General Education Requirements

Flowing from its mission, St. Thomas University’s General Education Requirements allow students to select from a broad range of courses that facilitate “lifelong and value-oriented education.” 
  • The Humanities develop college level skills of written communications, an appreciation for the issues raised by literature’s masterpieces, and an awareness of the values associated with the fine arts or foreign language studies.
  • The Natural World and Quantitative Reasoning develop critical thinking skills through employment of the scientific method and technology in exploring the material world. The Culture and Society Requirement examines the great achievements of the past and present as well as the social, psychological, political and/or economic dimensions of human behavior in order to strengthen powers of judgment and effectiveness in analysis. 
  • Philosophy emphasizes the “foundational wisdom of human reason.” 
  • Religious Studies explores the general phenomenon of religion and religious experience. It is also theological in that it promotes “the search for meaning” (Ex Corde Ecclesiae) within its own courses as well as by placing the Gospel in conversation with other university disciplines and with society at large. 
  • The Catholic Identity Requirements promote understanding of and appreciation for the Catholic intellectual and artistic heritage. The Diversity Requirement promotes an appreciation of different cultures, rituals, and values.

General Education Requirements