UC Requirements

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PILLARS

 UC-Pillars

The UC Pillars component is a collection of five two-course sequences that introduce students to the primary ways in which intellectual traditions have organized and constructed knowledge.

Courses may satisfy requirements in more than one Pillar, and courses taken to satisfy Pillar requirements may also count toward the student’s ma­jor. Any Pillars course may also be designated as satisfying one or more of the re­quired UC Proficiencies and Experiences.

Requirement Descriptions

To develop an understanding of and appreciation for the creative impulse in a variety of artistic, cultural and historical contexts, graduates of SMU will be able to identify, explore and explain concepts fundamental to the visual, literary, and performing arts through critical analysis, performance or the act of personal creation. This Pillar also seeks to expose students to the fundamental role that creativity plays in maintaining a robust, adaptive, and prosperous society. To this end, students take two courses from the Creativity and Aesthetics Pillar.

What is required?

The Creativity and Aesthetics requirement consists of one level 1 course and one level 2 course.

You may fulfill the levels of Creativity and Aesthetics by:

  1. successfully completing approved SMU course/s
  2. receiving exam credit (AP/IB) equivalent to an approved SMU course (only for level 1)
  3. transferring in coursework equivalent to approved SMU course/s
  4. transferring in coursework without equivalent SMU course/s and requesting the generic course/s (ex. HIST 10XX) satisfy level 1 or level 2 

Read the Student Learning Outcomes.

Special Creativity and Aesthetics Policies 

Credits for AP/IB can only satisfy level 1 of the Pillar

One single course may not satisfy both levels of the Pillar

To understand societies in the contemporary world and the forces that have shaped them, graduates of SMU will be able to identify and analyze problems, events, and documents or artifacts from the past and know how to situate them in their appropriate social, political, economic, and cultural contexts.

What is required?

The Historical Contexts requirement consists of one level 1 course and one level 2 course.

You may fulfill the Historical Contexts Pillar by:

  1. successfully completing one SMU course for each of the two levels
  2. receiving exam credit (AP/IB) equivalent to an SMU course for level 1 and successfully completing one SMU course for level 2
  3. transfering in coursework equivalent to an SMU course for level 1 and succesfully completing one SMU course for level 2
  4. requesting that transfer coursework, without an equivalent SMU course, satisfy the requirement for level 1 and successfully completing one SMU course for level 2

Read the Student Learning Outcomes.

Special Creativity and Aesthetics Policies

Level 2 Pillars classes should be taken at SMU.

To understand complex social systems, graduates of SMU will explore contemporary efforts to document and analyze the interaction of individuals, cultures, and institutions that shape economic, political, and social experiences.

What is required?

The Individuals, Institutions, and Cultures requirement consists of one level 1 course and one level 2 course.

You may fulfill the Individuals, Institutions, and Cultures Pillar by:

  1. successfully completing one SMU course for each of the two levels
  2. receiving exam credit (AP/IB) equivalent to an SMU course for level 1 and successfully completing one SMU course for level 2
  3. transfering in coursework equivalent to an SMU course for level 1 and succesfully completing one SMU course for level 2
  4. requesting that transfer coursework, without an equivalent SMU course, satisfy the requirement for level 1 and successfully completing one SMU course for level 2

Read the Student Learning Outcomes.

Special Creativity and Aesthetics Policies

Level 2 Pillars classes should be taken at SMU.

To explore the human condition, graduates of SMU will engage in probing inquiry of philosophical, religious, or ethical issues and questions. This inquiry also serves as the basis for thoughtful choice and action.

What is required?

The Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics requirement consists of one level 1 course and one level 2 course.

You may fulfill the Philosophical and Religious Inquiry and Ethics Pillar by:

  1. successfully completing one SMU course for each of the 2 levels
  2. recieving exam credit (AP/IB) equivalent to an SMU course for level 1 and successfully completing one SMU course for level 2
  3. transfering in coursework equivalent to an SMU course for level 1 and succesfully completing one SMU course for level 2
  4. requsting that transfer coursework, without an equivalent SMU course, satisfy the requirement for level 1 and successfully completing one SMU course for level 2

Ready the Student Learning Outcomes.

Special Creativity and Aesthetics Policies

Level 2 Pillars classes should be taken at SMU.

To be active, engaged citizens in a global society, graduates of SMU will be able to engage in scholarly discourse in science and engineering and to understand the implications of these disciplines. Students should be aware of the meaning and methods of science and engineering, and of the ways that both disciplines have shaped and continue to shape the world around us.

What is required?

The Pure and Applied Science requirement consists of two courses and may include either both from level 1 with labs or one from level 1 with a lab and one from level 2 possibly without a lab.  

You may fulfill the Pure and Applied Science Pillar by:

  1. successfully completing one SMU course from each of the two levels or two SMU courses from level one
  2. receiving exam credit (AP/IB) equivalent to SMU course/s that satisfy the requirement
  3. transfering in coursework equivalent to SMU course/s that satisfy the requirement
  4. requesting that transfer coursework, without an equivalent SMU course, satisfy the requirement

Read the Student Learning Outcomes.

Special Pure and Applied Science Policies

AP credit may satisfy both levels of the Pure and Applied Science Pillar