Walsh University General Education Curriculum

Walsh, as a Catholic, Liberal Arts University, believes that liberally educated individuals observe and evaluate their world critically. They act as leaders in service to others pursuing meaning and truth, making informed judgments, and responding to global and technical change, all the while accepting responsibility for the ethical consequences of their actions.

Given this approach, the General Education Curriculum exemplifies the theme "Finding Meaning and Purpose in the 21st Century." To this end, the two-tier core prepares students for the future while adhering to a liberal arts framework. Among the skills that students learn and develop in the Walsh General Education courses are problem solving, critical thinking, effective communication, and collaboration. Students further investigate topics from multiple directions, outlooks, and approaches in the traditions of Catholic education as practiced by the Brothers of Christian Instruction.

The General Education Curriculum will be linked to the learning outcomes approved by the Faculty Senate and University President. Courses within this core curriculum can also be taken as electives or used to meet major/minor requirements.

Bachelor Degree General Education Core Curriculum Requirements

College Level Proficiencies

Walsh University expects students to demonstrate basic baccalaureate skills in English, Mathematics, and Foreign Language. To this end, students will be tested for placement in each of these three areas. Those who are proficient will not be required to take courses in these areas unless required by their declared major. Students who are non-native speakers of English and test out of ELL courses have fulfilled their Foreign/Second Language 102 Proficiency requirement. Students who are non-native speakers and tested into one or more ELL classes are fulfilling their Foreign/Second Language 102 Proficiency requirement. Students who are native speakers will need to fulfill their Foreign/Second Language 102 Proficiency requirement.

Proficiency levels are as follows:
(Proficiencies fulfilled by placement test or completion of course.)
English - ENG 102: Reading and Writing Connections 
Foreign Language - The 102 level of a chosen language.
Mathematics - MATH 104: Algebra II

Students in pursuit of a liberal education and well-rounded knowledge are strongly encouraged to take courses beyond the basic graduation proficiency level.

Diversity, Service Learning, and digital media Applications

The Diversity, Service Learning, and Digital Media Requirements may be satisfied by Tier I, II, and/or Major Courses.

GE 100

All first-year traditional students are required to take GE 100 (First Year Institute), a one-hour credit course during the fall semester. A student who does not pass this course must re-take it the following spring semester (one section will be available in the spring).

TIER I REQUIREMENTS – (Theology, Humanities, Letters, Fine Arts, and Sciences)

Select one course from each Theology, Humanities, Letters and Fine Arts: 1
ENG (Literature)3
Select one 3 credit hour Science course; plus two Social and Behavioral Science courses: 2
Total Hours21


Courses must be taken sequentially. Select one course each from the course lists on page 48.

Heritage Series
I. 21st Century Challenges3
IIa. Religious Traditions3
IIb. Liberal Arts Traditions3
III. The Response to the Challenges3
Total Hours12

Tier I (Theology, Humanities, Letters, Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Empirical Sciences)

Tier I of the General Education Curriculum follows the traditional form of a liberal arts core curriculum, exposing students in their first and second years of college to a broad spectrum of disciplines (i.e., Theology, Humanities, Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Empirical Science). The Tier I course work fosters the following student outcomes: the acquisition of knowledge in the Arts and Sciences, critical thinking and communication skills, and the integration of knowledge and skills in pursuit of truth and service. Students are required to take courses in theology, philosophy, history, English, art or music. In addition, they are required to take one three-credit science course. Courses labeled NS are typical for most non-science majors, though students may elect to take other Tier I science courses. They are also required to take two (2) three-credit courses in the social and behavioral sciences from two different disciplines: Government and Foreign Affairs, Economics, Psychology and/or Sociology.

Tier II (The Heritage Series)

Students take their Tier II courses after completing Tier I or upon attaining junior status. Tier II courses, known as the Heritage Series, offer students an integrated approach to addressing the problems and challenges of our time.

Students will use the opportunity provided by the Heritage Series:

  1. to explore significant contemporary problems,
  2. to locate those problems historically within western cultural, intellectual, and religious traditions,
  3. to examine the challenges to the main currents in western thought provided by the historically marginalized groups within that tradition, and/or by non-western cultures, and
  4. to grapple creatively with potential courses of action in solving the identified problems for future generations.

