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Academic programs

At Saint Martin's, you’ll have no shortage of academic opportunities to choose from—Biology or Business, Education or Engineering, Psychology or Political Science.

Discover the academic field that inspires you. A Saint Martin's education will prepare you for your career and enrich your life.

Accounting Program

What is accounting?

The field of accounting focuses on the collection, analysis and communication of financial information for public and private organizations, or individuals. It plays a vital role in assessing the health of an organization and influencing management decision-making.

Why study accounting at Saint Martin's?

Business in the 21st century requires professional excellence accompanied by sensitivity to the needs of a vibrant and changing global economy. Saint Martin’s prepares accounting graduates for responsible positions in private practice, corporate accounting and governmental service through a deep foundation in current technologies, best practices and the development of the whole person.

Additional benefits include:

  • Emphasis on internships
  • Business-specific career and internship fairs held on campus each semester
  • Faculty members are both educators and business professionals
  • Small class sizes and one-on-one mentoring with faculty
  • Training in industry standard software
  • Extra-curricular activities, competitions and networking opportunities
  • 4+1 dual degree program: qualified students earn bachelor’s and MBA in 5 years
  • A rigorous yet supportive educational environment
  • Exposure to all functional areas of business and economics
  • Well-rounded, liberal arts education

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our business/accounting outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

There are diverse opportunities for students majoring in accounting. Careers in this field include:

  • Tax preparation
  • Auditing
  • Financial planning
  • International accounting
  • Risk management consulting

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • 15 semester hours of foundation courses
  • 33 semester hours of a common professional component
  • 24 semester hours of requirements for completion of the major

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of accounting requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Where do Saint Martin's accounting graduates work?

  • 30% go to work at CPA firm
  • 30% work at government agencies
  • 30% work for private companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft to small, private companies

Research / internship opportunities

  • Proximity to the Washington state capital allows for access to quality internship opportunities
  • H&R Block, Enterprise, local CPA firms
  • Study abroad opportunities tied specifically to business curriculum in countries such as Germany, South Korea and Japan
  • 35-40% of students are offered a job at their internship site

Related fields of study

Business administration (M., m.) | Economics (m.)

Note: Students majoring in accounting cannot minor in business administration.


Visit our accounting website »

Biology Program

What is the Biology Program?

Biology is the science of living things: what they are, how they work, how they interact and how they change or evolve. Now, more than ever, biology is among the most exciting, intellectually stimulating and promising disciplines in the sciences.

Why study biology at Saint Martin's?

The Bachelor of Science in biology at Saint Martin’s is designed to prepare tomorrow's scientists, who will teach, study, explore, care for and enlighten our world and its inhabitants. The degree can be tailored to prepare students for allied-health professional graduate programs. To achieve this, our students receive individualized attention in both the lecture and the laboratory. They get to know their professors and spend time with them as mentors, advisors, instructors, and fellow researchers. With a faculty experienced in a broad spectrum of biological specialties, students develop a breadth that prepares them for a future of service to their communities and the world.

Additional benefits include:

  • Personal attention: A senior research project is completed with a faculty member and presented via oral presentation to peers
  • A required seminar course designed to develop critical thinking and writing skills through peer-reviewed scientific papers
  • Upper division course labs that are taught by the professor who teaches the lecture
  • Field experiences, internships and other learning opportunities outside the classroom
  • Professors with expertise in different disciplines including bioinformatics, cell biology, field biology, microbiology, plant molecular biology, marine ecology, and evolution
  • Entire faculty attend workshops in life sciences education to continually improve teaching methods and curriculum
  • New courses in bioinformatics, medical botany and evolution

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our biology outcomes website.

What is required?

Major

  • 39 semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 30 semester hours of upper-division courses
  • Senior research project

Minor

  • Eight semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 14 semester hours of upper-division courses

Note: Some biology majors may add substantial coursework in a discipline other than biology. Such students often qualify for a minor in that area. Minors can be earned in many areas including chemistry, mathematics, psychology and English.

For a complete breakdown of biology courses requirements, visit the undergraduate academic catalog.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What types of projects are available?

Students work directly with faculty on a wide range of projects. For example:

  • Algae biofuel production
  • Biofilm formation
  • Ecology research
  • Gene transduction with bacteriophages
  • Oral microbiology
  • Microbial fuel-cells
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Water quality

Student-led projects have included:

  • Paramecium growth in local water sources
  • How English Ivy alters soil characteristics
  • Microbial competition
  • And much more!

What can I do with this major?

Students from Saint Martin’s have gone on to graduate programs in biology and chemistry; been accepted to professional programs in physical therapy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, teaching, physicians’ assistant (P.A.), Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) and medical doctor (M.D.) programs.

Graduates of the University's biology program will be prepared for:

  • A variety of careers in the biological sciences including:
    • Research and development
    • Biotechnology and bioinformatics
    • State and federal government
    • Botany
    • Marine biology
    • Genetics
    • Agriculture
    • Environmental protection
  • Specialized investigation leading to graduate degrees in biology
  • Admission into professional healthcare graduate programs including:
    • Medical
    • Dental
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical therapy
    • Chiropractic schools

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Where do Saint Martin's biology graduates go for advanced degrees?

Graduates of the Saint Martin's Biology Program have gone on to graduate and professional programs at:

  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • University of Virginia, Biomedical Program
  • Central Washington University
  • Eastern Washington University, Physical Therapy doctoral program
  • Ohio State University veterinary school
  • Many more...

In addition, our graduates are accepted at medical schools across the U.S.

Research / internship opportunities

In addition to Biology majors have the opportunity to participate in internship programs with a variety of local businesses and organizations including:

  • Boeing
  • The Cascadia Collective (Marine Animals)
  • Dental and Medical Offices
  • Department of Agriculture (Microbiology Lab)
  • Department of Ecology, Fish and Wildlife
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Revenue
  • Microsoft
  • Saint Peter's Hospital
  • Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction at Oregon Health and Science University
  • Fred Hutchinson
  • Physical Therapy Practices
  • Regional Fish Hatcheries
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Wolf Haven International

Related fields of study

Chemistry (M., m.) | Physics

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Business Administration Program

What is business administration?

Business administration is a unified business program that integrates the separate functional areas of business. Students in this program learn and practice general management skills, discover the need for ethical decision-making and acquire functional business area expertise.

Why study business administration at Saint Martin's?

At Saint Martin’s we acknowledge the technological innovation, ever-changing global marketplace and challenged eco-systems currently shaping the world. Through practice and active learning, students gain the ability to work cooperatively in diverse teams. They become effective writers and speakers, and they demonstrate sharpened critical thinking skills and professional judgment

Students graduate with a broad perspective on the business world and its place in our culture. Saint Martin's graduates have the ability to work across business functions, adjust quickly to new situations, accept change and ambiguity as a natural part of life, and become enthusiastic lifelong learners.

Additional benefits include:

  • Emphasis on internships
  • Business-specific career and internship fairs held on campus each semester
  • Faculty members are both educators and business professionals
  • Small class sizes and one-on-one mentoring with faculty
  • Extra-curricular activities, competitions and networking opportunities
  • 4+1 dual degree program: qualified students earn bachelor's and MBA in 5 years
  • A rigorous yet supportive educational environment
  • Exposure to all functional areas of business and economics
  • Well-rounded, liberal arts education

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate business/accounting outcomes website.

What is required?

Major

  • 15 semester hours of foundation courses
  • 33 semester hours of common professional component courses
  • 9-18 semester hours of requirements for completion of the major

Minor

  • 15 semester hours of foundation courses
  • 15 semester hours of professional component courses

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of business administration requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What can I do with this major?

There are diverse opportunities for students majoring in business administration. Careers in this field include:

  • Project management
  • Operations management
  • Customer services
  • Employee and operations supervision
  • Recruiting/Staffing
  • Consulting

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center

Research / internship opportunities

  • Proximity to the Washington state capital allows for access to quality internship opportunities
  • H&R Block, Enterprise, local CPA firms
  • Study abroad opportunities tied specifically to business curriculum in countries such as Germany, South Korea and Japan
  • 35-40% of students are offered a job at their internship site

Related fields of study

Accounting (M.) | Economics (m.)

Visit our Business Administration website »

Chemistry Program

What is the Chemistry Program?

Chemistry is the study of matter and energy, and their interaction. Society is influenced by the field of chemistry in essentially all phases of life. An understanding of chemistry is necessary for those who wish to study such subjects as biology, physiology, psychology, geology, environmental science, engineering, law, medicine and dentistry. A knowledge of chemistry and its effects - as related to the foods we eat, the air we breathe and medications we use, for example, enhances the lives of students from all disciplines.

Why study chemistry at Saint Martin's?

Saint Martin’s University offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. All chemistry courses have a strong emphasis on classroom instruction and the development of competent laboratory techniques. In advanced courses, students receive hands-on training in the operation and use of all departmental instruments. The departmental teaching and research facilities and instrumentation are being improved and updated regularly.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our chemistry outcomes website.

What is required?

Degree requirements are based on American Chemical Society standards.

Bachelor of Arts

  • 20 semester hours of chemistry
  • 10 semester hours of physics
  • Eight semester hours of mathematics
  • 26-32 semester hours of upper-division courses

Bachelor of Science

  • 20 semester hours of chemistry
  • 10 semester hours of physics
  • Eight semester hours of mathematics
  • 30-31 semester hours of upper-division courses
  • Complete a two-to eight-semester hour program of undergraduate research
  • Present a senior thesis to the chemistry department. Seniors are encouraged to present their work at a regional or national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Minor

  • 30 semester hours of chemistry

For a complete breakdown of chemistry requirements, visit the undergraduate academic catalog.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What can I do with this major?

