Sport and Physical Education

Chair: Karen Rickel

Bachelor of Education in Kinesiology and Physical Education

Bachelor of Education in Sport Management

The Bachelor of Education in Kinesiology and Physical Education curriculum prepares professionals who can design, deliver, and direct life-enhancing health, fitness, physical education, and sport programs. First and foremost, students are trained in pedagogical practices that help others to reach their highest potential through a humanistic approach to wellness. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to work in school, community, clinical, and commercial/corporate settings to instruct, coach, and evaluate health, fitness, and sport-related activities. Additionally, this degree can serve as the path to graduate studies in kinesiology, exercise physiology, and pedagogy programs.

This program offers four pathway options for students:

B.Ed. in Kinesiology & Physical Education with Teacher Certification: prepares students to teach to Health and Physical Education at the pre K-12 level.  This certification has reciprocity in all States.

B.Ed. in Kinesiology & Physical Education with Fitness Specialist Concentration: prepares students to pursue careers in the fitness industry and as fitness club programmers, fitness club managers/owners, or providers of fitness and health-related programming for individuals, groups, or corporations.

B.Ed. in Kinesiology & Physical Education non-certification and non-fitness students can select a minor of their choice such as Sport Management or General Business.

Minor in Kinesiology & Physical Education: this option could pair with students pursing a Sport Management major.

For a complete listing of courses required for teaching certification contact the Program Director.

The Bachelor of Education in Sport Management prepares students for a variety of positions within the sport industry. This degree also prepares students for graduate studies in Athletic Administration, Sport Management, or related disciplines. It is strongly recommended that Sport Management majors pursue an advisor-approved minor such as General Business, Communications, or other relevant specialty areas. The Sport and Physical Education department also offers a 24-credit minor in Sport Management.

Activity Course Offering:  The Sport and Physical Education Department also offers a large number of activity courses (EDPE 101-189) which are open to students throughout the University. Activity courses may be repeated for credit.

B.Ed. Major in Kinesiology and Physical Education: 51-64 Credits

Lower Division
EDPE 190 Foundations of Health, Sport and Physical Education 3 credits
EDPE 200-204 Professional Method Labs 8 credits
EDPE 220 Ergonomics in Sport and Physical Activity 3 credits
EDPE 222 Health and Human Movement 3 credits
EDPE 224 Nutrition for Health and Fitness 3 credits
EDPE 276 and EDPE 276L Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Fitness 4 credits
Upper Division
EDPE 311 Health, Fitness, and Physical Education Pedagogical Principles 3 credits
EDPE 312 Health Methods for Diverse Populations  3 credits
EDPE 315 Adapted Physical Education & Sport 3 credits
EDPE 340 Psy-Social Aspects of Sport Activity
3 credits
EDPE 377 and EDPE 377L Scientific Principles: Physical Education, Health and Fitness 4 credits
EDPE 420 Motor Development and Learning 3 credits
One of the following two courses: 3-4 credits
EDPE 413 Health, Fitness & Physical Education Programming & Evaluation
EDPE 477/EDPE 477L Advanced Fitness Assessment and Evaluation
At least one of the following three options:
EDPE 495 Health and Fitness Student Teaching
12 credits
EDPE 496A/EDPE 496B/EDPE 496C Practicum
2-3 credits
EDPE 497A/EDPE 497B/EDPE 497C Field Experience
1-3 credits
EDPE 499 Comprehensive Senior Exam 0 credits


Fitness Specialist concentration: 16 credits


EDPE 202A Health and Fitness Club Management 3 credits
EDPE 205 Sport and Activity in a Diversity Society 3 credits
EDPE 207 Sport and Fitness in the Digital Age 3 credits
EDPE 378 Kinesiology for Health and Fitness 3 credits
EDPE 480 Fitness Program Planning and Management 3 credits
EDPE 481 Fitness Specialist Capstone Seminar 1 credit


Minor in Kinesiology and Physical Education: 29-30 credits

Lower Division


EDPE 190 Foundations of Health, Sport and Physical Education 3 credits
EDPE 200 Fitness Training Methods 2 credits
EDPE 201, EDPE 203, or EDPE 204 Professional Method Labs 2 credits
EDPE 222 Health and Human Movement 3 credits
EDPE 276 and EDPE 276L Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Fitness 4 credits
Upper Division
EDPE 311 Health, Fitness, and Physical Education Pedagogical Principles  3 credits
EDPE 315 Adapted Physical Education & Sport 3 credits
EDPE 377 and EDPE 377L Scientific Principles: Physical Education, Health, and Fitness 4 credits
EDPE 413 Health, Fitness & Physical Education Programming & Evaluation 3 credits
EDPE 496A/EDPE 496B/EDPE 496C Practicum 2-3 credits

B.Ed. Major in Sport Management: 42 credits

Lower Division
EDPE 190 Foundations of Health, Sport and Physical Education 3 credits
EDPE 202A Health and Fitness Club Management 3 credits
EDPE 205 Sport and Activity in a Diverse Society 3 credits
EDPE 207 Sport and Fitness in the Digital Age 3 credits
EDPE 222 Health and Human Movement 3 credits
Upper Division
EDPE 321 Sport Facility Management 3 credits
EDPE 340 Psy-Social Aspects of Sport Activity 3 credits
EDPE 400 Sport Sponsorship and Promotions 3 credits
EDPE 412 Administration of Sport and Athletics 3 credits
EDPE 414 Ethical and Legal Aspects in Sport 3 credits
EDPE 432 Capstone Integration Seminar 3 credits
One EDPE 300-400 level elective (not previously taken) 3 credits
EDPE 496D Sport Management Internship I 3 credits
EDPE 496E Sport Management Internship II 3 credits

