Art

Chairperson: Daniel Butterworth
Leo Kreielsheimer Professor of Fine Arts: 
M. Rude
Professors:  M. Farrell, T. Gieber (Emeritus), S. Parker
Assistant Professors: M. McCormick, L. Truitt

Gonzaga’s Art Department offers students the opportunity to investigate a variety of visual experiences through a study of both the studio arts and art history.

The department offers one major and two minors:

Bachelor of Arts, Art major
Minor in Art
Minor in Art History

The department is located in the Jundt Art Center. The Jundt Art Center maintains studios in ceramics, design, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. A theatre-style lecture hall provides space for art history, visiting artist lectures, and video/film presentations. Some of the department's courses are offered at Gonzaga-in-Florence.

The Jundt Art Museum provides collection, storage, and exhibit areas for Gonzaga University's permanent art collection and the ability to not only provide exhibit space for student and faculty art, but changing exhibits of local, regional, national, and international artwork. The museum maintains a print study room for student, faculty, and community use and provides a lounge overlooking the Spokane River for art receptions and related activities.  The department reserves the right to retain selected art work done by its students in fulfillment of course requirements.

For students intending to go to graduate school, additional work beyond the minimum major requirements is strongly encouraged.

B.A. Major in Art: 39-48 Credits

Lower Division
VART 101 Drawing I 3 credits
One of the following two courses: 3 credits

VART 112 Design Fundamentals

VART 230 3-D Design

VART 141 Ceramics I 3 credits
VART 190 Art Survey: Prehistoric-Medieval 3 credits
VART 191 Art Survey: Renaissance-Modern 3 credits
VART 201 Drawing II 3 credits
VART 221 Painting I 3 credits
Upper Division
No concentration: 18 credits
One of the following two courses: 3 credits

VART 350 Beginning Printmaking

VART 351 Beginning Screen Printing

VART 385 Figure Drawing I 3 credits
Two of the following five courses: 6 credits

VART 394 Special Topics in Art History

VART 395 Art in the 19th Century

VART 396 Art in the 20th Century

VART 407/WGST 350 Women Artists

VART 408 History of Photography

VART Studio Electives * 3 credits
VART 499 Senior Seminar 3 credits
Art History Concentration: 27 credits
    (for Art Majors only)
One of the following two courses: 3 credits

VART 350 Beginning Printmaking

VART 351 Beginning Screen Printing

VART 385 Figure Drawing I 3 credits
VART 395 Art in the 19th Century 3 credits
VART 396 Art in the 20th Century 3 credits
VART Studio Electives * 3 credits
Any three of the following electives: ** 9 credits

VART 394 Special Topics in Art History

VART 403/HIST 302 The Ancient City

VART 404/HIST 307 The Archaeology of Ancient Greece

VART 405/HIST 308 The Archaeology of Ancient Rome

VART 406/HIST 366 American Culture and Ideas

VART 407/WGST 350 Women Artists

VART 408 History of Photography

VART 498 Independent Research

VART 499 Senior Seminar 3 credits

Minor in Art: 24 credits

Lower Division
VART 101 Drawing I 3 credits
One of the following two courses: 3 credits

VART 112 Design Fundamentals

VART 230 3-D Design

VART Elective 3 credits
Upper Division
One of the following five courses: 3 credits

VART 394 Special Topics in Art History

VART 395 Art in the 19th Century

VART 396 Art in the 20th Century

VART 407/WGST 350 Women Artists

VART 408 History of Photography

VART Studio Electives * 12 credits

*Please note that several upper-division studio art classes have 200-level prerequisites. 
Please carefully check the undergraduate catalog for course descriptions and prerequisites.

Minor in Art History: 24 credits

  (for non-Art Majors; Art Majors may declare a concentration in Art History)

Lower Division
VART 101 Drawing I 3 credits
One of the following three studio courses: 3 credits

VART 112 Design Fundamentals

VART 141 Ceramics I

VART 221 Painting I

VART 190 Art Survey: Prehistoric-Medieval 3 credits
VART 191 Art Survey: Renaissance-Modern 3 credits
Upper Division
VART 395 Art in the 19th Century 3 credits
VART 396 Art in the 20th Century 3 credits
Any two of the following electives: ** 6 credits

VART 394 Special Topics in Art History

VART 403/HIST 302 The Ancient City

VART 404/HIST 307 The Archaeology of Ancient Greece

VART 405/HIST 308 The Archaeology of Ancient Rome

VART 406/HIST 366 American Culture and Ideas

VART 407/WGST 350 Women Artists

VART 408 History of Photography

VART 498 Independent Research

**A maximum of two upper-division art history courses in study abroad programs may be substituted for the upper-division elective requirements, with prior approval from Department Chair.