The Series works in three distinct, sequentially-taken phases. The Heritage 1 course must be completed before taking Heritage 2a and Heritage 2b. Both Heritage 2 courses must be completed before taking H3.

All Heritage courses apply the foundational principles of the document Gaudium et spes. H1 courses introduce students to Gaudium et spes. H2a, H2b and H3 courses build upon the principles introduced in H1, continually engaging students in an understanding and application of Gaudium et spes through designated sequential courses (see below).

Students take one course in each phase.

Heritage 1 – Where Are We? The Challenges of the Present

The focus of the Heritage 1 courses is on the challenges facing the contemporary world. Heritage 1 courses will identify one or more problems of modern life, and explore disciplinary and/or multidisciplinary approaches towards dealing with those challenges. An important goal of Heritage 1 courses is to impart an understanding of the complexity of the issues before the world in the early 21st century and their impact on all groups comprising the human family. Another significant goal is to demonstrate that a full understanding of any issue is not complete without considering multiple perspectives, including those embodied in Gaudium et spes.

Heritage 2a and b – How Did We Get Here? Historical Roots of Contemporary Problems

The focus of the Heritage 2 courses is on the past, and how an understanding of the western intellectual and religious traditions is vital to understanding the world’s contemporary challenges. Students will take two courses in this phase:

Heritage 2a: Judeo-Christian Heritage

In support of the goals of the Walsh University mission to encourage individuals to know how "to act in accordance with reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ," the Heritage 2a courses are Theology courses that deepen one’s understanding of the history and meaning of Christianity or the Catholic faith.

Heritage 2b: Western Intellectual Traditions

Heritage 2b courses focus on the history of secular ideas and events that have shaped western culture and its impact on the contemporary world.

Heritage 3 – Where Ought We To Be Going? Integration and Response

Heritage 3 courses serve as the capstone experience in the General Education Program. As such, each Heritage 3 course encourages students to engage their imagination and creativity in considering potential courses of action for solving problems identified within the course, and to combine the knowledge and skills developed in the first three Heritage Series courses with the disciplinary expertise they bring from their majors and minors. Towards this end each Heritage 3 course includes an integrative project.

Diversity Applications

This element of the Core program focuses on how categories of differences are formed, how differences are experienced, and how differences are given meaning through social institutions. A student will take at least one Diversity Course as part of the General Education Program. Categories include age, race, gender, social class, sexual orientations, ethnicity, relations, and ability/disability, etc. Experience focuses on exclusion, inclusion, and privilege. For example, how exclusion shapes individual and collective consciousness, how inclusion begins with valuing the experiences of those excluded and critiquing individual/societal assumptions about all groups, and how statuses provide under-privilege (disadvantage) or over- privilege (advantage). Meaning ascribed to differences comes from the functions of social institutions that construct and interpret what differences means. For example, the ideologies that are reinforced through stereotypes, discrimination, prejudice and language found in the social institutions of family, government, schools, religion, work, etc. (The above is adapted from: Rosenblum, K.E. & Travis, T.M. [2000]. The meaning of Difference (2nd ed.). NY: McGraw-Hill.).

Service Learning Applications

Service Learning is defined by the American Association of Higher Education as a method under which students learn and develop through thoughtfully organized service that:

  • Is conducted in and meets the needs of a community
  • Is coordinated with an institution of higher education and with the community
  • Helps foster civic responsibility
  • Is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students enrolled
  • Includes structured time for students to reflect on the service experience

A service learning course will involve students partnering with a community-based organization or group. The students will provide service to meet a need identified by the community. In this setting, "community organization or group" means a non-profit agency, educational institution, group of people with a common identity, or for-profit agency when the primary purpose is providing a significant public service. The service learning experience will help bring classroom material and discussion to life by giving students a real environment in which to apply course concepts.

Each semester, 15-20 Service Learning courses are offered. For a current list, please visit http://www.walsh.edu/for-students.

Digital Media Applications

In addition to writing and speaking, today's students need to be able to communicate by creating and disseminating messages through digital platforms and channels.  These modes of communication are now key components of students' personal and professional lives.  The Digital Media (DM) application in the General Education program (and majors) will help foster the skills necessary to use digital communication effectively. 

