The Baccalaureate Degree

The curriculum design for the baccalaureate degree normally consists of four parts:

  1. The core curriculum - 45 credits.
  2.  A major - minimum of 30 credits. 1
    • Accounting
    • Actuarial Science
    • Art
    • Art Education (K-12)
    • Athletic Training
    • Biblical Languages
    • Biology
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Business Communication
    • Business Education K-12
    • Computer Information Sciences
    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Economics
    • Elementary Education
    • English
    • Environmental Studies
    • Environmental Health and Water Quality Technology
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Finance
    • General Business
    • German
    • Graphic Design
    • History
    • Horticulture
    • Hospitality & Event Management
    • Humanities
    • Illustration
    • Individualized
    • Information Technology
    • Interior Design
    • International Business
    • Justice & Public Policy
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Mass Communication
    • Mathematics
    • Missions
    • Multimedia Communication
    • Music
    • Music Education (K-12)
    • Natural Science
    • Nursing
    • Parish Music
    • Philosophy
    • Photography
    • Political Science
    • Pre-Seminary Studies
    • Physical Education (K-12)
    • Psychology
    • Public Relations
    • Radiologic Technology
    • Rehabilitation Science
    • Secondary Education
    • Social Work
    • Spanish
    • Special Education
    • Sport & Entertainment Business
    • Theological Languages
    • Theology
  3. A minor - minimum of 18 credits (21 cr. minimum for Education majors). Must be different than major.1
    • Accounting
    • Adaptive Education
    • Art
    • Athletic Coaching
    • Bioethics
    • Biology
    • Business Communication
    • Chemistry
    • Christian Thought
    • Church Ministries
    • Computer Information Sciences
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Educational Studies
    • English
    • English as a Second Language
    • Environmental Science
    • Environmental Studies
    • Finance
    • Forensic Accounting
    • General Business
    • German
    • Health Education
    • History
    • Hospitality & Event Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Humanities
    • Individualized
    • Justice and Public Policy
    • Legal Studies
    • Management
    • Managerial Accounting
    • Marketing
    • Mass Communication
    • Mathematics
    • Missions
    • Multimedia Communication
    • Music
    • Non-profit Management
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Public Relations
    • Science
    • Science Education
    • Social Science
    • Social Studies
    • Social Welfare
    • Spanish
    • Speech Communication
    • Sport & Entertainment Business
    • Theatre
    • Theological Languages
    • Theology
    • Urban Education
    • Women's Studies
    • Youth Ministry
  4. Electives to reach a minimum total of 120/126 credit hours depending on academic program, which is the required minimum to receive a bachelors degree from Concordia University Wisconsin.

The Core Curriculum

The Common Core Experience

All students take these particular courses, for a total of 18 credits

REL 100The Bible3
REL 110Christian Faith3
CCE 110Western Culture & Worldview3
CCE 120Western Thought & Worldview3
CCE 130Christian Citizen3
CCE 140Science & Humanity3
Total Hours18

Liberal Arts Dimensions

Students take courses from the following themes, totaling 27 credits

Faith and Life3
Natural World - Science4
Natural World - Math3
Society & Culture3
Human Beings & Being Human5
Creative Expression3
Communication & Language6
Total Hours27

NOTE: Two CUW - approved writing intensive courses are required for graduation

Associate in Arts Degree

Core Curriculum36
Liberal Arts Preparation3
Theology 6
Communications 6
Introduction to Writing
Public Speaking
Social Sciences 3
Select one of the following:
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Interpersonal Communications
Humanities 6
Select two of the following areas:
History
Literature
Creative Arts Elective
Cross Culture Course3
Select one of the following:
Cultural Geography
Anthropology
Non-Western History
Foreign Language
Science Elective (with Lab)4
Mathematics/Computer Science
Physical Education2
Introduction to Lifetime Fitness
Physical Education Activity 1
Professional Collateral27

