Jul 15, 2024  
2024-2025 University Bulletin 
2024-2025 University Bulletin

Academic Program Information

Undergraduate Programs


A Vision for Undergraduate Education

Steeped in Dominican Ethos, Liberal Learning

Through Foundations, Breadth, Depth and Integration

for Responsible Global Citizenship

We educate one student at a time in the company of others, each unique yet all distinctly Dominican. In dialogue with a Dominican ethos, our students grow as liberal learners through creative and rigorous study marked by solid foundations, disciplinary breadth and depth, and ongoing integration as they aspire to become ethically responsible global citizens. Each student develops an emerging sense of personal and professional vocation through a variety of means, including thoughtful interaction with courses, professors, and other students, and intensive advising and mentoring. We encourage students to participate in internships, study away (international and domestic), community-based learning, and undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative investigations. Diverse insights coalesce in each student’s distinctive educational trajectory, purpose, and plan, as we inspire students to discern the big picture and name their place within it-to stand somewhere and to stand for something, conscientiously positioned in relationship to the world.

Dominican ethos describes the distinctive character of our university’s culture. It includes an environment of Caritas et Veritas, in which we contemplate the meaning of existence and strive collaboratively for a more just and humane world. It understands that study is at once contemplative and communal. It unites reflection and dialogue as we collaborate in the search for truth. It enables students to develop a sense of care and responsibility for oneself, one’s community, and the wider creation. It fosters trust, tolerance, mutual accountability, and belonging. Students enter into conversation with a Catholic intellectual tradition that affirms the compatibility of faith and reason, a universe marked by both intelligibility and mystery, the sacredness of all creation, the dignity of every living being, and concern for the common good. They acquire basic knowledge about Christianity in its various dimensions, and how it interacts with secular and other religious beliefs, practices, and worldviews.

Upon graduation, undergraduates educated at Dominican University possess character, knowledge, and skills to take informed, ethical action in the world and to influence others for the good.


Dominican University Learning Goals and Outcomes


At Dominican University, we approach teaching and learning with an emphasis on reflective, integrative, and applied learning to enable students to synthesize concepts and methods across domains. We ask students to apply knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems and to assume responsibility for their own learning.

Upon graduation, students educated at Dominican University possess character, knowledge, and skills to take informed, ethical action in the world and to influence others for the good.  As stated in our undergraduate bulletin, “In distinctive ways, the core curriculum helps students meet the learning goals outlined in the Vision for Undergraduate Education.”

Steeped in the Dominican ethos, with an expectation that students will strive collaboratively for a more just and humane world, we expect students to foster trust, tolerance, mutual accountability, global citizenship, and belonging.  We invite them into conversation with a Catholic intellectual and liberal arts tradition that explores the compatibility of faith and reason, a universe marked by both intelligibility and mystery, the sacredness of all creation, the dignity of every living being, and concern for the common good. 

 Goals-What we want our students to know, do, and value: 

Knowledge: Students will gain knowledge that increases their understanding of themselves and the world around them, enhances their ability to see connections across domains, and diversifies their frames of reference.

Intellectual and Practical Skills: Students will draw on this knowledge as they develop their abilities to access, understand, analyze, synthesize, create, and effectively communicate ideas and information in order to address real-world issues, both individually and collaboratively.

Personal and Social Responsibility: Students will use their knowledge and skills as they acquire a disposition of living mindfully and ethically in our diverse world, effectively engaging in civic life at Dominican and beyond.

Outcomes-Dominican University students completing an undergraduate degree (core curriculum, majors, and co-curricular experiences) will:


Of human cultures and experiences

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human experiences, languages, systems, art, artifacts, ideologies, narratives, music, conflicts, behaviors, interactions, events, beliefs, values, and/or discoveries

Of the natural world

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the natural world, including its history, phenomena, systems, laws, behaviors, interconnectedness, interactions, problems, conflicts, concords, dangers, pleasures, and/or beauties

Of the intersections between them

And of the diverse ways of inquiring into them


Intellectual and Practical Skills
























  • Comprehend complex texts
  • Analyze parts of texts in relation to the whole and to other texts
  • Interpret a text’s meaning using multiple interpretive strategies

Critical thinking

  • Examine one’s own and others’ assumptions
  • Evaluate claims, arguments, methods and/or potential solutions based on given criteria
  • Establish a defensible position, conclusion or solution through logical reasoning

Creative thinking

  • Identify connections among ideas, questions, forms and/or solutions
  • Experiment with ideas to create new and useful knowledge, questions, forms, and/or solutions

Written and oral communication

  • Incorporate relevant and appropriate examples, sources, and evidence in support of one’s own ideas
  • Deliver ideas effectively in ways that are appropriate to disciplinary conventions

Quantitative literacy

  • Effectively represent information in mathematical forms
  • Draw reasonable conclusions based on appropriate mathematical concepts and quantitative analysis of data 
  • Use quantitative evidence in support of an argument

Information literacy

  • Access needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information critically
  • Responsibly incorporate relevant sources


  • Effectively contribute one’s own ideas and perspectives in a group
  • Facilitate contributions towards a goal, by listening, acknowledging, or responding to others
  • Constructively manage conflict as it arises



Personal and Social Responsibility

Vocational exploration

  • Identify ways that one’s passions, skills, and aspirations align with career pathways and the world’s needs
  • Evaluate how one’s curricular and co-curricular experiences prepare one for work that is in service to the creation of a more just and humane world

Intercultural competence

  • Articulate insights into one’s own cultural rules and biases
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully across cultures
  • Identify specific causes and forms of institutional oppression and injustice and their intersections in the U.S. or in a global context
  • Analyze the historical and/or cultural contexts that give rise to the experiences and/or cultural expressions of non-dominant groups of people in the U.S. or in a global context

Civic engagement

  • Connect and extend knowledge from one’s own academic study to participation in our communities
  • Articulate what one has learned about oneself and one’s civic identity from one’s involvement in the community

Ethical reasoning and action

  • Explain the complexities and ambiguities of ethical problems and concepts
  • Apply key ethical perspectives or concepts to situations that arise on personal, professional, and social levels
  • Use relevant ethical perspectives to develop a justifiable stance on an ethical question in service to the creation of a more just and humane world
  • Reflect on personal beliefs, decisions, actions, and consequences in terms of what it means to be an ethically responsible person within the context of community

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degrees

General Requirements

  1. Each student must complete 124 semester hours of credit, 4 semester hours of which may be in physical education, recreation or health. A semester course may carry from 1 to 8 semester hours of credit, according to the judgment of the department. The minimum requirement for full-time status in any one semester is 12 semester hours of credit, and the maximum permitted is 18 semester hours. See Academic Regulations   for the rule governing an exception to the normal course load.
  2. Each student must attain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 based on all Dominican course work and be in good standing.
  3. Each student in a BA, BS, or BBA degree program must complete work in a major field consisting of no fewer than 30 semester hours of credit.
  4. Each student in a BA, BS, BSN, or BBA degree program must complete the core curriculum.
  5. A minimum grade of C- must be earned in courses for a major or minor, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required for completion of a major or minor. The satisfactory/fail grade option may NOT be used for any course submitted for a major or minor unless otherwise indicated in department major requirements.