When students enroll in a DM-designated course, they will be required to complete a project involving a significant digital media component.  This project will entail learning new technical skills and, more importantly, learning how to use the digital media tools  needed to innovate, create, and disseminate information and content as a part of the course.  This project will not be in addition to course content requirements, but rather part of the course curriculum that requires transforming content into digital platforms, including websites, videos, interactive presentations, social media-based methods, and/or  additional digital-media options.  Walsh University resources will be available to students and faculty to support the DM courses.

Tier I Courses

ARHI 101T1:DV:History of Art3
ARHI 200T1: Spcl Topics in Art History3
ARHI 210T1:Gbl Learning Arts & Culture3
ARHI 220T1:DV:Arts of Asia, Afr, & Isl3
ARHI 230T1:DV:NativeAm/Af Am/Women Art3
ARHI 240T1:Greek and Roman Art3
ARHI 250T1: Medieval Art3
ARHI 260T1:Renaissance Art3
ARHI 265T1:Baroque Art3
ARHI 270T1:Modern Art3
ARHI 280T1:American Art & Architecture3
ARHI 290T1:History of Photography3
ART 102T1:Visual Order3
ART 103T1:Drawing I3
ART 200-8T1:Graphic Novels as Art&Liter3
ART 220T1:Special Topics in StudioArt3
BIO 101T1:Principles of Biology I3
CHEM 101T1: Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM 109T1:Gen Org/Biochem I3
ECON 203T1:Global Microeconomics3
ECON 205T1:DV:Intro to Economics3
ECON 210T1:Personal Finance3
ENG 200-1T1:Studies in Short Fiction3
ENG 200-2T1:DV:Cre Eq:Iss of Gen/Rac3
ENG 200-3T1:DV:Body in Pain:La Ill/Suff3
ENG 200-4T1:Money and Success3
ENG 200-5T1:Intro to Drama3
ENG 200-6T1:DV:On Food3
ENG 200-8T1:Graphic Novels as Art&Liter3
ENG 200-9T1:DV:Women in Literature3
ENG 201T1:Lit of British Isles I3
ENG 202T1:Lit of British Isles II3
ENG 203T1:World Literature I3
ENG 204T1:World Literature II3
ENG 205T1:United States Literature I3
ENG 206T1:United States Literature II3
ENG 207T1:DV:Literat & Gender Theory3
GFA 103T1:DV:American Government3
GFA 209T1:DV:World Regional Geography3
HIST 101T1:DV:World Civil to 15003
HIST 102T1:DV:World Civil 1500 to Pres3
HIST 103T1:DV:Hist of the U.S. to 18773
HIST 104T1:DV:Hist of U.S. since 18773
HIST 225T1:DV:African-American History3
HON 104T1:HON:History of Christianity3
HON 105T1:HON:The History of Science3
HON 203T1:Hon: Literature3
MUS 102T1:Classl Music in ModernWorld3
MUS 103T1:Class Voice3
MUS 202T1:DV:Ameri Musical Theater3
MUS 203T1:DV:History of Blues & Jazz3
MUS 205T1:Fund of Music Theory3
MUS 210T1:History of Rock Music3
MUS 211T1: Music and The Movies3
MUS 212T1:History of Dance & Music3
MUS 322T1:Music Education3
NS 101T1:DV:Sci/Contemp Hlth Iss3
NS 103T1:Environmental Science3
NS 104T1:Physical Science3
NS 105T1:Introduction to Geology3
NS 111T1:DM:Plants,Foods,Med & Texti3
NS 112T1:Science for ECE3
NS 114T1:Intro to Forensic Science3
NS 119T1:Microbes & Society3
NS 210T1:Astronomy/Planetary Sci3
NS 215T1:Forensic Chemistry3

The science courses listed above with labs (BIO 101, CHEM 101 & CHEM 109) count as Tier 1 courses, but students should only take these if they have significant science and math preparation from high school. Otherwise, non-science majors should take courses designated as NS (listed above) to fulfill their three-credit hour science requirement for the core curriculum.

Nursing, science, and undecided majors who change their majors can substitute a non-Tier I science course to fulfill the Tier I science requirement, only if they have completed and passed this course.

