Online Programs

Through our challenging academic areas of study, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your academic boundaries, explore areas of study outside your major and in your field of study. Some majors are available in an 8-week or 16-week formats and it is possible to incorporate individual courses from both formats in a single semester. Learn more.

8-Week Format
Offers: collaborative cohorts with classmates and professors online, fully online courses, ongoing interaction with professors, individual and team assignments and projects submitted online, structured assignment deadlines.

16-Week Format
Offers: fully online courses, opportunities to visit campus to interact with students, faculty, and staff, ongoing interaction with professors and some with students, individual assignments submitted online, structured assignment deadline.

In response to today’s rapidly-changing educational and professional environments,Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College launched The Woods Core in August 2013. This exciting new General Studies curriculum prepares students to study and work in interdisciplinary environments.

With an emphasis in critical thinking, communication, and ethical development, The Woods Core threads these three areas throughout its curriculum, with a special emphasis on these skills in the foundational courses. Students learn values foundational to the College’s mission, including issues pertaining to sustainability, women, and social justice. Students explore the world-view from a variety of discipline areas, including literature, philosophy and ethics, social sciences, and religion and spirituality, while also broadening their knowledge foundation with courses in science, history, fine arts, culture, and foreign language.

A 39-hour curriculum, The Woods Core allows room for students to add a second major or a minor, as well as providing opportunities to enjoy diverse electives in other areas of interest, such as music, theatre, foreign languages, and equine studies.

General Courses

  • Into the Woods, Out of the Woods: Utopias and Education
  • English Composition
  • Philosophy
  • Literature
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Communication
  • History

Social Sciences Course (choose one)

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Macroeconomics

Mathematics Course (choose one)

  • College Algebra
  • Statistics

Culture Course (choose one)

  • Foreign Language
  • Culture

Sciences Course (choose one)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Fine Arts Course (choose one)

  • Art
  • Music
  • Theatre

Capstone Course (choose one)

  • Social Justice
  • Sustainability
  • Women's Issues

SMWC students starting in August 2013 will be the first to enroll under The Woods Core. During the two-year transition to The Woods Core curriculum, students transferring hours to SMWC will have their transcripts evaluated individually by an SMWC faculty or staff member to determine their general studies curriculum placement.

If you entered SMWC before August, 2013, please click to see your General Studies curriculum.

College Credit Based on Life Experiences

SMWC offers students many opportunities to earn college credit outside of online courses. Learn more about CLEP testing, assessment of prior learning and alternative format classes on the "Ways to Earn Credit" page.

Confirmation/Deposit Form

If you would like to confirm your enrollment in our Online Degree Program please fill out this enrollment deposit form.