The SMU Common Curriculum (CC) is a general education framework that prepares students to be lifelong learners in a rapidly changing, interconnected world. The Common Curriculum is the twenty-first century reboot of the classical university education, challenging students to know the past, understand the present, and build the future.
How do we help our students?
General Education: Foundations
General Education: Breadth
Graduation Requirements: Proficiencies & Experiences
An education for life
- A comprehensive liberal arts education that exposes students to multiple ways to frame knowledge and solve problems.
- Foundation courses make sure all students are ready for a university education.
- Develops students critical thinking ability in multiple domains.
- Grounding in Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and STEM gives students the interdisciplinary formation to become problem solvers and life-long learners.
- Breadth courses introduce students to all major subject/disciplines at the university.
Advantages for students
- Easy to follow and fulfill.
- Transfer friendly.
- Allows for multiple majors/minors.
- Includes a wide range of classes from across the university.
- AP and IB can be used to fulfill a range of requirements.
- Value and learning outcomes clearly described for each component.
Preparation for the workplace
- Prepares students to work in a globalized society with people from all backgrounds and nations.
- Encourages students to think beyond the classroom and engage with the world.
- Provides students solid training and practice in written and oral communication.
- Develops students critical thinking and problem-solving ability in multiple domains.
- Provides formation and application in data analysis, technological competence, and ethics.
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