of Purpose • Campus Facilities
of Educational Philosophy • Accreditation •
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
The university’s primary purposes are:
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To offer baccalaureate liberal arts degree programs along with career and
professional opportunities on both a full and part-time basis.
To offer opportunities for life-long learning through degree completion
programs, specialized professional degree programs, continuing education
as well as selected masters degree programs.
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.
To create an educational environment which will stimulate free inquiry,
a search for truth, aesthetic appreciation, intellectual integrity and
To foster the integration of knowledge with religious and ethical values.
To deepen in the students an appreciation of one’s own cultural heritage
and traditions, as well as those of others.
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.
To maintain a Christian orientation and a fidelity to the continuance of
the traditions of the Catholic church and the spirit of Franciscanism.
To provide a milieu which fosters growth in self-actualization, emotional
maturity, religious convictions, and a dedication to the ideals of service.
To facilitate integration of the living and learning aspects of student
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.
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OF EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
The educational philosophy of Viterbo University is expressed in the
following beliefs about higher education, our college community, our students,
and our programs.
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.
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.
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
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
It is recognized by the
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
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
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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:
Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in one
of the following areas:
Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in one of the following areas:
Computer Information Systems
Health Care Administration
Human Resource Development
Bachelor of Liberal Studies
Bachelor of Music with a major in one of the following areas:
Applied Music: Performance
Bachelor of Science with a major in one of the following areas:
Bachelor of Science in Community-Medical Dietetics
Broad Field Social Studies
Computer Information Systems Education
Bachelor of Science in Education
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Minors - Besides the major, the student may select one or more
minors from the following:
Computer Information Systems
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.