St. Mary's College of Maryland, The Public Honors College
About St. Mary's

Academics: Core Curriculum

Many Paths to a Degree. One Core Approach.


St. Mary's expects every student to achieve a broad grounding in the liberal arts, gaining skills in critical thinking, written expression, oral expression, and information literacy.

The College designed a Core Curriculum to help students realize their goals.

Teaching in the Boyden Gallery

The Boyden Gallery  is a 1,600 sq. ft. exhibition and teaching space located on the 2nd floor of Montgomery Hall on the St. Mary’s campus. The College’s fine arts collection includes works by Alexander Calder, Buckminster Fuller, William Merritt Chase, Andy Warhol, Thomas Benton, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, John James Audubon, and Marc Chagall.

Liberal Arts Seminars are an integral part of the Core Curriculum at St. Mary’s. Students are required to take one of these courses in their first semester. The seminars are small, discussion-based classes taught by professors from every discipline at the College.

International Language Study beyond entry-level competency is also a feature of the Core Curriculum at St. Mary’s.

Liberal Arts Approaches to Understanding the World are learned by students at St. Mary’s through taking at least one course in each of six different areas of intellectual inquiry: Arts, Cultural Perspectives, Humanistic Foundations, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Experiencing the Liberal Arts in the World through study abroad, through an off-campus internship or research project, or through a service or experiential course is the final component of the Core curriculum at St. Mary’s.

Learn more about the Core Curriculum.