Minor in Sport Management: 24 credits

Lower Division
EDPE 190 Foundations of Health, Sport and Physical Education 3 credits
EDPE 205 Sport and Activity in a Diverse Society 3 credits
Upper Division
EDPE 321 Sport Facility Management 3 credits
EDPE 412 Administration of Sport and Athletics 3 credits
EDPE 496D Sport Management Internship I 3 credits
Choose three of the following four courses: 9 credits
EDPE 207 Sport and Fitness in the Digital Age

EDPE 400 Sport Sponsorship and Promotions

EDPE 414 Ethical and Legal Aspects in Sport

EDPE 485 Special Topics
(May repeat once for a total of 6 credits.)

Lower Division
EDPE 101 Tai Chi
1.00 credit
Tai Chi is a unique exercise system which consists of a sequence of slow, relaxed movements. Its benefits in the areas of health, fitness, relaxation, concentration and self-defense are well known. Tai Chi helps restore and maintain natural health as well as stretches, strengthens, and relaxes the entire body. Tai Chi is a gentle exercise suited to all age groups and can be used as a valuable method of stress management.
EDPE 102 Basketball and Softball
1.00 credit
This class will provide students with a progressive sequence of skills and activities designed to offer a basic understanding in both Basketball and Softball. Game strategies, techniques, terminology, rules and safety will be covered in this class. Students will participate in organized games and skill competitions against classmates. Offered on sufficient demand.
EDPE 103 Basketball and Flag Football
1.00 credit
This class will provide students with a progressive sequence of skills and activities designed to offer a basic understanding in both basketball and flag football. Game strategies, techniques, terminology, rules and safety will be covered in this class. Students will participate in organized games and skill competitions against classmates. This class is only offered in the fall.
EDPE 104 Varsity Basketball
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Basketball Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 105 Varsity Basketball Condition
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Basketball Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 106 Varsity Cheerleading
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Cheerleading Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 107 Novice Crew Conditioning
1.00 credit
Members of the Crew Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 108 Beginning Bowling
1.00 credit
Students will be provided with a progressive sequence of skills and activities designed to provide a basic understanding of bowling. This class will cover bowling strategies, techniques, terminology, etiquette and safety concepts. In addition, this course is designed to provide competition in a fun environment. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 109 League Bowling
1.00 credit
This course allows Gonzaga students to take part in organized league bowling through North Bowl Lanes. The students will meet once a week and bowl three games in teams consisting of 4 players. At the end of the 13 weeks, students will take part in a league tournament. Students have the option of taking this class for credit or non-credit. This is an off-campus course. Students are responsible for paying the league fee costs directly to North Bowl Lanes.
EDPE 110 X-Biking
1.00 credit
This interval based cycling class will work your entire body. Classes are taught using the stationary x-bikes, which allow users to engage their upper body and core while the legs do the pedaling.
EDPE 111 Indoor Soccer
1.00 credit
This activity class will focus on the fundamental skills and rules of indoor soccer. This class will be held at the SYSA Indoor Soccer Center and will be taught by experienced soccer coaches. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 112 Crew Conditioning
1.00 credit
Instructor Permission and Crew Team only
EDPE 113 CrossFit
1.00 credit
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning system built on constantly varied, functional movements executed at high level of intensity appropriate for the individual. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains; cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. This course is appropriate for all levels of fitness and/or experience. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 114 Zumba
1.00 credit
Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International Music-dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Zumba utilizes the principals of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. It targets areas such as the glutes, legs, arms, abdominals and the heart. It is a mixture of body sculpting movements with easy to follow dance steps.
EDPE 115 Aerobics
1.00 credit
Geared to all who want to sweat and have fun in a group fitness class. Classes will be a combination of step and floor aerobics, aerobic kickboxing, circuit training, body toning, and general cardiovascular workouts. Classes vary by day and instructor focus.
EDPE 116 Cardio Pump
1.00 credit
Cardio Pump is a barbell class that will strengthen and tone your entire body. This 50-minute workout will challenge all of your major muscle groups by using exercises like squats, presses, lifts and curls in high repetition set to music.
EDPE 117 Social Dance
1.00 credit
Students will learn the fundamentals of swing, salsa and ballroom styles of dance. Social dancing provides an outlet for increasing an individual's social, mental, and physiological development in a fun, low pressure environment. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 118 Barre Long and Lean
1.00 credit
Barre Long and Lean is a full body workout that yields powerful results quickly. Classes utilize a ballet barre to build long, lean muscles and functional body. Components of class include yoga, Pilates, strength training and stretching. No experience is necessary and all levels of fitness are welcome. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 120 Varsity Baseball
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Baseball Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 121 Baseball Conditioning
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Baseball Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 122 Varsity Track
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Track Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 123 Varsity Cross Country
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Cross Country Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 124 Beginning Fencing
1.00 credit
Students will be provided with a progressive sequence of skills and activities designed to offer a basic understanding of fencing including strategies, techniques, terminology, and safety concepts. Lab fee required.
EDPE 125 Intermediate-Advanced Fencing
1.00 credit
EDPE 126 Beginning Golf
1.00 credit
