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Colleges / Southern Methodist University

SMU Academics

Southern Methodist University requires a minimum of 122 credit hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree. Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. Around 81% of students who started college at SMU complete all the credits required within six years. SMU offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

What Classes Do I Have To Take at SMU?

SMU has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate. Students are not required to fulfill a lanuage requirement , but there is a math and science requirement. Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.

Majors at SMU

When choosing a major, SMU students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at SMU below. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Double majoring may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to grad school.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. SMU does not require a senior project for all students.

Does SMU Offer Learning Disability Services?

SMU offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Disability Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does SMU Offer Online Classes?

SMU has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does SMU Give AP Credit?

SMU offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does SMU Have An Honor's Program?

SMU offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.

Does SMU Require Internships?

SMU does not require an internship for students in some majors only. Internships can help students gain hands on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.

SMU Majors & Subject Areas

Environmental Studies
Environmental Science
Latin American Studies
French Studies
Italian Studies
African-American/Black Studies
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
Women's Studies
Communication, General
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Public Relations/Image Management
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Information Science/Studies
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer Science
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other
Education, General
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
Music Teacher Education
Education, Other
Engineering, General
Civil Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Software Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Systems Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Operations Research
Engineering, Other
Telecommunications Technology/Technician
Engineering/Industrial Management
Chinese Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Facilities Planning and Management
Programs for Foreign Lawyers
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence
Tax Law/Taxation
English Language and Literature, General
Creative Writing
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
General Studies
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Mathematics, General
Computational Mathematics
Statistics, General
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
International/Global Studies
Sustainability Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Theology/Theological Studies
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Physics, General
Psychology, General
Clinical Psychology
Public Policy Analysis, General
International Policy Analysis
Social Sciences, General
Economics, General
Applied Economics
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Political Science and Government, General
Dance, General
Design and Applied Arts, Other
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Music, General
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Keyboard Instruments
Voice and Opera
Music Pedagogy
Fine and Studio Arts Management
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Music Therapy/Therapist
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Office Management and Supervision
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Real Estate
History, General

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