Academics

Our Academic Programs Ensure a Well-Rounded Education

Located in Laurinburg, North Carolina, St. Andrews University is not your average small liberal arts and sciences school. We challenge students to create their own traditions instead of following the status quo. We encourage students to step outside of the traditional boundaries of their degree plans to try something new and give themselves a well-rounded education. St. Andrews University wants students to do more than find a career. We also want our graduates to find their passion. Students work closely with their counselors to discover what career path they want to pursue and build a degree to get them there. Our students have the opportunity to choose from 18 majors and 21 minors. Which path will you choose?

The Education Philosophy of St. Andrews

We are a student-centered institution of higher learning. At our university, our first priorities are teaching and advising students. Our academic standards and expectations are high, and we pursue academic excellence with determination and vigor. We labor diligently to help each student achieve academic success and meet personal goals, and we enjoy uncommon success in transforming the lives of our students for the better. We intentionally emphasize the development of the whole person – intellectually, socially, and spiritually – so students may achieve their fullest potential and become contributing members of society. We emphasize interdisciplinary study and the acquisition and mastery of communication skills, analytical techniques, problem-solving strategies, leadership skills, and creative expression. And, we are an institution where a sense of community and compassion prevails, where nurturing is a common feature of the educational process, and where all members contribute positively to the maintenance of a true teaching and learning environment.

St. Andrews General Education (SAGE) Courses

To give all of our students a well-rounded education, we require everyone, regardless of their academic program, to take a set number of general education courses. The St. Andrews General Education (SAGE) courses. Students must complete these courses in order to meet requirements for graduation. SAGE requirements include 7 mandatory common experience courses that total 19 credit hours. Students must also choose classes in all of the following categories:

  • 3 credits in mathematics
  • 4 credits in natural science
  • 3 credits in arts and aesthetics
  • 3 credits in humanities
  • 3 credits in social science

Choose Your Path to a Fulfilling Career

Are you ready to learn more about our degree programs? Explore your options by browsing our academic catalog. We encourage students to research any programs that are of interest to them to help them make the right decision for their career. When you’re ready to take the leap and decide on your degree program, you can declare your major online. Your advisor is always available to help you make any decisions about your degree.