Pursuant to Saint Xavier University's vision statement, the principle goal of the Department of Mathematics is to foster the development of thought leadership in Saint Xavier's students and the Department's candidates for a mathematics major or minor through the teaching, scholarship and service of its faculty members. To that end, the teacher-student relationship should be one of mutual respect in which the worth of the individual is recognized. Similarly, all interactions in the pursuit of that mission should be permeated by integrity, justice and fairness.
In accordance with the above mission and Saint Xavier's Catholic heritage, the faculty members of the Department of Mathematics uphold these basic principles: love of God, love of neighbor and love of self. However, the Department recognizes that these principles are not unique to any one religious tradition but are shared by persons of many faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and by many persons who espouse no faith beliefs.
As both an art and a science, mathematics occupies a special place in the Saint Xavier University curriculum. It serves as an investigative tool for the natural sciences, the social sciences, business, nursing, education and psychology. It also plays an important role in the development of critical human thought and forms a bridge whereby students may enter the realms of abstract and precise scientific thinking as well as philosophic thinking. In recognition of the importance of mathematics for all undergraduate majors, the Department offers a number of courses that satisfy the University's general education requirements in mathematics. In particular, the liberal arts mathematics course and all other general education mathematics courses offer students majoring or minoring in non-quantitative areas exposure to quantitative methods of communicating and thinking and facilitate the development of a quantitatively literate citizenry capable of making informed, carefully reasoned decisions.
Students majoring in mathematics are prepared for entry into graduate schools, business, and positions in the workforce requiring a bachelor's degree in mathematics. Students majoring in mathematics also fulfill the requirements for teaching mathematics at the secondary level when they complete appropriate coursework in the School of Education.
Curricula for each of the major programs have been designed in light of recommendations made by national organizations including the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), and the Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SIAM).