Dougherty Family College (DFC) students follow a structured liberal arts curriculum that will set you up for success in both a four-year college program and your career.
The classes at DFC are the same general core courses all undergraduates at St. Thomas take during their first two years. Since DFC courses are St. Thomas courses, you will have a smooth transition to St. Thomas four-year (bachelor's) degree programs.
Our courses are rigorous but we provide students with a lot of academic support. In addition, faculty select textbooks, readings, and design assignments that reflect and honor the rich and diverse cultural backgrounds of our students. We will challenge and support you to do your best in all of your classes. You will have an engaging and fun academic experience at DFC.
Get a glimpse of what your course schedule will look like in year one and year two as a DFC student.
The Classes You Will Take
ENGLISH 121: Critical Thinking: Literature and Writing
ENGLISH 203: Texts in Conversation, Writing Intensive
COMMUNICATIONS 100: Public Speaking
BIOLOGY 105: Human Biology
GEOLOGY 115: Environmental Geology
MATH 101: Finite Mathematics
HISTORY 115: The World Since 1900
PSYCHOLOGY 110: General Psychology
SOCIOLOGY 100: Introduction to Sociology
THEOLOGY 100: Foundations: Christian Tradition
PHILOSOPHY 110: The Person and the Good
JUSTICE AND PEACE STUDIES 250: Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies
ART HISTORY 150: Explorations in Art History
MUSIC 115: Understanding Music and Culture
FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE 120: First-Year Experience Seminar: Leading and Serving
HEALTH 250: Personal Health and Wellness
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