PHIL 100T1:Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 103T1:Intro to Art of Thinking3
PHIL 110T1:FromSocr-Spiel:PhilThroFilm3
PHIL 202T1:DV:Phil of Human Nature3
PHIL 203T1:DV:Moral Philosophy3
PHIL 251T1: Symbolic Logic3
PSYC 120T1:Principles of Psychology3
PSYC 200T1:Psychology of Violence3
PSYC 210DV:T1:Human Devel Across Lifes3
PSYC 230T1:DV:Human Sexuality3
PSYC 290T1:PsyTrek3
SOC 101T1:Principles of Sociology3
SOC 205T1:DV:Social/Cult Divers3
SOC 206DV:T1:Cross-Cult Iss Gender3
SOC 210T1:Juvenile Crime/Justice3
SOC 212T1:Criminal Justice3
THEO 106T1:Script & the Catholic Trad3

Tier II Courses

Heritage I: 21st Century Challenges

BUS 360H1:DV:Mgmt in a Global Environ3
ENG 315-1H1:ST:21st Cent:Chal Conte Fi3
ENG 315-3H1:DV:American West in Literat3
ENG 31512H1:Beauty/Desi:Pur Aesth Ideal3
ENG 31513H1:Green Myth:Stu in Lit Ec3
ENG 31516H1:Classical Mythology in Lit3
EXS 263H1:DV:Personal/Com Health3
GFA 241H1:Urban Politics3
GFA 301H1:DV:World Politics3
GFA 299H1:DV:Genocide in Modern Times3
GFA 323H1:DV:Public Policy3
GFA 355H1:American Foreign Policy3
GFA 409H1:InternPoliti Econ3
HIST 240H1:US in the Long 19th Century3
HIST 313H1:Rise/Fall of Nazi Germany3
HIST 318H1:DV:Indust Revol in World3
HIST 335H1:U.S. in the 20th Century3
HON 205H1:HON:Great Ideas of Humanity3
JS 290H1:DV:Hate Groups/Violence3
NURS 220PLH1:Theo Found for Nursing Prac3
PEAC 201H1:Intro to Peace Studies3
PHIL 255H1:DV:Phil of Human Sexuality3
PHIL 275H1:Environmental Philosophy3
PHIL 290DV:H1:Special Topics3
PSYC 307DV:H1:Cross-Cultural Psych3
PSYC 309H1:Crit Iss in Child/Adol Deve3
PSYC 310H1:DV:Gender3
PSYC 340DV:H1: Addictions3
SOC 207H1:Population3
SOC 303H1:DV:Marriage, Family&Intimac3
SOC 304H1:DV:Urban Sociology3
SOC 311DV:H1:Medical Sociology3
SOC 312H1:Victimology3
SOC 314H1:DV:Sociology of Aging3
THEO 207H1:DV:African-Ameri Religion3
THEO 289H1:DV:Hate Groups and Violence3

Heritage 2a: Religious Traditions

THEO 200H2a:Christian Theology to 15003
THEO 201H2a:Christian Theo/1500 to Pre3
THEO 202H2a:Christology3
THEO 203H2a:Christian Moral Life3
THEO 205H2a:DV:Church in the Mod Wrld3
THEO 215H2a:Old Testament Scriptures3
THEO 216H2a:New Testament Scriptures3
THEO 271H2a:Cathol Belief in Practice3
THEO 303H2a:Theological Themes in Lit3
THEO 309H2a:SL:Princ of Justice/Peace3
THEO 317H2a:RometoJer:AClashofCultures3