Lower Division
VART 101 Drawing I
3.00 credits
The graphic representation of visual reality in a variety of media; emphasis is directed toward an understanding of observation, form, line, value, composition, and space. Fall and Spring.
VART 112 Design Fundamentals
3.00 credits
A fundamentals course bridging artistic intention and compositional conclusion: problem-based studies based on the visual elements and principles of design theory. Should be taken before the junior year. Fall and Spring.
VART 115 Art Appreciation
3.00 credits
An introduction to the visual arts of the Western world. The basic premise of the course stems from a conviction that painting, sculpture, and architecture reflect the times and places that produced them. Fall and Spring.
VART 141 Ceramics I
3.00 credits
A basic experience with clay. Emphasis on hand building techniques with an introduction to wheel forming. Secondary emphasis on developing fundamentals of clay and glaze technology. Fall and Spring.
VART 170 Photographic Art
3.00 credits
A survey of the role of photography in media and art as well as contemporary human experience. The course emphasizes creative control of digital cameras and an understanding of the principles of photography in creating images with technical and high aesthetic value.
VART 190 ArtSurvey:Prehistoric-Medieval
3.00 credits
A study of art and architecture from the Prehistoric era to the late Middle Ages. Fall.
VART 191 Art Survey:Renaissance-Modern
3.00 credits
A study of art and architecture from the late Middle Ages to modern times. Spring.
VART 192 Independent Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be determined by faculty.
VART 193 FYS:
3.00 credits
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces new Gonzaga students to the University, the Core Curriculum, and Gonzaga’s Jesuit mission and heritage. While the seminars will be taught by faculty with expertise in particular disciplines, topics will be addressed in a way that illustrates approaches and methods of different academic disciplines. The seminar format of the course highlights the participatory character of university life, emphasizing that learning is an active, collegial process.
VART 201 Drawing II
3.00 credits
A continuation of VART 101. Spring.
Prerequisite:
VART 101 Minimum Grade: D
VART 202 Figure Drawing in Florence
3.00 credits
Focuses on traditional drawing techniques and methods for depicting the physicality of the body and of space. VART 101 recommended as a pre-requisite but not required. Florence campus only.
VART 212 Sculpture Materials & Design I
3.00 credits
Explores the principal elements of design through sculpture and drawing projects. Students will develop their structural and perceptual senses, with a special emphasis on 3-D perception. Florence campus only.
VART 221 Painting I
3.00 credits
Basic problems in oil techniques, explorations in still life, landscape, and the human figure. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
VART 101 Minimum Grade: D
VART 222 Painting II
3.00 credits
A continuation of VART 221. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
VART 221 Minimum Grade: D
VART 230 3-D Design
3.00 credits
A foundational course focused on the principles and elements of design for three-dimensional/sculptural art. Students learn how to turn a concept/idea into a three-dimensional work of art. Spring.
VART 241 Ceramics II
3.00 credits
Qualities of form, function, and style are explored by means of wheel forming. Glaze development and approaches to firing techniques are introduced. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
VART 141 Minimum Grade: D
VART 292 Directed Studio
1.00- 3.00 credits
Variable credit, directed study for the student with a limited schedule. Studio work by arrangement. Fall and Spring.
VART 293 Introduction to Florence
3.00 credits
A survey of Florentine history from its origins to 1400, with special reference to the artistic, social, and literary developments of the 13th and 14th centuries. Florence campus only.
VART 294 Florence of the Medici
3.00 credits
A study of the artistic, social, and literary developments in Florence from the time of Savonarola through the Florence of Michelangelo, Cosimo I, Galileo, and the Grand Dukes. Florence campus only.
VART 295 Spanish Art-Modern and Contemp
3.00 credits
Granada campus only.
Equivalent:
SPAN 434 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
VART 296 Span Art-Ancient & Medieval
3.00 credits
Granada campus only.
Equivalent:
SPAN 433 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
Upper Division
VART 312 Sculpture Materials &Design II
3.00 credits
Explores the principal elements of design through sculpture and drawing projects. Students will develop their structural and perceptual senses, with a special emphasis on 3-D perception. Florence campus only.
VART 322 Fresco
3.00 credits
Exploration of Fresco techniques. Both buon and fresco secco are introduced. Students have hands-on experience and produce a fresco image during the course. Florence campus only.
VART 323 Painting III
3.00 credits
Advanced problems in figurative art with emphasis on painting the human figure and landscape. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
VART 222 Minimum Grade: D
VART 324 Painting IV
3.00 credits
A continuation of VART 323. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
VART 323 Minimum Grade: D
VART 341 Intermediate Ceramics Projects
3.00 credits
A directed study of specific throwing and/or hand building techniques. Studio processes of glaze development and firing practices will be introduced.
Prerequisite:
VART 241 Minimum Grade: D
VART 349 Special Topics in Studio Art
3.00 credits
Topics to be determined by instructor.
VART 350 Beginning Printmaking
3.00 credits
Introduces students to the development of imagery through a variety of etching and relief processes. Fall
Prerequisite:
VART 101 Minimum Grade: D
VART 351 Beginning Screen Printing
3.00 credits
Introduces students to the development of imagery through the screen printing process. Spring.
Prerequisite:
