Liberal Studies Curriculum (LSC)

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At St. Mike's, we want our graduates to take on the world as thoughtful intellectuals who aren't afraid to take risks and think differently.

Our Liberal Studies Curriculum will help you do just that.

We prepare you for that life after college with a dynamic range of courses designed to foster intellectual curiosity and exploration and help you answer life's most profound questions.

You'll be introduced to the breadth and diversity of knowledge itself. You'll be exposed to many academic disciplines that will challenge you to think critically, express yourself, and become a lifelong learner. And, you'll learn what it means to contribute to the common good as a concerned and thoughtful citizen.

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

Historical Studies

Literary Studies

Processes of Scientific Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning

Second Language

Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior

Artistic Experience

Experiential Learning

  • Internship
  • Community Engaged Learning
  • Faculty-Student Research
  • Study Abroad
  • Designated co-curricular experiences
The liberal arts and sciences are the firm foundation for every career. Throughout your working life you will need to be able to absorb new information, think critically, write and speak clearly, form and defend arguments, adapt to new situations, and understand cultural contexts. The liberal arts and sciences train you in these core competencies so you are ready to meet a variety of challenges.

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