Residency Requirements

One hundred twenty-four semester hours are required for graduation. A certain number of these hours must be earned in residency.

Students may meet Dominican’s minimum residency requirement in any one of the following ways:

  1. Complete any 90 semester hours at Dominican University;
  2. Complete from 45 to 89 semester hours at Dominican University, including the last 15 semester hours applied toward the degree; or
  3. Complete the last 34 semester hours for the degree at Dominican University.

Up to 68 semester hours are accepted in transfer from community colleges and up to 90 semester hours from four-year colleges and universities.

Each department will determine the number of semester hours in the major and minor that must be taken at Dominican.

Major Field

Students must choose a major field prior to or upon completion of 60 semester hours. Students who have completed 60 semester hours and have not declared a major will not be allowed to register for additional courses until a major is declared. Information on declaring a major is available from the Office of Advising, advising@dom.edu.

A grade of C- or higher is required in all courses used to satisfy requirements in the major; a course that is required for the major in which a grade of D or F is earned must be repeated. A minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required in the major. It is the responsibility of the student to make certain that degree requirements are met.

Students who intend to complete more than one major must have a minimum of 15 semester hours in each major that are not also used to satisfy requirements in another major.

Minor Field

Students may elect an optional minor field. A department offering a minor may require no fewer than 15 semester hours and no more than 24 semester hours. The requirements for a minor are listed in the Courses of Instruction section of this bulletin under each discipline offering a minor.

Students who intend to complete more than one minor must have a minimum of 9 semester hours in each minor that are not also used to satisfy requirements in another minor.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Because of our commitment to integrative learning, a number of interdisciplinary majors and minors are available, including majors in American studies, black world studies, digital cinema, neuroscience, and the study of women and gender, and minors in Catholic studies, interfaith studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, medieval and renaissance studies, pre-law, social justice and civic engagement, and social media.

Interdepartmental Major or Minor

Students choosing an interdepartmental major or minor may design a program suited to their particular needs and interests. This major or minor must be approved prior to the completion of 90 semester hours of credit.

In order for students to declare an interdepartmental major or minor, they need work with a faculty member who will serve as advisor to identify those courses and experiences that will constitute the interdepartmental major or minor, selecting a minimum of 32 semester hours of credit for a major and 18-24 semester hours for a minor, with at least half the credits completed at Dominican. Students must also submit a statement describing how these courses will create a coherent and organized program that furthers the student’s exploration of the topic of interest. Additional requirements are included in the procedures document available in the advising office.

Completed proposals are submitted for approval to the cooperating department chairs from whose areas courses are being drawn; the dean of the college contributing the largest number of courses gives final approval. Approved proposals are filed with the Office of the Registrar.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum

North Star Statement:

In keeping with our identity as a Sinsinawa-sponsored, Catholic, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), the Dominican university Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum, along with a chosen major, provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to dismantle injustices that they may face and that harm others in the world around them. The core increases students’ capacity for personal growth, through building foundational skills that underpin a purposeful, economically secure, and fulfilling life. Further, the core helps students to create a more just and humane world by offering experiences in which they begin to understand and address the most complex problems in our local communities and shared world. 

An Overview:

The core curriculum plays a key role in an undergraduate education. In distinctive ways, the core curriculum helps students realize the principles outlined in the Vision for Undergraduate Education and achieve the undergraduate learning goals and outcomes listed above. The core curriculum consists of four parts: 

  • Becoming Scholars: building knowledge and skills essential throughout the core and majors;
  • Disciplinary Perspectives: exposing students to knowledge and modes of inquiry, including critical and creative thinking, in disciplinary domains
  • Dominican Frameworks: developing the tools and abilities to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world; and
  • ​Dominican CV: Career and Vocation: giving students the tools to succeed in the world of work and opportunities to think deeply about the meanings of the work they are called to do.

Total credit hour requirements: 37 - 42

BECOMING SCHOLARS (4 courses/14-15 credit hours)

Courses that help students to build knowledge and skills that are essential for their learning in the core and in their majors/minors. Students must take at least one course from each area: First-Year Seminar; Critical Reading, Writing, and Speaking; Quantitative Literacy; and Language other than English.

  • First-Year Seminar (FYS)

The Examined Life First-Year Seminar: First-year seminars begin the process of examining one’s life and take as a focal point these fundamental questions:

  • What is the self?
  • Who am I? How did I become who I am? Who will I be in the world?
  • What does it mean to live mindfully and reflectively? What helps and hinders that process?

All First-Year Seminars include a First-Year Experience component, which provides support for students as they transition to Dominican University.

  • Critical Reading, Writing, and Speaking (CRWS)

An inquiry-based, themed course that helps students develop their interrelated skills of reading, writing, and speaking. The course is part of a writing through the curriculum program that incorporates various disciplinary concepts to promote skills in written and oral communication. Students must earn a C- or better in this course or an approved equivalent to complete the requirement. 

  • Quantitative Literacy (QL)

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) briefly defines literacy as “reasoning in context and making judgments based on real-world data and having real-world consequences.” The MAA has been working on defining and developing Quantitative Literacy Requirements since 1989 to try to improve the state of general mathematical knowledge, and they point to the importance of using quantitative literacy skills to solve real-world problems in daily life, educational experiences, careers, and civic engagement. 

The AAC&U similarly defines quantitative literacy (QL) as a “habit of mind,” competency, and comfort in working with numerical data. Individuals with strong QL skills possess the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations. They understand and can create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence and they can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate).”

Students taking any course in Quantitative Literacy (QL) at Dominican must demonstrate quantitative literacy, which is further explained by effectively representing information in mathematical forms, drawing reasonable conclusions based on appropriate mathematical concepts and quantitative analysis of data, and using quantitative evidence in support of an argument.

Placement required.

  • Language other than English (LOTE)  

Courses that meet the LOTE requirement focus on written and oral communication and intercultural competence. Students will advance their proficiency in a language by developing a range of skills, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the target/heritage language. Students will also gain knowledge of human cultures and experiences by learning language and culture in tandem. Cross-cultural awareness in these courses develops as students use the target language as a means to understand how to interact with people from other cultures and become global citizens.   

Placement required.


Exposing students to knowledge and modes of inquiry, including critical and creative thinking, in disciplinary domains:

  • Science Literacy (SL) (2 courses)

Courses in this category will focus on the terms, concepts, methodologies, and practices of inquiry while applying analytic reasoning to the investigation of the natural or social world. Students may meet the Science literacy requirement by taking two eligible courses in the natural sciences (including biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, natural Science, neuroscience, Nutrition, and Physics.) and the social sciences (including Black World Studies, Communication Arts and Sciences, Criminology, Economics, Informatics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Study of Women and Gender).

