As a public college of the liberal arts, St. Mary’s College of Maryland aims to educate its students to lead productive and satisfying lives as citizens. To accomplish this goal, the program of study is designed to provide a first-rate general education, to promote competence in at least one academic field, and to help each student develop skills of analysis and expression necessary for a life of value.
Bachelor of Arts
The College awards the bachelor of arts degree upon successful completion of all requirements, including the Core Curriculum program and one or more of the designated majors. The Core Curriculum program offers the student a broad understanding of several fields of knowledge. The major provides the opportunity to pursue one field in depth. Students who complete the requirements for more than one major, as determined by the appropriate academic departments, will have that fact recorded on their permanent records.
A liberal arts education equips the student for employment in a wide variety of spheres. For example, many St. Mary’s graduates enjoy successful careers in business, the government, the arts, education and the sciences. Many students plan for graduate study in academic fields or for training in such professions as law and medicine.
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Teacher certification is available through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in the following areas:
- Early childhood with elementary certification
- Elementary grades 1-6
- Secondary certification in English, history/social studies, math, biology, chemistry, physics and theater
- K-12 certification in art, music, or modern foreign language
The MAT program is a year-long, full-time and intensive program leading to both eligibility for certification and the master’s degree. Please see the MAT section for complete information.
Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts
General College Requirements
- Completion of at least 128 credit hours (credits), including at least 44 credit hours of upper-level (300- and 400-level) courses, with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00, both on an overall basis and in those courses that meet major requirements.
- At least 30 of the last 36 credit hours of academic work toward the degree at St. Mary’s College must be completed by credits earned from St. Mary’s College courses. With the permission of the assistant vice president for academic services, this provision may be waived for students engaged in departmentally approved off-campus learning experiences.
- The Core Curriculum requirements
- The requirements for a major field of study
To be a candidate for a degree, a student must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at some time during the 12 months preceding graduation.
Participation in the Commencement Ceremony
Only students who have successfully completed all General College Requirements as noted above and have been verified as complete by the department of their major and the registrar are allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony. In some instances students may have all requirements completed for one major but may be missing requirements for an additional major at commencement. Students will be allowed to participate at commencement with the completed major noted in the commencement program and diploma. The student will be eligible to finish the additional major as long as the student has no more than eight credit hours of required course work remaining to satisfy the second major requirements, and can complete the required coursework in one calendar year. All minor requirements must be completed before graduation.
Degree Conferral Dates
Degrees are conferred at the end of August, the end of the fall semester and the end of the spring semester. However, there is only one commencement ceremony which takes place in May.