VART 101 Minimum Grade: D
VART 352 Intermediate Printmaking
3.00 credits
This course adds new printmaking techniques to the processes learned in beginning printmaking, refines the abilities already learned and expands the student's knowledge about image development through the printmaking process. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
VART 350 Minimum Grade: D or VART 351 Minimum Grade: D
VART 360 Museum Studies
3.00 credits
An exploration of the value and function of museums. History of Italian museums as outstanding examples of European Culture from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. Florence campus only. Can be substituted for one Art History requirement for Art majors.
VART 385 Figure Drawing I
3.00 credits
Basic problems in developing the human figure and experiments with a variety of drawing media. Florence campus and main campus. Fall and Spring.
VART 386 Figure Drawing II
3.00 credits
A continuation of VART 385. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite:
VART 385 Minimum Grade: D
VART 393 Special Topics Study Abroad
3.00- 4.00 credits
Topic determined by instructor.
VART 394 Special Topics in Art History
3.00 credits
Consult instructor for topic as it will vary each semester. May be repeated for credit.
VART 395 Art in The 19th Century
3.00 credits
A survey of European and American art from c. 1789 to 1914. Special emphasis placed on the relationship between art and political revolution, Orientalism and "Primitivism" in the visual arts, the rise of landscape painting, the invention of photography, and the formation of an avant-garde identity in the nineteenth century. Fall.
VART 396 Art in the 20th Century
3.00 credits
A survey of European and American art from the 1890's to 1990's. Course topics include: the relationship between avant-garde culture and political radicalism; "Primitivism" in western art; the machine aesthetic; abstraction and its meanings; the influence and role of photography in modern culture; and the emergence of alternative and experimental visual media in the 1960's and 1970's. Spring.
VART 397 Renaissance Art
3.00 credits
A survey of the painting, sculpture, and architecture of Italy, 1400-1600. Florence campus only.
VART 398 Roman Art & Architecture
3.00 credits
Examines the major trends and developments in art and architecture from the Roman Republic (500 B.C.) to the reign of Constantine the Great (A.D. 306-337). Florence campus only.
VART 401 Renaissance Architecture
3.00 credits
Renaissance Architecture, civil engineering, and design from Brunelleschi to Leonardo and Michelangelo and the interdependence of such fields to Florentine humanism and the development of European modernity. Florence campus only.
VART 402 The Image of God
3.00 credits
A comparative study in religious art and architecture between the Western world and traditional Far Eastern aesthetics (Chinese and Japanese), focusing on the basic element of spirituality. Florence campus only.
VART 403 The Ancient City
3.00 credits
This course is a survey of the development of the city in the ancient world. Students will explore urban forms and processes as they are shaped by - and as they shape - their social, cultural, economic and physical contexts. The course will focus on representative urban centers of the ancient Near East, Egypt, and the Mediterranean world, tracing the evolution of ancient urbanism from the Near East to the classical worlds of Greece and Rome.
Prerequisite:
HIST 101 Minimum Grade: D or WGST 271C Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
HIST 302 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
VART 404 Archaeology of Ancient Greece
3.00 credits
This course examines the techniques and methods of Classical Archaeology as revealed through an examination of the major monuments and artifacts of Ancient Greece and its neighbors. Architecture, sculpture, vase and fresco painting, and the minor arts are all examined, from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period. We consider the nature of this archaeological evidence, and the relationship of classical archaeology to other disciplines such as history, art history, and the classical languages.
Prerequisite:
HIST 101 Minimum Grade: D or WGST 271C Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
HIST 307 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
VART 405 Archaeology of Ancient Rome
3.00 credits
This course examines the techniques and methods of classical archaeology as revealed through an examination of the major monuments and artifacts of ancient Rome and its neighbors. Architecture, sculpture, vase and fresco painting, and the minor arts are all examined, from the Early Iron Age through the Late Roman period. We consider the nature of this archaeological evidence, and the relationship of classical archaeology to other disciplines such as history, art history, and the classical languages.
Prerequisite:
HIST 101 Minimum Grade: D or WGST 271C Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
HIST 308 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
VART 406 American Cultures and Ideas
3.00 credits
This course will examine American history through an exploration of its culture. Throughout this course we will work towards defining what culture is, how it shapes expectations and assumption, how it motivates human actions and interactions, and how it is bound by time and place. Each student’s ability to critically read cultural sources from an appropriately historical frame of reference will be tested in a variety of assignments, including weekly readings, writing assignments, and active class participation.
Equivalent:
HIST 366 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
VART 407 Women Artists
3.00 credits
An introduction to women as creators of fine and decorative art within North America and Europe from the late 18th C. to today. The course also addresses how women have been represented in art by men and other women.
Equivalent:
WGST 350 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
VART 408 History of Photography
3.00 credits
