Sophia Program

A New Way of Integrating Your Entire Education

Sophia

All students complete the Sophia Program in Liberal Learning over their four years of study at Saint Mary’s College. Sophia is a vision of a liberal arts education that is uniquely Saint Mary’s. The program calls upon each student to understand the purpose of a liberal arts education and how it prepares her to make a difference in the world.

The Sophia Program has the following three foundational learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge Acquisition and Integration of Learning
  • Cognitive and Communicative Skills
  •  Engagement through Intercultural Competence, Social Responsibility, and Global Learning

These learning outcomes cultivate both the mind and the heart, ensuring that a Saint Mary’s education includes the hallmark of a Holy Cross education. Thus, the Sophia Program provides knowledge and skills for the twenty-first century, underscoring the importance of women’s voices as well as the social responsibility and intercultural competence befitting global citizens and shaped by the distinctive tradition of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

What makes the Sophia Program distinctive?

The Program seeks to make learning intentional and integrated. It does this by transferring focus away from particular courses in a variety of disciplines that you must study to instead focus on the learning outcomes, or knowledge, skills, and abilities you should expect to gain from your general education experiences.

Knowledge Acquisition and Integration of Learning (LO1)

Culture and Systems

Traditions and Worldviews

Science for the Citizen

Arts for Living

Cognitive and Communicative Skills (LO2)

Engagement through Intercultural Competence, Social Responsibility, and Global Learning (LO3)

  • Intercultural Competence A (ICA)
  • Intercultural Competence B (ICB)
  • Social Responsibility A (SRA)
  • Social Responsibility B (SRB)
  • Global Learning A (GLA)
  • Global Learning B (GLB)
  • Academic Experiential Learning (AEL)

LO1 courses may be used to satisfy LO2 and LO3 requirements.


Introductory-level Course Offerings

The following introductory-level courses fulfill Sophia Program requirements:

Knowledge Acquisition and Integration of Learning (LO1)

Cultures and Systems

Literature

(one course)

Courses that meet the Literature learning outcomes:

Literature Courses
ENLT 109WLanguage and Literature (Dialogue (WP))4
ENLT 109WLanguage and Literature (Death and Dying (WP))4
ENLT 109WLanguage and Literature (Writing the Digital World (WP))4
ENLT 109WLanguage and Literature (Saint Mary’s Writers (WP, WV))4
ENLT 109WLanguage and Literature (Voice and the Short Story (WP))4
ENLT 109WLanguage and Literature (World Building in Literature (WP))4
HUST 103Lives and Times (WV, SRA)3

History 

(one course)

Courses that meet the History learning outcomes:

History Courses
HIST 103World Civilization I3
HIST 104 World Civilization II (GLB)3
HIST 201United States History to 1865 (WV, SRA) (CTS for CRN 72786 only)3
HIST 201W United States History to 1865 WP, WV3

Modern Languages 

(two courses at a level appropriate to the student’s previous experience with that language)

Courses that meet the Modern Languages learning outcomes:

MLAR 101Introductory Arabic I4
MLCH 101Introductory Mandarin Chinese I4
MLFR 101Introductory French I4
MLFR 111Intermediate French I4
MLGR 101Introductory German I4
MLGR 111Intermediate German I4
MLIT 101Introductory Italian I (WV, GLA)4
MLIT 111Intermediate Italian4
MLSP 101Introductory Spanish I4
MLSP 111Intermediate Spanish I4
MLSP 115Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers I4

Traditions and Worldviews

Philosophical Worldviews

(one course)

Courses that meet the Philosophical Worldviews learning outcomes:

PHIL 110Introductory Philosophy (CTS for CRN 72338 only)3
PHIL 110Introductory Philosophy (Exploring the Good Life (CTS, WV, SRA for CRN 72339 only))3
PHIL 110W Introduction to Philosophy WP, WV 13
PHIL 247Philosophy of Religion3
PHIL 253Philosophy of Politics3

Religious Traditions I

(one course)

Courses that meet the Religious Traditions I learning outcomes:

RLST 101Introducing Religious Studies3
RLST 101Introducing Religious Studies (Conversion)3
RLST 101Introducing Religious Studies (Ideas and Experiences (WV))3
RLST 101Introducing Religious Studies (World Religions in Dialogue (CTS, ICA, ICB))3
RLST 101Introducing Religious Studies (Encounters with the Divine in Ancient Mediterranean Religions)3
RLST 101W World Religions in Dialogue - Exploring the Good Life (WP, ICA, ICB)3

Religious Traditions II

(one course, not normally taken in first year)

Historical Perspectives

(one course)

Courses that meet the Historical Perspectives learning outcomes:

Historical Perspectives Courses
ART 241Art History Survey I (WV, GLB)3
ENVS 161Introduction to Environmental Studies (GLB, SRB)3
GWS 207Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies (WV)3
HUST 197Myth, Legend, and History (CTS, WV, GLA, SRA)1-3
HUST 197W Myth, Legend, and History WP, WV, GLA, SRA3
ICS 201Introduction to Intercultural Studies (ICA, ICB)3
ICS 201W Introduction to Intercultural Studies WP, ICA, ICB3
MUS 243Latin American and Latino Popular Music (GLA, GLB, ICA, ICB)3
MUS 244History of Rock ‘n’ Roll (WV, SRA, ICA)3

Science for the Citizen

Natural Science

(two courses, at least one of which must be a laboratory course)

Courses that meet the Natural Science learning outcomes:

Natural Science Courses
BIO 141Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 155Foundations of Molecular Biology2
BIO 156Foundations of Ecology and Evolution2
CHEM 121Principles of Chemistry I (CTS)4
PHYS 121General Physics I: Mechanics and Waves4

Social Science I  

(one course)

Courses that meet the Social Science I learning outcomes:

ANTH 253Survey I: Culture and Language (SRA, GLA, GLB, ICA)3
POSC 151Political Issues (CTS)3
POSC 201American Politics3
PSYC 156Introduction to Psychology: Culture and Systems3
SOC 255Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in the United States (SRA, ICA, CTS for CRN 72480 only)3
SOC 257Sociology of Families (WV, SRA, ICA)3

Social Science II

(one course)

Courses that meet the Social Science II learning outcomes:

ECON 251Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 252Principles of Microeconomics (CTS for CRN 72521 only)3
PSYC 157Introduction to Psychology: Science for the Citizen (CTS for CRN’s 73126 and 73127 only)3
SOC 153Sociological Imaginations (SRA, ICA)3
SOC 203Social Problems (CTS, GLB, SRA)3

Arts for Living

Creative and Performing Arts

(Single courses satisfying this requirement must be 3 credits. Multiple courses that fulfill the appropriate learning outcomes may be used to satisfy this requirement as long as they add up to at least 3 credits and come from the same discipline.)

Courses that meet the Creative and Performing Arts learning outcomes:

ART 101Drawing I3
ART 103Design Lab (CTS)3
ART 125Silkscreen (WV)3
ART 205Painting: Oil3
ART 211Ceramics: Introduction to Clay3
ART 211W Ceramics: Introduction to Clay (WP)
ART 221Photography I (WV )3
ART 224Video Art (WV)3
COMM 103Introduction to Communication (WV for CRN 73103 only)3
COMM 103W Introduction to Communication (WP,WV)
DANC 145Ballet Technique: Beginning1,2
DANC 148Jazz Technique: Beginning1,2
DANC 240Introduction to Dance3
DANC 244Modern Dance Technique: Intermediate1,2
DANC 245Ballet Technique: Intermediate1,2
DANC 248Jazz Technique: Intermediate1,2
DANC 344Modern Dance Technique: Advanced1,2
DANC 345Ballet Technique: Advanced1,2
DANC 348Jazz Technique: Advanced1-2
MUS 104Class Guitar1
MUS 111Piano1,2
MUS 112Organ1,2
MUS 113Harpsichord1,2
MUS 114Voice1,2
MUS 115Violin1,2
MUS 116Viola1,2
MUS 117Cello1,2
MUS 118Double Bass1,2
MUS 119Percussion1,2
MUS 120Flute1,2
MUS 121Oboe1,2
MUS 122Clarinet1,2
MUS 123Bassoon1,2
MUS 124Saxophone1,2
MUS 125Trumpet1,2
MUS 126French Horn1,2
MUS 127Trombone1,2
MUS 128Baritone Horn1,2
MUS 129Tuba1,2
MUS 130Harp1,2
MUS 131Guitar1,2
MUS 181Theory I: Fundamentals of Music3
MUS 201Collegiate Choir1
MUS 203Women's Choir1
THTR 135Introduction to Theatre3
THTR 205Introduction to Acting (WV)3

