All bachelor degrees awarded by the University of St.Thomas shall meet the core curriculum requirements of the undergraduate program. The core curriculum is organized into nine curricular areas.
St. Thomas, as a Catholic university, seeks to foster in its students a deeper understanding of the totality of life and its purposes and to instill in its graduates an appreciation for the life of the mind and the joy of learning.
Undergraduate education at the University of St. Thomas is committed to three overarching objectives: liberal learning, moral and ethical development, and career preparation.
The university intends that its students value what it means to be an educated person and that they be lifelong learners who derive meaning and satisfaction from integrating the knowledge they have acquired, using it as a basis for future growth. The university also intends that students possess those elements of liberal learning that enhance their lives and help them to become useful and concerned members of society. The university further seeks to impart to students the knowledge that serves as preparation for entrance into their chosen occupations or fields of graduate study and which will assist them in responding intelligently to the personal, social and spiritual changes that will occur during their lifetimes.
To further these overarching objectives, graduates of St. Thomas should have developed:
Courses used to satisfy the requirement in a curricular area are of two types:
Overview of requirements:
Literature and Writing - 8 credits
Moral and Philosophical Reasoning - 8 credits
Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning - 12 credits
Faith and the Catholic Tradition - 12 credits
Social Analysis - 4 credits
Historical Studies - 4 credits
Fine Arts - 4 credits
Language and Culture - 12 credits
Human Diversity - 4 credits
Please refer to the official university catalog for a description of which courses fulfill each of the categories listed above.