STMA is pleased to offer students a popular program of semester-long electives across all areas of the curriculum. 

In 2020-21 students in grades 10-12 are required to take two electives over the course of the academic year, but may take three or four as desired. Elective study periods are available.

Fall 2020 elective offerings are as follows. Enrollment will open by grade beginning August 5, 2020.


8:05-9:15 TR


Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Mr. Eaton): This is a science course for motivated students. The pace is steady and students accept much of the responsibility for their own learning. Analytical and organic topics include: periodic table, chemical reactions, gas laws, phases of matter, and acids and bases. Proficiency with algebra is expected. The class includes a laboratory component and problem-solving exercises. 


Entrepreneurship and Catholic Teaching (Mr. Govert): Have you ever thought about how businesses and wealth are created in a free market? What does the Catholic Church teach about entrepreneurship and business ownership?  Students will study successes (and failures) of real-world entrepreneurs, create their own business cases, and “pitch” ideas to a group of “investors” (”Shark Tank STMA”). 


French Literature: Romanticism to Surrealism (Mrs. Briceno): The study of French literature in the 19th and 20th centuries considers one of the richest, most tumultuous, most exciting, and most important times in French literary history. This elective does not require knowledge of French language. All works for study will be in English.


Greek Tragedy and Modern Drama (Ms. Geradts): This course will explore the Classical roots of Modern drama. We will begin with a study of Greek tragedy, examining tragedy from Aristotle's perspective and discussing both familiar and new figures. We will then take a look at Modern plays that (subtly or explicitly) take their inspiration from the Greeks.


Live a Great Story (Deacon Watkins): What does it mean to live a life that would make for a great story? This class will consider the idea of an intentional and adventurous life in faith, life, art, literature, poetry, film, and, of course, in the outdoors. If possible, we will schedule a class trip as a culmination of our studies. Smaller trips might also be possible. 


Study Period (Mr. Decker).


Sustainable Agriculture, section A (Mrs. Kirkpatrick): This class will explore sustainability in our food systems, including the economic, environmental, and social aspects of ethical farming. We will learn to apply practical methods of responsible farming in our own gardens. No virtual option.


9:20-10:30 TR


Foundations of Historical Geology (Dr. Kirkpatrick): This elective will help students build a rich understanding and appreciation of the Earth's complex and dynamic 4.6 billion year history through a close and interconnected study of three themes that define it: plate tectonics; organic evolution; and geological ("deep") time. This new course is open to all, including to students who have taken more specialized geology electives at STMA. 


Functional Fitness (Mr. Cottle): In this elective students will learn the principles of functional fitness, which is ordered toward healthy, active independent living. Students will learn how to perform the movements safely and to measure fitness. Moderate physical activity will be required. No virtual option.


Humor (Mrs. Chandler): This course will analyze various aspects and applications of humor. Students will explore the topic through the lenses of linguistics, psychology, history, etc. We will also study the creation and performance of humor in written, spoken, or visual forms. 


Sustainable Agriculture, section B (Mrs. Kirkpatrick): See above.


Study Period (Mr. Decker). 


Tolkien: Old English, Old Faith (Mr. Kirkendall): The elective will set out on a journey through imagination, fantasy, faith, and history, exploring The Lord of the Rings with an emphasis on Tolkien's Catholic faith and historical imagination as an expert in Old English language and literature. 


Introduction to Virology (Mr. Nolan): Although they cannot be viewed with a microscope, viruses have an enormous impact on life. In this elective we will learn about their physical properties, how they evolve and spread, and how they affect host organisms. We will also learn about the techniques that science has developed to fight them. All students are welcome.