School-Specific Core

In accord with the mission of St. Mary’s University and the vision, goals and objectives of the 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 Bill Greehey School of Business (BGSB)

A Summary of Foreign Language Requirements in the SSC

Summary of Information Technology Proficiency Requirements

It is strongly recommended that all students refer to the Undergraduate Catalog and degree plans for details about any specific SSC requirements in their particular program.

The SSC for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)

Speech ([SE1321 for international students], SE1341, SE2333, or SE3391) 3
Composition and Rhetoric (EN 1311 or [EN1313 for international students]) * 3
Mathematics (MT1301, MT1302, MT1303, MT1305, MT1306, MT1411, or MT2412) 3
Foreign Languages** 6
History (any HS course)
or
Social Science (BA1310, BA3325, CJ2300, CJ3300, EC2301, EC2303, PO1311, PO1312, PO1314, PS1301, AN/CR/SC1311, SC3321, HU3300, HU3303)
3***
Science (BL1301, BL1302, BL3311, BL3312, CH 1303, CH1304, CH1401, CH1402, EG2300, ES1300, ES1303, ES 1304, ES 1373, PY1300, PY1310, PY1401 or PY1402) 3
Theology 3
Fine Arts (3 hours of Art, Drama or Music) 3
Literature (EN 23XX) 3
TOTAL HOURS: 30

*Students who earn a ‘C’ or better in EN1311 have fulfilled the minimal writing requirement. Students who do not meet the minimal writing requirement, must re-take EN1311W at St. Mary’s University until they earn a ‘C’ or better.

**Please see below for a complete description of the foreign language requirement in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).

***HSS students who take SMC 1301 Foundations of Civilization are required to take a History course in the SSC. HSS students who are permitted to take SMC 1301 H Foundations of Civilization: Historical Awareness are required to take a social science course in the SSC.

The SSC for the School of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET)

Speech ([SE1321 for international students], SE1341, SE2333, or SE3391)
Engineering majors will fulfill the speech requirement through the completion of their Engineering Senior Design classes.
3
Composition and Rhetoric (EN 1311 or [EN1313 for international students])* 3
Foreign Languages**
Majors exempt from foreign language requirement: Computer, Electrical, and Industrial Engineering.
6
Social Science (BA1310, BA3325, CJ2300, CJ3300, EC2301, EC2303, PO1311, PO1312, PO1314, PS1301, AN/CR/SC1311, SC3321, HU3300, HU3303)
Engineering majors will fulfill their social science requirement with EG3334 Engineering Economy.
3
Theology 3
Fine Arts (3 hours of Art, Drama or Music) or Literature (EN 23XX)
Engineering majors will fulfill this requirement with EG 1301 Graphics Design
3
TOTAL HOURS: 21

*Students who earn a ‘C’ or better in EN1311 have fulfilled the minimal writing requirement. Students who do not meet the minimal writing requirement, must re-take EN1311W at St. Mary’s University until they earn a ‘C’ or better.

**Please see below fora complete description of the foreign language requirement in the School of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).

The SSC for the Bill Greehey School of Business (BGSB)

Social Sciences
EC 2301 Introductory Macroeconomic TheoryEC 2303 Introductory Microeconomic Theory
6
English
EN 1311 Rhetoric and Composition*
EN 23XX Literature
6
Mathematics
MT 1305 Finite Mathematics
3
Theology 3
Speech
MC 3320 Communications for Management
3
TOTAL HOURS: 21
Foreign Language**

*Students who earn a ‘C’ or better in EN1311 have fulfilled the minimal writing requirement. Students who do not meet the minimal writing requirement, must re-take EN1311W at St. Mary’s University until they earn a ‘C’ or better.

