St. Mary's Core
The Core Curriculum at St. Mary’s University has a privileged role in the education of its students in accord with its mission as a liberal arts institution. More than a set of disparate general education requirements, and in distinction (but not separation) from professional, major, and co-curricular education, the Core Curriculum has the specific purpose of explicitly engaging students with the perennial question at the heart of the liberal arts: Who are we as human beings? This perennial question has many dimensions; the Core Curriculum at St. Mary’s focuses on these five:
- The question of self-identity
- The question of the self in relationship to others
- The question of the self in relationship to wider social structures
- The question of the self in relation to the natural world
- The question of the self in relationship to God
Answering these questions requires that students first enter a conversation between their own lived experience and the broad heritage of human learning and practice, both past and present. The Core Curriculum also asks students to take their answers from this conversation and embody them in their own lives of service to others and the common good. Finally, the Core Curriculum aims to enable students to take the necessary risk of asking and answering these questions again as their lives and circumstances change.
The Core Curriculum at St. Mary’s has two parts: the St. Mary’s Core, a set of foundational courses taken by all students, and the School Specific Core, a set of additional courses which addresses key Core areas and skills and which differs according to the specific undergraduate school.
|St. Mary's University Core|
|SMC 1301||Foundations of Civilization||3|
|SMC 1311||Foundations of Reflection:Self||3|
|SMC 1312||Foundations of Reflection: Nature||3|
|SMC 1313||Foundations of Reflection: Others||3|
|SMC 1314||Foundations of Reflection: God||3|
|SMC 2301||Foundations of Practice: Ethics||3|
|SMC 2302||Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action||3|
|SMC 2303||Foundations of Practice:Fine Arts and Creative Process||3|
|SMC 2304||Foundations of Practice: Literature||3|
|SMC 4301||Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community & Civilization||3|
For a recommended sequence for taking all Core courses, please see the Undergraduate Catalog for your specific major.
William Buhrman, Ph. D.
Director, St. Mary’s Core Curriculum
Reinbolt Hall, Room 207