University/Common Curriculum FAQs
If you have experience in one language, but want to start a new language – that’s great! You may certainly take a new language. Talk with your academic advisor for assistance getting enrolled.
The number of hours it requires for each student to complete the UC/CC varies based on major, course selections, and any credits they brought to SMU from high school or college. If you take a unique course for each requirement that’s outside your major/minor, UC students can expect it to take 47-58 hours and CC students can expect it to take 51-62 hours. However, there are many classes that count for more than one UC/CC requirement and some major or minor courses may cover requirements as well, so it’s unlikely to require that many hours.
No, you do not need to complete the UC/CC in your first year! In fact, for most students, that would be impossible. Focus on taking a few UC/CC requirements each semester and talk with your academic advisor about how to maximize any requirements your major courses may cover.