The program of study at the undergraduate College leads to the bachelor of arts degree. Courses may contribute to completing a major, they may fulfill general education requirements, or they may be electives. This curriculum empowers students to become life-long learners, competent in an area of disciplinary or professional study, enabled with cross-disciplinary skills and understanding, and predisposed to use their knowledge and skills for service and leadership.
To earn the bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree, a candidate must fulfill the following requirements:
- Earn at least 122 semester credits.
- Achieve at least a 2.000 GPA in all courses taken in the major at Saint Mary’s University and in all courses taken at Saint Mary’s University. Courses taken means all courses attempted, including those in which the student received grades of F.
- Achieve at least a 2.000 GPA in all courses taken for a minor.
- Complete at least 45 semester credits in courses numbered 300 and above.
- Earn at least 60 semester credits in academic residence at Saint Mary’s.
- Spend the final year in academic residence at Saint Mary’s University unless enrolled in an approved off-campus program. a maximum of 9 semester credits can be transferred to Saint Mary’s Univeristy, after the student’s final year, to complete degree requirements.
- Apply no more than 4 semester credits of music ensembles toward the minimum graduation requirement of 122 semester credits.
- Apply no more than 4 semester credits of 100 and 200-level music lessons toward the minimum graduation requirement of 122 semester credits.
- Apply no more than 4 semester credits of TA175 R-P Lab I, TA185 C-P Lab I, DA175 R-P Lab I, TA375 R-P Lab II, TA385 R-P Lab II, DA375 R-P Lab II, TA385 R-P Lab II, DA375 R-P Lab II toward the minimum graduation requirement of 122 semester credits unless required for your major.
- Complete two physical education or dance classes;
- Satisfy the mathematics initial requirement.
- Complete at least three courses designated Writing-Rich.
- Complete the general education program (either the Legacy General Education Program or the Integrated General Education Program) in effect at the time of matriculation.
- Complete at least one major program.
Students who matriculated before Fall Term 2018 are enrolled in the Legacy General Education Program. Students matriculating Fall 2018 and later are enrolled in the new Integrated General Education Program.
Integrated General Education Program (IGEP)
The IGEP is constructed around five Enduring Understandings: 1. Intellectual Flexibility and Imagination; 2. Identity Development; 3. Community Engagement; 4. Social Responsibility; 5. Search for Meaning. It provides for students a meaningful, relevant educational complement to the major programs that is
- Grounded in the university’s Lasallian Catholic identity and mission
- Developmental in engaging students
- Integrated with co-curricular programming and skills development
- Rooted in disciplinary expertise and interdisciplinary collaboration
- Outcomes-based and assessable
The IGEP consists of three main components: the First Year Experience; the distribution requirements, which include completion of an Interdisciplinary IGEP Minor, Cultural Engagement requirements, Wellness requirements, and Oral Communication requirements; and the Capstone course. Lasallian Honors students follow a distinct sequence of interdisciplinary courses within this program. Students have a number of choices and the opportunity to chart their own path through the program; learning is tracked through a portfolio system.
Integrated General Education Program requirements
Grounded in the liberal arts, the Catholic intellectual tradition, and the Lasallian heritage, the General Education Program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota equips students with knowledge, skills and dispositions that complement their majors. Saint Mary’s University’s general education program prepares students to pursue with passion intersections and connections among disciplines; develop as informed citizens; act from a sense of social responsibility; and engage with a world of complexity, diversity and change.
Lasallian Core Traditions Program
The Lasallian Core Traditions Program is the required core taken by the majority of the students in the undergraduate College. The program provides an educational experience for students which is common, integrated and interdisciplinary. Students acquire and refine the knowledge, skills and Lasallian Catholic values needed to describe, evaluate and respond appropriately to different perspectives on real world issues, problems and themes.
Students must complete the 12-credit-hour Lasallian Core Traditions Program to graduate from Saint Mary’s University. First-year students take LCT140 ; sophomores take LCT225 ; juniors take LCT375 ; and seniors take LCT475 . See the Lasallian Core Traditions Program course descriptions in the department/program listings.
Lasallian Honors Program
The Lasallian Honors Program is the general education core program for honors students. It is designed to provide an intellectually stimulating experience for bright and motivated students who wish to engage in “shared inquiry” in small, interdisciplinary classes. The hallmarks of the honors program are in-depth discussions of the Great Books and other notable texts of the Western and Eastern cultural traditions; service learning, with some of our 10 community partners; experiential learning in the fine arts; and participation in a community of learners who desire to grow intellectually, spiritually and creatively. Students are required to maintain a minimum 3.200 cumulative GPA in order to remain in good standing in the Lasallian Honors Program. First-year students take LH105 and LH155 ; sophomores take LH205 and LH255 ; juniors take LH305 and LH355 ; and seniors take LH405 and LH455 . See the Lasallian Honors Program course descriptions in the department/program listings.
The content area component of the general education program includes a broad exposure to the liberal arts in academic disciplines. Courses are carefully coded into content areas. Students taking the Lasallian Core Traditions Program must complete course work in all coded areas. Students in the Lasallian Honors Program must complete one faith traditions course, one natural scientific systems course with a lab, and one quantitative systems course.
Lasallian Honors Program requirements