Each session will consist of a review of basic fundamentals of grip, stance, ball positioning and swing mechanics. The first session will include: course overview, safety concerns in the game of golf and putting. The second session will be chipping; the third session will consist of swings with the short irons; the fourth session will cover the full swing with mid irons; the fifth session will cover full swing with woods; the sixth and final session will go over bunker play, course review and etiquette. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 127 Intermediate-Advanced Golf
1.00 credit
This course is a continuation from EDPE 126. It is designed to provide more advanced instruction for individuals with greater than beginning skills. It will discuss and emphasize stroke refinement and special play situations. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 128 Varsity Golf
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Golf Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 129 Self Defense/Judo
1.00 credit
The purpose of this class is for the student to develop the skills necessary to participate in the martial art of judo, as well as basic self-defense skills. It is also designed to provide an avenue to maintain a quality physical and mental outlet to lead a healthier lifestyle. The course will include standing basics, moving basics, kata, and basic throwing and falling techniques.
EDPE 130 Triathlon Training
1.00 credit
The emphasis of this course will be on preparing students for triathlon events, with skill development in the areas of swimming, biking and running. This course will incorporate a variety of training methods to ensure progressive development of individual cardiovascular fitness.
EDPE 131 Beginning Karate
1.00 credit
During this class, students can expect to learn not only the basics of traditional karate, but also proper etiquette, Chinese and Japanese terminology, as well as proper breathing techniques. It is expected that students know and follow the proper etiquette rules of the karate teachings. This will be learned and displayed through the controlled fighting situations in the class. This class is designed to cultivate the virtues of humility, strength of character, creativity, decisiveness, patience, and respect for others.
EDPE 132 Intermediate Karate
1.00 credit
A continuation of EDPE 131-01, students can expect to expand their knowledge of traditional karate, etiquette, and Chinese and Japanese terminology. It is expected that students know and follow the proper etiquette rules of the karate teachings. This will be learned and displayed through the controlled fighting situations in the class. This class is designed to cultivate the virtues of humility, strength of character, creativity, decisiveness, patience, and respect for others.
EDPE 133 Advanced Karate
1.00 credit
A continuation of EDPE 132, students can expect to continue to expand their knowledge of traditional karate, etiquette, and Chinese and Japanese terminology. It is expected that students know and follow the proper etiquette rules of the karate teachings. This will be learned and displayed through the controlled fighting situations in the class. This class is designed to cultivate the virtues of humility, strength of character, creativity, decisiveness, patience, and respect for others.
EDPE 136 Scuba
1.00 credit
The purpose of an Open Water Diver Scuba Diving course is to equip each student with the proper knowledge and skills to become a safe and independent diver. The goal of this class is to work towards becoming a certified, safe and educated diver that respects and enjoys the underwater world. All academics and water skills will be taught in a realistic manner with references to practical diving situations. Students must pass a swim test in order to participate. Lab fee required.
EDPE 137 Ski Conditioning
1.00 credit
This course is designed to get students ready for ski and snowboarding season. Ski Conditioning is an intense concentration of exercises that complement the basic movement of skiing and snowboarding. The emphasis is on improving the general level of body conditioning, flexibility, and improvement of cardiovascular fitness as they relate to skiing and snowboarding. Offered on sufficient demand. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 138 Alpine Skiing
1.00 credit
This course is open to both non-skiers and skiers of various abilities. You'll have fun while learning or improving your ski skills and get credit at the same time. Students have the option of enrolling in classes at 49 Degrees North or Mt. Spokane. The course runs for six consecutive weeks. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required. This class is only offered in the spring.
EDPE 139 Ski Racing
1.00 credit
Offered on sufficient demand.
EDPE 140 Snowboarding
1.00 credit
This course is open to snowboarders of all abilities. You'll have fun while learning or improving your snowboarding skills and get credit at the same time. Students have the option of enrolling in classes at 49 Degrees North or Mt. Spokane. The course runs for six consecutive Saturdays. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required. This class is only offered in the spring.
EDPE 142 Snowsport Inst Training
1.00- 2.00 credits
This course is designed to prepare students to be alpine and/or snowboard instructors in accordance with the Professional Ski Instructors (PSIA) and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) certification standards. Course will consist of classroom activities and simulations with additional, optional, on hill training, and Level I or II, PSIA/AASI certification exams. Offered on sufficient demand.
EDPE 144 Swimmers
1.00 credit
A course offered to all level of swimmers who want to enhance their health through swimming or refine their swimming techniques. Offered on sufficient demand.
EDPE 145 Varsity Soccer
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Soccer Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 146 Soccer and Volleyball
1.00 credit
This class will provide students with a progressive sequence of skills and activities designed to offer a basic understanding in both Soccer and Volleyball. Game strategies, techniques, terminology, rules and safety will be covered in this class. Students will participate in organized games and skill competitions against classmates.
EDPE 147 Softball and Volleyball
1.00 credit
This class is designed to provide students with a progressive sequence of skills and activities designed to offer a basic understanding in both Softball and Volleyball. Game strategies, techniques, terminology, rules and safety will be covered in this class. Students will participate in organized games and skill competitions against classmates.
EDPE 148 Varsity Tennis
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Tennis Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 149 Varsity Tennis Conditioning
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Tennis Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 150 Varsity Weight Training
1.00 credit
Members of Gonzaga University Varsity Athletic Teams only. Permission required
EDPE 151 The Union Spin/Yoga
1.00 credit