Heritage 2b: Liberal Arts Traditions

ARHI 315H2b:Glbl Contemporary Art3
ECON 301H2b:DV:Global Econ Perspect3
ENG 314H2b:The Literary Essay3
ENG 315-6H2b:Solitudes3
ENG 31510H2b:Utopian & Dystopian Lit3
ENG 31514H2b:Romanticism3
ENG 316H2b:Autobiographica Literature3
ENG 318H2b:The Novel3
ENG 324H2b:African/American Litera3
ENG 335H2b:Travel Writing3
GFA 213H2b:DV:Comparative Politics3
GFA 303H2b:American Political Thought3
GFA 305H2b:West Europe/European Union3
GFA 403H2b:Constitutional Law3
HIST 204H2b:Diplo Hist U.S. since 18773
HIST 208H2b:The Fren Revolut and Napo3
HIST 224H2b:Military History of the US3
HIST 250H2b:American Catholic History3
HIST 308H2b:Hist of the Ancient World3
HIST 309H2b:Hist of Medieval Europe3
HIST 310H2b:Hist of Early Mode Europe3
HIST 311H2b: History of Modern Europe3
HIST 323H2B: Modern Britain3
HIST 334H2b:Constitutional Hist of US3
HIST 408H2b: Sports & Soc in US Hist3
HIST 413H2b:Europ Intellect Hist3
HIST 435H2b:The Papacy3
GFA 403H2b:Constitutional Law3
JS 103H2b:Jwsh Read of the Bible3
HON 300H2b:Honors Seminar3
MUS 201H2b:Hist of Great Choral Works3
NURS 356H2b:PalliativeCare:EndLifeCare3
NURS 358H2b:Complem & Altern Therapies3
NURS 390H2b:Issues for Global Hlthcare3
PHIL 303H2b:DV:Philosophy of Art3
PHIL 312H2b:DV:Political Philosophy3
PHIL 315H2b:Ancient/MedievalPhilosophy3
PHIL 316H2b:Renaiss & Mod Philosophy3
PHIL 317H2b:Contemporary Philosophy3
PHIL 350H2b:Philosophy of Medicine3
PHIL 405H2b:Philosophy Symposium3
PHIL 407H2b:ST in Applied Ethics3-6
SOC 202H2b:DV: Cultural Anthropo3
SOC 301H2b:DV:Women and the CrJu Syst3
SOC 306H2b:GangsGunsGrad:Educ/Ineq3
SOC 307H2b:DV:Death, Dying and Bereav3
SOC 401H2b:Sociological Theory3
SPAN 310H2b:Human Rights in Latin Amer3
SOC 490-1H2b:DV:ST:Uganda Experience3

Heritage 3: The Responses to the Challenges

ARHI 402H3:Senior Cap Paper/Art Hist3
BSC 440DV:H3:Applied Behav Sci Intern3
BUS 465H3:Integrative Global Expe III3
COM 305H3: Intercultura Communication3
EDUC 468H3:Student Teaching Seminar2
ENG 323H3:The Modern Rhetoric3
ENG 340H3:Professional Writing II3
ENG 385H3:Literature and Film3
GFA 375H3:Politics and Film3
GFA 401H3:DV:Povty & Prspty in Dev Wd3
GFA 405H3:DV:CivilRight&Libert3
GFA 415H3:International Law3
HIST 428H3: History of Medicine3
HIST 430H3:Sem Hist of War & Society3
HIST 438H3:Sem Case Stds in Genocide3
HIST 440H3:Sem US Race/Class/Gender3
HON 301H3:Honors Seminar3
JS 211H3:DV:EarlyJud:FoundChristi3
JS 315H3:Rep Brok Wrld:Jew Valu Heal3
PEAC 301H3:Conflict Resolution3
PHIL 304H3:Bioethics3
PHIL 408H3:Sem:Selected Topics in Phil3
THEO 302H3:Liturgy/Sacraments3
PSYC 460H3:Senior Research Project3
THEO 310H3:Contem Christian Spiritu3
THEO 320H3:Repair a BrokenWorld3
THEO 409H3:Sem:Selected Theologians3

Diversity Courses (DV)

Tier I - DV

ARHI 101T1:DV:History of Art3
ARHI 220T1:DV:Arts of Asia, Afr, & Isl3
ARHI 230T1:DV:NativeAm/Af Am/Women Art3
ECON 205T1:DV:Intro to Economics3
EDUC 206DV:Except&MultiCultGlobSoci3
ENG 200-2T1:DV:Cre Eq:Iss of Gen/Rac3
ENG 200-3T1:DV:Body in Pain:La Ill/Suff3
ENG 207T1:DV:Literat & Gender Theory3
GFA 103T1:DV:American Government3
GFA 209T1:DV:World Regional Geography3
GFA 299H1:DV:Genocide in Modern Times3
GFA 401H3:DV:Povty & Prspty in Dev Wd3
HIST 101T1:DV:World Civil to 15003
HIST 102T1:DV:World Civil 1500 to Pres3
HIST 103T1:DV:Hist of the U.S. to 18773
HIST 104T1:DV:Hist of U.S. since 18773
HIST 225T1:DV:African-American History3
HIST 227DV:T1:Glob Pers in Gender Hist3
HIST 339DV:History of Modern Asia3
MUS 202T1:DV:Ameri Musical Theater3
MUS 203T1:DV:History of Blues & Jazz3
NS 101T1:DV:Sci/Contemp Hlth Iss3
PHIL 202T1:DV:Phil of Human Nature3
PHIL 203T1:DV:Moral Philosophy3
PHIL 290DV:H1:Special Topics3
PSYC 210DV:T1:Human Devel Across Lifes3
PSYC 230T1:DV:Human Sexuality3
SOC 205T1:DV:Social/Cult Divers3
SOC 206DV:T1:Cross-Cult Iss Gender3
SPAN 322DV:Latin American Film3
THEO 289H1:DV:Hate Groups and Violence3

