The Integral Program — part of the Saint Mary's College experience for over 50 years — uses questioning, conversation, and a classic liberal arts approach to engage students in a unique and profound educational experience. Our students discover the interconnected nature of a broad spectrum of fields, learning to think mathematically, scientifically, poetically and philosophically. You'll not only study ways of thinking, you'll explore the nature of thought itself. Each Integral class learns to converse on multiple levels, ask precise and incisive questions, and give intuitive, informed responses.
David Arndt, a Tutor in the Integral Program, recently published a book on two basic questions of political theory: What is politics? And what view of politics is most conducive to a strong and just republic? Arendt on the Political (Cambridge 2019) thinks through these questions in dialogue with the political theorist Hannah Arendt. “Arendt was able to work out an original concept of the political precisely because she had a deep understanding of the traditions of Western political thought,” Arndt says. “She approached those traditions much as our students do--both to understand the limits they impose on our thinking, and to retrieve the authentic insights they still offer us today.”