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General Education Program

Program Overview

The General Education Program of the undergraduate College at Saint Mary’s University strives to embody the mission of the university by helping to develop students who are lifelong learners committed to service and leadership.

Students working to acquire a Bachelor of Arts degree choose a program of courses comprised of study in the major, electives, and general education requirements. In order to achieve the general education requirements, each student must complete a common course of study in one of the two Core Programs – the Lasallian Core Traditions Program or the Lasallian Honors Program – and select from a choice of courses in eight different content areas. In addition, students will have integrated into their coursework four primary skills areas – Writing, Oral Communications, Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving.

The General Education curriculum at Saint Mary’s, when combined with a student’s study in the major and with electives, provides students with competency in an area of disciplinary or professional study while empowering them to continue to learn and serve after they have completed their studies for the Bachelor of Arts degree.