Core Curriculum

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College of Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum

The core curriculum or common body of knowledge of the College of Arts and Sciences consists of fifty-nine to sixty-two credits which are common to and required of all degree programs in the College: the first thirty-one credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of the undergraduate catalogue) form the University Core, while the remaining twenty-eight to thirty-one credits are common to all Arts and Sciences degrees.

All students should attempt to spread the core curriculum over their entire four years at Gonzaga.

  1. Thought & Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably in the same semester).

  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and PHIL 400-level elective.

  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, 200, and 300 levels: one course from each level.

  4. Mathematics (3 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course on the 100 level or above. NURS 320 is substituted for a MATH course for BSN students; MATH 203 fulfills this requirement only for students who graduate with certification in Elementary Education.

  5. English Literature (3 credits): one course in ENGL 102, 105, or 106.

  6. History (6 credits):  HIST 101 and either HIST 102 or HIST 112. HIST 201 or 202 may be substituted for one 100-level course.  Courses can be taken in any order.

  7. Fine Arts (3 credits): one course in either VART, MUSC, or THEA from courses approved by Dean of Arts and Sciences.

  8. Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS.

  9. Mathematics or Natural Science (3 credits): one course (100-level or above) in either BIOL, CHEM, CPSC, ITEC, MATH,  or PHYS.

  10. Literature (3 credits): one British or American literature course (ENGL 201 - 285, with the exception of ENGL 250).

  11. Social Science (6 credits): CRIM 101, WGST 202, WGST 303, ECON, SOCI, POLS, or PSYC: two courses from these departments.

  12. Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): one course in any foreign language (classical or modern) or one (foreign culture) course approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Foreign-language speaking students from foreign cultures who have completed the nine English core credits at Gonzaga prior to their fourth year (last thirty credits) may petition the Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of the Foreign Language or Culture requirement.

  13. Social Justice (3 credits): one course on Social Justice issues related to experiences of difference (like race, class, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation), from courses approved by the Dean of Arts & Sciences (may be combined with other core or major requirements).

Non-Arts and Sciences Courses

It is assumed that students will choose their electives or optional minor program from departments within the College. Of the 128 credits required for graduation, students must earn at least 104 within Arts and Sciences departments. Economics courses are within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Teacher Certification

In order to obtain a teaching certificate, students need to complete a degree with an appropriate major and also to complete professional educational requirements. Since most future teachers obtain their degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, they have an academic advisor in that college. In addition they need an advisor from the Teacher Education Department, who is usually assigned to them when they register for EDTE 101L.

Students who complete the Initial Teacher Certification Program at the time of graduation may reduce the number of credits within the College of Arts and Sciences to 94.


Table of Credits for Degrees, Majors and Minors


Field Degree Major Minor Concentration
Advertising -- -- 27 --
Applied Communication Studies BA 37 21 --
Art BA 39 24 --
Biology

BA

BS

40

62

33

33

--

--

Broadcast & Electronic Media Studies BA 37 21 --
Catholic Studies -- -- -- 21
Chemistry

BA

BS

49-50

63

31-35

31-35

--

--

Biochemistry BS 76 --. --
Classical Civilization BA 35 23 --
Criminal Justice BA 34 18 --
Dance -- -- 22-23 --
Economics

BA

BS

33

45

18

18

--

--

English BA 36 21 --
Environmental Studies BA 36 20 23
French BA 35 28 --
German -- -- 28 --
History BA 33 18 --
International Studies/Asian Studies BA 44 31 --
International Studies/International Relations BA 44 31 --
International Studies/European Studies BA 44 31 --
International Studies/Latin American Studies BA 44 31 --
Italian -- -- 28 --
Italian Studies BA 38 25 --
Journalism BA 36 25 --
Jazz -- -- 20 --
Mathematics

BA

BS

31

40

24

24

--

--

Math/Computer Science BS 49 -- --
Music: Composition BA 40 -- --
Music: Literature BA 39 20 --
Music: Liturgical BA 50 -- --
Music: Performance BA 44 20 --
Music Education BA 48-54 -- --
Philosophy BA 38 20 --
Physics BS 53 28 --
Political Science BA 31 18 --
Psychology BA 34 22 --
Public Relations BA 38-39 24 --
Religious Studies BA 33 18 --
Sociology BA 34 18 --
Spanish BA 35 28 --
Theatre Arts BA 45-47 17-18 --
Women's & Gender Studies -- -- -- 21
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