  • Humanities and Arts (HA) (2 courses)

Courses in this category invite students to engage with ideas and artifacts of human experience. Studies in humanities and arts promote reflection, self-awareness, empathy, and critical and creative thinking. Humanities and arts courses provide knowledge of and insight into the human condition in its interactions with the world, and they help students understand their own identities as well as the experiences of others. Courses in this category are offered in the disciplines of Art, Communications Arts and Sciences, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Theater. 

DOMINICAN FRAMEWORKS (2 courses/6 credit hours)

Courses that help students develop the tools and abilities to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world. 

  • Social Justice and Sustainability (SJ) (1 course)

Courses in this category provide important context for the educational mission of pursuing truth, giving services, and creating a more just and humane world. These courses provide knowledge about and experience with natural and social realities that threaten the safety, stability, justice, peace, and well-being of the world but that can be changed and healed through human knowledge and action. Examples include racial and gender injustice, climate change, ecological destruction, and wealth inequality. Courses may emphasize social justice, environmental sustainability, or the complex interconnections between them. The particular focus may be local or global, but instructors are encouraged to make connections that help students grasp both immediate urgencies and broader explanatory contexts and develop the agency and power to engage in these efforts. 

Classes that meet this requirement will 1) identify causes, forms, and effects of exploitation, oppression, and injustice and their intersections in the U.S. or in a global context; 2) analyze the historical, social, and/or cultural contexts that give rise to the exploitation of groups of people and/or the natural world; and 3) evaluate past, current, and potential future efforts to promote agency, justice, equity, solidarity, and the interconnectedness of life. 

  • Theology (TH) (1 course)

​​A course in theology aims to thoughtfully and critically engage students in the “big questions” of life; that is, questions that extend beyond professional concerns and delve into the nature, meaning, and value of existence. A course in theology asks students to become familiar with and critical of the methods and sources proper to theological and religious reflection. Students will be challenged to describe specific ways that religious traditions, especially Catholic Christianity, raise and attempt to answer questions of ultimate meaning and value. Students will engage with a variety of theological concepts, texts, and thinkers from a global and/or diverse array of cultural perspectives to articulate a theologically-informed position on key questions regarding the transcendent meaning and value of human existence and experience.

  • Meaning, Value, and Truth (MV) (tagged requirement for 1 course)

All students are required to take a course tagged in Meaning, Value, and Truth (MVT). In these courses, they will gain an understanding of how essential questions concerning human meaning making, moral evaluation, and the discernment of truth have been addressed within different cultural traditions and historical periods and how they have been framed by different philosophical and theoretical positions. Classes with this tag explore core issues, philosophical theories, and debates that inform concepts of meaning, ethical responsibility, and truth, and challenge students to use a variety of philosophical and theoretical frameworks to more sensitively, justly, and humanely respond to ethical questions which arise at the personal, professional, and socio-political level. 

Classes that meet this requirement will: 1) articulate different philosophical theories from a variety of cultural perspectives, and 2) apply those theories to enduing questions of meaning, value, and truth. 

YOUR DOMINICAN CV (6 credit hours)

  • Career and Vocation: CV 100: Launching Your Career

This course provides a structured opportunity for students to leverage their college experience as the first step in their professional development. Students connect, engage, and reflect on their goals and strengths, and strategically assess the many opportunities on campus, articulate their goals for why they are enrolled at Dominican, and connect college to post-graduation goals. This course offers a balanced approach to vocational exploration through reflection and action. The course culminates with an informational interview in which students interview a professional to explore an area of interest and practice networking. 

  • Career and Vocation: CV 200: Leveraging Your Strengths

This course provides a structured opportunity for students to master Dominican’s S.T.A.R. approach to written and verbal professional communication, including interviewing, resume writing, and job search-related communications. They also improve their networking and relationship-building skills. Students will more deeply reflect on their Clifton Strengths as a continuation from FYS (First Year Seminar) or as an introduction for transfers while exploring their skills, values, and interests to help solidify potential careers and secure an internship. The course culminates with a mock interview event in which professionals interview students and students practice networking. Prerequisite(s): CV 100 Launching Your Career or CV 100 Waiver - Transfer Students only

  • Career and Vocation: CV 300: Presenting Yourself Professionally

This course provides a structured opportunity for students to develop strong oral communication skills. Students strengthen these skills by mastering Aristotle’s three components of effective rhetorical speaking: ethos, logs, and pathos. As student sills increase, more advanced interviewing techniques are introduced while students continue to build self-awareness, career self-efficacy, and a deeper understanding of their own career and calling through reflection and networking activities. Along with multiple opportunities to receive feedback on their oral communication skills, students deliver a professional presentation for employer partners as part of their final project. Prerequisite(s): CV 200 Leveraging Your Strengths; junior level standing

  • Career and Vocation: CV 400: Managing Your Career

This course provides a structured opportunity for students to take the final step in their college career-readiness path. Topics include negotiating job offers, understanding compensation and benefits, managing professional feedback, navigating long-term careers while being agile and thoughtful about career changes. Students are supported as they navigate their full-time job search, explore further post-secondary education plans, or prepare for full-time volunteer opportunities. Students develop a WixePortfolio to professionally present to employers and the DU community during an interactive Senior Showcase. Prerequisite(s): CV 300 Presenting Yourself Professionally; senior level standing

  • Career Practicum: CP 355 (at least 2 credit hours)

A Career Practicum is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional workplace setting under the direct supervision by a professional with relevant education and/or expertise. The experience (an internship, clinical rotation, student teaching, or research internship) provides students with a robust opportunity to gain practical experience for future employment and/or graduate school application and helps them reflect on and fine-tune career path directions(s). During the Career Practicum, students execute career management skills learned through their Career and Vocation courses including building social capital through professional networking, gaining career self-efficacy and self-advocacy, and gaining access to unpublished career opportunities. The Career Practicum presents students with the opportunity to practice working in the careers they aspire to have upon graduation while receiving wraparound support from the Dominican community. The Career Practicum is a critical step in a student’s professional career, as this type of experiential learning has been known to increase a student’s likelihood of post-graduation success in securing a full-time position, graduate school enrollment, and/or full-time professional volunteer service. A Career Practicum provides students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience, develop social capital, and explore professional career paths.

TAGGED REQUIREMENTS (no additional credit hours)

  • Technological and Information Literacy (TI) (1 course)

Technology refers to the skills, methods and processes people use to achieve goals. For the purposes of the undergraduate Core Curriculum we define technological literacy as possessing and exercising the ability to use electronic (or digital) applications (programs) in order to communicate ideas effectively to others and to realize goals / desired outcomes. Technological literacy involves knowing how to do something such as construct a formula in a program like Excel but also knowing the reason for using the formula and the program in the first place. Further, information is knowledge that comes from observation, investigation, study and/or instruction. According to the Association of College and Research libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy, “information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning” (ACRL 2015:8). Information literacy requires, reflects, and promotes sills in research/creative inquiry and critical thinking.

