College of Arts and Sciences
Interim Dean: Blaine Garvin
Associate Deans: Colleen McMahon, Patricia Terry
Our Mission Statement proclaims that “Gonzaga University belongs to a long and distinguished tradition of humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit education.” This tradition comes to life in our common core curriculum, taken by all undergraduate students, and a primary work of the College of Arts and Sciences. Beyond the core, the departments and programs that make up the College offer students majors, minors, and concentrations in specialized fields, preparing them for immediate careers or for further studies. For students in Arts and Science majors, the College has its own expanded core as well.
This core curriculum lays down a student’s path toward a worthy goal – becoming a truly educated person. All people think; most can express themselves effectively in speech and writing. But the educated person has forged connections with many past and present cultures, come to understand a wider world, and honed skills to a fine point.
And at Gonzaga University graduates have been fired with compassion for others, with a strong thirst for justice and with a yearning to make a difference.
Degree Programs in Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Arts, Honors: This degree is awarded to students who pursue their basic undergraduate education under the direction of the Honors Program; a specific core curriculum is provided for those students who obtain this degree. Most general education work is done through colloquia and seminars. The degree is available in all majors within the College that offer the B.A.
Bachelor of Arts, General: This is the regular B.A. degree offered by the College; it also is available with a teaching option in some majors.
Bachelor of Science, Honors: This degree is awarded to students who complete the requirements for a major in a field which offers the B.S. and who pursue their basic undergraduate education under the direction of the Honors Program; a special core curriculum is provided for those students who obtain this degree.
Bachelor of Science, General: This is the regular B.S. degree offered by the College.
Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements
Students earning all degrees offered by the College must meet the following special requirements in addition to the general degree requirements of the University:
1) Completion of the basic subjects necessary for a general education as found in the core curriculum of the College.
2) Completion of a major within the College.
3) Completion of a Senior Thesis or Comprehensive Exam.
4) Completion of at least 104 credits within the College of Arts and Sciences of the 128 required for graduation.
5) No core, major, minor, or concentration courses may be taken under the Pass/Fail option.
Core Curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences
The core curriculum or common body of knowledge of the College of Arts and Sciences consists of 59 to 62 credits which are common to and required of all degree programs in the College: the first 31 credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) form the University Core, while the remaining 28 to 31 credits are common to all Arts and Sciences degrees.
Students should attempt to spread the core curriculum over their entire four years at Gonzaga.
I. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably in the same semester).
II. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and PHIL 400 level elective.
III. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, 200, and 300 levels: one course from each level.
IV. 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.
V. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102 or 103H or 105 or 106.
VI. 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.
VII. Fine Arts (3 credits): one course in either VART, MUSC, or THEA from courses approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.
VIII. Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS.
IX. Mathematics or Natural Science (3 credits): one course in either MATH, CPSC, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or ITEC.
X. Literature (3 credits): one British or American literature course (ENGL 201 - 285, with the exception of ENGL 250).
XI. Social Science (6 credits): CRIM 101, ECON, SOCI, POLS, or PSYC: two courses from these departments. (Psychology majors are required to take at least one non-PSYC course in satisfying the social science core requirement.)
XII. 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 Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of the foreign language or culture requirement.
XIII. 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 and Sciences (may be combined with other core or major requirements).
Table of Credits for Degrees, Majors and Minors
|Applied Communication Studies||BA||37||21|
| Research Concentration BA
|Research Concentration BS||68-69||n.a.|
|Conducting (for music majors only)||
|Latin American Studies||BA||44||31|
| Composition concentration
| General studies concentration
| Performance concentration
|Choral and General Concentration||
|Instrumental and General Concentration||
|Combined Choral, Instrumental and General Concentration||
|Tech Theater Concentration|
|Women's & Gender Studies||n.a.||21|
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.
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.