University Curriculum

The University Curriculum (UC) emphasizes the values of a traditional liberal arts education and is encapsulated in four main components: Foundations, Breadths, Depths, and Proficiencies & Experiences. The number of courses and/or credit hours needed to complete the UC will vary according to your individual academic background, major and curricular choices. The Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) that are assessed in UC-approved courses may be part of your major or minor, in elective courses, or through approved and reflected-upon activities. You may view a list of classes taught at SMU that are approved to fulfill a UC requirement. 

To review more detailed information on the UC and its requirements, please check the SMU Catalog of your year of entry. 

Curious about SMU's Second Language Requirement? The Department of World Languages & Literatures offers detailed information on how you can fulfill this part of the UC.

For planning purposes, you may be interested in beginning your Academic Plan. Begin with the UC Tracker designed for your year of entry. UC 2016 is for those who started during fall 2016 or later. UC 2012 is for those who started before fall 2016.