Essential Studies

Breadth of Knowledge Requirements

Courses must be on the approved list during the semester you complete them in order to count toward your Essential Studies requirements.

Some courses count toward both your Breadth of Knowledge and your Special Emphasis.

You must complete at least 9 credit hours in each of the Breadth of Knowledge areas. Fine Arts & Humanities are combined as one area so that you need a total of 9 credits among them with at least 3 in each:

Special Emphasis areas:

If you are a student who began at UND prior to Fall 2020 and are looking for US Diversity or Global Diversity courses, they can be found here: https://und.edu/academics/essential-studies/courses.html 

Special Emphasis Requirements

Courses must be on the approved list during the semester you complete them in order to count toward your Essential Studies requirements. Courses must focus on the goal area for at least 1/3 of the course time and 1/3 of the grade in order to be designated as a special emphasis course. Except for Analyzing Worldviews which must be 1/2 of the course time and grade.

Some courses count toward both your Breadth of Knowledge and your Special Emphasis.

You must complete at least 3 credit hours in each of the Special Emphasis areas:

Breadth of Knowledge areas:

Capstone Requirements

Courses must be on the approved list during the semester you complete them in order to count toward your Essential Studies requirements.

Essential Studies Capstone courses are taken at the end of your undergraduate program (within 3 semesters of graduation).

Some courses count toward both your Capstone and the Special Emphasis of Advanced Communication.

Code Title CreditsGoalsSpecial Emphasis
American Indian Studies
IS 410Indigenous Identities (Open to all majors)3Intercultural Knowledge & Skills
Anthropology
ANTH 480Senior Seminar3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Art
ART 498Seminar in Art and Design Capstone3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Atmospheric Sciences
ATSC 492Senior Project I1Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
ATSC 493Senior Project II2Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Aviation
AVIT 485Aviation Senior Capstone3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Biology
BIOL 480Senior Capstone Seminar3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
BIOL 481Fisheries & Wildlife Senior Capstone3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
BIOL 489Senior Honors Thesis1-15Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Biomedical Engineering
BME 480Senior Innovation Based Learning I *3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Chemical Engineering
CHE 411Plant Design I: Process Design and Economics *4Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Chemistry
CHEM 495Chemistry Capstone3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Civil Engineering
CE 483Civil Engineering Design II *3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Criminal Justice
CJ 401Administration of Criminal Justice Systems *3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Communication
COMM 410Senior Capstone in Communication *3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Communication Sciences & Disorders
CSD 485Clinical Practicum II: Speech Language Pathology3Written Communication
Computer Science
CSCI 492Senior Project I *3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Electrical Engineering
EE 480Senior Design I *3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
English
ENGL 415Seminar in Literature3Critical Inquiry & Analysis
Forensic Science
FS 499Forensic Entomology - From Crime Scene to Courtroom3Oral CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Geography
GEOG 454Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources (Open to all majors)3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Geological Engineering
GEOE 484Geological Engineering Design *3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Geology
GEOL 420Geology Capstone *3Oral CommunicationAdvanced Communication
History
HIST 440Research Capstone3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Honors
HON 489Senior Project: Honors Research *1-8Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Interdisciplinary Studies
IDS 495Service and Citizenship (Open to all majors) *3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Kinesiology
KIN 491Senior Capstone *3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Languages
LANG 480Capstone: Global Connections (Open to all majors) *3Intercultural Knowledge & Skills
Law
LAW 160 (Lawyering Skills I )3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Mathematics
MATH 488Senior Capstone3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Management
MGMT 475Strategic Management *3Written Communication
Mechanical Engineering
ME 480Mechanical Engineering Seminar *3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Medical Lab Sciences
MLS 449Capstone in Medical Laboratory Science *3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Music
MUSC 441Methods and Materials for Middle and Secondary School Music3Oral CommunicationAdvanced Communication
MUSC 490Seminar in Music3Oral CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Nursing
NURS 450Transition to Practice: Seminar2Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
NURS 453Clinical Practicum V: Transition to Practice3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
NURS 474Leadership & Professional Nursing Development3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Nutrition & Dietetics
N&D 441Nutritional Biochemistry *4Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Occupational Therapy
OT 503Research Methods in OT 2: Outcomes to Translation to Practice4Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Petroleum Engineering
PTRE 485Senior Design *3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Philosophy
PHIL 480Public Philosophy (Open to all majors)3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Physics
PHYS 499Physics Capstone3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Physical Therapy
PT 514Case Management I2Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
PT 627Integrated Clinical Experience1-4Oral CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Political Science
POLS 495Senior Colloquium in Political Science and Public Administration3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Psychology
PSYC 405History and Systems of Psychology *3Information Literacy
Rehabilitation Services
RHS 493Senior Capstone Seminar *3Oral CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Sociology
SOC 475Sociology Capstone *3Critical Inquiry & Analysis
Social Work
SWK 484Field Education Seminar II *1Written Communication
Teaching & Leadership
T&L 489Senior Capstone: Responsive Teaching *3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
Theatre Arts
THEA 424History of the Theatre: Seventeenth Century to the Present (Open to all majors)3Written CommunicationAdvanced Communication
*Course offered online