Academic Overview

Academic overview

This section of the catalog provides an overview of all of the academic programs at The College of St. Scholastica. Curriculum details for the undergraduate programs are provided in the Academic Program, Curriculum and Course Descriptions sections of this catalog.

Undergraduate Programs of the College

All programs offered by The College of St. Scholastica are described in detail later in this catalog. Please use the link below to refine your search to certain programs, locations or formats.

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The College of St. Scholastica awards the following degrees:

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Master of Education (M. Ed.)
Master of Science (M.S.)
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)
Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Academic Organization

The undergraduate majors and minors of the College are housed within six academic schools. Many programs also are offered in nontraditional formats on the Duluth campus, extended campuses across Minnesota and online.

School of Arts and Letters
School of Business and Technology
School of Education
School of Health Sciences
School of Nursing
School of Sciences

Glossary of terms

Major: A designation signifying an area of academic emphasis; the completion of specific requirements in the major field indicates mastery of the subject as defined and approved by the appropriate department. The major is recorded on the student's transcript. Majors come in three types: the departmental major, the school major and the self-designed major.

Departmental majors: Departmental majors are named on transcripts, listed in the catalog, have specific structures and requirements including prerequisites, and represent a commitment by the College to offer everything necessary for students to complete the major within the Four-Year Pledge (excluding exceptions specified within the pledge).

School majors: School major requirements are listed in the catalog under the school name. School deans are responsible for advising and approving school major plans.

Self-designed majors: The individual student who desires to pursue a course of study that does not fit any department or school structure can work with an individual faculty member to create a coherent program that reflects academic rigor and individual initiative. Self-designed plans need approval by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee before more than half of the planned credits are taken.

Minor: A designation signifying an optional area of academic emphasis in addition to the chosen major. The completion of specific requirements in the minor field indicates a working knowledge of a subject as defined and approved by the appropriate department. The minor is recorded on the student's transcript.

Concentration: An area of specialization within a major. The concentration is recorded on the student's transcript.

Certificate: A cluster of courses that results in the award of a certificate, but not a degree.

Licensure program: A specialized form of a certificate that enables students to pursue licensure in a particular profession. Licensure programs serve the needs of students who already hold a degree in another subject area and therefore do not require another degree.

Course offerings: A group of courses in a specific area without a corresponding major or minor.

Four-year pledge to students

St. Scholastica pledges that new students who enter the College as first-year undergraduate students and follow these guidelines will graduate in four years.

We make this pledge because we are committed to quality education, we have confidence in our advisement program and availability of course offerings and we desire to keep the College affordable to all students.

Requirements of the St. Scholastica Four-Year Pledge:

1.  Complete an average of 16 credits counting toward graduation each semester (32 credits a year). You may use credit earned during the summer to meet the 32-credit-per-year requirement.
2.  Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and you attain the required grade in all courses in your intended major
3.  Do not fail or withdraw from any course without making up the credits during this four-year period of time
4.  Are formally accepted into your chosen major no later than the spring semester of your sophomore year, follow the course sequence in the advisor's manual and maintain that major's required academic progression and skills requirements

If you meet these requirements and still do not complete your education in four years, St. Scholastica will offer you a grant (after federal and state financial aid have been credited to you) to cover tuition costs until the degree program is completed. A student exercising the pledge must apply for financial aid as he or she enters the fifth year.


  • If you are formally accepted into one major and change majors during the four-year period;
  • If you elect additional majors, minors, or certificates that extend the course of study. In addition, this pledge does not apply to students in the chemistry middle/secondary education major, as the dual science and education requirements often extend the degree beyond four years;
  • If you "stop out" for a semester due to personal, financial or other reasons; you are no longer covered by the pledge.

Preparatory programs

The College offers excellent preparation for graduate, professional study in a number of disciplines. Students who are planning to attend graduate professional schools select an undergraduate major that enables them to meet the admission requirements of the program and work carefully to meet specific course requirements and grade point averages required for consideration for admission.

Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions Advising

Students seeking admission to a health professional program often complete a major in the sciences and are advised by science faculty with experience working with students who plan to attend medical, pharmacy, dental, veterinary, optometry, podiatry, or chiropractic school at institutions other than the College.

Students seeking admission to one of the College's graduate health professional programs in athletic training, exercise physiology, health information management, health informatics, nursing, occupational therapy, or physical therapy physician assistant studies or social work should work closely with advisors to ensure that they meet undergraduate degree requirements as well as specific program prerequisites.

For more information about the Pre-Med Premium Track please go to:

Pre-Law Advising

Students seeking admission to law school may major in any one of a number of academic disciplines. These students will participate and assist with an active pre-law program and with a student-governed Pre-Law Society. The Pre-Law Society, under the guidance of its faculty advisor, will mentor and guide pre-law students through all steps of the law school application process. The Pre-Law Society also sponsors workshops and speakers, as well as other opportunities to explore and examine the legal profession. 

Other Pre-Professional Advising

Students seeking admission to other professional programs in disciplines such as library science are well served by members of the faculty who have the expertise to guide them in selecting majors and activities that support their admission to these programs.


Modern librarianship provides a window into the history of our culture.  There are four major areas of librarianship, each of which requires slightly different undergraduate preparation. The first area is in the K-12 school system. (Please refer to the Educational Media and Technology (EDM) program for more details.) The other three areas of librarianship are public libraries, academic libraries, and special libraries, such as those associated with hospitals, corporations and law offices. These all require a master's degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited graduate school. An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and high scores on the GRE will best position the student for admission into graduate school. To prepare for graduate school, the student should complete a bachelor's degree with a regular academic major. It is recommended that the undergraduate coursework include some courses from the EDM Program as well as a diverse background of coursework in English, history, foreign languages, science, management, and computer applications and programming. Majoring in areas such as the health or natural sciences allows for possibilities in special libraries. Some graduate library and information sciences programs offer a dual degree combining a Master of Library Sciences with a Master of Business Administration, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science with history or education, or Juris Doctor. Students interested in pre-library should consult with an advisor about how pre-library can combine their interests with an academic plan best suited for their professional goals.

Advisor: Kevin McGrew, M.A., M.Ed. (Library)