College of Arts and Sciences

Interim Dean: Matt Bahr
Associate Deans:
Mia Bertagnolli, Patricia Terry
 

The College of Arts and Sciences develops women and men for others, ready to face the intellectual, vocational, and spiritual challenges of today and tomorrow.

The College is primarily responsible for delivering courses in the University Core curriculum, the center of Gonzaga’s humanistic, Catholic, Jesuit education. The departments and programs that make up the College also 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 a language requirement, as well.

Degree Programs in the College of 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 Honors curriculum, accomplished primarily through colloquia and seminars, satisfies university core requirements for those students who obtain this degree. 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 specific Honors curriculum satisfies the university core requirements for those students who obtain this degree.

Bachelor of Science, General: This is the regular B.S. degree offered by the College.

 

College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements

In addition to the general degree requirements of the University, including the University Core curriculum, students earning all Bachelor’s degrees offered by the College of Arts and Sciences must complete the following requirements:

  1. Completion of the requirements for a major within the College.
  2. Completion of a senior thesis, comprehensive exam, capstone, or other culminating experience designed by the major department.
  3. Language Requirement: Competency in a second language (classical or modern) at the intermediate level (courses numbered 201) is required for students continuing in the study of a language. Students beginning study in a language they have not previously studied can fulfill the requirement by completing one year at the beginning level (courses numbered 101-102). Non-native speakers of English who have completed the required English core credits at Gonzaga may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of this requirement.

Please note: Every degree requires a minimum of 128 completed semester credits. No core, major, minor, or concentration courses may be taken under the Pass/Fail option.

Second Language Competency

Competency in a second language (classical or modern) at the intermediate level (courses numbered 201) is required for students continuing in the study of a language. Students beginning study in a language they have not previously studied can fulfill the requirement by completing one year at the beginning level (courses numbered 101-102). Non-native speakers of English who have completed the required English core credits at Gonzaga may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of this requirement.

Additional information on this requirement can be found at

Language Requirement Information

 

Table of Credits for Degrees, Majors and Minors

Field Degree Major Minor
Applied Mathematics BS 57-59 24
  Biology Concentration 68 n.a.
  Biochemistry Concentration  67  n.a.
  Chemistry Concentration  67   n.a. 
  Computer Science Concentration  61  n.a.
  Economics Concentration 61  n.a. 
  Physics Concentration 65  n.a. 
Art BA 39 24
  Art History Concentration 48 see below
Art History (for non-Art majors)  n.a. 24
Biology BA 40 28
  Research Concentration 47-48 n.a.
Biology BS 64 28
  Research Concentration 71-72 n.a.
Biochemistry BS 70-71 n.a.
   (ACS approved option) 71-72
Broadcast and Electronic Media Studies BA 36 21
Catholic Studies n.a. n.a. 21
Chemistry BA 55 32-37
  (ACS approved option) BS 64-65 n.a.
Classical Civilizations BA 36 23
Communication Studies BA 37 21
Computer Science and Computational Thinking BA 55-59 n.a.
  Art Concentration 55-56 n.a.
  Biology Concentration 57-59  n.a. 
  Communication Studies Concentration 55-56  n.a. 
  Economics Concentration  55-56   n.a. 
  English Concentration  55-56   n.a. 
  Environmental Studies Concentration 58-59 n.a.
  Philosophy Concentration  55-56   n.a. 
  Sociology Concentration  55-56   n.a. 
  Theatre Arts Concentration  55-56   n.a. 
Conducting (for Music majors only)

n.a.

20

Criminology BA 33 18
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies n.a.  n.a.   21 
Dance BA
20
  Dance Pedagogy Concentration  35   
  Performance Concentration   35   
Economics BA 33 18
BS 45 18
English BA
21
  Writing Concentration 39 see below
  Literature Concentration  39   n.a. 
Environmental Studies BA 40 20
French* BA 19-35 12-28
German* n.a. n.a. 12-28
History BA 33 18
  Asian History n.a. n.a. 18
  Latin American History n.a. n.a. 18
  Race & Ethnic Communities n.a. n.a.  18 
Interdisciplinary Arts n.a. 20-25
International Studies*
  Asian Studies* BA 28-44 12-31
  European Studies* BA 28-44 12-31
  International Relations* BA 28-44 12-31
  Latin American Studies* BA 28-44 12-31
Italian* n.a. n.a. 12-26
Italian Studies* BA 22-36 12-26
Jazz Performance n.a. n.a. 22
Journalism BA 39 19
Mathematics BA 31 24
BS 40 24
Music BA 45-54 22
  Composition concentration 45 n.a.
  General studies concentration 45 n.a.
  Performance concentration 49 n.a.
  Sacred Music concentration 54  n.a.
Music Education BA n.a.
  Choral and General concentration 51
  Instrumental and General concentration 51
Native American Studies n.a. 21
Philosophy BA 36 21
  Kossel Concentration 44 n.a.
Physics BS 54 27
BA 54 n.a.
Political Science BA 31 18
Psychology BA 33 21
  Research Concentration 33-34
Public Relations BA 39 18
Religious Studies BA 36 18
Sociology BA 33 18
Solidarity and Social Justice n.a. 21
Spanish* BA 22-38 12-28
Theatre BA
20-21
  Performance Concentration 46-50
  Technical Theater Concentration 46-50
Visual Literacy n.a.  18 
Women's & Gender Studies n.a. 21
Writing 21

Note: *Number of credits required is dependent on non-English language competency.

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.