Saint Mary’s is a renowned center of learning, and our primary work is educating our graduates and undergraduates. But there’s more to SMC academics than what happens in the classroom: our academic centers and institutes are important points of contact between the intellectual life of Saint Mary’s and the outside world.
CILSA promotes a culture of service and social justice education consonant with Catholic social teaching and integrating the three traditions of the college: Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts.
The Cummins Institute seeks to deepen appreciation among all constituents of the campus community for the beauty, wisdom, vitality and diversity of the Catholic Tradition.
The Henning Institute is a center for the study of Catholic social thought, with special emphasis on the question of human work and its centrality to the common good.
School of Liberal Arts
The Leadership Center provides a unique setting for developing valuable leadership skills and capacities in individuals and organizations facing complex public and private sector challenges.
The Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism addresses issues in the public square by engaging religiously diverse perspectives to work toward a more inclusive political culture and solutions to public policy issues.
The CRE brings together faculty, students and alumni at Saint Mary’s College with business, governmental and non-profit groups in the San Francisco East Bay, the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and the Asia-Pacific Region in support of an economy that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
Lasallian schools are established to provide a quality education for youth, with a preference for serving the poor. This program prepares educators for Lasallian schools in San Francisco.