|The core curriculum develops undergraduates’ critical thinking, critical reading, effective writing and oral communication skills. As the foundation for further study and intellectual pursuits, the core curriculum endows UST graduates with the fundamentals necessary to be educated members of society.
The core was recently updated to include a synthesis course that ties the core curriculum to the student’s major, bringing insight to their major through faith and reason.
Ex Corde Ecclesiae
The core’s strong emphasis on integration brings the curriculum into greater conformity with Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution for Catholic Universities, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, published in 1990.
In the Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Pope John Paul II described the identity and mission of Catholic colleges and universities and provided general norms to help fulfill his vision. As we aspire to become a great Catholic university, St. Thomas looks to Ex Corde for guidelines, direction and inspiration to continue our journey of providing excellence in higher education.
Aspirations of Ex Corde include the natural desire to know the truth and dialogues between faith and reason, faith with cultures of our time and faith with modern sciences and technology. Ex Corde strives to achieve an integrated worldview including the social teachings of the Church and professional ethics.
All students must meet the core requirements. Transfer students’ requirements vary depending on the number of hours transferred to UST.
The core curriculum includes the following courses:
- Synthesis Course
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Natural Sciences and/or Languages
- Fine Arts
- Freshman Symposium
Explore the core curriculum classes in the undergraduate course catalog.
Previous Core Curriculum
Students who had entered the University in Spring 2011 had the option of changing their core curriculum track when they registered for Fall 2011 classes. Students who were already enrolled by 2011 had the choice of staying in their original core curriculum track or changing to the revised core in the fall of 2011. Academic advisors were available to answer questions regarding individual degree plans during the spring enrollment period.
Previous Core Curriculum 2010-2011
Core Curriculum FAQ
What is a core curriculum?
A core curriculum is a collection of courses that the University feels are critical in preparing students to achieve the mission of the University. These courses are required of all undergraduates to attain a bachelor’s degree at this institution.
What is the core curriculum at UST?
The core curriculum at St. Thomas is the principal means by which the University imparts its core values and carries out its combined moral, intellectual and religious mission. Our strong core curriculum, our dedicated faculty and our innovative co-curricular programs are designed to complement each other to make “educating leaders of faith and character” a reality.
Why has the University made changes to the core curriculum?
UST has made changes to the core curriculum to better integrate the core curriculum with academic majors offered at the University. A synthesis course, which will integrate undergraduate majors with philosophy and theology, was added to the core beginning in the fall of 2011. A reduction in credit hours for core courses will give students more flexibility to complete an academic program of study, including minors.
Which core curriculum applies to me?
Students enrolled at UST as of spring 2011 may choose to change to the new core curriculum or may continue to complete the core curriculum as defined in the 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog. It is strongly recommended that every student meet with an academic advisor to determine which core curriculum track is most appropriate for the student’s individual course of study.
A student entering the University in the summer of 2011 and beyond or a student returning to UST after being away for more than two years will enter in the new core curriculum as outlined in the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog.