RENAISSANCE PROGRAM

College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program
John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC) 323, (651) 962-5693
MacKenzie (ENGL), director

Renaissance Program Department Web Site

The Renaissance Program is an interdisciplinary minor which provides students the opportunity to combine the distinct learning experiences of a concentration in a liberal or non-business related field with exposure to career-related studies and significant work experience. It is designed for students majoring in the liberal arts who want preparation for their career search.

Students who minor in the Renaissance Program elect a major field of study from any of the liberal arts disciplines – that is, from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and the like. Students who major in any of the Business fields or in Health and Human Performance are not eligible for the program.

The program’s requirements consist of coursework and an internship. Students choose a set of six courses (detailed below) from a broad range of pre-professional and professional areas. In their senior year, students take IDSC 333 Renaissance Program Studies, a capstone seminar that brings together the perspectives of economics, business, and the liberal arts. Students also complete an internship in a career-related field. A variety of options and opportunities are available through the Career Center; students are encouraged to be creative and to search for inventive ways of implementing a plan of practical work experience.

As part of its commitment to Renaissance Program students, the University of St. Thomas extends to graduates of the program the opportunity to take undergraduate business courses tuition-free, on a space-available basis. There is no limit on the number of such courses the student may take. Students may take these courses either for credit or as audits, but may not use the courses toward a major or minor in business.

Application for admission is made through the Renaissance Program director’s office, currently in the Department of English. Application should normally take place during the second semester of the sophomore year, but may occur later.

Renaissance Program Professional Minor

Four credits from the following:
  • ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits)

Note: Other courses from the Department of Economics may be acceptable if the necessary prerequisites have been met, and on the approval of the director of the Renaissance Program.

Plus four credits from the following:
  • CISC 130 Introduction to Programming and Problem-Solving Sciences (4 credits)
  • CISC 200 Introduction to Computer Business and Technical Applications (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)

Note: Other courses from the Department of CISC may be acceptable if the necessary prerequisites have been met, and on the approval of the director of the Renaissance Program.

Plus a total of twelve credits in Business, chosen from among the following: 
  • ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting 1 (4 credits) 
  • ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II (2 credits) 
  • BETH 300 Ethical Principles in Business (2 credits) 
  • BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders (2 credits) 
  • BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good (2 credits) 
  • ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2 credits) 
  • MGMT 200 Working Skillfully in Organizations (2 credits) 
  • MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing (2 credits) 
  • OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management (2 credits) 

Note:  With the exception of BLAW 300, all these courses require prerequisites, generally BUSN 100.  OPMT 300 requires STAT 220, MATH 101 or above, and sophomore standing. Sophomore standing is also required for MKTG 200 and MGMT 200.   

Other courses from the Opus College of Business may be acceptable if the necessary prerequisites have been met, and on the approval of the Director of the Renaissance Program. 

Plus:
  • IDSC 330 Renaissance Program Internship (0 credit)
  • IDSC 333 Renaissance Program Studies (4 credits)

Note: Another course that integrates themes involving the relation between the liberal arts and the world of work may be acceptable provided the necessary prerequisites have been met, and on the approval of the director of the Renaissance Program.