**Please see below for the foreign language requirement in the Bill Greehey School of Business.

A Summary of Foreign Language Requirements in the SSC

For students in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) and the School of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET)*

The Foreign Language requirement may be fulfilled by completing coursework in one of the following three ways:

1. By successfully completing 6 (six) hours in a Foreign Language not previously studied.
2. By successfully completing 6 (six) hours at the sophomore level in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year.
3. By successfully completing a Foreign Language course in the 3000, 4000, or 5000 level and earning a grade of at least B minus.

The Foreign Language requirement may also be fulfilled in one of the following three ways:

1. International Students may substitute the Foreign Language requirement for 6 (six) hours of American Government, American History, American Literature, or Historical Critical Inquiry into American Culture.
2. CLEP (College-Level Examination Program): A student can choose to take the CLEP exam in lieu of the Foreign Language requirement. Credit will be obtained when the student receives the score required for sophomore level at that language. A CLEP exam covering the student’s native language is acceptable.
3. AP (Advanced Placement exams): A student can take AP exams in any of the languages taught in the department (including the student’s native language). Depending on the score obtained on the AP, the student can obtain up to 12 (twelve) credits in that language, thus fulfilling the Foreign Languages requirement. Scores that merit less than 12 (twelve) credits will place the student in the appropriate course level.

*(Students majoring in Computer, Electrical, and Industrial Engineering are exempted from the Foreign Language requirement.)

For students in the Bill Greehey School of Business (BGSB)

All majors in the Business School, except for International Business and Accounting, are required to fulfill six hours of language. This can be met by:

  • CLEP (College-Level Examination Program): Credit will be obtained when the student receives the score required for sophomore level at that language. A CLEP exam covering the student’s native language is acceptable.
  • AP (Advanced Placement exams): A student can take AP exams in any of the languages taught in the department (including the student’s native language). Depending on the score obtained on the AP, the student can obtain up to 12 (twelve) credits in that language, thus fulfilling the Foreign Languages requirement. Scores that merit less than 12 (twelve) credits will place the student in the appropriate course level.
  • By successfully completing 6 (six) hours in a Foreign Language not previously studied.
  • By successfully completing 6 (six) hours at the sophomore level in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year.
  • Three hours of a foreign language course not previously studied, and an
    additional significant foreign language experience which would be met by either:

    1. a summer language course in connection with an approved study abroad program; or
    2. any required business school course with a language component. A language component means some hands on experiential exposure to the importance of language in dealing across cultures such as simulations, role-playing exercises, or some similar interactive process. Production of a research paper for a grade which examines the role of language in business would also be acceptable.

Summary of Information Technology Proficiency Requirements

All students, with the exception of Fall 2010 first-time freshmen, must take the iCritical Thinking Test and obtain a passing score of 250. New Fall 2010 first-time freshmen will fulfill the Information Technology Proficiency Requirement as determined by each academic major department.

The School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)

Major Method used to fulfill ITP requirement
BASSH iCritical Thinking Test
Criminal Justice CJ 3330 and CJ 3331
Criminology CJ 3330 and CJ 3331
Economics Statistics and EC4335 Courses
English iCritical Thinking Test
English/Communication Arts iCritical Thinking Test
Exercise/Sport Science iCritical Thinking Test
Forensic Science CJ 3330 and Sc 3381
History [HS5396, HS5397, and HS5398] or iCritical Thinking Test
Interdisciplinary majors (Education) iCritical Thinking Test
International Relations one of the following: iCritical Thinking Test, CS intro. level course, PO2310, PO2311
Multinational Organizational Studies iCritical Thinking Test
Music iCritical Thinking Test
Philosophy iCritical Thinking Test
Political Science PO2310 and PO2311
Psychology PS3383W
Sociology iCritical Thinking Test
Spanish iCritical Thinking Test
Speech Communication iCritical Thinking Test
Theology iCritical Thinking Test

The School of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET)

To be announced.

The Bill Greehey School of Business (BGSB)

Business majors will fulfill the Information Technology Proficiency Requirement through the completion of courses found in the Common Body of Business Knowledge.