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College of Saint Mary Student Learning Goals


Students will be well-prepared to contribute to society as educated citizens. Graduation cap icon

  • Think creatively, critically, and reflectively, incorporating theory and practice.
  • Communicate effectively in writing, speech, and non-verbal expressions.
  • Understand, analyze, and draw reasoned conclusions using quantitative information.
  • Utilize current technological media in a proficient manner.
  • Demonstrate financial literacy.



Students will become professionally competent. Book icon

  • Demonstrate basic mastery in their disciplines.
  • Plan and think analytically and strategically.
  • Conduct primary and/or secondary research.
  • Understand the value of the liberal arts.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.



Students will enrich their spirituality. Dove icon

  • Appreciate religion and spirituality.
  • Develop moral and ethical principles.
  • Cultivate the integration of faith and reason.
  • Understand the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy.
  • Appreciate beauty and its link with peace.



Students will deepen their sense of personal worth and human dignity. Heart in hand icon

  • Appreciate the fundamental dignity of all persons.
  • Engage in thoughtful self-reflection.
  • Exhibit work/life balance.
  • Develop confidence as a woman.
  • Work effectively within groups and teams.



Students will be effective leaders. Group icon

  • Utilize effective leadership styles and approaches.
  • Experience opportunities to exercise leadership.
  • Understand the link between service and leadership.
  • Recognize human interdependence with the earth, its resources, and all of creation.
  • Contribute to the common good.



Students will broaden their personal and professional perspectives. Globe icon

  • Acknowledge the sources of personal perspectives and attitudes.
  • Evaluate historical, cultural, environmental, sociological, and political influences.
  • Create an inclusive environment that embraces differences.
  • Challenge bias and inequity.
  • Engage in thoughtful/respectful civil discourse.
  • Experience another culture within or beyond the United States.


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