Honors Program Mission and Benefits

THE FOUNDING CLASS OF 2011 developed a living document to reflect the Honors Program's aims and values.

Mission Statement

We believe that learning is a lifelong odyssey.  We seek greater knowledge of the world and the people around us, a deeper understanding of our own beliefs and an informed respect for the beliefs of others.  We seek an opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of others, to foster a humble love for our fellows, to embrace the unique qualities of each member of our community, and nurture a greater appreciation for diversity.  It is, therefore, our responsibility to assume goodness, dignity and the highest potential of all persons.  These aspirations require collaborative and individual growth and honest efforts to extend to the conversation outside the classroom. 

We believe in academic integrity, that the struggle to learn prepares us to use our new knowledge wisely and generously.  We believe that curiosity is a key to growth, and must be consciously nurtured if it is to lead to an enduring personal commitment to discovery.  We believe that any great accomplishment must come at the cost of great effort, and we recognize that achievements are more meaningful when shared with a community built upon faith and zeal.




What are the benefits of being in the Honors Program?

  • Benefit from an individualized honors curriculum developed by Saint Mary’s College’s most dynamic professors
  • Attend and present research at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference and the annual Spring Research Symposium
  • Study and work for social justice in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond and graduate from the Honors Program with a Social Justice Distinction
  • Honors course credit designated on student transcript and recognition at commencement 
  • Participation in internship, graduate school, and career development workshops
  • Engagement in a close-knit community of like-minded students and development of friendships through social, academic, and service-based activates
  • Priority class registration 
  • Participate in activities, including trips to San Francisco and the greater Bay Area for the theatre, Oakland A’s games, the Monterey Aquarium, museums and more!