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry is designed to prepare students for positions in industry and government or graduate education in the field. A degree in chemistry can lead to work in such fields as:

  • Product development
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental testing
  • Regulation
  • Healthcare/pharmaceuticals
  • Forensics

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Research / internship opportunities

An internship is available to all chemistry majors, although internships are not a requirement.

Related fields of study

Biology (M., m.) | Physics

Visit our Chemistry website »

Civil Engineering Program

What is civil engineering?

Civil engineering is a discipline that deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. It includes works such as bridges, roads, canals, dams and buildings. It is one of the oldest engineering disciplines. It is traditionally broken into several sub-disciplines including environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and, transportation engineering.

Why study civil engineering at Saint Martin's?

The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering is housed in Cebula Hall (built in 2013)--the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient building with LEED Platinum Certification in the Western Hemisphere. Designed for students who want to make a difference, our engineering programs are led by a vibrant faculty who focus on quality of teaching and innovative research trends. Saint Martin’s students experience the latest in technology, tackle real-world issues and examine what it means to be an ethical engineer in the 21st century. Saint Martin’s is dedicated to developing well-rounded citizens who are ready to care for their communities and the environment.

Additional benefits include:

  • Accreditation through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Five year program for academically qualified students: combine an undergraduate degree with a master's degree
  • NEW! Industrial building (2015-16) includes labs for fluids, manufacturing, robotics and mechatronics, soils and materials testing
  • Connection with local engineers and alumni through the Engineering Advisory Board (EAB), which advises students on their education and internships

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate civil engineering outcomes website.

What's required?

Major

  • 32 semester hours of math and science courses
  • 16 semester hours of general engineering courses
  • 47-48 semester hours of civil engineering courses

Minor

  • 21 semester hours of lower-and-upper-division courses

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of civil engineering requirements.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What can I do with this major?

There are diverse opportunities for students majoring in civil engineering. Careers in this field include:

  • Design of buildings and bridges
  • Urban planning
  • Transportation engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Construction and engineering management

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Research/internship opportunities

  • Proximity to the Washington state capital allows for access to quality internships opportunities
  • Students have had internships or gone on to work with Boeing, Intel, state and federal government agencies and local manufacturing and engineering firms
  • Dean interviews and works with all senior students on their next steps
  • STEM internships and career fairs offered each semester
  • Students work side-by-side with faculty on research projects

Related fields of study

Mechanical engineering (M.) | Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) | Master of Engineering Management (MEM)

Visit our Civil Engineering website »

Communication Studies Program

What is the Communication Studies Program?

Communication studies is an interdisciplinary program that uses critical and cultural studies to understand the central role of communication in society, with a focus on social justice. This program provides a broad overview of the different areas of communication, including the historical, institutional and social contexts of mass media and communication technologies; communication laws and ethics; rhetorical and semiotic analysis; as well as self-reflective citizen engagement and the creation of communication media (written, oral and visual).

Why study communication studies at Saint Martin's?

The Communication Studies Program is a distinct program set in a unique location. Our program focuses on social justice and critical cultural theory, developing critical thinkers who are also engaged citizens. It is a perfect fit for students with diverse talents and interests.

Students have access to a rich cultural environment that is also a hub of civic activity. Saint Martin's University is located in a thriving arts community and a stone’s throw away from the state capitol. The Lacey-Olympia-Tumwater area boasts a film society, community television and radio stations, recording studios, live theater, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, the state legislature and a deep tradition of activism and originality.

Shaped by the Benedictine values of stewardship, community and listening with the ear of the heart, the Communication Studies Program utilizes accessible media technologies such as cloud computing, mobile devices and social media, citizen journalism and digital media production to encourage creativity and build a solid foundation for a wide array of professional endeavors.

What's required?

Major

  • 39 semester hours of lower-and-upper-division courses
  • 21 additional credits required from the list of approved electives, 18 of which must be upper division

Minor

  • 21 semester hours of lower-and-upper-division courses

For a complete breakdown of communication studies requirements, visit the undergraduate academic catalog.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What can I do with this major?

Communication studies prepares students for careers in a wide range of fields, from public relations and advertising to media arts production to work in the public sector and more. Students may also continue to further their studies in graduate school, specializing in the humanities, social sciences, public relations, digital media, or filmmaking. This major offers the opportunity to pursue a production-focused or more theoretically oriented course of study and it is designed to provide a well-rounded understanding of the field of communication.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Related fields of study

English (M., m.) | Sociology and cultural anthropology (M., m.)

Visit our Communication Studies website »

Community Services Program

What is the Community Services Program?

Community services is an interdisciplinary program that combines social work, sociology, economics, history / political science and psychology. The integrative nature of the program prepares graduates for professional work as social workers and other human service practitioners.

Why study community services at Saint Martin's?

At Saint Martin’s, the rigor of classroom study and theory is combined with extensive field internship opportunities to ensure that students develop a working knowledge of a variety of social service delivery agencies in a practical environment.

Faculty members are practicing professionals who bring years of experience to the classroom. The curriculum they have designed focuses on helping students develop the ethical and analytical thinking essential for professional life in social work, psychology, foreign service, and a variety of other human service professions.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate community services outcomes website.

Note: The community services major is offered at the University's main campus only.

What's required?

  • 51 semester hours of lower-and upper-division courses
  • 600 internship hours
    150 hours (three credits) are required in the CSP 290 placement and a total of 450 hours (nine credits) are required in their CSP 390 and CSP 490 placement. CSP 390 and CSP 490 are to be taken in consecutive semesters at the same placement site.

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of community services requirements.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What can I do with this major?

Community services graduates are qualified to make significant contributions to the community both personally and professionally. They work in such areas as:

  • Case management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Public planning
  • Research and development counseling
  • At-risk youth (Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, etc.)

The program also provides a solid background for pursuing additional education in graduate school in social work, psychology or public administration.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Research/internship opportunities

Internships are available with such local agencies as the Community Youth Services, Kokua, Safeplace and the Thurston County offices of the state Department of Social and Health Services. In Tacoma, Saint Martin’s has relationships with the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter, DSHS Drug Court, Catholic Community Services, and the Franciscan Hospice Center. Many additional agencies throughout Washington cooperate with the University, and agency staff attempt to aid students in all possible ways.

For internship requirements and a complete list of opportunities, please visit our internship website.

Related fields of study

Social work (M.) | Communication studies (M., m.) | Women's studies (m.) | Sociology and cultural anthropology (M., m.) | Social justice (m.) | Criminal justice (M., m.) | Legal studies (m.)

Visit our Community Services website »

Computer Science Program

What is the Computer Science Program?

Computer Science at Saint Martin’s prepares students with the education and training needed for careers in such high-demand fields as:

  • Software development
  • Web and mobile technologies
  • Security and database management

Set in the midst of a rich liberal arts curriculum, the program is designed to meet the needs of industry and future advances in technologies.

Why study computer science at Saint Martin's?

Graduates of the bachelor’s program will have a strong analytical foundation, strong computation skills and a capstone project relevant to industries current needs. In addition, the program provides:

  • A rigorous educational environment in which faculty members work close with their students.
  • Quality computer facilities.
  • Small classes, enabling students to receive individual attention from faculty members.
  • Necessary class, library, computer and study environment to support the program.
  • A strong liberal arts component that broadens career options and the possibility of professional advancement.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate computer science outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

Technology and computer science provides the backbone for every industry in the 21st century. Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in computer science are well-positioned for a variety of positions, including:

  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Network and Computer Systems
  • Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What's required?

  • 24-25 semester hours of foundation courses such as:
    • CSC 210 Database fundamentals
    • MTH 201 Introduction to Statistics
  • 30-31 semester hours of concentration courses such as:
    • Software design and development
      • CSC 446 Software Engineering: Analysis and Design
    • Web and mobile application design and development
      • CSC 350 User-Centered Design
      • CSC 460 E-Commerce Development
    • Database management
      • CSC 310 Database Design
      • CSC 475 Designing Business Intelligence Solutions

Electives include industry-attuned courses in subjects such as:

  • Game design and Animation
  • Cryptography
  • Computer Security
  • Data Mining

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of computer science requirements.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Related fields of study

Mathematics (M., m.) | Civil Engineering (M.) | Mechanical Engineering (M.)

Visit our Computer Science website »

Criminal Justice Program

What is the Criminal Justice Program?

Criminal justice at Saint Martin’s is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the theory and research of criminal justice and criminology, and its approach to the law. The program fosters intellectual growth, academic discipline, effective oral and written expression, and critical understanding of the social forces that form the criminal justice system.

Why study criminal justice at Saint Martin's?

A dedicated faculty – with strong ties to local law enforcement agencies – provides students with a rich, practical environment for exploring the world of criminal justice. Student who participate in Saint Martin’s Criminal Justice Program:

  • Study with professionals working in the field, as well as with our regular faculty.
  • Gain hands-on experience during internships within agencies that form part of the criminal justice system.
  • Complete a required capstone project that allows students to identify and pursue a contemporary issue of significant and substantial concern.

In addition to more traditional coursework addressing the police, corrections and the courts, Saint Martin’s students can broaden their perspective through a wide range of specialty courses, including:

  • Victimology
  • Drugs and society
  • Social justice
  • Deviant behavior
  • Juvenile justice and rehabilitation
  • Forensics
  • Restorative justice

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate criminal justice outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

A broad range of career opportunities are available to a student majoring in criminal justice. In addition to the field of law enforcement, graduates are prepared for positions in such areas as:

  • Legal research or representation
  • Outreach
  • Counseling
  • Administration
  • Forensics
  • Security
  • Teaching

Graduates are also prepared for advanced study.

