Other Undergraduate Programs
Applied Music Lessons

Music majors should see the policy section in the Bachelor Degree Programs section of this catalog. The information below is only for non-music majors and non-music minors.


  • The 168 level is for freshman and sophomore standing and the 368 level is for junior and senior standing.  The junior/senior level is only available to students who have accumulated at least two credits of the 168 level and requires the consent of the instructor.
  • An applied lesson fee is charged for each credit of applied lessons - see Tuition and Fees on the Business Office Web page.
  • The consent of the instructor or music chairperson is required.
  • Each .5 credit of applied study is a 25-minute lesson per week with minimum of twelve lessons to satisfy the credit requirement.

Art Therapy, Pre-professional Program

The Viterbo University pre-art therapy program provides students with a strong foundation at the baccalaureate level that helps them prepare for graduate studies in art therapy and art in communities. Students in the pre-art therapy program declare an undergraduate major in art, and after the first semester of their sophomore year, apply to the BFA program in Studio Art with a concentration in pre-art therapy.  The pre-art therapy program at Viterbo University has three philosophic purposes:  to mentor students in art theory and practice; to prepare students to make meaningful choices concerning their career path in art therapy and art in community settings; and to prepare students academically for successful entry into an accredited art therapy program.  Entry into an art therapy program requires students to have completed specific course requirements and a studio portfolio. The following courses of study are recommended for students who wish to pursue graduate studies and certification in art therapy:

  • Studio Art (64 credits) - ARTS 111, 112, 121, 122, 160, 203, 205, 207, 216, 228, 239, 300, 308, 350, 351, 490, 21 credits of art studio (minimum of nine credits in a media concentration)
  • Art Education (six credits) - ARTS 206, 361
  • Psychology (12 credits) - PSYC 171, 220, 340, and one course from PSYC 310 or 320

French Studies

Viterbo University students may earn a certificate in French Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L). The tuition to complete the certificate would be covered under the UW-L/Viterbo University co-op agreement. (See relevant section of this catalog.) The certificate is earned and awarded completely at UW-L and the credits would transfer to Viterbo University as elective credits and be applicable to the core curriculum requirements per policy. No notation of completion would be noted on the Viterbo University transcript. Notation would be on the UW-L transcript per UW-L policy. Students intending on pursuing the certificate are subject to UW-L/Viterbo University co-op agreement policy and to UW-L certificate policy. Interested students should contact the chair of the world languages department.

Honors Program

Students can find more information about the honors program on the Honors Program Web page.


  • Three courses designated as Honors classes, although a student may substitute the following.
    • contract in a traditional core curriculum or major course; with permission of the instructor (maximum of two)
    • study abroad course or semester (maximum of one)
    • approved undergraduate research project that is above and beyond the requirements for the major (maximum of one)
    • complete the “Exploring Leadership” program, including serving as facilitator for the freshman fall retreat (freshmen, sophomores, juniors only, maximum of one)
  • Four three-credit Mission Seminars. Honors sections of the mission seminars will be offered, but a student may also develop a contract in a traditional mission seminar, with instructor permission.
    • Franciscan Values and Traditions (offered as an Honors section every fall including a required retreat experience)
    • Living in a Changing, Diverse World (offered as an Honors section in the spring semester)
    • The Common Good (offered as an Honors section in the fall to allow connection to the Humanities Symposium theme)
    • The Ethical Life (offered as an Honors section every spring and will include significant Honors capstone project and presentation at the spring Scholar’s Day event)


Students can find information about internships on the Career Services Web page. See the Academic Regulations section for policy regarding internship credit.

Pre-Law Program

The Viterbo University pre-law program is designed to offer students a meaningful and liberal education at the baccalaureate level. The pre-law program at Viterbo University has two philosophic purposes – to prepare students for successful entry into an accredited law school; and to prepare students scholastically so as to facilitate successful completion of a graduate degree in law.

Students interested in a law career are individually counseled by the pre-law advisor who suggests a program of study and provides information on law school application.

Pre-law students are advised to focus on undergraduate majors which develop reading, writing, and critical thinking. This may be more important than focusing on specific content. Maintenance of a relatively high undergraduate grade point average is very important for successful law school admission. Recommended undergraduate majors include, but are not limited to, accounting, criminal justice, management, English, psychology, and sociology. Minors in history and philosophy should also be considered. Pre-law students will be advised concerning other courses that will benefit them.

A pre-law student may choose to take an internship with a law firm or related legal services organization. This is a means for the undergraduate student to gain hands-on experience for academic credit before the completion of the bachelor’s degree. Such internships are incorporated into the four-year program and do not extend the length of time needed to complete the degree.

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

Students can find information about the ROTC program on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse ROTC Web page.

Study Abroad/Global Studies

Students can find information about study abroad and global studies on the Study Abroad Web page.