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«2012-2013 Catalog ACCREDITATION The University of Saint Mary is accredited by: Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges ...»

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University of Saint Mary




The University of Saint Mary is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission of

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400

Chicago, IL 60602-2504

Phone: 800.621.7400

Fax: 312.263.6462

Email: info@ncacihe.org

Web site: www.ncacihe.org

Institutional, academic, and student life policies and procedures are covered in the University of Saint Mary Catalog, the Student Handbook, and the Faculty Handbook.

Persons wishing to express concerns regarding the University of Saint Mary should


Vice President for Academic Affairs University of Saint Mary 4100 South 4th Street Leavenworth, KS 66048 Phone: 913.758.6115 Fax: 913.758.6297 See page 6 for additional accreditations.


LEAVENWORTH CAMPUS Admissions Information Phone: 800.752.7043 4100 South Fourth Street Phone: 913.758.6118 Leavenworth, KS 66048 Email: admissions@stmary.edu Phone: 913.682.5151 Fax: 913.758.6140 Web site: www.stmary.edu


11413 Pflumm Road Overland Park, KS 66215 Phone: 913.345.8288 Fax: 913.345.2802 Web site: www.stmary.edu "The university reserves the right of academic prerogative to modify curriculum requirements or policies or any other material in this catalog should it be in the best interest of the University of Saint Mary or the student to do so."



Mission and Purpose

General Information




Financing an Education

University Expenses

Student Life and Activities

Privacy and Disclosure of Student Records

Academic Services and Special Programs

Academic Policies

Academic Life

Academic Programs

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements

Applied Psychology



Biomedical Sciences

Business, Accounting and Sport Management

Business Administration (OPC)

Chemistry and Physics

Child Development Education

Communications Concentration




Global Studies

Health Information Management

Healthcare Informatics


Information Technology

Interdisciplinary Studies

Language and Culture

Liberal Studies


Medical Laboratory Science


Nursing – Traditional Track

Nursing – Accelerated Track

Nursing Degree Completion Program (Online)


Political Science


Sport Coaching and Activities


Theology and Pastoral Ministry

Pre-Health Professional & Pre-Veterinary Medicine Curricula

Pre-Law Curriculum

Graduate Program Admissions

Graduate Program Academic Policies

Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts in Psychology

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Master of Business Administration

Online Programs

Doctor of Physical Therapy



Adjunct Faculty

Professors Emeritae and Emeriti

Administrative Offices and Staff

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The University of Saint Mary is informed by a liberal arts tradition.

This statement reflects the longest and most distinguished tradition of American higher education. It represents a philosophy that life-long education is general and broad, rather than narrow and specialized. It is ultimately directed toward the good, the true, the beautiful; it is concerned with thought, understanding, judgment, and creativity. It frees us from ignorance, prejudice, and narrowness, and widens intellectual and spiritual horizons.

It opens people to be, to act, to think, to work, to enjoy, and to create as more humane beings.

The University of Saint Mary holds also that a critical intelligence, depth and breadth of learning, and liberating aspects of the humanities and sciences are more important than ever in the diverse, interdependent, global society of the 21st century. Thus, the Saint Mary concept of applied liberal arts embraces the rich history and meaning of the liberal arts while intentionally connecting learning to the real world in concrete and practical ways. In this way, the liberal arts combine with active, experiential learning and career preparation so that students may use talents, knowledge, competencies, and energies to make a positive contribution in the world.

The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic university. The university is committed to the spiritual and moral values of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and in particular to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the spirit of the universal meaning of "catholic," Saint Mary welcomes students of all religious convictions and serves Roman Catholics as well as those of other creeds. Saint Mary holds that knowledge should not be separate from behavior, beliefs, and values; and that an education, which includes religious knowledge, has a profound influence on the development of the person.

The University of Saint Mary is a community. It is an academic community of students, faculty, and staff. As a community, the university strives both to teach and to be a model of what it teaches—of the humane, intellectual, and cultural values of a liberal education and of continuous learning and professional competence. As a community, it proposes to reflect certain other ideals: religious conviction lived out in behavior;

Christian social consciousness that calls for knowledge, responsibility, and world vision;

and work that strives to better individual human lives as well as larger human systems.

As a community the University of Saint Mary seeks those human qualities that nurture growth—qualities such as friendliness, simplicity, and respect for the individual person.

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The University of Saint Mary is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.

The University of Saint Mary has received specialized accreditation for its business and business-related programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Olathe, Kansas. The following degree programs are accredited by

the IACBE:

 Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Accounting, Business Administration  Master of Business Administration degree The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Saint Mary is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-887-6791. CCNE is a nationally recognized professional accrediting body for collegiate nursing programs.

