiritual, personal and professional development. The academic program of the College offers courses in general education, including a required core and elective courses, and in a disciplinary major of the student’s choice. The co-curricular program of the College provides students with opportunities for positive community participation, faith formation, service and athletic competition. This educational programming produces graduates who:

  • are competent in a major,

  • have acquired a breadth of knowledge and exposure to approaches to understanding the human condition,

  • have developed skills for life-long learning, and

  • possess a Lasallian disposition toward leadership and service.

The Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs provides relevant and rigorous academic experiences for adult learners through an integration of practical, professional, and ethical education offered in dynamic and caring environments. The academic program of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs offers coursework from the undergraduate through the doctoral level. Each school supports the individual learning expectations of each student and acknowledges the wealth of experience and prior learning that each adult learner brings to the classroom.

A relevant and rigorous education produces graduates who seek to deepen and expand their disciplinary knowledge and enhance their skills through critical thinking by:

  • framing vital questions clearly;

  • evaluating relevant information and its sources;

  • demonstrating respectful engagement with others’ ideas, behaviors, and beliefs;

  • assessing the congruence between personal norms and ethical principles;

  • applying diverse frames of reference to decisions and actions;

  • resolving issues based on evidence weighed against relevant criteria;

  • developing a subject, including relevance, logic, grasp of subject, and depth of discussion; and

  • communicating with clarity and coherence.

This is the intellectual and empathic foundation for leading ethical lives of service and leadership.