Students who pursue a minor in criminal justice can use this concentration to enhance a major field of study such as psychology, social work, political science, business or history.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

Major

  • 12-15 semester hours of lower-division criminal justice courses such as:
    • CJ 215 Police and Society
    • PLS 150 Survey of American Government Politics
  • 24-27 semester hours of upper-division criminal justice courses such as:
    • CS/SOC 325 Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency
    • CJ 410 Law and Society

All students majoring in criminal justice are required to complete a senior capstone project (CJ 499 Senior Seminar) and apply for Saint Martin's yearly scholarly presentation event, Scholars Day.

Minor

  • 21 semester hours in criminal justice, including CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

For a complete breakdown of criminal justice courses and requirements, visit the undergraduate academic catalog.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research / internship opportunities

Research and internships are championed by the criminal justice faculty. Students are encouraged to reach out to local agencies for internship opportunities and graduates who wish to pursue publication can petition faculty for assistance in the publication process.

Opportunities within criminal justice include:

  • Senior thesis publication (e.g. DNA Evidence: Examining Police Officer's Knowledge of Handling Procedures in a Mid-Size)
  • Washington State Department of Corrections
  • Washington State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
  • Lacey Police Department

Related fields of study

Social justice (m.) | Social work (M.) | Legal studies (m.) | Community services (M.) | Women's studies (m.) | Communication studies (M.) | Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.)

Visit our Criminal Justice website »

Economics Program

What is economics?

As the social science that explains competitive behavior in the marketplace, economics underlies all business activity. Economics also looks at alternative strategies for allocating scarce resources.

Why study economics at Saint Martin's?

The Economic Program at Saint Martin’s provides student with a broader understanding of the social role of business in a market economy. Non-business and non-accounting students are encouraged to further their understanding of the field of economics.

What can I do with this minor?

Study in economics prepares graduates for a variety of professional environments including:

  • Banking
  • Retail
  • Government and non-government organizations
  • Public Utilities
  • Insurance
  • Sales

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center

What is required?

  • 15 semester hours of foundation courses such as:
    • MTH 161 Mathematic Methods for Business
    • MTH 201 Introduction to Statistics
  • 12 semester hours of required courses such as:
    • ECN 420 International Business and Global Economics
    • ECN 410 Public Finance

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of business administration requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Related fields of study

Accounting (M.) | Business Administration (M., m.)

Note: Students majoring in accounting or business administration cannot minor in economics.

Visit our Economics website »

Educational Studies Program

What is the Educational Studies Program?

Educational studies is a non-certification program for individuals interested in gaining knowledge, skills and pedagogy in education theory and application. The program offers five areas of focus:

  • Community Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Foundation Studies in Education and Culture
  • Health and Fitness
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

Why study educational studies at Saint Martin's?

At Saint Martin’s the focus of educational studies is on the cultivation of best practices to facilitate learning and to administer learning programs. Graduates receive in-depth knowledge of the field of education combined with a focus area to meet their career needs.

Additional benefits include:

  • National accreditation
  • Study abroad opportunities open doors to teaching internationally
  • Top employers includes public schools in Washington, Hawaii and California
  • Ongoing experience in schools throughout the program
  • Faculty are experienced educators with practical teaching experience
  • Prepares you to use teaching principals in other settings
  • Develops skills needed for a variety of service occupations
  • Flexibility to meet partial certification requirements if interests change

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes for all undergraduate education programs, please visit our undergraduate education website.

What can I do with this major?

The following career opportunities are available based on your area of focus:

  • Early childhood education: Child care, parenting, child development services in related professions
  • Health and fitness: Coaching, personal trainer, teaching fitness classes in non-school settings (e.g. YMCA)
  • Community education: Education related activities in community agencies, churches, museums, advocacy groups, etc.
  • Foundation studies in education and culture: Teaching overseas, tutoring, international education organization staff member
  • STEM: Education related activities in museums, STEM advocacy agencies (i.e., Sierra Club), government agencies, etc.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What's required?

Coursework: 120 semester credits minimum

Program coursework integrates the knowledge and skills of the 21st century: core knowledge and skills; learning and innovation skills; information, media, technology, and research; life and career skills.

  • 42-48 semester credits of general education
  • 30 semester credits of education courses
  • 24 semester credits in your selected area of study
  • 18-24 semester credits electives

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted on a continuing basis. For additional information on how to apply, please contact:

360-438-4333
Old Main, room 476
education@stmartin.edu

Related fields of study

Elementary education (M.) | Special education (M., m.) | Secondary education (certification/endorsements) | Minors in education

Visit our Educational Studies website »

Education Minors

What are the minors in education?

The College of Education and Counseling Psychology offers four minors including:

  • Education*
  • Physical education
  • Reading
  • Special education

Note: The reading and special education minors are normally completed along with a Bachelor of Science in Education program to meet endorsement requirements. Please see an education faculty advisor for special advising if you wish to minor in reading or special education and are not planning to earn certification. Completing only a minor in the education department does not satisfy the state requirements for teacher certification.

*Secondary education students normally pursue the minor in education.

Why pursue an education minor at Saint Martin's?

Saint Martin’s offers a blend of traditional and contemporary preparation within all our education programs. A faculty of working professionals provide a balanced foundation that honors the roots of education as a profession while inspiring students to subscribe to a progressive spirit. As a result our graduates fit comfortably into a variety of educational cultures.

Additional benefits include:

  • National accreditation
  • Approved by the Washington State Board of Education
  • 97% of our graduates find teaching jobs
  • Study abroad opportunities open doors to teaching internationally
  • Top employers includes public schools in Washington, Hawaii and California
  • Require two subject endorsements to better prepare students for employability
  • Educational endorsements aligned with most majors offered on campus
  • Ongoing experience in schools throughout the program
  • Faculty are experienced educators with practical teaching experience
  • Focus areas include STEM, Special Education and English Language Learning

What can I do with these minors?

An education minor allows students to explore the educational field as a compliment to their intended professions. With a background in any one of our four minors, a student’s opportunity for engagement as a non-professional educator is enhanced. Opportunities include:

  • Activities director
  • Management in education related areas
  • Training or professional development
  • Community Involvement
  • Staff member in non-profit organizations

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • Education
    • Six semester hours of lower-division courses
    • 13-14 semester hours of upper-division courses
    • Classroom management and classroom assessment
  • Physical education
    • Two semester hours of lower-division courses
    • 17 semester hours of upper-division courses
  • Reading
    • 21-24 semester hours of upper-division courses
  • Special education
    • 21 semester hours

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes for education minor courses and requirements, please visit our undergraduate education website.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Related fields of study

Elementary education (M.) | Educational studies (M.) | Special education (M., m.) | Secondary education | (certification/endorsements)

Visit our Education Minors website »

Elementary Education Program

What is the Elementary Education Program?

The Elementary Education Program at Saint Martin’s explores the field of elementary education for the purposes of advanced study and/or initial teaching certification with a primary endorsement in elementary education (kindergarten-8) by the state of Washington.

Why study elementary education at Saint Martin's?

The education programs at Saint Martin’s interweave with one another, providing students with a wide spectrum of choice and flexibility. From the outset, education students participate in in-depth school and practicum work allowing them to interact with local teachers and principals. Faculty are professional educators with extensive, contemporary, real-world experience. Their knowledge in the field of education is coupled with skills in counseling, creating a climate of compassionate rigor. Our reputation for excellence so precedes us that 97% of our graduates find teaching jobs after graduation.

Additional benefits include:

  • National accreditation
  • Approved by the Washington State Board of Education
  • Study abroad opportunities open doors to teaching internationally
  • Two subject endorsements required to better prepare students for employability
  • A rigorous educational environment in which faculty members work closely with their students
  • Top employers includes public schools in Washington, Hawaii and California

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate education website.

What can I do with this major?

The elementary education major prepares graduates for teaching careers (preschool-8) in a variety of environments including:

  • Public or private elementary schools
  • Day care centers
  • Pre-school
  • Private tutoring
  • Military elementary schools

Graduates are also prepared for advanced study in the field of education.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

To insure proper sequencing of courses, students planning to enter the program must consult an advisor from the College of Education and Professional Psychology prior to taking courses at the University. Formal acceptance to the program is required before students may register for basic courses in education.

  • 30-31 semester hours of pre-professional courses
  • 60 semester hours of core courses
  • Elementary education endorsement
  • Second/additional endorsement

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of elementary education courses and requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Where do Saint Martin's graduates teach?

  • Garfield Elementary School, Olympia, WA

Related fields of study

Educational studies (M.) | Special education (M., m.) | Secondary education (certification/endorsements) | Minors in education

Visit our Elementary Education website »

English Program

What is the English Program?

The mission of the English Program is to serve students by leading them to discover the practical importance of our cultural inheritance and advancing the University’s overarching mission of knowledge, service and sound value judgment.

Why study English at Saint Martin's?

The program excels at providing students with friendly advisors who welcome one-on-one conversations about writing, books, food and life. Students are given numerous opportunities, such as professor-led study abroad trips and membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, to develop long-lasting relationships that will enrich the personal and professional life of the student.

Additional benefits include:

  • Participation in the yearly Les Bailey Writers Series
  • Professional experience though Saint Martin's student publication, The Belltower
  • Membership in the SMU English Majors Facebook page
  • Internships with local businesses
  • Training in industry standard software
  • Creative writing retreats at the Saint Martin's Abbey's Lambert Lodge, a beautiful, restorative, retreat center on Eld Inlet in the Puget Sound

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate English outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

A degree in English prepares Saint Martin's graduates for careers in such fields as:

  • Law
  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Advocacy
  • Social services
  • Diplomacy
  • Human resources
  • Professional Writing
  • Fundraising
  • Health Services
  • Global communications

Students also can prepare for the traditional fields of secondary and higher education and advanced study. English goes with everything!

