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Core Curriculum
Contact Information

Please contact us at corecurriculum@smcm.edu

Elizabeth Nutt Williams, Ph.D.
Dean of the Core Curriculum and First Year Experience
St. Mary's College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Rd.
St. Mary's City, MD 20686

Phone: (240) 895-4467
Email: enwilliams@smcm.edu


Ruth Feingold, Ph.D
Assistant Dean of the Core Curriculum and Advising Program
(contact for Experiencing the Liberal Arts in the World)

Phone: (240) 895-4388
Email: rpfeingold@smcm.edu


Administrative Assistant:
Diane Wimberly
Phone: (240) 895-2185

Fax: (240) 895-2234

CORE CURRICULUM AT A GLANCE

I. Introduction to the Liberal Arts Liberal Arts Seminars

CORE101. The First Year Seminar
The First Year Seminar serves as the gateway course to the honors college. All students entering the College with 24 or fewer units of college credit (e.g., through transferred coursework, AP exam credit) will take CORE101. The Seminars will encourage students to engage deeply with an intellectual topic through exercising the four fundamental liberal arts skills (critical thinking, information literacy, written expression, and oral expression). Multiple sections of this course will focus on a wide variety of topics. See the list of Seminars for Fall 2013, which includes information about online registration (opening Noon June 1, 2013).

CORE301. Inquiry in the Liberal Arts
This course, designed just for students transferring in with more than 24 credits, will focus on the four fundamental liberal arts skills (critical thinking, information literacy, written expression, and oral expression) and emphasize their importance for a broad grounding in the liberal arts. Transfer students (with more than 24 credits) will not take CORE101 but will take CORE301 instead.

II. International Language (one course beyond entering proficiency) (see the core curriculum overview for more detail).

III. Liberal Arts Approaches to Understanding the World: Students will take one course in each of the six following areas (see the core curriculum overview for the list of specific courses).

  • Arts
  • Cultural Perspectives
  • Humanistic Foundations
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences with Laboratory
  • Social Sciences

IV. Experiencing the Liberal Arts in the World: Students may study abroad, do an internship, take a service-learning course, or complete an independent study with a community focus (see the core curriculum overview for more detail).

Click here for the Core Curriculum Checklist!