At Gonzaga, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas which the University considers essential for a liberal and humanistic education as well as a more specialized program of the student's own choosing. The University Core Curriculum consists of thirty-one semester credits. Individual schools and colleges also have core curricula of their own which compliment the University's Core.
The University Core Requirements are grouped into five basic areas:
- Thought and Expression (7 credits): This is a set of three courses designed to be taken as a block in one of the semesters of an undergraduate student's first year: ENGL 101 English Composition; PHIL 101 Critical Thinking; and SPCO 101 Speech Communication.
- Philosophy (9 credits): Three courses in Philosophy beyond PHIL 101 taken in sequence: PHIL 201 Philosophy of Human Nature; PHIL 301 Ethics; and one 400 level Philosophy elective.
- Religious Studies (9 credits): Three courses in religious studies taken in sequence: one in scriptural studies (100 level), one in Christian doctrine (200 level), and one in applied theology (300 level).
- Mathematics (3 credit): One course in mathematics (MATH) on the 100 level or above. (NURS 320 substitutes for MATH for BSN students.) Course work in Computer Science (CPSC) or courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement. MATH 203 fulfills this requirement only for teachers who graduate with certification in Elementary Education.
- English Literature (3 credits): One course in English literature (ENGL 102 or 103H).