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • 36 semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 21 hours of upper-division courses
  • Entering freshman are required to take an examination in composition skills
  • Students are encouraged to augment their English classes with outside studies in language, history, the fine arts and philosophy
  • Senior thesis

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of English requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research / internship opportunities

  • The Olympian
  • Capitol City Press

Related fields of study

Communication Studies (M.) | Writing (m.) |

Visit our English website »

History Program

What is the History Program?

History is the critical examination of the world's peoples, places, and cultures in the past. History is about getting the big picture of how and why things change.

Historians study everything that humans do -- including politics, work, religion, social movements and war. They learn how to:

  • Understand complex situations and make sense of them.
  • Understand the past to make sense of the present and to shape the future.
  • Dig to get the truths beyond the headlines, news bites and simple answers.

Why study history at Saint Martin's?

At Saint Martin’s we believe that geographical, cultural, and temporal specializations are essential to the study of history, and, therefore, our program makes it possible for students to pursue concentrations in:

  • United States history
  • European history
  • Non-Western history

We also offer courses in:

  • African history
  • Asian history
  • Latin American history
  • Middle Eastern history

Unique thematic and methodological courses such as immigration, women's, and labor history, compliment the core courses.

In addition:

  • Academic rigor prepares students for advanced study.
  • Approximately 50 percent of graduates pursue advanced degrees. Saint Martin’s graduates have been accepted at such institutions as Seattle University, University of Arizona, University of Washington and Willamette University.
  • Each department faculty member has received the Saint Martin's Outstanding Faculty Award.
  • Professor Aaron Goings is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient (Finland 2014-2015)

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate history outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

It is our expectation that graduates from the history program will have excellent oral and written communication skills. Developing these skills will help graduates from the history program secure professional positions as educators and in the field of public history.

In part because of the skills students learn within our program, history graduates from Saint Martin's have successfully pursued careers in:

  • Education
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Government
  • Social Justice

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

Major

  • 27 semester hours of upper-division courses in history. Varies depending on your emphasis. (United States, European or Non-Western history)
  • Nine credits in political science (six of which must be upper-division).

No more than six semester hours of internship credit may be applied toward requirements for a history major.

For information on the Washington State teacher education endorsement in history, please refer to the requirements as outlined in the education section of the academic catalog. For specific requirements for the endorsement in history, please review the History - Grades 5-12, Competency-based Endorsement form.

Minor

  • Six semester hours of lower-division courses in American history or European history.
  • Six semester hours of upper-division courses in American history or European history.
  • Six semester hours of upper-division courses in political science.

For a complete breakdown of history requirements, visit the undergraduate academic catalog.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research / internship opportunities

Saint Martin’s students have ample opportunity to display the skills they acquire at Saint Martin's by working as history interns on campus and in the wider community, as well as during the annual Saint Martin's Scholars' Day presentations and the public presentations of their senior capstone projects.

Internship opportunities include:

  • Washington State Legislature
  • Washington State Historical Society
  • Simpson Timber Archive
  • Historical associations throughout Washington

Related fields of study

Political Science (M., m.) | International relations (m.)

Visit our History website »

Interdisciplinary Studies Program

What is the Interdisciplinary Studies Program?

The Interdisciplinary Studies major at Saint Martin’s University exists to further the school’s mission of integrative learning in the Benedictine tradition. Highly motivated students who are interested in more than one area of study are able to combine two or more disciplines into a single degree.

This major is designed for students who want to engage in rigorous intellectual training in understanding how varying methodologies and modes of inquiry raise different questions and serve different purposes. It also requires independence of thought and a strong work ethic.

Why study interdisciplinary studies at Saint Martin's?

Team-teaching, as a major aspect of this program, allows professors from diverse backgrounds to come together to design unique and often unconventional courses that carry such remarkable titles as:

  • Social Action: Introduction to Troublemaking in a World that Needs Troubling (a course on initiating social change)
  • Jesus on Film and in the Gospels(an examination of the figure of Jesus in the Gospels and in popular film)
  • Chasing the American Dream(an examination of the American myth)

The IDS graduate leaves Saint Martin's with an appreciation of a myriad of modes of inquiry and a flexibility of method that will enrich the skills they will bring to future employers, as well as enhance their own enjoyment of intellectual inquiry and civic engagement throughout their lives.

The uniqueness of the interdisciplinary studies major is reflected in the theses submitted by the program's students. Below is a sampling of theses produced by graduates of the Interdisciplinary Studies program.

  • Religious studies/History/Art/Art History: Kandinsky & the Spiritual Roots of Abstract Art
  • History/English: The Vietnam War in the Memoirs of American Soldiers
  • Psychology/Education: Effects of a University Education on Students' Psychological Development
  • Business/Music: What Makes a Hit Song?
  • English/Film Studies: Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring on Film
  • Cultural Anthropology/English: The culture and Literature of Self-Help

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate interdisciplinary studies outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is particularly useful for students who wish to engage in occupations that touch on multiple areas of human interest and/or activity. Students interested in a wide variety of professions will profit from the major’s emphasis on “ways of knowing.” These professions include:

  • Domestic or international careers as designers
  • Fundraising
  • Contracting
  • Architecture
  • Grant writing
  • Mediation
  • Education
  • Management
  • Administration

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What's required?

  • 24 upper-division semester hours in two distinct disciplines, 12 credits in each discipline
  • First-year competency in two world languages or second-year competency in one world language
  • Successful completion ("C" or better) of two junior seminars in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS301)
  • Successful completion of IDS498 (Senior Thesis I) and IDS499 (Senior Thesis II)

In addition to the major requirements listed above, Interdisciplinary Studies majors are expected to work with their advisors as the IDS Board of Study to choose a course of electives that will not only deepen their major but also broaden their university degrees.

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of interdisciplinary studies courses and requirements.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Visit our Interdisciplinary Studies website »

International Relations

What is the International Relations Program?

The International Relations Program is designed for students who are interested in studying global problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program emphasizes the study of political science, foreign language, history and related fields to provide students with an understanding of contemporary issues.

Why study international relations at Saint Martin's?

Saint Martin’s provides a broad liberal arts background with strong emphasis on written and oral skills. It further stresses the ability to think critically about global issues and provides a broad understanding of major value questions in the study of international relations.

Students participating in the International Relations program are provided with:

  • A strong theoretical foundation in international relations.
  • Opportunities for practical experience.
  • Internships through the Washington Semester Program.
  • Study abroad opportunities.

What can I do with this minor?

Graduates with a minor in international relations are prepared for careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Private and non-profit organizations
  • Public service

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • Nine semester hours of
    • GPH 210 World Regional Geography
    • PLS 300 International Relations
    • PLS/HIS 310 American Foreign Policy or PLS/HIS 330 Cold War
  • Three semester hours of non-western history courses
  • Six semester hours or its equivalent* of intermediate Spanish, French or Japanese
  • Three semester hours from comparative politics, international business, and sociology

*Credit through the Defense Language Institute at the intermediate proficiency level may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of international relations courses and requirements (under political science).

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research/internship opportunities

Our students have completed internships with a large cross-section of local organizations including:

  • Washington Semester Program
  • Washington State Legislature
  • Study abroad

Related fields of study

History (M., m.) | Political science (M., m.)

Visit our International Relations website »

Japanese Program

What is the Japanese Program?

The Japanese studies minor is intended to broaden a student's knowledge of Japan and the country's language and culture. It’s also fun to learn and use Japanese!

Why study Japanese at Saint Martin's?

This minor program is composed of Japanese language courses, as well as courses in intercultural communication, history, and international business and economics.

What's required?

  • 12 semester hours of Lower-Division Courses
  • Six semester hours in courses numbered 300 or above in Japanese studies or selected from the following (must include one non-language course):
    • JPN 301 Advanced Japanese
    • JPN 302 Advanced Japanese, cont.
    • JPN 395 Special Topics
    • JPN 495 Special Topics
    • PLS 352 Government and Politics of Asia or three other course numbered 300 or above that related to Asian history and culture, subject to approval of the Department of World Languages

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of Japanese minor requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What can I do with this minor?

A minor in Japanese studies is especially useful to business administration students interested in developing the communication skills needed for successful business transactions with Pacific Rim firms. Those with majors in other disciplines can also broaden their education and future potential through a linkage of courses within their major to Japanese language and other studies. In addition, the federal government is one of the largest employers of people with foreign language skills.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Visit our Japanese website »

Legal Studies

What is the Legal Studies Program?

The Legal Studies Program is an interdisciplinary field of study composed of law courses from:

  • The departments of criminal justice, political science, history and sociology.
  • The schools of business, education, and engineering.

Why study legal studies at Saint Martin's?

Saint Martin's offers a minor in legal studies as a complement to such degree programs as criminal justice, political science and psychology. As part of the minor, students interested in law school will benefit from counseling and guidance from a pre-law advisor.

The rigor of the Legal Studies Program at Saint Martin’s provides students with an experience comparable to the first year of law school. Participants investigate:

  • The interrelationship of law and society
  • The protection of civil liberties
  • The constitutional rules that govern criminal law
  • The regulations and legal principles that operate in the business context
  • Modern laws that protect the environment

What can I do with this minor?

Graduates who hold a minor in legal studies are equipped with the supplemental skills for work in a variety of environments including:

  • Legal clinics
  • Law firms
  • Non-profit and public interest organizations
  • State agencies

In addition, a minor in legal studies prepares graduates who wish to pursue law school.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • Nine semester hours of required courses such as:
    • LS 101 The Legal Environment and Ethics
    • CJ 304 Law and Evidence
  • 12 semester hours of elective courses such as:
    • HIS/PLS 378 American Constitutional Development
    • CJ 460 Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of legal studies minor courses and requirements (under political science).

