While at the University of St. Thomas, you will receive a fulfilling education including Core courses sometimes referred to as General Requirements.
The Core of your education at St. Thomas will be rich in courses that help you learn to look at work and life through multiple lenses to understand challenges, problems and opportunities from every angle. These courses will build character, introduce and sharpen practical career skills and train you to talk about your strengths in a way that matters to potential employers.
Foundation for Success
Over the course of 129 credits, every St. Thomas student's education will be comprised of three components - a shared core curriculum experience, a major concentration, and enhanced curriculum through the pursuit of a minor or second major. Working hand-in-hand with faculty, you will craft an educational journey that will help you advance the common good.
Shared Curriculum Experience
Your education starts with a foundation built with your fellow Tommies, starting with the First-Year Experience. You will be able to explore an academic major concentration and develop competencies that attract employers or prepare you for graduate school. Finally, you round out your St. Thomas education by growing beyond your major, whether adding a second major to build your portfolio or pursuing a minor in something that excites your interests.
Find Your People
The First-Year Experience provides you with a foundation to help you feel welcome, build community and acquire the tools needed to succeed at St. Thomas. Make friends and start building your Tommie Network today!
Developing Talented Tommies
The variety of coursework you’ll take will help you become an effective problem-solver — the kind employers seek. From a breadth of courses, you will learn to skillfully gather information, assess its trustworthiness and draw meaningful conclusions.
Create Your Signature Work
In the capstone experience, students combine every element of their education and consciously reflect on how their work at St. Thomas connects with the university’s mission. Students elect a course in their major or a course from a department outside their major.
Find Your Passion
With over 150 majors and minors to choose from, students at St. Thomas will hone their knowledge and work closely with faculty to support their academic exploration. In partnership with your faculty advisor, you will develop a customized plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
Flexible graduation requirements mean you can add a second major or minor, or explore other subjects that really interest you and still graduate on time. Explore a breadth of possibilities beyond your intended major and give yourself a competitive edge, whether adding new skills, learning a new language, or discovering a new passion.
Students who have earned college credits through advanced placement (AP) tests, post-secondary enrollment options (PSEO) and College in the Schools (CIS) and who would like a comprehensive credit evaluation, are encouraged to contact your admissions counselor. They can explain our Core and major options while estimating how long it might take you to graduate from St. Thomas.
Notice: Current St. Thomas students must speak with their academic counselor to learn about the pre-approval process for transfer courses. Academic Counseling & Support can be reached at (651) 962-6300.
More information regarding your Core courses and placement exams will be sent prior to orientation, but for questions in the meantime, please contact your admissions counselor.