Requirements in General Education are based on the four overarching educational goals of Maryville College. Each student must satisfy requirements for courses in each of the following instructional categories. Courses within domains share common student learning outcomes that guide teaching and learning within the group of courses. For more information, please consult the current MC Catalog.

Foundations (12 Credit Hours)

First Year Seminar (3)
English (6) a
Quantitative Literacy (3) a 

Category I Domains of Knowledge (15 Credit Hours)

A critical knowledge of self and informed understanding of other

  1. Religion, Spirituality and Critical Thought (3 Credit Hours)
  2. Literary Studies (3 Credit Hours)
  3. Historical Reasoning (3 Credit Hours)
  4. Empirical Study of Person and Society (3 Credit Hours)
  5. Culture and Intercultural Dynamics (3 Credit Hours
  6. U.S. Pluralism (Completion of a course that carries a “U.S. Pluralism” designation) 

Category II Domains of Knowledge (10-11 credit hours)

Proficiency in the use of evidence, empirical data, and quantitative analysis

  1. Scientific Reasoning (7 Credit Hours)
    One physical science course from a selected group of courses
    One life science course from a selected group of courses
    One of the above courses must have a laboratory component
  2. Mathematical Reasoning (3-4 Credit Hours)

Category III Domains of Knowledge (11 Credit Hours)

Skill and discernment in producing and interpreting forms of human expression

  1. Second Language (8 Credit Hours) a b
    Completion of a two semester introductory sequence of courses in a second language
  2. Creative Arts (3 Credit Hours)
    Completion of one of a selection of courses or three semesters of participation in a musical ensemble or three semesters of participation in theatre productions

Category IV Domain of Knowledge (3 Credit Hours)

  1. Ethical Citizenship in the World (3 Credit Hours) - The judgment and knowledge required for ethical citizenship of nation and world 


Notes on special conditions:
  •  Placement examination results may result in exemption from the requirement.
  • b  Not required of students for whom English is a second language. For these students, study in a third language is recommended as an elective, but is not required.


Core Curriculum Course Listings

The Maryville Curriculum, often called the “core” curriculum, consists of 51 credit hours. Some general education requirements are waived by virtue of the student’s major; others may be met by demonstration of competence. List of Core Courses:

Core Domain
Approved Existing Classes for New Core
(Other Courses to be added)
First Year Seminar FYS110
Composition & Speech ENG110 & ENG120
Quantitative Literacy MTH110
Religion, Spirituality and Critical Thought BIB130 or BIB140
Literary Studies LIT270 or LIT290
Historical Reasoning WCV180 or WCV190
Empirical Study of Person and Society PSY101, SOC101, PLS211, ECN221, ECN201
Culture and Intercultural Dynamics WRC370
Scientific Reasoning
[Students must complete 2 courses: 1 life science and 1 physical science. One of the 2 must include a lab]
SCI150, SCI350, BIO113, BIO115, BIO217, CHM111, CHM121, PHY101, PHY201
Mathematical Reasoning STA120, CSC111, MTH125
Second Language Completion of a 120 course in second language (e.g., SPN120, etc.)
Creative Arts FNA140, ART102, ART121, THT101, THT204,
3 HRS in any one of:
MUSE12, MUSE13, MUSE14, MUSE15, MUSE16, ART124, ART125, ART126
Ethical Citizenship in the World ETH490
U.S. Pluralism Designated Courses TBD