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research/internship opportunities

Legal studies participants may:

  • Intern in public or private law offices
  • Pursue independent study on legal topics of interest
  • Elect to write a senior capstone on legal issues through a related major in criminal justice, sociology, social work, psychology, history, or political science.

Related fields of study

Criminal justice (M., m.) | Social justice (m.) | Political science (M., m.) | History (M., m.) | Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.)

Visit our Legal Studies website »

Mathematics Program

What is the Mathematics Program?

Mathematics is beautiful and exciting, especially if you can successfully apply your gift for numbers to solutions that greatly benefit the common good. The mission of the Mathematics Program at Saint Martin’s University is to provide mathematics majors with a strong foundation in traditional mathematical skills, provide support to other majors, such as engineering, in which solid math skills are a mandate and help liberal arts majors develop an appreciation for the crucial role mathematics plays in modern society.

Why study mathematics at Saint Martin's?

The mathematics faculty members bring to the classroom a broad range of hands-on expertise in areas that include:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Numerical Methods
  • History and Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Real and Complex Analysis

Faculty members also bring students with them to regional conferences, where students are given the opportunity to present their research in a professional setting. A well-established, math tutoring program provides reliable help to struggling students, as well as employment for student tutors. The small student/teacher ratio allows the faculty to provide one-on-one working relationships with students to further strengthen and expand their mathematical skills.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate mathematics website.

What can I do with this major?

The top 15 highest-earning college degrees share a core factor -- mathematics, according to a PayScale statistic cited by the Mathematics Association of America. Mathematics opens the door to a wide range of career opportunities. See below for a sampling:

  • Engineering
  • Actuarial Science
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics Education
  • Operations Research
  • Biomathematics
  • Finance
  • Cryptography
  • Statistics
  • Physics

Our graduates frequently find employment in secondary schools, insurance firms and the financial or computing divisions of large companies.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

The Mathematics Placement Exam* will identify the course number(s) of the introductory math course(s) for which the student is best prepared. All students take the Mathematics Placement Exam if they do not have acceptable AP scores and/or transfer credit for prerequisite courses.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics:

  • 29-35 semester hours of Lower-Division Courses
  • 34-35 semester hours of Upper-Division Courses

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics:

  • 17 semester credits of Lower-Division Courses
  • 28-29 semester hours of Upper-Division Courses

Minor in Mathematics:

  • 11 semester credits of Lower-Division Courses
  • 12-14 semester hours of Upper-Division Courses

*Policy on placement exams and retakes.

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of mathematics courses and requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research/internship opportunities

Internship opportunities vary! Previous internship opportunities have been available with H&R Block, the Department of Revenue, Costco, and Target.

Related fields of study

Computer science (M., m.) | Engineering | Education | Business | Physics | Chemistry (M., m.) | Biology (M., m.)

Visit our Mathematics website »

Mechanical Engineering Program

What is mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineering is a discipline that deals with the research, design, and manufacture of products and systems for a variety of applications. Mechanical engineering is behind nearly every product you can imagine. Practicing mechanical engineers are generally required to take a product from concept to prototype and beyond. Mechanical engineers work in a wide range of industries: automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, solar, and materials processing. In addition to using basic math and science tools, mechanical engineers must also be creative to solve open-ended problems.

Why study mechanical engineering at Saint Martin's?

Engineering at Saint Martin’s is growing. An exemplary faculty and strong focus on the undergraduate experience is being coupled with new infrastructure and new technology. Cebula Hall (built in 2013) --  home to the School of Engineering -- is the most energy efficient building with LEED Platinum Certification in the Western Hemisphere. Engineering students are exposed to a broad range of topics that give them the facility to adapt to an ever-changing professional environment. With our faculty’s breadth of knowledge and depth of experience, students have access to a wide variety of specialty courses from aerospace to biomedical engineering.

Additional benefits include:

  • Accreditation through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Non-competitive system: students who are qualified are accepted into the program
  • Five year program for academically qualified students: combine an undergraduate degree with a master's degree
  • NEW! Industrial building (2015-16) includes labs for fluids, manufacturing, robotics and mechatronics, soils and materials testing
  • Contact with local engineers and alumni through the Engineering Advisory Board (EAB), which advises students on their education and internships

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate mechanical engineering outcomes website.

What's required?

  • Minimum of 32 semester hours of math and science courses
  • 16 semester hours of general engineering courses
  • 48 semester hours of mechanical engineering courses

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of mechanical engineering requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What can I do with this major?

Due to the versatility, flexibility and ability of mechanical engineers to work in a team, a wide spectrum of career opportunities is open to them, solving technical problems or taking on managerial responsibilities. Mechanical engineers work in areas as diverse as:

  • Aerospace and defense
  • Bioengineering
  • Energy systems
  • Propulsion, automotive, and transportation systems
  • Automated manufacturing and robotics

Some of our graduates further their education with advanced degrees in science, engineering, business, or medicine.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Research/internship opportunities

  • Proximity to the Washington state capital allows for access to quality internships opportunities
  • Students have had the internships or gone on to work with Boeing, Intel, state and federal government agencies and local manufacturing and engineering firms
  • Dean interviews and works with all senior students on their next steps
  • STEM internships and career fairs offered each semester
  • Students work side-by-side with faculty on research projects
  • Yearly real-world projects with Engineers Without Borders in Papua, New Guinea

Related fields of study

Civil engineering (M.) | Master of Mechanical Engineering (MME) | Master of Engineering Management (MEM)

Visit our Mechanical Engineering website »

Music Program

What is the Music Program?

Music at Saint Martin's is a dynamic program that combines academic excellence with intensive performance opportunity. Courses integrate the study of music literature, history and theory with musical performance as a means of developing intellect, familiarity with a variety of cultures and interpersonal relationships.

Why study music at Saint Martin's?

A Bachelor of Arts in Music at Saint Martin’s is a flexible enterprise, where faculty can enrich students’ particular interests through special topics courses in which students can create their own degree pathways. The music curriculum allows for cross training in areas such as classical and contemporary music, and musical theatre.

You will study privately with the best that the Pacific Northwest has to offer and work with distinguished master teachers.

Our goal is to get our students on stage, performing and sharing their talent with the world. To that end, students are offered a host of performance opportunities such as:

  • Participation in the Saint Martin's Chorale, which performs a series of concerts each year, including the Sacred Music Concert, Christmas Concert, Hope Concert and Major Works Concert
  • Performing as part of SMUTastics!, Saint Martin's jazz band, the Pep band and Guitar Ensemble
  • Participation in operatic performances

Additional benefits include:

  • Courses in opera, acting for singers and musical theatre
  • Master Classes, educational experiences where students learn from industry professionals, also known as master teachers, in a concentrated group session. The expert gives instruction only to one or two students during the master class.
  • Music@11, a monthly recital series featuring seasoned classical musicians and consummate performers. These formal events provide students with critical exposure to guest artists who demonstrate protocol and process, instrumentation, periods and genres. Students are able to apply the lessons learned from these recitals to their own monthly public studio workshop performances.
  • Abbey Events, which sponsors periodic recitals with aspiring world-class musicians. Through workshops and master classes conducted by these rising stars, Saint Martin's students are exposed to, and learn from, peer musicians who demonstrate both the technical facility and emotional maturity required to achieve success.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives, and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate music outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

Our graduates leave Saint Martin's with the academic and performance skills necessary to succeed within the music industry, or related fields, with confidence, professionalism and poise. Possible careers include:

  • Teacher
    • K-12
    • College Level
    • Community Music Schools
    • Religious Organizations
    • Private Studio
  • Electronic Production and Design
    • Audio Engineering
    • Mastering, Mixing, Music Directing
    • Recording Engineer
  • Entertainment Lawyer or Music Business Lawyer
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant Writer
  • Instrument Builder/Designer
  • Instrument Repair and Restoration
  • Lyricist
  • Music Critic, Reviewer, Blogger
  • Music Curator

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What's required?

Major

  • 22 semester hours of Lower-Division Courses
  • 28 semester hours of Upper-Division Courses
  • An undergraduate music major must earn a minimum of eight credits in large ensemble participation during eight different semesters to be eligible for graduation and must be enrolled in a large ensemble during each semester of full-time study.
  • Music majors must complete junior and senior recitals.
  • All music students are required to take courses in basic piano and pass a functional keyboard proficiency examination. Students with prior piano training can waive basic piano coursework by challenging and passing the piano proficiency examination.

Minor

  • 23 semester hours

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of music requirements.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Related fields of study

Theatre Arts (M., m.) | Mathematics (M.)

Visit our Music website »

Nursing Program

What is the RN-to-BSN Program?

Saint Martin's RN-to-BSN program provides registered nurses with an associate degree a pathway to earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Nurses play vital roles in the nation's rapidly changing, increasingly complex health care system. The program prepares nurses to:

  • Provide evidence-based care for a diverse and aging population that contributes to safe and high quality patient outcomes
  • Face the challenges associated with working with new technology and informatics
  • Create innovative changes to improve the delivery of health care
  • Promote inter-professional collaboration
  • Understand the research process and translate evidence into practice
  • Provide leadership in the workplace, community and profession
  • Influence policies, laws and regulations that promote nursing practice and improve the health care system

Why enroll in the RN-to-BSN program at Saint Martin's?