  • Advanced Critical Reading, Writing, and Speaking (ACRWS) (1 course)

A course tagged in Advanced CRWS builds on the skills a student developed in their first-year CRWS. These courses help students further develop the interrelated skills of reading, writing, and speaking. ACRWS courses are 200 or 300-level courses that may be taken in a student’s major or minor or in the core. Students must have at least 28 earned credit hours (sophomore status) to enroll in these courses. Finally, students must earn a C- or better to complete the requirement.

Illinois Articulation Initiative

Dominican University is committed to helping students transfer and will automatically place the student in the core curriculum that has the more direct path toward degree completion. Requests to change to a different core curriculum should be directed to the Office of Advising, advising@dom.edu (link sends e-mail), for audit and then processed by the Office of the Registrar.  Transfer students have the following options:

Completed IAI GECC 

Transfer students who enroll at Dominican with a completed IAI GECC Core Curriculum from a school that is a full participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) will be waived from the Dominican core and will only have to complete the Dominican graduation requirements noted below.

  • The Dominican graduation requirements include:
    • Social Justice and Sustainability requirement (may be satisfied by an equivalent course)
    • Theology area requirement - must complete at Dominican 
    • Career and Vocation 200, 300, and 400
    • Career Practicum 355

IAI 30+

Transfer students who enroll at Dominican with at least 30 transferable credit hours can complete the IAI GECC at Dominican using Dominican coursework in lieu of completing Dominican’s core requirements and will have to complete the Dominican graduation requirements noted below. 

IAI GECC Dominican Core 
Composition I ENG 101
Composition II ENG 102
Speech Communication CAS 200
Mathematics An appropriate course in mathematics
Life Science An appropriate course in biology, neuroscience, or nutrition
Physical Science An appropriate course in chemistry, geology, or physics
Humanities An appropriate course in communication, English, French, history, Italian, philosophy, religious studies, Spanish, theater, theology
Fine Arts An appropriate course in art, film, music, theater
Social and Behavioral Sciences An appropriate course in economics, history, human geography, political science, psychology, or sociology.
  • The Dominican graduation requirements include:
    • Social Justice and Sustainability requirement (may be satisfied by an equivalent course)
    • Theology area requirement - must complete at Dominican 
    • Career and Vocation 200, 300, and 400
    • Career Practicum 355

Fewer than 30 transferable credits

Transfer students who enroll at Dominican with fewer than 30 transferable credit hours completed will complete Dominican’s core requirements and graduation requirements using applicable transfer work and Dominican courses and forgo completing the GECC.

The following is the Dominican core and how GECC requirements may count towards meeting some of the requirements:  

Dominican Core  IAI GECC Completed Course
CRWS 105  Composition I
Quantitative literacy requirement Mathematics
Science literacy requirement Life Science
Science literacy requirement Physical Science
Humanities and Arts requirement or Language other than English, if applicable Humanities
Humanities and Arts requirement Fine Arts
Social Justice and Sustainability or Science Literacy requirement Social and Behavioral Sciences
First Year Seminar (waived if transferring in at least 12 credit hours of college course work earned in one semester.   
Theology area requirement - must complete at Dominican   
Language other than English (may be satisfied by an equivalent course)  
Social Justice and Sustainability requirement (may be satisfied by an equivalent course)  
Meaning, Value, and Truth tagged course (may be satisfied by an equivalent course)  
Technological and Information Literacy tagged course (may be satisfied by an equivalent course)  
Advanced Critical Reading, Writing, and Speaking tagged course (may be satisfied by an equivalent course)  
Career and Vocation 100 (waived if transferring in at least 28 credit hours earned at a college)  
Career and Vocation 200  
Career and Vocation 300  
Career and Vocation 400  
Career Practicum 355   

IAI GECC courses that count as elective credits include:

  • Composition II
  • Speech Communication (may transfer as major credit, depending on transfer guide equivalencies)

Bachelor of Applied Science

The bachelor of applied science is a degree-completion option for transfer students who have earned an associate in applied science degree from a regionally accredited institution, have a minimum 2.75 grade point average, and qualify for admission into one of BAS programs of study.

General Degree Requirements for the BAS degree

  • A minimum of 124 semester hours of credit are required, including a minimum of 60 credit hours of coursework completed at Dominican University. Up 64 hours of transfer credit will be accepted towards the BAS degree, including associate-of-applied-science credit earned toward the AAS degree.
  • Completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Courses used to satisfy requirements in the major must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
  • Complete the BAS major coursework.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 based on all Dominican course work and be in good standing.
  • Complete the BAS core curriculum requirements outlined below. 

Core Curriculum Requirements for BAS Degree:

Students must complete the following core curriculum coursework as part of the BAS degree:

  • Foundation Requirement (9 credit hours)
    • English compositionENGL 102 - Composition II: Writing as a Way of Knowing  or equivalent transfer course
    • MathematicsMATH 130 - College Algebra  or equivalent transfer course
    • Theology: a course that satisfies the theology area requirement (above)
  • Life in the Natural World Seminar (200-level) OR one Enduring Question Seminar (300-level)
  • The Good Life Senior Integrative Seminar (400-level)
  • Area Studies Requirement (15 credit hours)
    • life science course (3 credit hours)-either a transfer course that satisfies the IAI GECC life science requirement or a life science course that satisfies Dominican’s natural science core area requirement
    • physical science course (3 credit hours)-either a transfer course that satisfies the IAI GECC physical science requirement or a physical science course that satisfies Dominican’s natural science core area requirement
    • social and behavioral science course (3 credit hours)-either a transfer course that satisfies the IAI GECC social and behavioral science requirement or a course that satisfies Dominican’s social science core area requirement or history core area requirement
    • humanities coursework (3 credit hours)-either a transfer course that satisfies the IAI GECC humanities requirement or a course that satisfies Dominican’s literature core area requirement or philosophy core area requirement
    • fine arts coursework (3 credit hours)-either a transfer course that satisfies the IAI GECC fine arts requirement or a course that satisfies Dominican’s fine arts core area requirement

Courses completed for the Core requirements can be completed either using coursework from Dominican University or utilizing coursework taken at a community college that participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) General Education Curriculum Core (GECC).

The BAS degree will recognize and accept an AAS degree from accredited institutions.  While the AAS degree will be accepted as credit hours toward the BAS degree (maximum of 64 hours), individual transcripts from accredited institutions will be evaluated to determine what transfer coursework will count towards the major and Core coursework. 

Degree with Honors

Degree honors are awarded on the basis of the cumulative grade point average of all baccalaureate course work taken at Dominican. For a baccalaureate degree summa cum laude, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.9000; for a baccalaureate degree magna cum laude, 3.7000; for baccalaureate degree cum laude, 3.5000. All hours successfully completed at Dominican will qualify towards the calculation of these honors distinctions.

