BACCALAUREATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
To graduate from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a bachelor’s degree, a student must:
- Complete all requirements for a major as specified in this Catalog.
- 50% of the major requirements must be completed at St. Thomas Aquinas College.
- For the B.S. and B.S. in Education, complete at least 60 hours in liberal arts and sciences. For the B.A., complete at least 90 hours in liberal arts and sciences.
- Complete the final 30 hours for the degree at St. Thomas Aquinas.
- Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, with a quality point average of not less than 2.0 (C).
- Complete distribution requirements (48/50 credits) as follows:
THE GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
The General Education Requirement at St. Thomas Aquinas College provides our students with the opportunity to become well-rounded, well-informed members of the local, national and global communities. These courses provide students with the critical thinking and inquiry skills needed to solve problems and make difficult decisions, and they introduce students to a value system that will help guide future action, fostering a spiritual development consistent with the Mission of the College. In addition, these courses also offer students numerous opportunities to develop a sophisticated set of oral and written communication skills. Ultimately, all the general education courses at St. Thomas Aquinas College demonstrate our belief that a sound college education is built on an awareness of our collective past as well as a respect for the diverse traditions, perspectives and languages that constitute modern American life as well as other societies that are part of the global community.
Area 1: Speech, Language, Communication (21 Credits)
(Students should complete courses in this area within their first four semesters)
The Writing/Literature Requirement (12 credits, depending on placement)
Upon successful completion of these courses, motivated and hard-working students should be able to identify the main point an author makes in a written work, infer the author's position on thematic elements of the text, and locate and marshal evidence to document an analytical response to that text; students should, in addition, be able to demonstrate proficiency in the acts of summary, paraphrasing, and direct quotation and to produce written essays that have a clearly articulated thesis, an organized argument, and usage that conforms to the rules of standard written English.
English 099 (if needed), English 100 (if needed), English 101 (or equivalent), English 102
English 201, 203, 205, 207, 221 (any two)
The Speech Requirement (3 credits) 1
Communication Arts 101
Upon the successful completion of this course, motivated and hard-working students should be able to identify and research an appropriate topic, organize relevant information, rehearse, and clearly and articulately deliver a presentation to a live audience.
The Modern Language Requirement (6 credits) 2
(Students must successfully complete two consecutive semesters of the same language.)
Upon the successful completion of these courses, motivated and hard-working students should be able to recognize and interpret the significance of important cultural references (such as landmarks, works of art and literature, symbols, documents, historical events and figures, traditions and customs). Students should also be able to produce spoken and written language that is intelligible to native speakers of the language they have studied.
Area 2: Natural Science and Mathematics (9-11 credits)
Upon the successful completion of courses in this area, motivated and hard-working students should be able to demonstrate the use and application of computer technology as a tool in daily life, apply mathematical calculations to real life situations, recognize responsibility toward the environment and the world around them, demonstrate proficient application of the steps of the scientific method, demonstrate proficiency in summarizing and paraphrasing simple scientific topics as they relate to their own lives.
Students fulfill this requirement by successfully completing the following:
One course in Computer Science (3 credits) 3, 4
One course in Mathematics (3 credits) 3, 4
One course in Science (3-4 credits) 4
Area 3: History and Ideology (12 credits)
Upon the successful completion of these courses, motivated and hard-working students should be able to identify and accurately interpret key historical, philosophical, religious, and political traditions that together shape modern society. Students should also be able to recognize the role of cultural and sociological principles in the creation and maintenance of democratic political systems.
Students fulfill this requirement by completing:
- one American History or American Political Science course (3 credits)
- one European or Non-Western History course (3 credits)
- one course in Philosophy (3 credits)
- one course in Religious Studies (3 credits)
Area 4: Society and The Individual (3 credits)
Upon the successful completion of one of the following courses, motivated and hard-working students should be able to explain social processes, cultural problems, economic systems, and/or interpersonal dynamics at the center of modern society and human social expression.
Students fulfill this requirement by completing one course in Economics, Geography 5, Psychology, or Sociology.
Area 5: Creative Expression (3 credits)
Upon the successful completion of these courses, motivated and hard-workingstudents should be able to identify, locate historically, and accurately interpret principal forms of artistic expression. In addition, students should be able to identify the creative process that leads to the creation of a work of art.
Students fulfill this requirement by completing one course in Art, Film, Music or Theatre.
Note: Superior students who wish to follow a course of studies which differs from the general requirements may do so if they have their plan of studies approved by the relevant Division Chairperson, the Director of Academic Advisement, and the Registrar.
St. Thomas Aquinas College offers programs of study leading to the following associate degrees: Associate in Arts in Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate in Science in Business Administration. The associate degrees are offered exclusively to qualified students at the College’s off-campus location at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
St. Thomas Aquinas College offers a program of study leading to the degrees of Master of Business Administration, with concentrations in finance, management, and marketing and Master of Science in Education, with majors in special education, literacy education, special education, and teacher leadership. The Master of Science in Teaching and post-master’s certificate programs in literacy education and special education are also offered. See the College’s Graduate Bulletin for curriculum requirements and other details.
LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES DEGREE
The Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences is designed to provide students with an option to pursue an inter-disciplinary major which transmits knowledge of the inter-relatedness of the arts and sciences within the liberal arts tradition.
The curriculum for the liberal arts and sciences degree provides the same strong liberal arts foundation that is required for other degrees at St. Thomas Aquinas College. The major requires 48 credits distributed over the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics. A minimum of 30 credits must be completed in 300 and/or 400 level courses.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
General education requirements: 48/50 Credits
Six courses in humanities: 18 Credits
Six courses in the social sciences: 18 Credits
Four courses in natural sciences/mathematics: 12/16 Credits
Electives: 24 Credits
Total: 120 Credits
EXCEPTIONS to this program can be made at the discretion of the Director of Academic Advisement and the Registrar.
1 Majors in the Teacher Education Division are exempt from the Speech Requirement.
2 Students in the Engineering Program are exempt from the Modern Language Requirement.
3 These courses must be taken in the first four semesters.
4 Majors in the Teacher Education Division are exempt from the computer science requirement;
take 6 credits in mathematics and 6 credits in science.
5 Majors in the Teacher Education Division must take geography to satisfy this requirement.