 Professional Arts 

(one course)

Courses that meet the Professional Arts learning outcomes:

Professional Arts
SLP 220Introduction to Communicative Disorders (WV, SRA, AEL)3
SW 202Introduction to Social Work (WV, SRA, SRB)3
SW 202Introduction to Social Work (CTS, WV, SRA, SRB, AEL for CRN 72833 only)3
SW 235Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (SRA, SRB)3

Mathematical Arts

(one course)

Courses that meet the Mathematical Arts learning outcomes:

MATH 102Liberal Arts Mathematics3
MATH 104Finite Mathematics3
MATH 105Elements of Calculus I3
MATH 131Calculus I4
MATH 133Theory and Application of Calculus4

LO2: Cognitive and Communicative Skills

Critical Thinking Seminar

(one course) Most students fulfill this requirement during the fall semester of their first year.

Critical Thinking Seminars are spread throughout the curriculum so that students can select from a wide range of different disciplines and knowledge.

Courses that meet the Critical Thinking Seminar requirement:

(The courses listed below also fulfill an LO1 requirement.)

Critical Thinking Seminar Courses
ART 103Design Lab (CP)3
CHEM 121LPrinciples of Chemistry I Laboratory (NSL)0
ECON 252Principles of Microeconomics (SSII for CRN 72521 only)3
HIST 201United States History to 1865 (HH, WV, SRA for CRN 72786)3
HUST 197Myth, Legend, and History (HP, WV, GLA, SRA)1-3
PHIL 110Introductory Philosophy (PW for CRN 72338 only)3
PHIL 110Introductory Philosophy (Exploring the Good Life (PW, WV, SRA for CRN 72339 only))3
PSYC 157Introduction to Psychology: Science for the Citizen (SS II for CRN’s 73126 and 73127 only)3
RLST 101Introducing Religious Studies (RTI, ICA, ICB)3
SW 202Introduction to Social Work (PA, WV, SRA, SRB for CRN 72833 only)3
SOC 203Social Problems (SS II, GLB, SRA)3
SOC 255Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in the United States (SS I, SRA, ICA)3

Writing Proficiency

(one course) Students generally fulfill this requirement during the fall or spring of their first year.

Many students find it helpful to take a W course in field that engages them; they discover they enjoy writing, and make more progress, when the course topic is one they especially want to explore. All W courses fulfill a Sophia Program requirement and provide the opportunity to earn the Basic W.

Courses that meet the Writing Proficiency requirement:

(The courses listed below also fulfill an LO1 requirement.)

Writing Proficiency Courses
ART 211W Ceramics: Introduction to Clay (CP)1
COMM 103W Introduction to Communications (WC,WV)
ENLT 109WLanguage and Literature (Dialogue (HL))4
ENLT 109WLanguage and Literature (Saint Mary's Writers (HL, WV))4
ENLT 109WLanguage and Literature (Writing the Digital World (HL))4
ENLT 109WLanguage and Literature (Death and Dying (HL))4
ENLT 109WLanguage and Literature (Voice and the Short Story (HL))4
ENLT 109WLanguage and Literature (World Building in Literature (HL))4
HIST 201W United States History to 1865 HH, WV
HUST 197W Myth, Legend, and History (HP, WV, GLA, SRA)
ICS 201W Introduction to Intercultural Studies (HP, ICA, ICB)
PHIL 110W Introduction to Philosophy (PW, WV)2
RLST 101 Introducing Religious Studies (RTI, ICA, ICB)