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Viterbo’s vision and values are found in the Gospel as reflected in the heritage of St. Francis and the Order of Sisters which founded the institution. 

The university’s primary purposes are: 

  1. To offer baccalaureate liberal arts degree programs along with career and professional opportunities on both a full and part-time basis.
  2. To offer opportunities for life-long learning through degree completion programs, specialized professional degree programs, continuing education as well as selected masters degree programs.
  3. To develop a total program of studies, adapted to the needs and interests of the students, which will stimulate the fullest possible growth of the intellectual and creative powers of each student.
  4. To create an educational environment which will stimulate free inquiry, a search for truth, aesthetic appreciation, intellectual integrity and leadership potential.
  5. To foster the integration of knowledge with religious and ethical values.
  6. To deepen in the students an appreciation of one’s own cultural heritage and traditions, as well as those of others.
  7. To facilitate the formation of a Christian community which offers opportunities for religious dialogue, experience and worship, and which manifests mutual care, honesty, respect and love.
  8. To maintain a Christian orientation and a fidelity to the continuance of the traditions of the Catholic church and the spirit of Franciscanism.
  9. To provide a milieu which fosters growth in self-actualization, emotional maturity, religious convictions, and a dedication to the ideals of service.
  10. To facilitate integration of the living and learning aspects of student development.

Murphy Center, the main building, provides classrooms and laboratories, offices for the administration and faculty, and services for students. It also houses the Library, the Academic Media Productions and Services, the Learning Center and Computer Laboratories. 

The Fine Arts Center provides outstanding facilities for the creative activity of art, music, and theatre arts departments. The academic wing contains classrooms, studios, practice rooms, laboratories, and faculty offices as well as a fine arts library, a music recital hall, a dance studio, an audio-visual room, a choral and orchestra rehearsal room, an art gallery for students, and outside visitors, and professional artist exhibits. The theatre wing contains the Black Box, an experimental studio theatre, and the Main Theatre, a performing theatre unique to the Midwest which can accommodate drama, concert, and opera by adjustment of size and sound. 

The John Brophy Nursing Center houses laboratories, lecture halls, demonstration and seminar rooms, and faculty offices. 

The University Church, located on the corner of 10th and Winnebago, is the center of worship at Viterbo. 

The Todd Wehr Memorial Library, located on the first floor of Murphy Center, provides a central place for study and research for both faculty and students. Its collection of over 84,000 volumes consists of reference works, books for general circulation, bound periodicals, and pamphlets. The library subscribes to 700 periodicals and newspapers. Facilities for computers, microfiche, microfilm, and microcard reading are available. The library has CD ROM databases in several subject areas and offers Internet connections to databases such as First Search and other libraries throughout the world to expedite interlibrary loan. 

The Zoeller Music Resource Center, located on the fourth floor of the Fine Arts Center, consists of a collection of records, tapes, music scores, A-V materials, reference and general books, and periodicals. 

The Academic Computing Labs/Classrooms serve the campus: 1) as a resource for the integration of technology into the curriculum, 2) as a tool for academic research, and 3) in the application of technology for the completion of class assignments. More than 160 IBM-compatible and Macintosh computers are available for use throughout five main labs in Murphy Center and the Fine Arts Center as well as numerous computers located in the Todd Wehr Memorial Library. All student accessible computers are connected to the internal campus network and provide high-speed access to the external resources of the Internet. The campus is standardized on the Microsoft Office Professional Suite to facilitate the sharing of electronic documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases with professors and with other students. Additional discipline specific software is available based on the requirements of the various academic departments. All students are issued web-based electronic mail accounts for the duration of their enrollment at the university. These accounts are accessible from all networked computers on campus and from any computer in the world that has web-based access to the Internet. 

The Academic Media Productions and Services (AMPS) Center located in the Murphy Center provides production of audio-visual materials for faculty and students. AMPS also maintains a collection of audio-visual equipment in the academic buildings for classroom use. 

Marian Hall offers residence, recreational, and dining facilities for students. Three apartment complexes, McDonald Terrace, Rose Terrace and Treacy House, offer apartment style living for students. 

