Bachelor's Degree Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Through Evening/Weekend/Online at St. Kate’s, you can complete either a Bachelor of Arts (available for all majors) or a Bachelor of Science (available for selected majors) from the University’s College for Women.

To earn your degree, you’ll need to complete a minimum of 130 semester credits, including:

  • Courses for your major 
  • Core liberal arts courses (see below). Core liberal arts requirements vary for the B.A. and B.S. options.
  • Additional elective courses, as needed, to achieve a minimum of 130 credits. Add a minor, pick up additional skills or explore a topic that interests you.

The ability to communicate and use information effectively is critical to both professional achievement and the fulfillment of public responsibilities and personal relationships. Throughout the curriculum, you will learn to communicate to a variety of audiences and access and manipulate information through oral and written communication and information technology (IT) skills.

At least 48 of your last 64 credits must be taken "in residence" at St. Catherine University.

Transfer your credits

With your previous college experience, may be closer than you think to meeting the requirements listed above. St. Kate’s will work with you to transfer credits you've earned at other colleges, or grant you credit for prior learning. You’ll have fewer core liberal arts courses to take if you have completed an Associate of Arts degree or attended a Minnesota community college and completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). See our transfer policy page for details.

Core Liberal Arts Requirements

What are the liberal arts about at St. Catherine University?  They're about gaining the kind of 21st century skills — critical thinking, effective communication, creativity, leadership, innovation, and more — that get St. Kate's graduates noticed by employers. In core liberal arts courses, you'll expand your thinking in ways you never imagined:

REQUIREMENTS BACHELOR OF ARTS
Common Courses
The Reflective Woman CORE 1000 or 2000*
Global Search for Justice CORE 3990
Women's Fitness & Wellness EXSS 1100 (2 credits)
Foundations in Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Humanities:
Theology, Philosophy, Literature, History, Foreign Language

 

1 course in Theology
1 course in Philosophy
3 courses among Literature, History and Languages or an additional theology/philosophy,
(can be 2 in one language otherwise must be in different disciplines)
Fine and Performing Arts:
Art, Music, Theater, Classical Mythology
1 course
Behavioral and Social Sciences:
Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Economics
1 course
Natural Sciences:
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
1 course
Mathematics and Logical Reasoning 1 course
Skills and Perspectives****
Written Communication 4 courses
Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity/Women's Studies 1 course
REQUIREMENTS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Common Courses
The Reflective Woman CORE 1000 or 2000*
Global Search for Justice CORE 3990
Women's Fitness & Wellness EXSS 1100 (2 credits)
Foundations in Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Humanities:
Theology, Philosophy, Literature, History, Foreign Language, Fine and Performing Arts

1 course in Theology
1 course in Philosophy
3 courses among Literature, History and Languages and Fine and Performing Arts***
(can be 2 in one language, otherwise must be in different disciplines)
Behavioral and Social Sciences:
Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Economics
1 course
Natural Sciences:
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
1 course
Mathematics and Logical Reasoning 1 course
Skills and Perspectives****
Written Communication 4 courses
Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity/Women's Studies 1 course

* Students may take a CORE 1000 or 2000 Reflective Woman (TRW) course with a Fine and Performing Arts or Humanities focus that will fulfill both the TRW requirement and an Art or Humanities requirement.

** Theology: For students pursuing a B.A., one theology course must be an approved Christian-based theology course or equivalent to a St. Catherine 100- or 200-level theology course. The second requirement may be any theology course or a philosophy course. For students pursuing a B.S., the one required theology course must be an approved Christian-based theology course or equivalent to a St. Catherine 100- or 200-level theology course.

*** High school language and/or proficiency exams cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

**** Skills and Perspectives course content is integrated within other courses such as TRW, CORE 3990 Global Search for Justice (GSJ), major courses and liberal arts courses. Typically, a separate, additional course is not required to fulfill these requirements.

 

Second major and second degree options

If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree you may enroll as a “second major” student and complete only courses required for a particular major.

Or, by enrolling as a “second degree” student, you may earn a full, second bachelor’s degree by completing:

  • Courses required for your major, and
  • Two liberal arts courses: CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice (special section for second degree students) and a Theology course, and
  • The residency requirement (48 out of the last 64 credits).

RN-BS Degree Completion

The RN-BS Degree Completion option is for women and men who have already earned an associate degree in nursing and now want to complete a B.S. degree from St. Catherine’s College for Applied and Continuing Learning. Different degree requirements apply.