Dominican Honors Program: Mazzuchelli Scholars and Distinction Programs

Bachelor of Arts with Honors or Bachelor of Science with Honors

Socrates challenges us with the claim that the unexamined life is not worth living. Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli O.P. challenges us to “wake up then … and set out for any place where the need is great and the work is difficult.” The Mazzuchelli Scholars honors program contributes to the mission of the university by providing talented and self-motivated students with the opportunities and skills they will need to become lifelong learners.

Students who accept this challenge are awarded their degrees with honors (Bachelor of Arts with Honors or Bachelor of Science with Honors), on the recommendation of the Honors Program.

Entering the Program

The honors degree program is open to full-time students who have been accepted into the program. The Honors Program sets the standards for admission to the program, reviews the progress of the students in the program, and recommends the awarding of the Bachelor of Arts degree with honors or Bachelor of Science degree with honors. Interested students should consult the director of the honors program for current-year policies and guidelines.

In addition to the bachelor degree requirements outlined in this bulletin, all students intending to pursue a degree with honors must complete the following requirements:

1.  Building Proficiency: honors students demonstrate proficiency in Math, Language, and complete coursework in Critical Reading, Writing, and Speaking, in addition to the first-year honors seminar (HNSM) and Navigating University (HNFY) course. 

2.  Honors in the Disciplines: honors students complete four courses (two courses designated as Big Questions and two courses designated as Explorations and Investigations).  No more than one course from any one discipline (these include all courses housed in the Brennan School of Business).  One of these courses may double-count in one major.  

3.  Integrations: honors students complete one course in Theology, one course in Social Justice and Sustainability (these may not double-count in the disciplines courses), four one-credit courses in Career and Development, a practicum (a high-impact experience preapproved by the program) that earns at least two credits.  A senior honors seminar (HNSM) is also required as well as complete portfolio (no credits associated).  

4. Designated GPA: honors students must have a 3.30 minimum GPA to graduate with the Honors distinction. Students who fall below the 3.30 minimum may graduate on the Honors core but will not receive the Honors designation on their transcript and diploma. 

For more detailed information, students should consult the current list of honors courses which have been approved as Honors Big Questions or Honors Exploration/Investigations.

Exemption from the honors first year seminar for students admitted to the honors program in their sophomore year. Details of those requirements can be found on the honors Sharepoint. 


Bachelor of Arts With Distinction and Bachelor of Science With Distinction

Students not in the honors program may elect to pursue a degree of Bachelor of Arts with Distinction or Bachelor of Science with Distinction by completing a distinction project. This project is designed to give such students in their junior and senior years the opportunity to complete a distinctive and substantial scholarly or creative work in their major field.

Students who accept this challenge are awarded the degree with distinction (Bachelor of Arts with Distinction or Bachelor of Science with Distinction), on the recommendation of the Honors Committee in consultation with faculty project mentors and upon completion of the distinction project.

All students intending to pursue a distinction project will need to complete the following requirements:

Declaring Intent and Finding Readers. Generally, students attempting degrees with distinction begin working on their distinction projects in the first semester of their junior years. The faculty readers in the discipline approve the project, and then the student’s first and second readers recommend the project to the Honors Director. A project in an interdisciplinary major or one which is interdisciplinary in emphasis is submitted with prior approval from faculty from the most relevant disciplines. A student majoring in a discipline in which Dominican has only one full-time faculty member should seek approval of both project and proposal from a second faculty member who is a member of the major department or from a related discipline in another department, whichever is more appropriate for the project.

Public Presentation. After the final draft is approved, the student will be required to give a public oral presentation on his or her project at the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Investigation Exposition (URSCI). 

Other Information

Deadlines and guides for writing a distinction proposal and project guides for both students and faculty mentors are available on the Honors Share Point.

Students who decide not to complete their projects must send a statement of their reasons to the Honors Director. Students who do not make satisfactory progress may be required to withdraw their projects.

.Additional Major/Minor after Graduation

Dominican University graduates may add an additional major/minor to their Dominican record using the requirements in the bulletin of their original major/minor if completed within two years of receiving the bachelor’s degree; at least one half of the additional coursework must be completed at Dominican,

Dominican University graduates who wish to add an additional major/minor more than two calendar years after receiving the bachelor’s degree must fulfill the major/minor requirements in effect at the time they return to complete their work.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students holding a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution may earn a second bachelor’s degree (either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree) from Dominican University, provided that:

  1. All university general education requirements, foundation and core requirements, and major requirements are met;
  2. At least 34 semester hours are earned in residence at Dominican University; and
  3. A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is earned in all Dominican course work

The Bachelor of Medical Science  degree is a second-bachelor-degree program designed for students interested in pursuing graduate or professional study in medical fields.

Returning Students

Students returning to Dominican after an interruption of more than five years are subject to bulletin provisions for the general education requirements as well as major and minor requirements in effect at the time they re-enter. (However, every effort will be made to count earlier courses in the way most beneficial to fulfilling current requirements.)

Students returning to Dominican after an interruption of fewer than five years can use the bulletin in effect at the time of their original admission to Dominican or any later bulletin. Returning students who have attended other colleges or universities during their absence must reapply to Dominican. Upon readmission, they may select a bulletin in effect up to five years prior to the term they re-enter, providing they were enrolled during the bulletin year of their choice.

Academic Advising

Advising is teaching and learning for vocation. First in importance and sequence for advising are not the questions, What courses do I have to take? What am I required to do? Instead, advising should begin with and frequently revisit more fundamental questions: Why am I in the university? What should I study, and why? What will it mean for my life, for my future, for my community, and for society? Advising explores the meaning, purpose, and effect of university learning. Assisting students in exploring and selecting major fields, selecting and scheduling courses, internships, and a host of other more practical functions are built upon insights students derive from beginning with and revisiting the reflective questions that go to the heart of each student’s educational project.

Each undergraduate student has a dedicated faculty advisor-initially the student’s first-year seminar professor, and later, a professor from the student’s chosen major field. Faculty advisors and students are assisted by the Office of Academic Advising staff.

Students at Dominican are able to exercise a large measure of personal choice in curriculum because of the quality of the university’s academic advising. The university recognizes that while students hold the primary responsibility for their education and hence for their program choices, the advisor’s help is crucial in developing an informed basis for responsible and expedient academic decisions.

Students may not register for courses online without receiving an advising clearance and may not register in person in Stars Connect without their academic advisor’s approval. Please note that successful degree completion is the sole responsibility of the student.

Career Advising Program

The career advising program in Career Development aspires to create in students a values-centered work ethic, to educate them to become productive and compassionate citizens, and to equip them with tools to make satisfying career and life plans. Services available to students include assistance with selecting a major, help finding part-time jobs and internships, and full-time job search support.

