School Specific Core

In accord with the mission of St. Mary’s University and the vision, goals and objectives of the St. Mary’s Core Curriculum, the School Specific Core (SSC) offers courses that address key areas of knowledge and skill not covered by the St. Mary’s Core (SMC), or that enhance the understanding of important disciplines introduced there. In order to allow for greater flexibility in course design and for the needs of particular majors and programs, the distribution of requirements in the SSC will vary according to undergraduate school. Below are listed the following:

  • The SSC for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)
  • The SSC for the School of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET)
  • The SSC for the Greehey School of Business (GSB
  • A Summary of Foreign Language Requirements in the SSC
  • Summary of Information Technology Proficiency Requirements
Greehey School of Business - School Specific Core
Social Science6
Introductory Macroeconomic Theory
Introductory Microeconomic Theory
English6
Rhetoric and Composition
Rhetoric and Composition
Literature (Select one of the following)
Survey of International Literature
Survey of British Literature
American Literature
Mathematics3
Finite Mathematics
Theology3
Any Advanced (3000/4000 level) Theology
Speech3
Business Communications
Foreign Language6
All majors in the Greehey School of Business, except International Business, Accounting and Accounting and Data Analytics.
6 hours of Second Year level (2311, 2312) in a language in which the student has prior knowledge or training
6 hours of Introductory level (1311, 1312) in which he/she has no prior training or knowledge
12 hours of CLEP/AP credit in a Language
3 hours of a foreign language not previously studied and 3 hours of an additional foreign language experience (summer language course in connection with an approved study abroad program or any required business school course with a language component)
Total Semester Hours27
School of Humanities and Social Science - School Specific Core
History/Social Science3
Fundamentals of Business Enterprise
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Adjudication of Social Issues
Introductory Macroeconomic Theory
Introductory Microeconomic Theory
Organizational Behavior
American National Government
Texas State & Local Government
Introduction to Global Affairs
Introductory Sociology
Social Issues
Science3
General Biology for Non-Majors
General Biology for Non-Majors
Food & Nutrition I
Food & Nutrition II
Preparatory Chemistry
Chem Concepts & Applications
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
General Geology
Geology of Earth Resources
Geology of Energy Resources
Intro. Environmental Science
Physics Concepts & Application
Modern Astronomy
General Physics I
General Physics II
English6
Rhetoric and Composition
Rhetoric and Composition
Literature (Select one of the following)
Survey of International Literature
Survey of British Literature
American Literature
Mathematics3
Mathematical Logic for the Humanities
Mathematical Topics in the Social Sciences
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Business Statistics
Precalculus
Calculus I
Fine Arts3
Select one of the following:
Any Art (AR) course
Any Drama (DM) course
Any Music (MU) course
Theology3
Any Advanced (3000/4000 level) Theology
Speech3
Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Foreign Language6
6 hours of Second Year level (2311, 2312) in a language in which the student has prior knowledge or training
6 hours of Introductory level (1311, 1312) in which he/she has no prior training or knowledge
12 hours of CLEP/AP credit in a Language
Total Semester Hours30

For majors in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics:

School of Science, Engineering and Techonology- School Specific Core
History/Social Science3
Fundamentals of Business Enterprise
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introductory Macroeconomic Theory
Introductory Microeconomic Theory
Organizational Behavior
American National Government
Texas State & Local Government
Introduction to Global Affairs
General Psychology
Introductory Sociology
Social Issues
English3
Rhetoric and Composition
Rhetoric and Composition
Fine Arts or Literature3
Fine Arts
Any Art (AR)
Any Drama (DM)
Any Music (MU)
Literature (Select one of the following)
Survey of International Literature
Survey of British Literature
American Literature
Theology3
Any Advanced (3000/4000 level) Theology
Speech3
Selection one of the following:
Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Foreign Language6
6 hours of Second Year level (2311, 2312) in a language in which the student has prior knowledge or training
6 hours of Introductory level (1311, 1312) in which he/she has no prior training or knowledge
12 hours of CLEP/AP credit in a Language
Total Semester Hours21

For Engineering Majors:

School of Science, Engineering and Techonology- School Specific Core
History/Social Science3
Engineering Economy
English3
Rhetoric and Composition
Rhetoric and Composition
Fine Arts3
Engineering Graphics and Design
Theology3
Any Advanced (3000/4000 level) Theology
Speech3
Senior Design Project I
Foreign Language6
All majors in School of Science, Engineering and Techology, except Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
6 hours of Second Year level (2311, 2312) in a language in which the student has prior knowledge or training
6 hours of Introductory level (1311, 1312) in which he/she has no prior training or knowledge
12 hours of CLEP/AP credit in a Language
Total Semester Hours21