General Education Requirements

The mission of Benedictine Liberal Arts Education at The College of St. Scholastica is to engage students in defining and practicing responsible living and meaningful work. Historically Benedictines have been scholars, caregivers, educators and artists; the liberal arts mirror the broad pathways that Benedictines have pioneered. The rigor and breadth of our program best prepare St. Scholastica students to meet the present and face the future with wisdom, faith and imagination.

The general education program has two components for transfer students; a range of liberal arts courses called Pathways and a senior level writing component called Writing Intensive.

Pathways Requirements:
CSS students satisfy the Pathways requirements by taking a wide range of courses, amounting to about one-third of the 128 credits required for graduation. Degrees and general education curriculums from other institutions may satisfy most of the Pathways requirements.

Cultural Diversity (I) 4 credits
Social Sciences (II) 4 credits
World Languages (III) 0-8 credits
Literature (IV) 4 credits
Analytical Reasoning(V) 4 credits
Natural Science (VI) 4 credits
History (VII) 4 credits
Fine Arts (VIII) 4 credits
Philosophy (IX) 4 credits
Religious Studies (X) 4 credits
Writing Intensive (XI) 4 credits - see below

The Roman numerals found after course titles in the catalog identify which Pathways requirement(s) a specific course fulfills. Each course may be used to satisfy only one Pathways requirement with the exception of the cultural diversity requirement.

Use the link to the right to find a listing of CSS courses that satisfy the Pathways requirements.

Question: Can courses taken at another institution complete Pathways requirements? Answer: Yes! Look through our Transfer Credit Center and see if there is an equivalent!

Writing Intensive requirement
Each student is required to take an upper-division Writing Intensive four-credit course in their junior or senior year. This requirement must be taken at St. Scholastica and cannot be from the student's department of study. For example, a student majoring in English selecting a course with the ENG acronym from the list of approved Writing Intensive courses will not have met the requirement.

Advanced writing courses at other colleges won't meet this requirement.

Degrees and curriculums that satisfy general education requirements
Associate degrees and curriculums from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan

Minnesota: The College accepts the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) as equivalent to and satisfying the College's lower-division general education requirements with the exception that transferring students must complete a Religious Studies course or equivalent. The equivalent can be completed at another institution prior to enrolling into the College.

Wisconsin: The College accepts all associate degrees awarded by the University of Wisconsin System and the University College System as satisfying the CSS general education lower-division requirements with the exception of the Theology and Religious Studies requirement if not already satisfied.

Michigan: The college accepts all Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees awarded by the State of Michigan's community college system as satisfying the CSS general education lower-division requirements with the exception of the Theology and Religious Studies requirement if not already satisfied.

In addition, the College accepts completion of the MACROA curriculum as satisfying CSS general education lower-division requirements with the exception of the Theology and Religious Studies requirement, if not already satisfied, and eight additional general education requirements to be completed at CSS.

Note: Only credit from courses in which a grade of "C" or higher will transfer into the College.

Associate degrees and transfer curriculums from other states:
Transcripts will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis and will be applied to the general education requirement. Courses lower than a grade of "C" will not transfer.

Baccalaureate (B.A.) degree(s): Meeting the general education requirements are not required if only meeting the requirements for a particular major at CSS.

Other baccalaureate degrees (B.S., B.F.A., B.S.N., etc.): Meeting the general education requirements are not required if only meeting the requirements for a particular major at CSS. But if you wish to complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree at CSS, your transcript(s) will be evaluated for general education purposes on a course-by-course basis. Any general education requirements not met will have to be completed.

Question: If I already have a Bachelor of Arts degree from another college, can I still earn a bachelors at St. Scholastica?
Answer: Yes, to earn a bachelor's degree from The College of St. Scholastica, complete two CSS general education requirements (Theology and Religious Studies and upper-division writing), and complete the requirements for a major.

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