Career Development provides career decision-making assistance, job search workshops, résumé writing, interviewing techniques, cover letter assistance, and updated career resources to students and alumnae/i of Dominican University. The office interacts with business, industry, education, and government to develop a network of employers for full-time and internship opportunities. The office hosts on-campus interviews, practice job interviews, a business etiquette dinner, and both on- and off-campus job/internships fairs.  A job bulletin listing full-time and part-time and internship vacancies is posted through our Handshake portal. Additional information about Career Development is available on the website at careers.dom.edu.

Study Abroad

Dominican University offers a wide variety of study abroad programs, viewing these opportunities as an integral part of a student’s undergraduate education. In Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, students are perfecting their language skills and/or studying the culture, politics, art, literature, and social systems of the target country. In addition to their course work, students in study abroad programs participate in a wide variety of cultural experiences and excursions and have the opportunity for independent travel. The goal of study abroad is to give students a broader knowledge and understanding of the world and of other peoples and also a new sense of self-reliance and independence. With approval of the major department, some study abroad courses can be used to meet major requirements in the sociology, criminology, or other fields; see a departmental advisor for more information.

Year-Long or Semester Programs

Semester in London, England-Offered during the fall semester only, the London program is open to juniors and seniors in all majors. With a focus on students’ experiencing as well as studying about Britain, the curriculum consists of two parts: an interdisciplinary course in British life and culture and a tutorial/independent study course, generally in the student’s major. The interdisciplinary course includes lectures by British experts in a variety of fields, weekly day trips to such sites as Stratford-on-Avon and Bath, and two study tours-one to Edinburgh and York and one to Dublin, Ireland.

Study Abroad in Florence, Italy- This program in affiliation with AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study) offers one or two semesters of study in the academic year and summer sessions through Richmond (The American International University) in Florence. There are two program options: the traditional program (requirement Italian 102 or equivalent) and the internship program (requirement Italian 202 or equivalent). Students register for one class in Italian language study (placement assessment completed ahead of registration) and other courses offered in English or Italian for a total of up to 16 credits. Students may choose living arrangements in an apartment shared with other AIFS students or with a host family. Fulfillment of DU area requirements determined in consultation with appropriate departments. One week orientation workshop, excursions, day trips, and optional meal plan included in both programs. Volunteer and community- learning opportunities are available. Florence is centrally located and offers ideal accessibility for travel in country and in Europe.

Study Abroad in Milan, Italy-This affiliate program with IES Abroad in the fashion, financial, and commercial capital of Italy is intended for students interested in a semester or an academic year program in Italy. Students live with Italian university students and/or young professionals. Students take a variety of language and area studies courses in art history, cinema, theatre, history, literature, music, and political science at the IES center in Milan or at Milan’s major universities. All courses are taught in Italian. Advanced students of Italian can apply for internships with professionals in any number of subject areas. In addition to Italian language, apparel students can take area courses taught in English and one or two fashion courses at the Istituto di Moda Burgo.

Study Abroad in Poitiers, France-This affiliate program with Oregon State University gives students of French the opportunity to study and live in Poitiers for one semester or an entire academic year. They enroll in courses at the International Center or at the Université de Poitiers while living with a French family. All instruction is in French. Participants must have completed French 202 or above to be eligible.

Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain-This affiliate program with AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study) offers one or two semesters of study at the oldest and most famous university of Spain. Students register for classes in language, area studies, or other fields at either the Universidad de Salamanca or the AIFS program, depending upon their language preparation. Students wishing to enroll for courses at the PEI (Universidad de Salamanca) must have written permission from the Spanish Department. All courses are conducted in Spanish. Students live with a host family. Through excursions planned by AIFS and independent travel, students have the opportunity to explore Spain and the rest of Europe.

Study Abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa-This affiliate program with AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study) offers one or two semesters at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa’s second-oldest university. Students register for classes taught in English at the university. Students can choose from a wide variety of subjects, including African area studies, South African and African history and politics, theatre arts, and South African literature.

Study Abroad in Limerick, Ireland-This affiliate program with AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study) offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to take courses at the University of Limerick for one or two semesters. They can choose from a wide variety of courses in the College of Business, College of Humanities, College of Informatics and Electronic Engineering, and the College of Science. Students also are encouraged to take courses offered in Irish studies. The program includes a three-day excursion to London and trips to the West of Ireland and to Dublin. Students live in single rooms in university townhouses on campus. Students in all majors are welcome to apply.

Study Abroad in Blackfriars/Oxford-This program is open to juniors who either are in the honors program or have a 3.7 GPA. Blackfriars Hall is run by Dominican friars within the Oxford University system. Students participate in the traditional Oxbridge tutorial teaching, in which they meet twice a week with a tutor to discuss an essay. Topics for tutorial projects include philosophy, theology, English literature, psychology, and British history with optional classes in Latin, New Testament Greek, and Biblical Hebrew. Accommodations are within walking distance of Blackfriars.

Study Abroad in Salzburg, Austria-This affiliate program with AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study) offers students with or without prior knowledge of German the opportunity to spend one or two semesters in Salzburg, Austria. All students must study German, along with a variety of classes taught in English, including political science, business/economics, art, literature, and music. Included in the program fee are several excursions, including ones to Munich, Germany, and to Vienna and Innsbruck, in Austria. Students have the option of living in a dormitory or with a host family. Students in all majors are welcome to apply.

Strasbourg: European Business-The Strasbourg Business Study Abroad Program is offered in the fall, spring, full year or four-week summer. This opportunity is offered to students interested in European business and integration, while developing their French language skills. There is no language requirement as business courses are taught in English, although students will enroll in a French language class at the appropriate level. This program takes place in the heart of Europe at the EM Strasbourg Business School, a Grande École, and includes cultural and corporate visits such as a guided boat tour, visits to the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, Council of Europe, European Parliament, Mercedes Corporate Headquarters, Deutsche Bank, Siemens and Lufthansa. Limited space available. Must have sophomore or junior standing.

Summer Programs

Florence and the Cultural Traditions of Italy - The Florence program is a four-week study abroad opportunity intended for students interested in Italian language, art, culture, and history. As the center of Renaissance civilization, Florence offers students opportunities to study the cultural achievements of Italy’s past while living in a dynamic and historically rich city. Florence is centrally located, giving students easy access to other important Italian cities and places of cultural interest. Dominican University’s Italian and art departments offer this program taking place from mid-May to mid-June. It is a program that distinguishes itself as a fully immersive humanities experience; it relates literature, art history and philosophy with the hands-on experience of drawing and observation. Students enroll in two courses (STA 223 - Drawing on Florence  and STA 282 - Florence: The City as Renaissance Text ). This program awards three credits for each course. There is no language requirement; both courses are taught in English. However, students seeking credit in Italian may intensify the literature course for fours credits upon approval of the Italian discipline.

China: Tradition, Modernization, and Culture - This three-credit course is designed to introduce students to the study of and involvement with China, in particular its history, religion and culture, political and social life, and increasingly important economy. Participants will visit and study in Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai to experience this complex country, rich in its tradition and dynamic in its transition. Most importantly, they will discover how to adapt to a culture and an environment that are quite different from the American or European conditions to which they are accustomed, a skill that will be increasingly required in the 21st century. Classes are held at Dominican both before and after the trip. The course is conducted in English.