The Union is an off-campus fitness studio that specializes in both spin and yoga classes. The hour long yoga class and fifty minute spin class focus on powerful, athletic and high energy components. Students will be required to attend 2 classes a week and can pick either yoga and/or spin. All levels of fitness are welcome and encouraged. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 152 Racquet Sports
1.00 credit
This class will provide students with a progressive sequence of skills and activities designed to offer a basic understanding in racquetball, pickle ball, badminton and tennis. Game strategies, techniques, terminology, rules and safety will be covered in this class. Students will participate in organized games and skill competitions against classmates.
EDPE 153 Tennis and Badminton
1.00 credit
This class will provide students with a progressive sequence of skills and activities designed to offer a basic understanding in both tennis and badminton. Game strategies, techniques, terminology, rules and safety will be covered in this class. Students will participate in organized games and skill competitions against classmates. Offered on sufficient demand.
EDPE 154 Varsity Volleyball
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Volleyball Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 155 Soccer/Basketball
1.00 credit
This class will provide students with a progressive sequence of skills and activities designed to offer a basic understanding in both soccer and basketball. Game strategies, techniques, terminology, rules and safety will be covered in this class. Students will participate in organized games and skill competitions against classmates.
EDPE 156 Pilates
1.00 credit
This Pilates class is designed to strengthen and lengthen the muscles of the body. Using a combination of mat-work exercises, yoga-like postures, and strength conditioning skills, this Pilates class will focus on abdominal muscles, the muscles of the upper and lower back, including the shoulders, and the muscles surrounding the pelvis and glutes. This class will include beginner through intermediate level Pilates exercises and is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.
EDPE 157 Yoga
1.00 credit
This class is designed to promote individual fitness for total mind/body health. The primary emphasis will focus on strength and stretching movements, incorporating breathing and relaxation techniques. Students will benefit from greater body awareness, increased strength, flexibility, and an overall feeling of well-being. This class is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Classes vary by day and by instructor focus.
EDPE 158 Fitness and Conditioning
1.00 credit
Fitness and Conditioning is a great class for both the beginning exerciser and the fitness enthusiast. This course is designed to help increase individuals' cardiovascular endurance, speed and agility, and upper body, lower body, and core strength. This class will introduce individuals to a variety of activities that will lead to an overall improvement of body conditioning: weight training, running/walking, calisthenics, and plyometrics.
EDPE 159 Aqua Aerobics
1.00 credit
This shallow water workout includes calisthenics style movements with variations of upper and lower body resistive moves. Water Aerobics helps shape and tone your body, as well as keep your heart rate up. Water exercises also develop cardiovascular endurance and help work your muscles without punishing joints and bones. Offered on sufficient demand.
EDPE 160 Weight Training
1.00 credit
This course is designed for students with all levels of weight training experience. Students will be supervised and instructed in the proper lifting techniques. This class gives instruction and practice in the use of resistance exercise for increasing muscular strength and endurance. The course will emphasize different effects from different workout types and proper lifting technique to help individuals meet their goals. Additionally, students will learn general weight room safety, spotting techniques and weight room etiquette.
EDPE 161 Studio Yoga
1.00 credit
Experience yoga off-campus in a warm studio exclusively dedicated to the practice of yoga, meditation and study. At Spokane Yoga Shala, several different styles of yoga are taught. Students are able to pick classes and times that work best you’re your schedule. Students are expected to attend two classes a week. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 163 Lacrosse Team
1.00 credit
EDPE 164 Beginning Fly Fishing
1.00 credit
The purpose of this class is to provide beginning fly fishers, or those who need some basic assistance, with a comprehensive course on the essentials of fly fishing. Intermediate students can also enroll in this class to enrich their technical skills. The class will cover equipment; casting; basic entomology (fish food sources); water reading; fly selection and knot tying; safety; fishing strategies in both still and moving water; and if time allows an introduction to fly tying. Lab fee required.
EDPE 165 Beg Horseback Riding
1.00 credit
This class is designed to provide students with knowledge of basic horsemanship emphasizing safety and recreational enjoyment. Class sessions will emphasize horsemanship etiquette, terminology, and safety concepts. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate basic care of the horse, correct riding positions, skills and aids necessary for proper horsemanship, and an appreciation for horseback riding. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 166 Inter Horseback Riding
1.00 credit
A continuation of EDPE 165, this class is designed to move the student to an intermediate level of English riding while emphasizing horsemanship and safety. This class will focus on gaining a greater appreciation in horsemanship by further developing horsemanship skills, respect for horses, refinement in position and aids for English riding and an introduction to Dressage principles and jumping. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 167 Adv Horseback Riding
1.00 credit
A continuation of EDPE 166, this class is designed to allow the student to progress safely to an advanced level of English style riding and horsemanship. This class will focus on gaining a greater appreciation in horsemanship, respect for horses, refinement in positions and aids for English riding and more advanced information into Dressage principles and jumping. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 170 Ice Skating
1.00 credit
Beginners to intermediate ice skaters will enjoy this class. Improve your skating skills with experienced instructors at the Riverfront Park Ice Palace. Not only will students be given plenty of instruction and free skate, but games are incorporated into the class as well. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 173 Badminton and Racquetball
1.00 credit
This class will provide students with a progressive sequence of skills and activities designed to offer a basic understanding in both badminton and racquetball. Game strategies, techniques, terminology, rules and safety will be covered in this class. Students will participate in organized games and skill competitions against classmates. Offered on sufficient demand.
