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The Nitze Experience
The Paul H. Nitze Program offers:
- three special seminars for each student
- cultural outings to DC/Baltimore paid for by the program
- special meetings with high-profile campus visitors
- an international study tour paid for by the program
- a stipend of $3000 per year for participants
Nitze Scholars Program Requirements
1. Breadth and Depth of General Study. Successful completion of 128 semester hours (44 upper-division), the same as for all St. Mary's College students, including specific requirements for graduation in an approved major.
2. GPA. The attainment of a 3.0 GPA each semester, and by the middle of the junior year, attainment and maintenance of a 3.50 cumulative GPA, so that the student is eligible for graduation with Latin honors. Furthermore, all of the course requirements listed below must be completed with a grade of C or better.
3. Advanced Proficiencies. Demonstration of satisfactory completion of advanced proficiency in at least two of the following three proficiency areas. (Students not satisfying advanced proficiency in all three areas must satisfy the core curriculum requirement in the remaining area--unless that remaining area is writing, in which area there is no core curriculum requirement.)
a. Writing: Either ENGL 201-Advanced Composition, ENGL 270-Creative Writing (either of which also satisfy the Arts area requirement in  below), or ENGL 395-Topics in Writing
b. Mathematics: MATH 151-Calculus I (which also satisfies the Mathematics area requirement in  below); may be satisfied by Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs accepted by St. Mary's College.
c. Foreign Language: One 4-credit course in a foreign language at the 200-level or higher; this cannot be placed out of via prior coursework, unless transferred from another college. This requirement may be satisfied through intensive foreign language study taken during a study-abroad program that has been previously approved by the Scholars Program director and foreign language faculty. The latter will evaluate the student's level of competency upon return to St. Mary's College.
4. NITZ 180: Leadership Seminar I. Successful completion of the first-semester seminar on some aspect of leadership. (This satisfies the college's first-year seminar requirement.)
5. NITZ 181: Leadership Tutorial. Successful completion of a 2-credit tutorial on leadership.
6. NITZ 280: Leadership Seminar II. Successful completion of a second-year leadership seminar, culminating in a study tour abroad sponsored by the Nitze Scholars Program.
In addition to NITZ 180, successful completion of four semester-hours in each of the following six areas:
8. Natural Sciences (with a laboratory)
9. Social Sciences
11. Cultural Perspectives NITZ 280 satisfies this requirement.
12. Humanistic Foundations
13. Liberal Studies Breadth. Successful completion of a breadth of liberal studies which follows the spirit of the St. Mary's College general education requirements, as well as state regulations for public institutions, but is developed by the individual student. This will include at least 12 credits of coursework, none of which satisfies any other Scholars Program requirements and which, ordinarily, will represent no fewer than three different and distinct disciplines. Moreover, none of the 12 credits can be required for the student's major, unless the student is majoring in more than one discipline. (Courses used for requirements for a minor are not disallowed from being used for satisfying the LSB.)
14. Senior Portfolio. Completion and approval by the Scholars Committee of a portfolio reflecting on the student's educational goals and attainment at SMCM, both in the curriculum and in co-curricular activities. Though developing the portfolio is an ongoing process, it must be submitted for approval during the student's final term.
15. St. Mary's Project. Successful completion of an 8-credit St. Mary's Project.