Paris: Essentials of French Fashion - This course for apparel majors and minors provides the opportunity to spend one month in Paris, the fashion capital of the world. Students take all course work at the Paris American Academy. The intensive course consists of an overview of the French fashion industry, an opportunity to become immersed in a specialization (design, couture, merchandizing, or communication) from a French fashion perspective, and a hands-on introduction to the French culture and language. The course is conducted in English.

Cuba: Culture, History, and Politics - This course is a unique interdisciplinary course offered by Dominican University in collaboration with FLACSO-Cuba and the Universidad de La Habana (University of Havana). Course participants will travel across the island learning about the country’s pre- and post-colonial and revolutionary history, contemporary political and economic system, cultural landscape including music, art, and religion, and social institutions including schools, medical systems, and urban farming. This course includes mandatory pre-trip class sessions and orientation meetings, and it fulfills the multicultural core requirement for Dominican students. The course is conducted in English. This course can be used to fulfill a course requirement in the study of women and gender major. Please see advisor for details.

Strasbourg French Language Program - This three-week course offers a total immersion experience in the French language and culture. Students will participate in class sessions, do city-based projects, keep a journal, and complete a photo project. Excursions include a trip on the Alsatian Wine Route and a visit to the European Parliament. The language of instruction and interaction is French. Language requirement: FREN 202 - Intermediate French II  or equivalent.

Córdoba - The al-Andalus in World Literature: Interfaith Dialogue and the People of the Book is a four credit interfaith study abroad course that looks to the past to better understand the present. Participants study a real model of Muslim, Jewish and Christian interfaith community to then reflect on the meaning of its fictional reconfigurations in other contexts. Participants also spend three weeks in Córdoba Spain learning Spanish & Arabic language and culture (different levels are accommodated), (re)visiting the places of the historical al-Andalus. In addition to the many sites in and around Córdoba, travel will include Seville, Granada, and Toledo Spain, as well as Tetuan, Morroco. This course fulfills the literature area requirement, and the World literature requirement for education students; it earns credits in honors, Interfaith Studies, Spanish, &/or English.

Short-Term Programs

Rome Interim Program: The Art of Renaissance and Baroque Rome - This program takes place in early January during the winter semester break. The program consists of three phases: 1) two slide presentation that set up the historical context of the sites that will be seen in Rome (this takes place at Dominican prior to departure); 2) the actual tour of Rome, where students will visit the major Renaissance and Baroque sites as well as ancient sites, such as the Coliseum and the Roman Forum; 3) a final term paper upon return. The program is conducted in English.

Ghana: A Gateway to Africa - This study abroad program occurs during the spring semester. On-campus classroom sessions and orientations are followed by 10 days of travel in the West African country of Ghana during spring break. While there, participants experience Ghana’s political development and participate in Ghana’s independence celebration. Participants also discover Ghana’s rich history and culture traveling to the different regions, exploring the timeless art of Kente weaving; visiting the Manhyia Palace, the home of the Ashanti kings; and touring 14th-century slave dungeons along the coast of Ghana. In addition, participants enjoy both daily lectures and lectures at one of the largest universities in Ghana and learn about traditional religion, Muslim and Christian faiths, and how they have shaped Ghana. Students are required to keep a journal of their experiences and write a term paper. The course is conducted in English.

Community-Based Learning Programs

El Salvador: Election Observation and Democratic Participation - In this course students learn in depth about the political, social, and economic reality of El Salvador and contribute to its democratic process. Democracy depends on a transparent process, and the presence of international observers can help guarantee such transparency. This service learning abroad course is incorporated into an electoral international observer mission in El Salvador.

Guatemala - This short-term intensive international service program is an immersion experience in Guatemalan/Mayan life and culture. Students will engage diverse dimensions of human experience and understand with empathy a culture radically different from their own. The service we do opens doors to building relationships with the people. Through studying, experiencing and reflecting on Guatemalan and Mayan culture, history, religion, economics, society, and community, we deepen our awareness and understanding toward becoming a global citizen. This one-credit course involves preparation classes and participation in the Global Leaning Symposium.

Haiti - Students will serve with the people of Haiti, while learning about the social, cultural, historical, economic, political, and religious aspects of Haitian life and culture. Students will investigate: How does Haiti change our global consciousness and open us to seeing in new ways and understanding in radically different ways? This course involves a week of service in Haiti during spring break, four classes to prepare for the experience, a post-trip reflection session, and participation in a program to present the Haiti experience to the Dominican community.

For complete information on all programs, contact the Director for Study Abroad.


Internships enable students to gain appropriate work experience in their field and to integrate their academic course work with professional preparation. By completing an internship, students can better understand the career opportunities offered by their major and establish more specific career goals.

Students entering their junior or senior year of study, having fulfilled any internship prerequisites set up by the department, are eligible to apply to their department for an internship experience. A minimum cumulative career grade point average of 2.00 is required. Transfer students must have completed at least 15 semester hours at Dominican before applying for the internship, and students enrolled in certificate programs should complete the internship at the end of their program of study.

The internship experience is governed by a contract between the student, the faculty coordinator, and the employment supervisor. This contract must be approved by the department in which the internship is being taken and by the career development office.  An internship may be taken only in the student’s declared major or minor, or in a related field of study upon faculty consent, for 1 to 8 semester hours of credit per discipline.Credit hours earned in an internship will be applied toward the 124 semester hours required for a bachelor’s degree. Unless explicitly listed as a requirement or option for a major or minor, the internship hours do not satisfy the total semester hours required for completion of a major or a minor.

Prior to the start of an internship, students should consult first with their academic advisor or with the chairperson of the relevant department and then with the career development office. Registration for an internship requires the approval of an academic advisor, an internship application, and a course registration form, which should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar before the start of the internship.

Employer sites and internships must be approved by the faculty supervisor as worthy of academic credit. Special regulations apply to the internship program, and information about these regulations as well as currently available internship opportunities may be obtained from the career development office.

Community-Based Learning

Community-based learning combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Community-based learning involves students in organized community service that is directly linked to the curriculum and addresses local community needs. This learning experience provides multiple benefits to the students, including the enhancement of course-related academic skills, further development of critical thinking and social analysis skills, and opportunities for meaningful commitment to and civic engagement with the broader community.

Most community-based learning courses are designated in the course schedule by the sentence “Includes off-campus service hours.” These courses engage the entire class in service and reflection and fully integrate service into the learning and understanding of course content. Another community-based learning option can be self-initiated through an agreement between the professor, the student, and the Community-Based Learning Office. This “299” CBL course carries 1 semester hour of credit and can enhance any course. For additional information, contact the Office of Civic Learning.