EDPE 174 Intermediate/Advanced CrossFit
1.00 credit
CrossFit is strength and conditioning system built on constantly varied, functional movements executed at high level of intensity appropriate for the individual. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. Students will need to have completed a semester of EDPE 113 or obtain instructor approval before enrolling.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 113 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 175 Beginning Gymclimbing
1.00 credit
This course teaches students the basic climbing skills. The emphasis of this course will be on climbing technique and physical training through climbing in the gym. This course is held at Wild Walls Climbing Gym which is a state of the art 40 foot high monolith with over 6000 square feet of climbing terrain. There are over 35 ropes for top roping, a bouldering cave and 50 routes that are changed on a continual basis. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 176 Int Gymclimbing
1.00 credit
This course is geared toward students who already have the basic climbing skills. Knowledge needed for this class is: be an experienced belayer, tie a figure eight follow through knot and understand the basic terminology associated with climbing. The emphasis of this course will be on climbing technique and physical training through climbing in the gym. This course is held at Wild Walls Climbing Gym which is a state of the art 40-foot-high monolith with over 6000 square feet of climbing terrain. There are over 35 ropes for top roping, a bouldering cave and 50 routes that are changed on a continual basis. This is an off-campus course. Lab fee required.
EDPE 178 Racquetball
1.00 credit
This class is designed to provide students with a progressive sequence of skills and activities designed to offer a basic understanding the sport of racquetball. Game strategies, techniques, terminology, rules and safety will be covered in this class. Students will participate in organized games and skill competitions against classmates.
EDPE 179 Beginning/Inter Handball
1.00 credit
This class is designed to provide students with a progressive sequence of skills and activities designed to offer a basic understanding the sport of handball. Game strategies, techniques, terminology, rules and safety will be covered in this class. Students will participate in organized games and skill competitions against classmates.
EDPE 181 Volleyball Conditioning
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Volleyball Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 182 Soccer Conditioning
1.00 credit
Members of the Varsity Soccer Team only. Instructor permission required.
EDPE 186 GU out of Bounds Rafting
1.00 credit
A basic introduction to river rafting, campsite preparation, and organization. Students must participate in the Gonzaga sponsored "Out of Bounds" adventure orientation to be eligible for this activity class.
EDPE 188 PiYo
1.00 credit
This class is designed to promote individual fitness for total mind/body health through a combination of mat Pilates and yoga. The primary emphasis will be on strengthening and stretching movements, from each tradition, along with the varied breathing techniques associated with each. Appropriate for all ages and fitness levels, the students will benefit from greater body awareness, increased strength, flexibility, and an overall feeling of well-being.
EDPE 190 Fndtn of Hlth, Sprt, & Phys Ed
3.00 credits
Overview of the historical and philosophical foundations of health, fitness, sport, and physical education. Introduction to careers and professional preparation in related fields.
EDPE 191 Special Topics
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
EDPE 195 New Athlete Orientation
1.00 credit
This course is designed to support the student athlete with academics and Division I regulations. Permission only.
EDPE 200 Fitness Training Methods
2.00 credits
Students are exposed to the concepts, terminology, skill development, and methods necessary to instruct fitness and conditioning programs for individuals and groups. Emphasis is placed on designing and delivering instructional and assessment techniques for fundamental movement patterns and cognitive concepts in fitness and conditioning activities commonly taught in public schools and fitness professional settings. Spring, even years.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D or EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 201 Team Sports Methods
2.00 credits
Students are exposed to the concepts, terminology, skill development, and methods necessary to instruct a variety of team sports. Emphasis is placed on designing and delivering instructional and assessment techniques for fundamental movement patterns and tactical principles in team sports commonly taught in public schools and recreational settings. Fall, even years.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 202A Health & Fitness Club Mgmt
3.00 credits
Provides the background and knowledge to prepare for programming issues in supervising fitness programs, fitness trainers, and facilities. Participants will gain an understanding of the foundations of the fitness industry in the United States. This course focuses primarily on the business aspects of owning/operating a fitness club, covering memberships, facilities, programming, facilities, staffing, and budgeting practices.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 203 LifetimeSports&ActivityMethods
2.00 credits
Students are exposed to the concepts, terminology, skill development, and methods necessary to instruct a variety of lifetime sports and activities. Emphasis is placed on designing and delivering instructional and assessment techniques for fundamental movement patterns and tactical principles in lifetime sports and activities commonly taught in public schools and recreational settings. Fall, odd years.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 204 Elementary Phys Educ Methods
2.00 credits
Students are exposed to the concepts, terminology, skill development, and methods necessary to instruct a variety of physical activities for elementary age youth. Emphasis is placed on designing and delivering instructional and assessment techniques for fundamental movement patterns and health and fitness concepts commonly taught in public schools and recreational settings. Spring, odd years.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 205 Sport & Act in Diverse Society
3.00 credits
A comprehensive understanding of the ways in which people differ - including race, sex, age, mental and physical ability, weight, religion, sexual orientation, and social class - and how these differences can influence sport organizations. This course offers specific strategies for managing diversity in social organizations and work groups, provides an overview of different types of diversity training which can be implemented in the workplace, and outlines legal issues related to diversity.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 207 Sport & Fitness in Digital Age
