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We Promise You Discovery

Discover who you’re meant to be. You’re smart, creative, passionate, dedicated to your dreams, and you want to make a difference in the world. Start here.

Discover your voice
Saint Mary’s is a community of 1,500 academically motivated women determined to make the world a better place. It’s a community focused on intellectual endeavors where you will explore your talents, get involved in campus life and the broader community, and form lifelong friendships. As a Saint Mary’s student, you can choose from more than 30 study abroad opportunities, join one of more than 60 student-led organizations, and participate in one of our eight varsity athletic programs and many more intramural sports.
Discover your passion
Choose from more than 30 majors that will help you take on the complex challenges of the world. Through rigorous academics and experiential learning, you will acquire the tools to take charge of your life and your future. You’ll graduate with more than a degree. You’ll gain experience through internships with Fortune 500 companies, graduate-level research with your professors, and service opportunities around the country and the world. You’ll discover opportunities to explore your faith and examine the issues that are important to you with other like-minded women.

Discover your power
With an average class size of 15 and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, Saint Mary’s is home to women from 40 states and 17 countries who share different perspectives and talents, as well as a common desire to learn. Our professors are dedicated to each student’s personal growth and academic success. You’ll develop communication and critical-thinking skills in discussion-based classes. Collaboration in lectures and labs ensures you will master difficult concepts, and you’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate your learning through creative projects and presentations, such as the senior comprehensive project, a graduate-level thesis, examinations, or research projects in your major. You can also earn a Certificate in Lay Ministry from Campus Ministry and the Department of Religious Studies. When you leave class, you’ll go home to one of five residence halls, including senior apartments, where you’ll live in a community with your classmates and continue your learning outside of the classroom.     

Be part of something bigger
Saint Mary’s College ranks among the top 100 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges for 2015, published by U.S.News & World Report.
Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. As a student you’ll be connected to more than 4,800 alumnae through the Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Resource Network.
Our strong science and mathematics departments turn out graduates who are accepted into their first-choice medical programs and top-notch graduate schools. Many of our applicants to health-related programs have been accepted to prestigious schools such as the University of Michigan, Boston College, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, Northwestern University, and Carnegie Mellon University.
At Saint Mary’s you’ll discover your potential and grow—intellectually, socially, spiritually, and emotionally. You’ll find your voice, find your passion, find
your power,
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Majors, minors, and programs

Legend : Majors in bold, Minors in italics, Both in bold & italics
• Accounting
• American History
• Anthropology
• Art, with concentrations in art history and studio art
• Art History
• Biology, major with concentrations in cellular/molecular; ecology, evolution, and environmental; integrative
• Business Administration, major with concentrations in accounting, finance, international business, management, management information systems, marketing
• Chemistry, with a biochemistry concentration
• Communication Studies
• Communicative Sciences and Disorders
• Computer Science
• Computing and Applied Mathematics
• Dance
• Early Childhood Education
• Economics
• Economics/Computer Application
• Elementary Education
• English as a Second Language/Bilingual Bicultural Education
• English Literature
• English Literature and Writing
• English Writing
• Environmental Studies
• European History
• Film Studies
• French
• Gender and Women’s Studies
• Gerontology
• Global Studies, major with concentrations in anthropology, gender and women’s studies, global business administration, global economics, international development, international higher education administration, intercultural studies, modern European culture
• History, major with optional women’s history concentration
• Humanistic Studies
• Intercultural Studies
• Justice Studies
• Management Information Systems
• Mathematics, major with optional teacher concentration
• Mathematics/Computer Science
• Music
• Music Education
• Nursing
• Philosophy
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Public Communication
• Public Relations/Advertising
• Reading
• Religious Studies
• Secondary Education
• Social Work
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Statistics and Actuarial Mathematics
• Student-Designed Major
• Studio Art
• Theatre (with performance and production minors)
• Third World History
• Women’s History

Dual Degree Program in Engineering
In addition to completing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Mary’s College, students also earn an engineering degree in aerospace, chemical, civil, computer science, electrical, environmental, geosciences, or mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Thinking pre-med or other health profession?
Regardless of the major you choose, Saint Mary’s offers courses of study and advising for admission to graduate/professional programs in:
• Dentistry
• Medicine—Human or Veterinary
• Occupational Therapy
• Optometry
• Pharmacy
• Physical Therapy
• Physician Assistant Studies
• Other allied health fields                 

Interested in a law career?
The Career Crossings Office provides resources as you research law schools, register and prepare for the LSAT, and write personal statements. Academic advisors provide guidance as you choose your major and courses in preparation for law school.

Student-Designed Major (SDM)
Qualified students are offered the option to design an independent, interdisciplinary course of study outside the traditional department structure at Saint Mary’s.

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