" . . . liberally educated people have been liberated by their education to explore and fulfill the promise of their own highest talents." -William Cronon, "Only Connect-The Goals of Liberal Education"
The Liberal & Civic Studies Major
The Liberal and Civic Studies major seeks the education of the whole person. In addition to traditional academic goals, it fosters the development of a disciplined mind, one that honors the great ideas of the past, examines ideas across disciplines, and strives to understand the important issues facing today's world from multiple perspectives.
How we Focus
Breadth through a balance of required Liberal & Civic Studies Program core courses, along with additional courses in the social sciences, mathematics, laboratory sciences, humanities, fine arts, and religious studies.
Depth fostered by an interdisciplinary curriculum content approach that weaves together critical thinking, local and global perspectives, leadership and civic responsibility -- augmented by service-learning experiences.
Integration achieved through an rigorous fusion of course work, assessments, and cross-discipline interactions.
What we Offer
• Interdisciplinary Approach • Broad Liberal Arts Program • Personalized Advising
Where we Focus
• Critical and Integrative Thinking • Leadership and Civic Responsibility • Local and Global Perspective
• Service-Learning • Teaching and Learning (Elementary Education)
The Liberal & Civic Studies Curriculum
The Liberal & Civic Studies curriculum provides an exciting, cutting-edge program that combines the best traditions of a liberal arts college with a progressive curriculum that allows students to make connections between their coursework and the world beyond the campus in preparation for seeking their career choices.
In addition to General Education courses required by Saint Mary's College, core courses in the Liberal & Civic Studies major currently include subject matter such as:
Critical Thought and Theory
Culture and Civic Responsibility
Environmental Responsibility in a Global Community
Modern Global Issues
Education, Democracy, and Active Citizenship