The RN-to-BSN program at Saint Martin’s empowers students as lifelong learners, ensures that they have the competencies needed to practice in a wide range of roles, and helps prepare them as leaders in the nursing profession. The program is:

Saint Martin's is ideally located to serve the communities of southwest Washington. Its students enjoy:

  • Small classes taught by experienced, award-winning, accessible, student-centered faculty
  • Courses that combine on-site classes with online learning
  • Flexibility in class schedules that allow them to attend full-time or part-time, continue to work and meet the needs of their personal lives
  • Guest speakers from the Olympia community
  • Financial aid support
  • An opportunity to learn about traditional Chinese medicine

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our RN-to-BSN nursing outcomes website.

Prerequisites for admission to the RN-to-BSN program

  • Admission to Saint Martin's University
  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing
  • Competitive GPA, with a minimum or a grade of C in each nursing core and prerequisite course
  • Unrestricted Washington State Registered Nurse license. (Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program may be offered provisional admission, pending passage of the NCLEX and receiving RN licensure which must be obtained by the end of the first semester in the program.)
  • Successful program interview

What's required to earn a BSN?

In addition to the University's general education requirements, the RN-to-BSN program requires:

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of nursing courses and requirements.

Practicum and capstone opportunities

Proximity to the state capital provides RN-to-BSN students with a variety of opportunities with government agencies and non-profit organizations. Students often design capstone projects with a service component -- maximizing meaningful engagement with the community. Projects have included:

  • Development of a Department of Health statewide webinar on immunizations for pregnant women
  • Creation of a presentation on compassion fatigue for nurse residents at a local hospital
  • Providing the evidence-base for naloxone distribution in Thurston County
  • Establishing policies and procedures for a community shelter for people experiencing homelessness
  • Collaborating with the Thurston County Nurse Family Partnership

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Philosophy Program

What is the Philosophy Program?

Philosophy surveys the history of human thought and studies the deepest concerns of human existence. It examines the intellectual heritage of the West in its historical roots and developments, but also addresses the central problems of the tradition in a systematic fashion, thereby giving the student a deeper insight into a significant aspect of his or her cultural heritage.

Why study philosophy at Saint Martin's?

At Saint Martin’s, the study of philosophy is rich in the tradition of rigorous inquiry around the nature of reality and existence. Participants in the Philosophy Program are:

  • Encouraged to challenge their own perspectives as a method for increasing their understanding of the world.
  • Offered extracurricular activities such as Saint Martin's Debate, which gives the students the opportunity to hone their critical thinking and communication skills in a fun and supportive environment.

What can I do with this minor?

A minor in philosophy complements a variety of major areas of study including:

  • Religious studies
  • English
  • Criminal justice
  • Women's studies

Graduates are prepared with the skills to examine all situations from social and ethical perspectives. This skill benefits any career path, but is especially well-suited to such professions as:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Law
  • Social and criminal justice
  • Chaplaincy
  • Ministry
  • Journalism

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What's required?

  • Three semester hours of lower-division coursework
    • PHL 201 Introduction to Philosophy
  • 15 semester hours of upper-division courses such as:
    • PHL 301 Ethics
    • PHL 313 Philosophy of Being

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of philosophy courses and requirements.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Related fields of study

Religious studies (M., m.) | English (M., m.) | Criminal Justice (M,. m.) | Social justice (m.) | Communications studies (M., m.) | International relations (m.) | History (M., m.) | Political science (M., m.)

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Physics Program

What is the Physics Program?

Physics seeks to explain the workings of the physical world encompassing a vast scale from elementary particles to the cosmos. Physics interacts with fields such as chemistry, biology, astronomy and engineering to provide a background for study in these areas.

Why study physics at Saint Martin's?

Studying physics is an excellent option for students majoring in related disciplines who want to deepen their understanding of underlying fundamentals. Students who minor in physics develop a deeper understanding of core physics principles and develop skills used by physicists, including laboratory techniques, mathematical and computational modeling, and research and presentation skills.

What can I do with this minor?

A background in physics is suitable for almost any career path. Students that study physics learn logical and critical thinking skills. According to the American Physics Society (APS), this allows physicists to bring a broad perspective to almost any problem without being bound by the context of the situation. Being able to problem solve is a desirable attribute in any career.

Engineering and chemistry majors who minor in physics also set themselves apart from their peers by better understanding the physics that underlies many of the things they use regularly. This additional knowledge is helpful for students interested in graduate school or who want to accelerate their post-graduation careers. Math majors who minor in physics obtain a deeper appreciation for physical applications of their discipline, and it serves to set themselves apart from their peers as well.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • 10 semester hours of calculus-based introductory physics
    • PHY171/171L Introductory Physics I
    • PHY172/172L Introductory Physics II
  • 11 semester hours of calculus
    • MTH171 Calculus I
    • MTH172 Calculus II
    • MTH271 Vector Calculus
  • 13 semester hours of upper division physics courses
    • PHY303 Modern Physics with Laboratory
    • PHY314 Classical and Computational Physics
    • An elective applied physics course
      • PHY355 Solid State Physics, or
      • PHY365 Astrophysics
    • PHY399 Explorations in Physics

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Related fields of study

Mathematics (M., m.) | Chemistry (M., m.) | Civil Engineering (M.) | Mechanical Engineering (M.)

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Political Science Program

What is the Political Science Program?

The mission of the Political Science Program is to seek to understand the basis of power in society, how that power is organized and exercised, and its impact on people’s lives. The department seeks to help its students engage in critical analysis of society and power structures.

Why study political science at Saint Martin's?

The Political Science Program at Saint Martin’s aims to acquaint students with the great issues of politics. The faculty is driven to develop the student's intelligent and lasting interest in society and politics, and provide him or her with an environment for learning active self-governance.

Political science students will undertake rigorous course work as they seek to understand the significance of class, race, gender, property relations and other identities in shaping political structures and political behavior. The department will strive to promote social justice and to encourage students to be active, thoughtful members of their community.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate political science outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

Political Science majors can go on to rewarding careers in a wide variety of fields, including:

  • Federal, state and local government service
  • Activism
  • Education
  • Law
  • Foreign service
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Mediation
  • Public affairs research analysis

Students also can prepare for the traditional fields of secondary and higher education and advanced study. English goes with everything!

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • 27 semester hours of upper-division courses in political science
  • Nine credits of history (six of which must be upper division).
  • No more than six semester hours of credit in internships may be applied toward requirements for a political science major

Minor

  • 12 semester hours of upper-division courses in political science
  • Six semester hours of upper-division courses in history

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of political science requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research / internship opportunities

Student internships opportunities are available within:

  • Washington State Legislature
  • Washington State Historical Society
  • Simpson Timber Archive

Related fields of study

History (M., m.) | Communication Studies (M., m.) | Social Justice (m.) | Criminal Justice (M., m.) | Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.) | Community Services (M.) | Psychology (M., m.)

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Psychology Program

What is the Psychology Program?

The Psychology Program structures coursework and field placements to integrate experiential learning with rigorous study of psychology as the scientific study of human beings.

The program's curriculum does not emphasize any single school of thought. Instead, it provides a broad-based education in psychology that gives students completing the program the skills and self-confidence to use a variety of perspectives in their work with people.

Why study psychology at Saint Martin's?

Psychology at Saint Martin’s is deeply aligned with the Benedictine principle of service to others. This foundation offers students a rigorous, yet compassionate, environment for developing their skills as creative, thoughtful leaders in the mental and social health fields.

Additional benefits include:

  • One 15-week required internship for all majors in both research and applied tracks
  • Research projects generated and carried out by students. Faculty act as guides
  • Faculty exclusively staffed by clinical and experimental professionals. All faculty are trained as practitioners as well as researchers
  • Approximately 60 percent of graduates move directly into entry-level social service positions. Remaining graduates pursue advanced degrees in counseling and social work
  • Participation in Psi Chi, the psychology honor society for exceptional students
  • Student leadership opportunities through Saint Martin's Psychology Club

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our psychology outcomes website.

What can I do with this major or minor?

A Bachelor of Arts in psychology prepares graduates for advanced study in counseling and social work, along with careers in a variety of health and human service fields including:

  • Mental health services
  • Law enforcement
  • Teaching
  • Art or music therapy
  • Crisis work
  • Labor relations

In addition, an array of professions utilizes the skills of critical and scientific thinking about behavioral experiences that are developed as a participant in the Psychology Program. These include fields such as:

  • Business
  • Law school
  • Banking
  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy programs
  • Social work

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

Major

  • 12 semester hours of lower-division courses including:
    • MTH 201 Introduction to Statistics
    • PSY 205 Child and Adolescent Development
  • 30 semester hours of upper-division courses such as:
    • PSY 320 Social Psychology
    • PSY 430 Learning, Cognition, and Behavior
  • 12 additional upper-division elective courses in psychology

Minor

  • Six semester hours of lower-division courses
    • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
    • PSY 240 Research Methods
  • 15 semester hours of upper-division courses
    • PSY 320 Social Psychology
    • PSY 335 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSY 420 Personality Theories
  • Two additional upper-division courses in psychology

In addition to required courses, Saint Martin’s offer a variety of interesting and unique electives courses such as Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Psychology and Law and Trauma and Recovery.

For a complete breakdown of psychology courses and requirements, visit the undergraduate academic catalog.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research / internship opportunities

Students may take as many as twelve internship credits while completing their degrees. Students pursue internships consistent with their own interests in a variety of settings. These include school counseling, youth outreach, parent and family support, juvenile and adult corrections, drug and alcohol counseling, youth recreation leadership, mental health counseling, case management, social welfare casework, elder services, halfway house and shelter work, vocational rehabilitation, and personnel work.

