A solid understanding of academic disciplines. Humanities, social sciences, religious studies, philosophy, natural sciences, mathematics and fine arts: These are the building blocks for life as a thoughtful, well-rounded citizen, and a foundation for every career.
A new intellectual passion. (Or a deeper perspective on an existing one.) Our students find that their liberal studies courses often introduce them to new subjects that then become their academic focus.
Well-developed communication skills. Our emphasis on writing and verbal skills starting with the First-Year Seminar means that St. Mike's graduates express themselves well in any professional setting. In addition to writing-intensive courses and oral presentations in each major, all students also study a foreign language to prepare them for communicating on the world stage.
Strong ethical decision making skills. As a Catholic college, we center our academics on what it means to be human. Throughout our curriculum and in each major, serious attention is given to questions of ethics and responsible citizenship. Saint Michael's students are ready to seek justice for the common good.
The Liberal Studies Curriculum consists of 11 to 13 courses with considerable choice within the categories. Advanced Placement, transfer, and study abroad credit may also apply. A list of individual courses in each area can be found in the college catalog. Here is the LSC at a glance:
First Year Seminar
Fundamental Philosophical Questions
Study of Christian Traditions and Thought
Global Issues that Impact the Common Good
Processes of Scientific Reasoning
Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior
- Community Engaged Learning
- Faculty-Student Research
- Study Abroad
- Designated co-curricular experiences