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Investigations (URSCI)

Dominican University offers students opportunities to engage in undergraduate scholarly activities that go beyond class assignments. The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Investigations (URSCI) promotes undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. It administers a variety of initiatives to support undergraduate students involved in scholarly projects in all disciplines. Students may work as research assistants to faculty members, compete for prestigious student-driven summer scholarships or apply for grants to defray the costs of projects or attendance at academic conferences. Students may also learn valuable research skills for different disciplines by taking courses taught within each department. Students can earn course credit for working with a faculty mentor on a research project or creative investigation that is completed independently-not as part of a class assignment.

A uniform course number (e.g., BIOL 195, ART 395) has been established to designate participation in independent undergraduate research/creative activities across all departments at Dominican. Students must obtain prior approval from a faculty mentor before they can register for any of these independent research courses. Each course can be completed for variable credit hours (1-3) and can be repeated for two semesters at each class level. Students are encouraged to present their independent scholarly and creative work at the annual Exposition of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Investigations, which is held each spring.

Student Leadership Certificate

Student Leadership Certificate    

Adult Program

Dominican University offers counseling and other academic support services to students who have been away from college for a number of years or who wish to begin college work some years after high school graduation. Interaction between faculty, students, and career advising staff helps returning students to develop new academic and career possibilities and to become aware of new avenues for personal growth.

For adult students who have acquired academic experience outside the classroom, credit by examination is obtained through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). After completing three courses at Dominican, adult students may also apply for academic course equivalency (ACE) credit. Academic course equivalency credit is not awarded to students holding a bachelor’s degree.

Guidelines for applying for ACE credit are available from the respective college in which the student is matriculating. A maximum of 28 semester hours of credit, as many as 12 of which may be in the major, is granted through credit by examination, ACE credit, or both.

The College of Applied Social Sciences (CASS) offers a bachelor’s completion program with several majors for adult learners, leading to a bachelor of professional studies degree. CASS courses are offered online; detailed information is available in the CASS section of the bulletin.

Bachelor of Professional Studies

General Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit hours are required for the bachelor of professional studies degree (BPS); students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Dominican University as part of the BPS program.
    • Major field (42 credit hours minimum)
    • Proficiency and General Education coursework (30 credit hours)
    • Electives (48 credit hours)
  • To be admitted as to degree-seeking student, a candidate must have previously earned 30 credit hours elsewhere or must receive a waiver from the program administrator.
  •  A maximum of 90 credit hours will be accepted in transfer; no more than 68 credit hours from a community college will be accepted.

Major Field

Students must complete a major field of study, consisting of no fewer than 42 credit hours.

Proficiency Requirements

Students must complete the following proficiency requirements (9 credit hours):

  1. EN 102 - Composition II  or equivalent course (3 credit hours)
  2. Any 100-level or higher statistics class, MATH 130 - College Algebra  or equivalent course, or course numbered higher than MATH 130 (3 credit hours)
  3. A theology course (3 credit hours)

General Education Requirements

Students must complete the following general education requirements (21 credit hours):

  1. SPCS 200 - Adult Learning Seminar  or equivalent course (3 credit hours)
  2. Two courses in the social sciences (6 credit hours)
  3. Two courses in the natural sciences (6 credit hours)
  4. Two courses in the humanities (6 credit hours)

Credit for Courses Completed at Other Institutions

The BPS degree accepts up to 90 hours in transfer credits, with a maximum of 68 credits from community colleges. Transfer credit is generally granted for courses comparable to those offered by Dominican University that were successfully completed with a grade of C- or better at another regionally-accredited institution. Since the BPS is designed for adult learners who have earned at least 30 credits elsewhere, the programs of study offered through this degree typically accept a wider range of transfer credits than Dominican’s traditional undergraduate programs, including applied science credit. Any credits earned at an accredited institution other than a regionally accredited school will be reviewed on merit individually. 

Applied Science Credit

A maximum of 18 credit hours of transfer credit may be accepted for coursework in an applied science discipline from an accredited institution (often through associate of applied science degree or certificate programs) that is not considered comparable to coursework offered at Dominican University. Such courses normally only satisfy general elective requirements. Where those applied science credits appropriately support a BPS program (e.g., an AAS in paralegal studies into the BPS in legal studies), normal transfer credit limits apply, and those credits may be applied to major requirements.

Credit from Other Forms of Prior Learning Assessment


College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams (or DANTES exams if the student is in the armed forces) offer students an opportunity to earn credit in a variety of subject areas. A student may not CLEP out of any of the required seminars, nor EN 102, although an acceptable score on the English Comp with Essay exam will waive EN 101 - Composition I . Further information is available by logging on to www.collegeboard.com and following links to CLEP. BPS students interested in CLEP may take CLEP exams until the semester before graduation.Students must have official scores sent to Dominican University. A maximum of 28 semester hours of credit may be granted with no more than 12 semester hours in one subject area. 


American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations are used as guidelines to evaluate selected baccalaureate-level coursework. Any certificates that were earned through company training workshops and seminars must be submitted and evaluated for credit approval prior to enrolling in your first course in the BPS program. After matriculation, certificates will not be accepted/evaluated.

Portfolio Assessment

Students can demonstrate mastery of course concepts by completing a portfolio. The portfolio must align with the learning objectives of one or more courses offered at Dominican University. To earn credit, students must first complete the free, noncredit course SPCS 000: Portfolio Design. They will then produce a written portfolio that will be assessed by faculty to determine whether course credit is appropriate. Appropriate lower-than-tuition fees are applied for prior learning credit granted. Credits earned by portfolio are not eligible for coverage with federal aid. See your program administrator for details. 

Concordia University/Dominican University Exchange

Under a cooperative exchange plan, full-time Dominican University undergraduates may take, at Concordia University and for no additional cost, one or two courses per semester in subjects that complement courses in the Dominican curriculum. (Students majoring in music may take more than two.) Students need to register both at Concordia University (this should be done first to confirm that there is room in the course) and at Dominican. The exchange agreement does not cover special fees for music lessons, laboratory courses, etc.; students are responsible for these costs. 

Concordia University is located one-half mile east of Dominican University’s Main Campus.

Elmhurst University/Dominican University Foreign Language Exchange

Under a cooperative exchange plan, degree-seeking Dominican University students may take, at Elmhurst University and for no additional cost, one or two courses per semester, limited only to foreign language courses not offered at Dominican. Students need to register both at Elmhurst University (this should be done first to confirm that there is room in the course) and at Dominican.

Elmhurst University is located 7.5 miles west of Dominican University’s Main Campus.

Graduate Programs

Dominican University offers graduate programs designed to meet a full range of personal and professional development needs, including master’s degrees in the areas of library and information science, education, business, social work, mediation and conflict resolution, trauma informed leadership and health science fields such as, doctorate degrees in library information science and applied social justice, as well as non-degree enrichment opportunities. Use the links below to review graduate offerings from each college:


Rosary College of Arts and Sciences 

  Brennan School of Business  
  Borra College of Health Sciences  
  College of Applied Social Sciences