Internship locations include:

  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Military/JBLM
  • Thurston County prosecutor's office
  • Crisis Clinics
  • Haven House

In addition to internship opportunities, Saint Martin’s psychology students are encouraged refine and present their senior capstone research projects at such venues as:

  • Western Psychological Association conferences
  • American Psychological Association (APA) conferences

Related fields of study

Counseling Psychology (Master of Arts) | Social Work (M.) | Criminal justice (M., m.) | Community services (M.) | Communications studies (M., m.) | English (M., m.) | Religious studies (M., m.)

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Religious Studies Program

What is the Religious Studies Program?

There is virtually no topic more fascinating or capable of stirring intellectual passions than the subject of religion. Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary and academic program in which students with a variety of interests can explore various religious traditions, values and practices, and their impact on humanity.

The Judeo-Christian heritage is emphasized, yet the program fosters respect for and understanding of other religious traditions. As a Catholic institution in the Benedictine tradition, we are committed to an ecumenical and interfaith spirit that promotes peace, justice and social transformation.

Why study religious studies at Saint Martin's?

Our faculty is composed of active scholars who travel the world in pursuit of deeper understanding that can be shared with our students. Faculty interests and expertise include:

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Early Judaism
  • Biblical studies
  • Semiotics
  • Transcendentalism of the mid-19th century
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Benedictine Studies

Additional benefits

During the summer, students have the opportunity to participate in week-long discussions with internationally recognized groups of scholars at the University’s Spiritual Life Institute. For more than 30 years, the institute has explored topics to cultivate religious literacy, challenge pre-conceived notions and shed light upon the spiritual journey.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate religious studies outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

As a religious studies major, you have a wide range of pathways available to pursue as you establish a career. Religion majors can successfully pursue graduate studies than can lead to careers in religious professions, such as careers in:

  • Pastoral ministry (ordained or non-ordained)
  • Graduate studies, such as university professor, medicine, ordination in a faith, or law school
  • Education
  • Non-government organizations (NGO) attached to the United Nations
  • Non-profit organizations, such as Catholic Community Services or the Peace Corps
  • Government or foreign service
  • Event planning, hospitality or the service industry
  • Non-profit or non-governmental organizations
  • Publishing
  • Marketing and management

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

Major

  • Six semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 24 semester hours of upper-division courses

Minor

  • Six semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 12 semester hours of upper-division courses

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of religious studies requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Internship opportunities

  • InterFaith Works
  • The Priory Spirituality Center
  • Local parishes
  • Catholic Community Services

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Secondary Education Program

What is the Secondary Education Program?

The Secondary Education Program offers teaching certification with a primary endorsement in secondary education (grades 4-12) from the state of Washington.

Candidates for secondary program verification are required to have an academic major in the area in which they intend to be endorsed. Saint Martin's is authorized to verify its graduates for teaching endorsements in secondary schools (grades 4-12) in the following academic majors:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Music
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies

Why study secondary education at Saint Martin's?

The education programs at Saint Martin’s interweave with one another, providing students with a wide spectrum of choice and flexibility. From the outset, education students participate in in-depth school and practicum work allowing them to interact with local teachers and principals. Faculty are professional educators with extensive, contemporary, real-world experience. Their knowledge in the field of education is coupled with skills in counseling, creating a climate of compassionate rigor. Our reputation for excellence so precedes us that 97% of our graduates find teaching jobs after graduation.

Additional benefits include:

  • National accreditation
  • Approved by the Washington State Board of Education
  • Study abroad opportunities open doors to teaching internationally
  • Two subject endorsements required to better prepare students for employability
  • A rigorous educational environment in which faculty members work closely with their students
  • Top employers includes public schools in Washington, Hawaii and California

What is required?

To insure proper sequencing of courses, students planning to enter the program must consult an advisor* from the College of Education prior to taking courses at the University.

  • 30-60 semester hours of certificate endorsement/academic major
  • 24-25 semester hours of required pre-professional courses
  • 42 semester hours of core courses

In addition to getting an endorsement in the student's major, at least one additional endorsement is required.

For a complete breakdown of writing minor requirements, visit the undergraduate academic catalog.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What can I do with this major?

The secondary education teaching certification prepares graduates for advanced study and/or teaching careers (grades 4-12) in a variety of environments:

  • Public or private schools
  • Tutoring and learning centers
  • Overseas schools for military dependents

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Related fields of study

Elementary education (M.) | Educational studies (M.) | Special education (M., m.) | Minors in education

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Social Justice Program

What is the Social Justice Program?

The Social Justice Program at Saint Martin’s University explores the complex nature of social justice and alternative venues that foster justice.

Why study social justice at Saint Martin's?

While criminal justice and legal studies are the official systems for justice in the United States the outcomes from those systems are not always just. Students experience this at a young age as justice and injustice play out in their own lives. At Saint Martin’s they are given the tools to communicate with others about justice and are inspired to seek out others like themselves who desire to think about justice in a wider way.

A complement to other academic programs at Saint Martin’s, the social justice minor fits hand-in-glove with religious studies, sociology, social work, criminal justice and legal studies, adding value to the students’ academic experience.

What can I do with this minor?

The program follows the best Liberal Arts tradition encouraging students to work toward social justice no matter what they will be doing for a living

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • Nine semester hours of required courses
    • SJ 110/SOC 110 Introduction to Social Justice
    • SOC 333 Women, Culture and Society
    • CJ 430/PLS 430 Constitutional Safeguards and Individual Liberties
  • 12 semester hours of approved elective courses such as:
    • SJ 310 Social Justice in Film
    • HIS 319 United States Working Class History

NOTE: Electives may include up to six semester hours of internship credit.

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of social justice minor courses and requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Related fields of study

Religious studies (M., m.) | Sociology and cultural anthropology (M., m.) | Social Work (M.) | Criminal justice (M., m.) | Legal studies (m.)

Visit our Social Justice website »

Social Work Program

What is the Social Work Program?

Social work is a profession dedicated to helping individuals and families cope with the difficult challenges of life. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at Saint Martin’s is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for entry level generalist practice in the field of social work. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad theoretical base for students to draw from for social work practice.

NOTE: The social work major is offered only at the University's Lacey campus.

Why study social work at Saint Martin's?

Social work at Saint Martin’s is a rigorous, exiting environment where students leave as skilled, ethical, evidence-based practitioners. Our graduates are competitive applicants for advanced status entry into graduate programs. They are also among the most respected practitioners in the social work profession.

Beginning with the students' inspired good intentions, our program and teaching methods place special emphasis on social justice and cultural competence. Rooted in universal principles such as service, compassion and discipline, the BSW program produces thoughtful, knowledgeable, caring and visionary community leaders.

Saint Martin's Bachelor of Social Work program is distinguished by:

  • A 85+ percent acceptance rate for graduate school.
  • Deeply caring faculty with extensive clinical experience.
  • Direct student access to faculty and program directors.
  • Advocacy, activism and volunteer activities through access to local government organizations.

What can I do with this major?

A Bachelor of Social Work prepares graduates for careers in such organizations as:

  • Federal government agencies
  • Public welfare agencies
  • International non-government organizations
  • Children's services agencies
  • Community centers
  • Hospice and home health organizations

For a complete list of professional applications, visit the National Association of Social Workers, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and whatcanidowiththismajor.com For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Saint Martin's graduates have gone on to...

Graduates from the Saint Martin’s Bachelor of Social Work have gone on to work for the following organizations:

  • Department of Social and Health Services
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Hospitals
  • Nonprofit organizations working with youth, individuals with disabilities, and patient advocacy

In addition, our graduates have been accepted for advanced study at such institutions as:

  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Eastern Washington University
  • George Fox University
  • New York University
  • Smith College
  • University of Denver
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Pittsburg
  • University of Southern California
  • Walla Walla University

What's required?

  • Human Behavior and Social Environment: BIO 121/L, ECN 101,PSY 101/205, SOC101/102, upper-division PSY elective, upper-division SOC elective, SW 302/316, SOC 333/396
  • Social Work Practice and Policy:SW210, SW340, SW344, SW301, SW303
  • Field Practicum: SW290/291, SW390/391, SW490/491
  • Research: MTH 201, SW240, SW498, SW499
  • A commitment to the social work profession’s Code of Ethics and standard of professional behaviors and values

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of social work courses and requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research/internship opportunities

BSW students are required to take three semesters of internship for a total of 600 hours. Internships are available throughout Thurston County at such organizations as:

  • Community Youth Services
  • Kokua
  • Safeplace
  • Department of Social and Health Services
  • Office of Crime Victims Advocacy
  • Catholic Community Services
  • JJRA
  • Franciscan Hospice Center
  • Local shelters

Related fields of study

Community services (M.) | Social justice (m.) | Women's studies (m.) | Psychology (M., m.)

Visit our Social Work website »

Sociology and Cultural Anthropology Program

What is sociology and cultural anthropology?

The Sociology and Cultural Anthropology Program provides students with unique opportunities to study contemporary American society and a wide range of cultures in the classroom, in surrounding communities, and in cooperation with campus study abroad programs around the world. The program demonstrates a strong focus on student-centered research.

Why study it at Saint Martin's?

Whether conducting archival research, taking fieldtrips to museums or local research sites, learning how to interview subjects of research, use participant observational techniques, or study the classics of global ethnography, our students receive well-rounded anthropological training that prepares them for a broad range of jobs or future graduate work.

Political science students will undertake rigorous course work as they seek to understand the significance of class, race, gender, property relations and other identities in shaping political structures and political behavior. The department will strive to promote social justice and to encourage students to be active, thoughtful members of their community.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate sociology and cultural anthropology outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

Graduates with a degree in anthropology and sociology are well-suited for a career in any number of fields, including:

  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Museum Curating
  • Social Work
  • International Development
  • Government
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Non-profit Management
  • Marketing
  • Publishing
  • Forensics

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • 12 semester hours of Lower Division Courses

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of sociology and cultural anthropology requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research / internship opportunities

Internship and directed study opportunities allow students wishing to work in museums, public agencies, or non-profit organizations gain on-the-job experience and explore the workplace environments while pursuing their degrees.