Advanced Transfer Core

  1. All students holding an accredited Associate Degree will be granted Advanced Transfer status.
  2. Students presenting at least 63 acceptable transfer credits from an accredited college (but not holding an associate degree) will be granted Advanced Transfer status.
Transfer Core Requirements
(only applies to students pursuing an undergraduate Bachelor's degree and have an Associate's degree or 63 transferable credits)
Faith6
Natural World (4 science, 3 math) 7
Society & Culture6
Human Beings & Being Human3
Human Creativity & Expression3
Communication & Language (3 must be writing)6
Total Hours31

Reserve Officer Training Corps

Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps

Concordia University students have the opportunity to fully participate in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program. Students enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program attend AFROTC courses at Marquette University.

Through the program, Concordia offers its students the opportunity to prepare for initial active duty assignments as Air Force Commissioned Officers. In order to receive a commission, AFROTC cadets must complete all university requirements for a degree and courses specified by the Air Force. AFROTC offers four-, three-, two-, and one-year programs leading to a commission as an Air Force officer. Four-year program students complete the general military course, the professional officer course, in addition to a four-week summer field training between their second and third years in the program. Two-year students complete only the professional officer course. One-year students complete a seven-week field training session.

AFROTC College Scholarship and Scholarship Actions Programs: These programs provide scholarships to selected students participating in AFROTC. While participating in AFROTC, students receive $250-400 per month along with paid tuition, fees, and a fixed textbook reimbursement.

For more information, contact the Department of Aerospace Studies at Marquette University (414) 288-7882.

Army Reserve Officer Training Course

Concordia University students have the opportunity to fully participate in the Army Reserve Officer Training Course (AROTC) program. Students in the program attend AROTC courses at Marquette University. This program prepares Concordia University students for commissions in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, or the U.S. Army Reserve.

There are two program options a four- or two-year program. The four-year program is divided into two phases: the basic course (taken during the freshman and sophomore years) and the advanced course (taken during the junior and senior years). The two-year program is designed for students at four-year institutions who did not take AROTC during the first two years of college, students entering a postgraduate course of study, or students who have prior military service. Students enrolling in the advanced course who have not taken the basic course will begin their training with a five-week paid summer session at Fort Knox called the Leader’s Training Course or a one-week program held at Marquette called Accelerated Cadet Commissioning Training.

The Army offers a number of scholarship opportunities to Concordia University students enrolled in the ROTC program. There are two-year, three-year, and four-year active duty scholarships as well as two-year U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard scholarships available. These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis by the Department of Military Science at Marquette University and can be applied to tuition expenses at Concordia University. In addition to the scholarships, all contracted students in the advanced course receive a $250-400 monthly stipend.

Prospective students interested in the Army ROTC program are encouraged to visit the Army ROTC website www.armyrotc.com, the Marquette Army ROTC website www.mu.edu/rotc/army/html, or contact our Enrollment and Scholarship Officer at Marquette University (414) 288-2046.

Cooperative Programs

Concordia University Wisconsin enables students to enrich their academic preparation by taking courses at other higher education institutions with which CUW has a written agreement. Consult the Registrar’s Office for eligibility and guidelines.

Program Changes

Requirements are subject to change in programs, majors or minors.

The Individualized Major and Minor

(Major  30 cr. minimum) (Minor  18 cr. minimum)

An exception to the requirement of a readymade major may be granted to a limited number of capable students with special needs or interests. For example, the student whose particular academic interests or career goals may better be served by a distinctive and flexible, but related grouping of courses, that provide for sustained contact with some problem or topic, may develop an appropriate major within the existing resources of the college.

Such self-designated proposals are initiated by the student with the aid of the mentor or academic advisor, developed with the assistance of a professor from an appropriate field, and submitted to the Academic Council for evaluation and recommendation. Final action rests with the Vice President of Academics. If approved, a copy of the plan must be filed in the student’s records by the Registrar.