The Core Curriculum provides the foundation of St.Mary’s College’s commitment to a broad liberal arts education.
The fundamental liberal arts skills–critical thinking, information literacy, written expression and oral expression–are the cornerstones of a liberal arts approach to education and are essential to our integrative curriculum.
In the core courses, you’ll ask questions, identify issues, and solve complex problems, both within and across disciplinary boundaries. In so doing, students develop an openness to diversity of all of its forms, learn about the global community and environmental stewardship, and demonstrate social responsibility and civic mindedness.
The following four areas make up the Core Curriculum:
Liberal Arts Seminars Integral to the Core Curriculum, you will take one discussion-based seminar designed to introduce and exercise the four fundamental liberal arts skills (critical thinking, information literacy, written expression and oral expression). Taught by professors from every discipline at the College, past topics have included:
- Murakami’s Existential Fantasies
- Black Lives Matter
- True Grit: The Art of Resilience
Learning language and promoting cultural understanding is a feature of the Core Curriculum. One semester (beyond language placement test results) of language is required and can be fulfilled with Chinese, French, German, or Spanish ILC courses.
An interdisciplinary approach to learning, students choose one course in each of the six different areas of intellectual inquiry:
- Cultural Perspectives
- Humanistic Foundations
- Natural Sciences
- Social Sciences
The culminating component of the Core Curriculum, students put their experience to work through study abroad, an off-campus or research project, or a service or experiential course.
To learn more, review our Academic Catalog.