An introduction to the origins and history of photography from the 1830’s to today. Spring, even-numbered years.
VART 421 Advanced Painting Projects
3.00 credits
Advanced oil painting problems in still-life, figure and landscape.
Prerequisite:
VART 324 Minimum Grade: D
VART 432 CIS:
3.00 credits
The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) engages the Year Four Question: “Imagining the possible: What is our role in the world?” by offering students a culminating seminar experience in which students integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the Core, and their disciplinary expertise. Each section of the course will focus on a problem or issue raised by the contemporary world that encourages integration, collaboration, and problem solving. The topic for each section of the course will be proposed and developed by each faculty member in a way that clearly connects to the Jesuit Mission, to multiple disciplinary perspectives, and to our students’ future role in the world.
VART 441 Advanced Ceramics Projects
3.00 credits
Exploration of advanced glazing and firing techniques. Emphasis is on developing individual expression in ceramic form.
Prerequisite:
VART 341 Minimum Grade: D
VART 442 Ceramic Materials
3.00 credits
A study of glaze theory and empirical formulation methods. Coursework is designed for the advanced student contemplating graduate school or a professional career in the studio. Upon sufficient demand.
Prerequisite:
VART 241 Minimum Grade: D
VART 443 Kiln Design and Construction
3.00 credits
An exploration of kiln types, firing methods, and chamber designs. A kiln will be constructed and fired. Upon sufficient demand.
Prerequisite:
VART 241 Minimum Grade: D
VART 450 Advanced Printmaking Projects
3.00 credits
This course continues to refine the abilities already learned and expands the student's knowledge about printmaking. The emphasis is on idea development in combination with technical skills to create a body of work through printed means. Individual exploration is encouraged and challenged through critical dialogue in combination with the teacher and fellow students. Course can be repeated.
Prerequisite:
VART 352 Minimum Grade: D
VART 466 Philosophy of Art
3.00 credits
An analysis of beauty, creativity, and taste according to the theories of Aristotle, Plato, Aquinas, and some contemporary philosophers. Several representative works from all areas of the fine arts are examined in the light of the aesthetic principles of classical philosophy.
Equivalent:
PHIL 472 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
VART 472 Creative Filmmaking
3.00 credits
An exploration of moving images and digital video as they relate to documentary films and art. Students learn how artists employ digital video and moving images in their artistic work. They also learn how to apply fundamental visual strategies of digital media and technological tools, including media editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, to the creation and editing of video. Lab fee. Fall.
Prerequisite:
INMD 101 Minimum Grade: D and (VART 170 Minimum Grade: D or JOUR 170 Minimum Grade: D or JOUR 270 Minimum Grade: D or SOSJ 261 Minimum Grade: D)
Equivalent:
INMD 410 - Taken before Spring 2020
VART 485 Advanced Drawing Projects
3.00 credits
Exploration of advanced drawing techniques.
Prerequisite:
VART 386 Minimum Grade: D
VART 492 Independent Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Specialized study by arrangement with individual studio faculty.
VART 497 Art Internship
.00- 6.00 credits
Professional work experience in an art-related field. Fall, Spring, and Summer.
VART 498 Research
1.00- 3.00 credits
Individual research on an art topic approved by and arranged with a faculty member.
VART 499 Senior Seminar
3.00 credits
Required of Art Majors. Open to art minors by departmental invitation only. A seminar designed to prepare the graduating student for vocations in art or postgraduate studies, culminating with a public exhibition of the senior's portfolio demonstrating learned skills. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Spring.
 
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

 

In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.

The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.

Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?

  • The First-Year Seminar (DEPT 193, 3 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of FYS courses).  
  • Writing (ENGL 101, 3 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
  • Communication & Speech (COMM 100, 3 credits): This course introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.
  • Scientific Inquiry (BIOL 104/104L, CHEM 104/104L, or PHYS 104/104L, 3 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
  • Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.

Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?

  • Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
  • Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses) .

Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?

  • Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?” 

  • Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of CIS courses).

The Broadening Courses

  • Fine Arts & Design (VART, MUSC, THEA, 3 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
  • Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

The Designations
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.

  • Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Writing (ENGL 101), which carries one of the WE designations, students must take two other WE-designated courses (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Major-specific adaptations to the University Core Curriculum

All Gonzaga students, regardless of their major, will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. However some Gonzaga students will satisfy certain core requirements through major-specific programs or courses. Any major-specific adaptations to the core are described with the requirements for the majors to which they apply.