3.00 credits
This course will analyze the changes that have given rise to the situation, combining theoretical insights with original evidence collected through extensive research and interview with people working in the media and sport and fitness industry. This course will be conducted in a discussion/lecture and lab format. Students will develop a set of sport media projects in the computer lab that will allow them to apply up-to-date technology into the real business of sport and fitness.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 209 Community CPR & First Aid
1.00 credit
Red Cross Certification in First Aid, CPR and AED is offered through a class that prepares students to recognize and respond to illness/injury situations. Learn basic care for victims, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation for infants, children and adults, as well as immediate care for injuries. Using Automatic External Defibrillators is covered. Class includes hands-on lab skill application. This class does not meet the Sport Management majors' requirement. Fall and Spring. Permission Only
EDPE 210 CPR, First Aid, & Safety Ed
3.00 credits
This course provides preparation in the basic knowledge and skills involved in recognizing and responding to a variety of emergencies and life-threatening situations, including training in evaluation and providing basic care for victims of injury and/or sudden illness until professional medical help arrives (CPR , AED and First Aid). Additionally, students receive instruction and practice in the prevention of common injuries. Safety and health education issues are studied with their application to prevention in the community, home and workplace settings. Students receive American Red Cross Certification in First Aid/CPR/AED. Fall and Spring
EDPE 211 Aerobic Exercise Instruction
1.00- 2.00 credits
Development and perfection of skills necessary to participate in aerobic exercise activities, along with techniques of instructing the specifics of these skills. On sufficient Demand.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 115 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 220 Ergonomics in Sport & Phys Act
3.00 credits
Safety procedures in education/health/fitness related settings, applicable policies and regulations, theories surrounding injury prevention in sport and activity, and immediate care for injuries should they occur. EDPE 276 and 276L strongly encouraged as pre-requisite.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 222 Health and Human Movement
3.00 credits
Investigation of the factors affecting healthful living and wellness, including mental, emotional, physical, social, spiritual, and environmental health.
EDPE 223 Lifeguard Training
3.00 credits
Prepares individuals to assume the duties and responsibilities of lifeguards at swimming pools and at protected (non-surf) open water beaches. Prerequisite: Successful completion of pre-course skill test. On sufficient demand.
EDPE 224 Nutrition for Health & Fitness
3.00 credits
A basis for understanding the current research and advances that promote healthy lifestyles and fitness through proper nutrition. Emphasis will be given to how food, metabolism, and lifestyle choices interact in humans to increase or reduce poor health and risk of disease.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 276 Anat & Physio for Hlth/Fitness
3.00 credits
An introductory course emphasizing an understanding of anatomical and physiological structure and function of the major systems of the human body. Primary focus will be on the musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, and respiratory systems as they relate to fitness, health, and disease conditions in the human body. Must be concurrently enrolled in EDPE 276L. Fall.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
EDPE 276L
EDPE 276L Anat&Phys for Hlth/Fit Lab
1.00 credit
Laboratory experience dealing with the structure and function of tissues, organs, and organ systems in the human body. Hands-on lab experience with models, and microscopes. Must be taken concurrently with EDPE 276. Fall.
Concurrent:
EDPE 276
EDPE 290 Directed Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
Upper Division
EDPE 311 Pedagogy Prin Hlth, Fit, & PE
3.00 credits
The study of how to design and deliver effective health, fitness, and physical education curriculum and instruction. An introduction to curriculum development, classroom management, appropriate practices, and instructional strategies used within the field. Utilizes a hands-on approach to apply principles of instruction and curriculum design to produce developmentally appropriate lessons and units for a diverse group of learners in various contexts. Particular attention will be given to national and state objectives and standards.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 312 Hlth Mthds Diverse Populations
3.00 credits
This course prepares future health, fitness and physical educators to develop and implement health programs that will meet the needs of all their students. Introduction and application of a variety of teaching styles and strategies,classroom/group management skills, assessment protocol, and program activities appropriate for health will be covered. It will also allow students to observe, review, plan, and deliver instruction, evaluate instruction and provide meaningful learning experiences to a diverse population in school and community educational programs. Particular attention will be given to K-12 national and state health standards.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 315 Adapted Phys Education & Sport
3.00 credits
A course dealing with mental and physical disabilities that affect the cognitive, affective and physical development of youth. Physical activities, instructional strategies, and assessment protocol will be presented.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 316 Water Safety Instruction
3.00 credits
This course is designed to prepare individuals to teaching "swimming” from beginning to advanced levels. The course will be conducted to meet the requirements of the American Red Cross Instructor's Course. Certificate will be awarded to those who qualify. On sufficient demand.
EDPE 321 Sport Facility Management
3.00 credits
This course covers policies and practical applications of facility management and operations with special emphasis on effective designing, planning, operating, maintaining of the sport/athletic facility. Such topics as sports event bidding process, event planning, private and public funding sources for venue construction, mast plan, concessions and merchandising, booking, scheduling and security issues surrounding sport/athletic facilities will also be covered.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 340 Psy-Soc Aspect of Sport-Actvty
3.00 credits
