1. What is a core curriculum?
A core curriculum is a collection of courses which 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 the institution.
2. 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.
3. 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, has been 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.
4. 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.