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 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, students can expect to take 51-62 hours for their CC requirements. However, many classes overlap with major, minor, and/or multiple CC requirements, so you can strategically fulfill CC requirements with fewer classes.
No, you do not need to complete the CC in your first year! In fact, for most students, that would be impossible. Focus on taking a few CC requirements each semester and talk with your academic advisor about how to maximize any requirements your major courses may cover.