In order to graduate from Mount St. Mary’s University, students must earn a minimum of 120 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 (2.75 for education majors). No fewer than 30 of the 120 hours must be earned at Mount St. Mary’s; at least 45 hours of the 120 must be from four-year institutions.
In addition, students must:
- fulfill all requirements for the core curriculum
- complete the courses and number of credit hours required by their major field of study
- maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA both overall and in the major (2.75 cumulative GPA for education majors)
- satisfy the senior year residency requirement by enrolling at the University for 24 of the final 30 hours prior to graduation
To be eligible for graduation ceremonies, students must have completed 114 credits by the end of the senior year fall semester prior to May Commencement. Attendance at commencement activities is strongly encouraged.
All students should check their records periodically with their advisors to ensure they are progressing toward fulfillment of graduation requirements.
The Core Curriculum
Mount St. Mary’s recognizes that to be truly educated one needs an understanding of the world, of the history and traditions of Western and non-Western culture and of science. College graduates should have proficiency in written and quantitative skills. To that end, the University requires students in its degree-completion programs to complete a core curriculum designed to give students general knowledge of the world around them. It includes the following courses:
GE 200 - Mount Seminar
Mount Seminar is designed as an introduction to the Mount St. Mary’s curriculum for Continuing Studies students. It initiates students into the skills and habits of higher education as students make the transition to accelerated college-level work. The course includes units on writing, speaking, critical thinking, research, computer use and reading. Required as a first or second course for Continuing Studies students at Mount St. Mary’s University.
ENGL 101 - College Writing
Develops students’ ability to use writing, reading, research, and thinking processes to create documented essays that demonstrate the conventions of academic writing.Students write for different audiences and purposes using a variety of rhetorical strategies. Students write in response to outside readings and are introduced to appropriate documentation procedures.
ARTS - - Art, Literature, Music, Theatre
Students fulfill this requirement by taking courses in a variety of liberal arts and humanities fields. Acceptable courses include art, literature, music theory, music history, and theatre.
HIST - - History
Students fulfill this requirement by taking a course in U.S. History, World History, or a special topic in History.
ARHI - - Arts, Humanities, History, Language
Students fulfill this requirement with a course in arts and humanities, history, or language.
SSCI - - Social Science
Students fulfill this requirement by taking sociology, psychology, economics, education, human services, or political science courses.
The following courses taken for the major may also count for this Core requirement:
In these cases the credits are only counted once on the student’s transcript.
GNSCI 1XX - Laboratory Science
Students fulfill this requirement by taking a science course, with laboratory.
Choose one of the following:
MATH 105 - Elementary Statistics
This is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of statistics. Topics include data collecting, displaying, summarizing, drawing inferences, probability, expectation, normal distribution, sampling distributions, point and interval estimation, significance testing and simple linear regression. Appropriate application software is utilized. (As needed)
MATH 108 - Concepts of Mathematics for Teachers I
This two-part sequence is designed for the elementary education major as an introduction to selected topics in mathematics. Topics include sets and set operations, number and numeration systems and their operations, algorithms, measurement, reasoning and problem solving, patterns and relations, geometry, probability and statistics. Open only to and required for students preparing to teach at the elementary school level. (Fall)
MATH 109 - Concepts of Mathematics for Teachers II
This two-part sequence is designed for the elementary education major as an introduction to selected topics in mathematics. Topics include sets and set operations, number and numeration systems and their operations, algorithms, measurement, reasoning and problem solving, patterns and relations, geometry, probability and statistics. Open only to and required for students preparing to teach at the elementary school level. (Spring)
BUS 320 - Statistics
A detailed study of the principles and methods underlying the organization, analysis and interpretation of data. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability models, probability distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, nonparametric methods and regression analysis. Prerequisite(s): MATH 211 (Fall and Spring)
PHIL 200 - Introduction to Philosophy
(Division of Continuing Studies only) An investigation of ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary responses to questions concerning the nature of the human reality, the nature and limits of human knowing, human freedom, human happiness or well-being, and the relation of the individual to society.
PHIL 301 - Moral Philosophy
(Division of Continuing Studies only) An inquiry into the nature of the moral good, the structures of moral agency and the proper criteria for making choices that bear on human beings and their well-being. Prerequisite(s): PHIL 200 .
XXNW/XXGE XXX - Non-West/Global Encounters
Special topics in non-Western culture are offered in a variety of fields.
THEOL 200 - Encountering Christ: Foundations of Christian Theology
The course provides an introduction to theology through integrated historical, theological, and literary approaches to the Bible. Through this integrated approach, students will be able to gain a better understanding of: (1) the foundation of Catholic theology in the study of Christ and the church, (2) the deep connections between theological inquiry and our life, and (3) a theological sense of the undergraduate mission of the University (e.g., to understand the “Catholic vision of the person,” “to understand and to challenge or embrace the cultural forces operating on [us],” and to “cultivate a mature spiritual life… respect the dignity of other persons… see and seek to resolve the problems facing humanity”).
Choose one of the following:
THEOL 202 - The Gospels
An historical, literary and theological study of the Synoptic Gospels, with an emphasis on Mark. Special attention will be given to the Gospel concern for justice, dignity and freedom within human communities of both classical and modern periods.
THEOL 210 - Christology
An historical and systematic survey of approaches, themes and questions in classical and contemporary Christology. This study of Christ will lead to an understanding of the nature of the good and a commitment to its practice.
Recommended Courses to Fulfill Requirements
Course requirements listed above can be completed at a regionally accredited institution prior to enrolling in Mount St. Mary’s programs. Students should schedule an appointment for pre-admission advising to be certain of appropriate course selection of lower-level requirements.