The core curriculum or common body of knowledge of the College of Arts and Sciences consists of fifty-nine to sixty-two credits which are common to and required of all degree programs in the College: the first thirty-one credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of the undergraduate catalog) form the University Core, while the remaining twenty-eight to thirty-one credits are common to all Arts and Sciences degrees.
All students should attempt to spread the core curriculum over their entire four years at Gonzaga.
- Thought & Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, COMM 100, and PHIL 101 (preferably in the same semester).
- Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and PHIL 400-level elective.
- Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, 200, and 300 levels: one course from each level.
- Mathematics (3 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course on the 100 level or above. NURS 320 is substituted for a MATH course for BSN students; MATH 203 fulfills this requirement only for students who graduate with certification in Elementary Education.
- English Literature (3 credits): one course in ENGL 102, 105, or 106.
- History (6 credits): HIST 101 and either HIST 102 or HIST 112. HIST 201 or 202 may be substituted for one 100-level course. Courses can be taken in any order.
- Fine Arts (3 credits): one course in either VART, MUSC, or THEA from courses approved by Dean of Arts and Sciences.
- Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS.
- Mathematics or Natural Science (3 credits): one course (100-level or above) in either BIOL, CHEM, CPSC, ITEC, MATH, or PHYS.
- Literature (3 credits): one British or American literature course (ENGL 201 - 285, with the exception of ENGL 250).
- Social Science (6 credits): CRIM 101, WGST 202, WGST 303, ECON, SOCI, POLS, or PSYC: two courses from these departments.
- Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): one course in any foreign language (classical or modern) or one (foreign culture) course approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Foreign-language speaking students from foreign cultures who have completed the nine English core credits at Gonzaga prior to their fourth year (last thirty credits) may petition the Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of the Foreign Language or Culture requirement.
- Social Justice (3 credits): one course on Social Justice issues related to experiences of difference (like race, class, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation), from courses approved by the Dean of Arts & Sciences (may be combined with other core or major requirements).
Non-Arts and Sciences Courses
It is assumed that students will choose their electives or optional minor program from departments within the College. Of the 128 credits required for graduation, students must earn at least 104 within Arts and Sciences departments. Economics courses are within the College of Arts and Sciences.
In order to obtain a teaching certificate, students need to complete a degree with an appropriate major and also to complete professional educational requirements. Since most future teachers obtain their degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, they have an academic advisor in that college. In addition they need an advisor from the Teacher Education Department, who is usually assigned to them when they register for EDTE 101L.
Students who complete the Initial Teacher Certification Program at the time of graduation may reduce the number of credits within the College of Arts and Sciences to 94.
For specific degree requirements for academic years 2015-16 and prior, refer to the appropriate catalog and degree worksheet for your catalog year. Catalog year is the year a catalog is in effect when a student begins attending Gonzaga as a regular status undergraduate. Complete degree requirements of only one catalog must be followed. Selections may not be made from more than one catalog.