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Talk With Your Advisor About New Core Curriculum for Fall 2011
3/4/2011
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. The strong core curriculum, dedicated faculty and innovative co-curricular programs complement each other to make our goal to “educate leaders of faith and character” a reality.

UST made changes to the core curriculum to better integrate the core with academic majors offered at the University. A significant  feature of the new core is the synthesis course, which links a student’s major field of study with the core disciplines of philosophy, theology and Catholic Studies.

An important goal of the core is to assist undergraduate students in developing competence in critical thinking, critical reading, effective writing and oral communication so they develop both their knowledge base and skills as graduates of the University. The core’s strong emphasis on integration brings greater conformity with Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution for Catholic Universities, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, published in 1990.

“Pope John Paul II, at one time himself a university professor, possessed a profound understanding of Catholic university education,” said Father Joseph Pilsner, CSB, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “Our university’s decision to look to Ex Corde as a guiding document was the right one; Pope John Paul II’s vision harmonizes beautifully with the best traditions of the Basilian Fathers.”

Current students enrolled at UST may choose to change to the new core curriculum or may continue with the core curriculum as defined in the 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog. It is strongly recommended that all students meet with an academic advisor to determine which core curriculum track is most appropriate for the student’s individual course of study.

Students entering the University in the summer of 2011 and beyond or students returning to UST after more than a two-year absence will complete the new core curriculum as outlined in the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog.

Learn more about the differences between the new and previous core, and see a complete list of requirements at www.stthom.edu/corecurriculum.

Shown above: Roberto Gonzalez advises Natasha Alvarez on the new core curriculum.

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