Tier II (Heritage) - DV

ECON 301H2b:DV:Global Econ Perspect3
ENG 315-2DV:H1:Amer Indi Lit/Env Jus3
EXS 263H1:DV:Personal/Com Health3
GFA 213H2b:DV:Comparative Politics3
GFA 299H1:DV:Genocide in Modern Times3
GFA 301H1:DV:World Politics3
GFA 323H1:DV:Public Policy3
GFA 405H3:DV:CivilRight&Libert3
HIST 318H1:DV:Indust Revol in World3
JS 211H3:DV:EarlyJud:FoundChristi3
JS 290H1:DV:Hate Groups/Violence3
PHIL 255H1:DV:Phil of Human Sexuality3
PHIL 303H2b:DV:Philosophy of Art3
PHIL 312H2b:DV:Political Philosophy3
PSYC 307DV:H1:Cross-Cultural Psych3
PSYC 310H1:DV:Gender3
PSYC 340DV:H1: Addictions3
SOC 202H2b:DV: Cultural Anthropo3
SOC 301H2b:DV:Women and the CrJu Syst3
SOC 303H1:DV:Marriage, Family&Intimac3
SOC 304H1:DV:Urban Sociology3
SOC 307H2b:DV:Death, Dying and Bereav3
SOC 311DV:H1:Medical Sociology3
SOC 314H1:DV:Sociology of Aging3
SOC 490-1H2b:DV:ST:Uganda Experience3
THEO 205H2a:DV:Church in the Mod Wrld3
THEO 207H1:DV:African-Ameri Religion3

Other Diversity Courses

The following diversity courses do not fulfill Tier I or Tier II (Heritage) requirements.

BSC 301DV:Social Psychology3
BSC 360DV:Counsel/Interview Proc3
BSC 430DV:Applied Behav Science Sem3
BSC 526UG:DV:Group Process3
BSC 560DV:Intro Counsel/Counsel Prof3
BIO 402DV:Genetics3
BUS 309DV:Multicultur Consumer Behav3
BUS 318DV:Hum Res Found in Global Org3
CHEM 390DV:Chemistry Internship1-3
COM 290DV: Rac,Gen,Po in Mass Med3
FREN 321DV:French Civilizat/Culture3
GFA 207DV:Campaigns & Elections3
HIST 225T1:DV:African-American History3
HIST 227DV:T1:Glob Pers in Gender Hist3
HIST 336DV: Govt & Pol in Mod Latin Am3
HIST 337DV: History of Mod Middle East3
HIST 338DV:History of Modern Africa3
HUM 220DV:Found Interdiscip Study3
MATH 110DV:Math in the World3
MATH 130DV: Math and the Environme3
NURS 230PLDV:Hlth Asses/Prom for Nur Prc4
NURS 330PLDV:Nurs w/Acutely Ill Adults I4
NURS 335PLDV:Nurs w/ Acute Ill Adults II4
NURS 340PLDV:Nursing with Families I4
NURS 420PLDV:Population Focused Nursing4
PE 110DV:Lifestyle Health/Fitness1
PSYC 401DV:Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 426DV:Group Process3
SPAN 321DV:Latin American Civ/Culture3
SPAN 406DV:Def of Gender in Hispa Cult3
SPAN 408DV:Adv Read/Conv in Hisp Cult3
THEO 105DV:Comparative Religions3