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

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.


School of Humanities and Social Sciences — School Specific Core
Credit Hours Courses
3 Speech – SE1341, SE2333 or SE3391 (SE1321 for international students)
3 Composition and Rhetoric – EN1311 (or EN1313 for international students)*
3 Mathematics — MT1301, MT1302, MT1303, MT1305, MT1306, MT1411, or MT2412
6 Foreign Languages**
3 History – any history course
or Social Science – BA1310, BA3325, CJ1301, CJ3300, EC2301, EC2303, PO1311, PO1312, PO1314, PS1301, AN/CR/SC1311, SC3321, HU3300, HU3303
3 Science – BL1301, BL1302, BL3311, BL3312, CH1303, CH1304, CH1401, CH1402, EG2300, ES1300, ES1303, ES1304, ES1373, PY1300, PY1310, PY1401 or PY1402
3 Theology
3 Fine Arts – any Art, Drama or Music course
3 Literature – EN23XX
30 Total Credit Hours

*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 for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.


School of Science, Engineering and Technology – School Specific Core
Credit Hours Courses
3 Speech – SE1341, SE2333, or SE3391 (SE1321 for international students). Engineering majors fulfill the speech requirement through the completion of their Engineering Senior Design class.
3 Composition and Rhetoric – EN 1311 or (EN1313 for international students)*
6 Foreign Languages**
SET majors exempt from the foreign language requirement: Computer, Electrical, and Industrial Engineering
3 History – any history course
or Social Science – BA1310, BA3325, CJ2300, CJ1301, EC2301, EC2303, PO1311, PO1312, PO1314, PS1301, AN/CR/SC1311, SC3321, HU3300, HU3303.
Engineering majors fulfill their social science requirement with EG3334 Engineering Economy.
3 Theology
3 Fine Arts – any Art, Drama or Music course, or Literature (EN23XX)
Engineering majors fulfill this requirement with EG1301 Graphics Design
21 Total Credit Hours

*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 for the School of Science, Engineering and Technology.


Greehey School of Business – School Specific Core
Credit Hours Courses
6 Social Sciences- EC2301 Introductory Macroeconomic Theory and EC2303 Introductory Microeconomic Theory
6 English – EN1311 Rhetoric and Composition* and EN23XX Literature
3 Mathematics – MT1305 Finite Mathematics
3 Theology
3 Speech – MC3320 Communications for Management
21 Total Credit Hours
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 Greehey School of Business.


A Summary of Foreign Language Requirements in the School Specific Core

For students in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Science, Engineering and Technology

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

  • By successfully completing 6 credit hours in a Foreign Language not previously studied.
  • By successfully completing 6 credit hours at the sophomore level in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering are exempted from the Foreign Language requirement.)

For students in the Greehey School of Business

All majors in the Business School, except for International Business and Accounting, are required to fulfill 6 credit 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 credits in that language, thus fulfilling the Foreign Languages requirement. Scores that merit less than 12 credit hours will place the student in the appropriate course level.
  • By successfully completing 6 credit hours in a Foreign Language not previously studied.
  • By successfully completing 6 credit 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.

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