The application of psychological principles and sociological research to areas of sport, exercise performance, physical activity, teams, and coaching. Topics of discussion will include: personality, self-confidence, motivation, commitment aggression and interaction. Addresses practical issues of dealing with anxiety, arousal, and stress and the development of coping strategies.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 343 Coaching Basketball
2.00 credits
Principles of defense and offense; fundamentals, special drills, rules, officiating, and equipment. Prerequisite: third year standing. On sufficient demand.
EDPE 346 Coaching Baseball
2.00 credits
Principles of coaching competitive baseball with an emphasis on strategy, drills for skill attainment, skill evaluation and Coaching philosophy. On sufficient demand
EDPE 347 Coaching Football
2.00 credits
Principles of coaching competitive football with an emphasis on offensive and defensive strategy, position drills, and coaching philosophy. On sufficient demand
EDPE 349 Coaching Soccer
2.00 credits
Principles of coaching competitive soccer with an emphasis on offensive and defensive strategy, position drills and philosophy. On sufficient demand
EDPE 355 Wilderness Survival
2.00 credits
The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge and skills that will aid them in preparing for, preventing, and/or surviving a natural or man-made emergency or disaster. Course content includes clothing, shelter, and food appropriate for various outdoor environments; survival strategies; survival skills such as fire-building, signaling, route-finding with map and compass, and first aid, all set within a context promoting environmental ethics and safety awareness. Topics and skills will be covered through a variety of classroom and field experiences, including off campus outings. Lab fee required. Offered on sufficient demand.
EDPE 377 Sci Princ: Phys Ed, Hlth & Fit
3.00 credits
Physiological response to exercise, basic field tests to assess fitness levels, and interpretation of findings. Introduction to health risk and screening. Must be concurrently enrolled in EDPE 377L. Spring.
Prerequisite:
(EDPE 276 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 276L Minimum Grade: D) EDPE 376 Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
EDPE 377L
EDPE 377L Sci Princ Lab:Phy Ed, Hlth&Fit
1.00 credit
Laboratory experience designed to allow the student to put into practice the principles studied in EDPE 377. Students will conduct and participate in a variety of physiologic testing for aerobic capacity, strength, endurance, body composition, flexibility, and health related measures of fitness. Findings will be utilized in analysis and evaluation of health related fitness. Must be taken concurrently with EDPE 377. Spring.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 276 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 276L Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
EDPE 377
EDPE 378 Kinesiology for Health&Fitness
3.00 credits
Concepts surrounding body movement from anatomical and mechanical perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to analyze movement in sport and activity and apply related knowledge to improve performance.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 276 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 276L Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 390 Directed Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
EDPE 400 Sport Sponsorship & Promotions
3.00 credits
This class builds on the general principles of sport marketing by discussing the unique aspects of sport marketing, applying marketing concepts to sport as a product, and the promotion of sport activities. Also, this course examines the topic from the perspective of the sponsored property, rather than a marketing perspective. It provides an overview of the theoretical underpinnings of the topic, followed by examples from actual sport sponsorships. Topics focus on the spectator as the product consumer and will include consumer analysis, market segmentation, product licensing and positioning, pricing, promotion, distribution, and sponsorship as they apply to sport.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 412 Admin of Sport & Athletics
3.00 credits
An introduction to organizational theories and practices with an emphasis on the sport industries. Leadership styles and theories, organizational development, personnel, fiscal, and legal issues will be introduced.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 413 Hlth, Fit, & PE Program & Eval
3.00 credits
The focus of this course will be on developing health, fitness, and physical education programs through data­driven decision-making. Students will learn how to design, implement, and analyze evaluation methods for student growth and program effectiveness. Examines professionalism, policy, liability, and legal issues related to health, fitness, and physical education programs.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 414 Ethical/Legal Aspects in Sport
3.00 credits
This course is to familiarize students with the legal and ethical issues surrounding sport organizations. Topics such as negligence in sport, contract law, agency law, constitutional law, ethical theories within the work place are covered. Hypothetical as well as actual cases in each legal and ethical category will be discussed.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 415 Phys Ed Mthds for Elem Teacher
1.00 credit
This course will provide students both theoretical and practical experience in learning how to design and implement a physical education program at an elementary level. It will introduce the students to objectives of physical education, activities that can be implemented at specific grade levels, general fitness concepts, and techniques of teaching in a physical activity environment, assessment protocol, and the importance of physical education as an integral part of general education. An experimental and cross disciplinary approach will be taken to developing and implementing effective learning experiences in physical education for students K-8.
Prerequisite:
EDTE 221E Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 416 Hlth Educ Mthds Elem Teachers
1.00 credit
This course will provide students both theoretical and practical experience in learning how to design and implement a health education program at an elementary level. It will introduce the students to objectives of health education, activities that can be implemented at specific grade levels, teaching strategies, assessment protocol, and the importance of health education as an integral part of general education. An experimental and cross disciplinary approach will be taken to developing and implementing effective learning experiences for students K-8.
Prerequisite:
EDTE 221E Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 417 Abuse Prevention
1.00 credit
This course will provide students an awareness of the incidence of abuse and the knowledge and skills needed to execute their professional roles and responsibilities, as K-12 educators, in dealing with children who have suffered abuse and neglect. Reporting mandates and legal protection afforded in executing these mandates will also be covered.