The Student Activity Center is a multi-use facility which houses basketball and volleyball courts, training and fitness rooms, and racquetball courts. It is used for “V-Hawk” practices and regular games, intramurals, physical education programs, and general recreation. 

The Student Union, located between the South and North wings of Marian Hall, provides a place for socializing and studying. It contains a games area, large screen TV and lounge and eating areas. The Crossroads Snack Bar and the University Bookstore are located in the Student Union. 


The educational philosophy of Viterbo University is expressed in the following beliefs about higher education, our college community, our students, and our programs. 

We believe: 

  • that higher education facilitates the integration of knowledge and values with the whole of life and that this integration should result in a perspective embracing realism, idealism, and faith.
  • that higher education fosters the development of self-knowledge, personal competence and values, wholesome relationships, community involvement, and global awareness.
  • that higher education is a dynamic and life long process through which students of all ages achieve self-actualization.
We believe: 
  • that Viterbo University makes a unique contribution to individual students, the La Crosse area, and the larger society of which it is a part, as a small, independent, coeducational Catholic liberal arts university.
  • that the Franciscan education offered by our university flourishes in an aesthetic environment and in a believing, caring and supporting community committed to Christian values.
  • that our university gives institutional presence to the Catholic church while it serves students of diverse religious beliefs.
We believe: 
  • that our students have a God-given dignity and worth, are uniquely endowed with gifts of intellect, imagination, and sensitivity, and are called to develop their potential to the fullest.
  • that heterogeneity in our student body, with respect to race, ethnicity, age, religion, and socio-cultural background, enriches our teaching and learning environment.
We believe: 
  • that our liberal arts program frees one in the quest for truth, leads one to develop creativity, and challenges one to growth in pursuit of the good and appreciation of the beautiful.
  • that our educational programs prepare our students for careers of service through professional competency in a variety of disciplines and for leadership roles in social and religious organizations.
Viterbo University is accredited by: 
    American Chemical Society 
    American Dietetic Association 
    National Association of Schools of Music 
    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education 
    National League for Nursing 
    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools 
    Wisconsin State Board of Nursing
It is recognized by the 
    State Department of Public Instruction for the certification of teachers in the elementary and secondary schools and for the training of veterans.
It holds membership in the 
    American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education 
    Attorney General’s List for Foreign Students 
    Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities 
    National Catholic Educational Association 
    Council on Postsecondary Accreditation 
    National League for Nursing Council of Member Agencies 
    National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Viterbo University will confer upon a candidate who has successfully met the requirements for graduation the degree of: 

Bachelor of Art Education 

Bachelor of Arts with a major in one of the following areas: 

    Art, Studio 
    Religious Studies 
Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in one of the following areas: 
    Computer Information Systems 
    Health Care Administration 
    Human Resource Development 
Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in one of the following areas: 
    Art, Studio 
    Arts Administration 
    Graphic Design 
    Music Theatre 
Bachelor of Liberal Studies 

Bachelor of Music with a major in one of the following areas: 

    Applied Music: Performance 
    Music Education 
    Music Pedagogy
Bachelor of Science with a major in one of the following areas: 
    Broad Field Social Studies 
    Computer Information Systems Education 
    Criminal Justice 
    Interdepartmental Biology/Chemistry 
    Organizational Management 
    Religious Studies 
    Social Work 
    Theatre Education
Bachelor of Science in Community-Medical Dietetics 

Bachelor of Science in Education 

    Elementary Education
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

Minors - Besides the major, the student may select one or more minors from the following: 
    Computer Information Systems 
    Church Music 
    Environmental Studies 
    Multicultural Studies
Multimedia Studies 
Music Theatre 
Religious  Studies 
Theatre Arts 
Women's Studies 
The specific requirements for major and minor fields are found preceding the course listings for each department. Students who wish to earn a minor or a second major must complete the respective form and have it on file in the Office of the Registrar at least six months prior to graduation. 

Courses listed in this catalog are subject to change through normal academic channels. New courses and changes in existing course work are initiated by the respective departments or programs.