The baccalaureate programs are also approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing, Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 1051, Topeka, Kansas 66612-1230; 785-296-4929.

Effective May 2, 2012, the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Saint Mary has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245;

email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.


The University of Saint Mary holds membership in the American Council on Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Kansas Independent College Association, the Association of College Admissions Counselors, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Kansas Independent College Fund, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, the Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Offices, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Offices, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.



The University of Saint Mary does not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin or ancestry, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or citizenship status as required by law. The University of Saint Mary's nondiscrimination policy applies to admission policies, academic and non-academic programs, financial assistance programs, and other programs administered by the university.


Sixteen Sisters of Charity came by boat up the Missouri River in 1858 from Nashville, Tenn. They came to serve the needs of the frontier people of Kansas through education, nursing, and caring for orphans. The sisters landed at Leavenworth, the oldest town in Kansas, and within days were teaching the boys and girls of the area.

A year later, the sisters planted the seed of our university, opening the first boarding school for girls in downtown Leavenworth. Young women from Kansas, Missouri, and the surrounding territories that make up modern-day Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Utah, flocked to it, and the little boarding school quickly filled to its capacity.

By 1870, that school—named St. Mary's Academy—moved to its permanent home on a hilltop crowning a few hundred rolling acres south of Leavenworth. The academy flourished, and in 1923, the sisters established Saint Mary College, a junior college. The growth continued, and in 1930, Saint Mary College was a full, four-year school and conferred its first bachelor’s degrees in 1932. The academy remained open until 1950.

While the college admitted men to many of its programs during most of its history, it did not become residentially co-educational until 1988. Saint Mary College also offered a master's program in education between 1950 and 1970. It renewed that program in 1993.

Today, that one-time boarding school is now a highly-respected university with classes taught at three Kansas City-area locations as well as online. Saint Mary changed its name to the University of Saint Mary on July 1, 2003. The university currently offers 28 undergraduate programs, three online programs, five graduate degrees in business, education, and psychology, and a doctorate in physical therapy.

8 CAMPUS The University of Saint Mary campus has grown since its 19th-century beginnings. It began in 1870 with Saint Mary Hall, a four-story brick structure with high ceilings and long windows. When renovation of Saint Mary was completed in 1983, the architecture of the historical building was left untouched: the stained glass, tin ceilings, and wood paneling remain. The hall now holds admissions, student life, campus ministry, campus counseling, development, administrative and faculty offices and sisters' residences, and the Social Room, a favorite gathering area. It also houses the English, philosophy, pastoral ministry, and theology programs, as well as the Lawrence D. Starr Global Studies Institute.

Mead Hall was built west of Saint Mary Hall in 1893-1894. Named for the second president of Saint Mary College, Mother Mary Olive Mead, Mead Hall houses student services (registrar, business office, financial aid), administrative offices; the Walnut Room, a favorite assembly place; the Lady Chapel; the faculty/staff lounge; marketing office, Spirit Shop, and the music studios on the third floor in Cecilian Hall. Mead is also home to the University of Saint Mary nursing department.

The arresting Annunciation Chapel, built in 1914-1916, is a splendid example of Italian Renaissance architecture. The chapel is situated between the university buildings and the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Mother House. Inside, the sculptured reredos and rose window create a magnificent altar area, and stained glass windows richly accent the chapel walls. The peaceful beauty of the chapel enhances it as a house of prayer and devotion.

Xavier Hall, also built in 1914-1915, is on the east side of Saint Mary Hall. Renovation of Xavier was also completed in 1983. A large auditorium used for theatre productions and concerts is located in Xavier. Music practice rooms; the theatre, history, political science, and global studies programs; and classrooms are located on the upper floors of Xavier Hall. The art program, studios, and a gallery occupy the ground floor.

In 1930, a building named for Mother Mary Berchmans Carman, first president of Saint Mary, was erected. Berchmans Hall faces the front circle and houses the department of physical therapy, classrooms, physical therapy labs, swimming pool, and the offices of the department of behavioral sciences. The public safety office is also located on the ground floor of Berchmans.

Miege, Maria, and Saint Joseph Halls were built in the ‘60s. Miege was dedicated in

1962. The ground floor of Miege houses the information technology, health information management, and healthcare informatics programs, as well as information services—the department that manages the student laptop program. The first floor houses the math and business programs, the Academic Resource Center, and the commuter lounge. On the second floor, the chemistry program dominates with organic, inorganic, and quantitative analysis laboratories, photo studio and darkroom, and space for physics experiments. Miege’s third floor is home to the biology program. Also found in Miege are a small observatory known as the Sky Lab, a ham radio lab, and a greenhouse.

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