Prerequisite:
EDTE 221E Minimum Grade: D or EDTE 221S Minimum Grade: D or EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 420 Motor Development & Learning
3.00 credits
An overview covering the theories of motor development and practical application of these theories as they pertain to the acquisition of movement capabilities for individuals during their life span. Investigating the human developmental factors that impact the learning and performance of motor skills at various stages of growth and development. Particular attention will be given to analyzing motor skills and movement patterns and designing age and developmentally instruction. Spring, odd years.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 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.
EDPE 477 Adv Fitness Assessment&Evaluat
3.00 credits
Development of advanced skills and knowledge in health screening, exercise test administration and development, metabolic calculations, exercise program development and implementation, with emphases on meeting the needs of both healthy and non-healthy populations.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 377 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 377L Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
EDPE 477L
EDPE 477L Adv Fitness Assessment&EvalLab
1.00 credit
Practical application of advanced skills and knowledge in exercise test administration and development, utilizing metabolic calculations to determine caloric expenditure, exercise program development and implementation for selected cases.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 377 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 377L Minimum Grade: D
Concurrent:
EDPE 477
EDPE 480 Fitness ProgramPlan&Management
3.00 credits
Utilization of advanced skills and knowledge in health screening, fitness assessment (pre-mid-post), selection and administration of fitness program/behavior modification for individual clients. Students will design and deliver programs individualized for client needs/goals, measure client progress, and communicate with client regarding fitness levels, progression, and continuing activity suggestions.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 377 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 377L Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 481 Fitness Specialist CapstoneSem
1.00 credit
Provides review and preparation for national certification tests and/or comprehensive exams.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 377 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 377L Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 485 Special Topics
1.00- 4.00 credits
To be determined by instructor.
EDPE 490 Directed Readings
.00- 3.00 credits
Individualized study based on readings approved by the professor. Students will develop a selected bibliography.
EDPE 491 Directed Study
.00- 3.00 credits
Individualized study that is designed by the professor. Students will follow a prescribed course outline.
EDPE 492 Independent Study
1.00- 3.00 credits
Individualized study that is designed by the student in consultation with the professor for self-directed learning in a selected area of interest.
EDPE 494 Special Projects
1.00- 3.00 credits
Individualized study that is project based. The study will result in a practical application of educational theory. The project or a written report of the project will be submitted to the professor for evaluation.
EDPE 495 Student Teching Hlth & Phys Ed
12.00 credits
An intensive field experience in which the teacher candidate assumes full responsibility as a health and fitness educator under the direction of a University supervisor and cooperating teacher. Prerequisites: Completion of all endorsement coursework, passage of the West B and completion of the West E endorsement test prior to student teaching.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 311 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 496A Practicum:Physical Education
2.00 credits
Practical experience in the area of physical education either at a site approved by the instructor of record.
EDPE 496B Practicum: Coaching
1.00- 2.00 credits
Practical experience in the area of athletic coaching at a site approved by the instructor of record.
EDPE 496C Practicum:Health & Fitness
3.00 credits
Practical experience with in a health/fitness related environment (clubs, clinics, Health Department, etc.) at a site approved by the instructor of record.
EDPE 496D Sport Management Internship I
3.00 credits
Practical experience in the area of sport management organization at a site approved by the instructor of record.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 496E Sport Management Internship II
3.00 credits
Practical experience in the area of sport management at a site approved by the instructor of record.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D and EDPE 496D Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 497 Internship
.00 credits
This course is offered in summer sessions only and does not count towards the major.
EDPE 497A Field Exp Elementary Phys Educ
1.00 credit
This field experience provides the teacher candidate opportunities in a school setting to integrate learning by observing, teaching, and analyzing instructional methods. Candidates will demonstrate their developing teaching competencies and reflect on their ability to implement classroom management strategies and deliver instruction to a diverse group of learners in the elementary physical education setting. Must be taken concurrently with EDPE 311.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 497B Field Exp Secondary Phys Educ
1.00 credit
This field experience provides the teacher candidate opportunities in a school setting to integrate learning by observing, teaching, and analyzing instructional methods. Candidates will demonstrate their developing teaching competencies and reflection their ability to implement classroom management strategies and deliver instruction to a diverse group of learners in the secondary physical education setting. Must be taken concurrently with EDPE 413.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 497C Field Exp in Health Education
1.00 credit
This field experience provides the teacher candidate opportunities in a school setting to integrate learning by observing, teaching, and analyzing instructional methods. Candidates will demonstrate their developing teaching competencies and reflect on their ability to implement classroom management strategies and deliver instruction to a diverse group of learners in the health education setting. Must be taken concurrently with EDPE 312.
Prerequisite:
EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D
EDPE 499 Comprehensive Examination
.00 credits
A final exam required of all Sport Management and Physical Education majors in his/her final semester of coursework. The type of exam will be dictated by the student’s program of study and a fee for the exam may be required. Contact the Department Chair for specific 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.