Related fields of study

Education (M.) | Social Work (M.) | Social Justice (m.) | Communication Studies (M., m.)

Visit our Sociology and Cultural Anthropology website »

Special Education Program

What is the Special Education Program?

The Special Education Program provides graduates with the education and training to work with mildly or moderately handicapped students in an inclusionary kindergarten-12 classroom, a resource room, or a self-contained special education class.

Completion of required courses for the teaching major will lead to an institutional recommendation that the student be endorsed in special education by the state of Washington.

Why study special education at Saint Martin's?

The University's special education program provides a rigorous educational environment in which faculty members work closely with their students. Small classes allow students to receive individual attention from faculty with extensive experience as University educators and in the kindergarten-12 education system.

Additional benefits include:

  • National accreditation
  • Approved by the Washington State Board of Education
  • 97% of our graduates find teaching jobs
  • Study abroad opportunities open doors to teaching internationally
  • Top employers includes public schools in Washington, Hawaii and California
  • Two subject endorsements required to better prepare students for employability
  • Educational endorsements aligned with most majors offered on campus
  • Ongoing experience in schools throughout the program

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate education website.

What can I do with this major?

A degree in special education prepares graduates to work with people with special needs in a learning environment such as:

  • K-12 school systems
  • Day care centers
  • Community organizations
  • Residential care facilities

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

To insure proper sequencing of courses, students planning to enter the program must consult an advisor from the College of Education to taking courses at the University.

Major

  • 24-25 semester hours of pre-professional courses such as:
    • MTH 101 or higher level math course
    • SPH 106 Public Address
  • 59-60 semester hours of core courses such as:
    • SED 359 Introduction Exceptionality
    • ED 360 Classroom Management
  • 128-148 semester hours of preschool-12 teaching internship

In addition to the primary endorsement in special education, students are required to complete at least one additional endorsement with 30 to 40 semester hours of credit in an area of academic field emphasis. The additional endorsement may be earned either at Saint Martin's University or elsewhere. Depending on the academic field and with careful planning, this endorsement/academic field may require only 14 or 15 semester hours.

NOTE: Completion of the special education major and endorsement program does not allow the certificate-holder to teach in a regular elementary or secondary classroom. Therefore, candidates also must complete the required elementary or secondary sequence, including at least eight weeks of internship in a regular classroom.

Minor

  • 21 semester hours of upper-division courses such as:
    • SED 461 Instructional Methods of Exceptional Learners
    • SED 467 Legal Issues and the IFSP/IEP

NOTE: The minor in SED does not include a complete endorsement in special education.

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of special education courses and requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Related fields of study

Educational studies (M.) | Elementary education (M.) | Secondary education (certification/endorsements) | Minors in education

Visit our Special Education website »

Theatre Arts Program

What is the Theatre Arts Program?

The Theatre Arts Program is based on the premise that learning and practicing the discipline of theatre makes us effective communicators, courageous performers and compassionate leaders. The program integrates theatrical training with the study of dramatic literature and theater history as a means of developing intellectual, physical and spiritual adventurousness, openness of mind and increased understanding of the range of human experience. It is designed to incorporate the best of Saint Martin’s liberal arts tradition with hands-on, professional-quality theatrical experience.

Why study theatre arts at Saint Martin's?

Saint Martin’s small size enables Theatre Arts faculty to involve students in hands-on experience with all aspects of theatre, including:

  • Acting
  • Playwriting
  • Directing
  • Stage management
  • Set design
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Design
  • Props Design

Students wishing to specialize in a particular area receive intensive training with professional mentors.

Additional Benefits

The opportunity to experience a hands-on approach to virtually all aspects of theatrical production enables students to truly understand the world of theatre and gain valuable skills they will able to re-purpose in other professional fields they may choose to pursue.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives, and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate Theatre Arts outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

Many of our graduates continue to do theatre, either professionally or as an avocation, but many find success in other fields besides the arts, including:

  • Education
  • Social Services
  • Law
  • Business

Though it is notoriously difficult to make a living in the performing arts, the skills you develop in our theatre program - communication, aesthetic judgment, emotional understanding, organization ability - will serve you well, whatever your chosen field.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

Major

  • 36 semester hours, at least 21 of which are upper division
  • All students majoring in theatre arts are expected to work on each production each semester

Minor

  • 21 semester hours

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of theatre arts courses and requirements.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research/internship opportunities

Students often intern with a number of the area’s professional companies, including Harlequin Productions, Theatre Artists Olympia and Taproot Theatre.

Related fields of study

English (M., m.) | Communication studies (M., m.) | Education | Music (M., m.) | Interdisciplinary studies (M.) | Business | Psychology (M., m.) | Social work (M.) | Community services (M.) | Sociology and cultural anthropology (M., m.)

Visit our Theatre Arts website »

Women's Studies Program

What is the Women's Studies Program?

As an interdisciplinary program, the women's studies minor is designed to complement a wide variety of majors. Grounded in feminist theory and social justice, the program uses a range of subject disciplines (history, sociology, anthropology, English, and liberal studies) to interrogate the role of women, gender, sexuality and what is considered to be knowledge production.

Why study women's studies at Saint Martin's?

Women's studies at Saint Martin's challenges gendered assumptions, focusing on traditional knowledge of:

  • Women as a category to be studied.
  • Contemporary employments of gender such as sexuality, desire and performance.

By critically examining traditional studies — using historical cultural, political and theoretical explanations — students explore how institutional and personal power is created, produced, and continually reproduced.

Our faculty brings a variety of knowledge, experience, and specialties to make the Saint Martin’s Women's Studies Program unique, including:

  • Sports history
  • Labor
  • Queer theory
  • Popular culture
  • Religion
  • Ecology

In addition:

  • With a strong commitment to social justice, the Women's Studies Program is dedicated to the evolution of women in 21st century society.
  • Students are encouraged to analyze their own sociological lenses thereby increasing self-awareness and knowledge of the world around them.

What can I do with this minor?

A minor in women’s studies prepares graduates for a variety of professional opportunities including:

  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Higher education administration
  • Government relations
  • Women's advocacy
  • Legal aid

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What's required?

  • Six semester hours of required courses
    • WS 200 Introduction to Women's Studies
    • WS 400 Feminist Theory and Practice
  • 12 semester hours of elective courses such as:
    • PLS 360 Women in Politics
    • PSY 387 Body Image and Eating Disorders

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of women's studies minor courses and requirements.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

ZINE!

The magazine of the SMU Women's Studies Program

Each year the students of WS 200: Introduction to Women's Studies create a Zine. Zines (short for magazine) are an important part of feminist communication dating back before the internet. Women would gather and create Zines to talk about sexism, patriarchy, sexual assault, and promote female artists who were largely ignored in their communities. Zines are particularly important in the Olympia community as part of the Riot Grrrl movement which began in Olympia in the early 90's. The WS 200 Zines are free and are distributed to the Saint Martin's Community and can also be found at local bookstores.

Zine 2012 Zine 4
Spring 2012 Fall 2011
Zine Boobs Zine 2011
Fall 2011 Fall 2011
Zine April 2009 Zine Spring 2009
April 2009 Spring 2009

 

Research/internship opportunities

Women's studies students are active on campus. Their efforts include the coordination and production of several campus-wide awareness-focused events including Take Back the Night and the Clothesline Project.

Related fields of study

Social justice (m.) | Legal studies (m.) | Psychology (M., m.) | Community services (M.) | Social work (M.) | Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.)

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Writing Program

What is the Writing Program?

The art of writing is a crucial skill in today’s market. Whether writing policies, technical manuals, novels or tweets, the ability to write clearly in a number of styles prepares students for the range of writing requirements that their careers will inevitably demand. The writing minor is a well-rounded program with emphasis in the following three tracks:

  • Journalism
  • Professional and academic writing
  • Creative writing

At the same time, students are given the opportunity to specialize and develop an area of expertise.

Why study writing at Saint Martin's?

As an integral part of Saint martin's vibrant Department of English, the Writing Program provides students with:

  • Access to, and interaction with, a highly engaged faculty
  • On-going opportunities for world travel
  • Participation in the yearly Les Bailey Writers Series
  • Professional experience through Saint Martin's student publication, The Belltower
  • Membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society
  • Membership in the SMU English Majors Facebook page
  • Internships with local businesses
  • Creative writing retreats at the Saint Martin's Abbey's Lambert Lodge, a beautiful, restorative, retreat center on Eld Inlet in the Puget Sound

In keeping with the Benedictine philosophy of education, the writing minor offers students an enriching and practical academic and spiritual experience that meets the needs of the whole person. Because its objective is to help develop students' creative and unique qualities while preparing them to meet their career goals, the writing minor will deepen students' understanding and proficiency with specific conventions, audiences and contexts applicable to all majors.

What can I do with this minor?

The writing minor helps students develop the key communication, critical and creative thinking and research skills necessary to prepare them for entry to academic, professional and career-oriented fields that are writing intensive. Strong writing skills are an asset in any number of professions, including:

  • Journalism
  • Science and medical industries
  • Technology
  • Publishing
  • Education
  • Law

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • Three semester hours of literature
  • Nine semester hours (3 semester hours each):creative writing, professional and academic writing, journalism
  • Six upper-division semester hours (following the above three tracks)

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of English requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research / internship opportunities

  • The Olympia
  • Capital City Press

Related fields of study

English (M., m.) | Communication studies (M., m.)

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