Unlike traditional teacher-centered learning, the seminar is a method of interrogating texts and examining the questions that arise from them in discussions in which the student and the seminar leader engage together in the pursuit of understanding.



The core of Collegiate Seminar is four courses that explore major texts and ideas of Western civilization, with readings literature, history, philosophy, science, politics, and art:

Students may also enroll in two optional courses that investigate multicultural and non-western writing. Both of these electives may substitute for SEM 103 only:


The Texts Online - provided by the Saint Mary's College library Web site.