Trinity Western University

Graduation Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Core Requirements

All students must complete 44 sem. hrs. of core requirements (unless transferring to TWU with a minimum of 57 sem. hrs. of initial transfer credit, in which case core requirements are modified. See details below):

  • ENGL 103 and 104 (6 sem. hrs.). Compulsory during first year for all new full-time (12 or more sem. hrs.) students for whom English is their native language, or, if WRTG 100 is required at the point of admission to the University, in the next two consecutive semesters following the successful completion of WRTG 100. Students for whom English is a second language may substitute ENGL 101 for one of ENGL 103 or 104, with ENGL 101 and 103 or 104 compulsory in the next two semesters following the successful completion of WRTG 101.
  • Fine Arts (3 sem. hrs.). This may be chosen from Art; Theatre; Arts, Media and Culture; or Music courses. It may include three 1 sem. hr. large drama or music ensembles but not small ensembles or music lessons.
  • History (3 sem. hrs.).
  • Human Kinetics (4 sem. hrs.). This must include HKIN 190 plus two activity courses for most students. HKIN 190 should be taken during the first two years of study. Students taking a Human Kinetics major, concentration, or minor take HKIN 191 instead of HKIN 190. Nursing students take NURS 111 plus one HKIN activity course.
  • IDIS 400 or an approved equivalent (3 sem. hrs.).
  • Natural Sciences (6 sem. hrs.). Students may choose from Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, or certain specified Physical Geography courses. At least 3 sem. hrs. must be a laboratory science (not including Mathematics or Computing Science). Courses fulfilling this laboratory requirement include (but are not limited to) BIOL 113, 114; CHEM 101, 103, 104, 111, 112; GEOG 121; GEOL 109; and PHYS 111, 112.
  • Philosophy (3 sem. hrs.).
  • Religious Studies (12 sem. hrs.). This must include RELS 101, 102, a biblical content course (RELS course with middle digit 0–5), and a Christianity and Culture or Inter-Cultural Religious Studies course (RELS course with middle digit 6–9, or PHIL 210 or 310). While PHIL 210 and 310 may be counted towards either the Philosophy or the Christianity and Culture/Inter-Cultural Religious Studies core requirement, the courses cannot be counted towards both requirements. Students may challenge the RELS 101 and 102 courses by writing an exam provided by the chair of the Religious Studies Department. If successful, students substitute RELS 101 and/or 102 with alternative biblical content courses.
  • Society and Culture (3 sem. hrs.). This may be chosen from courses in Anthropology, Communications, Economics, Geography (excluding GEOG 121, 131, and 230), Modern Languages, Political Studies, Psychology, or Sociology.
  • UNIV 101 (1 sem. hr.). Compulsory during first year for all new full-time (12 or more sem. hrs.) students with fewer than 27 sem. hrs. of transfer credit upon initial admission to TWU.

Students may use one cross-listed core requirement course as a “double function” once. For example, they may use HIST 263/RELS 263 to fulfil both the History and the Religious Studies Christianity & Culture core requirements.

Note: While courses can be counted twice to fulfil the core, they do not count twice for the total number of credits for a degree, for upper level requirements, or for a major, concentration or minor.

When a core requirement is met as part of another program requirement (e.g. when the Natural Sciences core requirement is met as part of a Biology major), the student is deemed to have met that core requirement without having to take additional courses.

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