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Rockhurst encourages me and makes me feel valued and that I am, no mistake, becoming who I’m supposed to be.

– Claire Webster | Nonprofit Leadership ‘19

Academic Excellence

At Rockhurst University, we provide an academic experience that changes lives, reflected through our expert faculty and the success our students have after graduation.

89 % of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field

97 % career and grad school placement rates

23 % higher salary than U.S. median

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What was unique about Rockhurst was that it was very focused on relationships and a smaller community which is something I enjoy.

– Patrick Bira | Business ‘81

Where Leaders Learn

We offer more than 50 majors, and you can explore all those areas of study below. At Rockhurst, our academic programs are divided between three colleges, designed to enable student excellence.

Accounting

An accounting degree from Rockhurst University sets students up for a successful accounting career through rigorous coursework and application of fundamental concepts.

Students pursuing an accounting degree within the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program learn not only fundamental accounting concepts, but also learn to use key accounting and statistical software necessary for success in accounting, such as...

Concentrations

Business Administration, Accounting Concentration for students pursuing an accelerated MBA

Business Administration, Accounting Concentration for students not pursuing an accelerated MBA

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting Concentration

Analytics and Technology

As access to data continues to grow, companies are relying even more on data science and data analytics to make informed business decisions. Because of this, the field of data and analytics is one of the fastest growing and highest-paid sectors in the 21st century. Data science jobs are in great demand and a degree in analytics and

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Concentrations

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Applied Mathematics

An Applied Mathematics degree at Rockhurst University serves as a marriage between the mathematical sciences and what many call “the real world.” In an inclusive classroom, our students apply fundamental mathematics to problems in specific areas of study and industry. Our applied mathematics courses encourage innovative thinking, workable solutions, and pave the way for lucrative and practical careers in mathematics....

Concentrations

Applied Mathematics, BS

Applied Mathematics minor

Applied Mathematics degree at Rockhurst University

Visual Arts

The visual arts program, housed within the Department of Communication and Fine Arts, offers a visual arts minor to students who wish to explore the field of visual arts and its relationship to all fields of study offered at Rockhurst University. The program offers a diverse range of courses in art and art history. Visual arts students have a unique...

Concentrations

Visual Arts Minor

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Biochemistry Degree

The goal of the biochemistry major is to give students a solid foundation in the sciences that is needed to understand the biological and chemical complexities in the processes of life.


What is biochemistry?

Biochemistry explores the chemical processes within and related to living organisms. It combines biology and chemistry using chemical knowledge and techniques to solve biological problems....

Concentrations

Biochemistry Major

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Biology Degree

If you’re looking to earn a science degree, look no further than RU. We offer three biology degree options:

  • Bachelor of Science in biology, organismal track
  • Bachelor of Science in biology, molecular track
  • Biology minor

Our biology major offers world-class academics paired with a solid career outlook, and allows you to further specialize your biology training by focusing...

Concentrations

Biology - Organismal Track

Biology - Molecular Track

Biology Minor

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Biomedical Engineering

Thinking of prosthetics? Or working on medical devices? 

Rockhurst University’s biomedical engineering degree is an intersection of four booming fields: physics, medicine, engineering and mathematics. Of all the biomedical engineering schools and programs you’re researching, know that RU’s biomedical engineering degree program not only emphasizes medical engineering and physics, it also arms graduates with the problem solving, critical thinking and...

Concentrations

Biomedical Engineering

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Business Administration - General Concentration

Rockhurst University offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) – a business degree that arms you with the best in business acumen, leadership expertise and ethical decision-making skills.

Our business administration degree will give you a solid understanding of the role business plays in society – from its history, impact on individuals, economic impact, and the social responsibilities...

Concentrations

Business Administration, General Concentration

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Business Communication

Rockhurst University’s Bachelor of Arts in business communication degree is one-of-a-kind. You won’t find another communications degree in Kansas City, or at any other major university for that matter, like it. This is a unique, interdisciplinary experience across two colleges within RU and across two disciplines integrated into one impactful major.

Students take courses in both communication and business, focusing...

Concentrations

Business Communication

Communication Minor

Journalism Minor

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Catholic Studies

The Catholic studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that introduces students to issues and themes in the study of the Catholic Church and Catholic beliefs. The Catholic studies program includes a curriculum that analyzes the rich contributions of Catholicism to human history, culture and thought. The program is ideal for students interested in Catholic theology, Christianity and developing a deeper...

Concentrations

Catholic Studies Minor

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Chemistry Degree

A chemistry degree from Rockhurst University leads to success, whether you plan to continue your education in graduate school or go directly into one of many chemistry degree careers.

RU’s chemistry department is accredited by ACS (American Chemical Society), and its science degrees offer a broad spectrum of courses – from organic chemistry to physical chemistry to biochemistry – that...

Concentrations

Chemistry - General Track

Chemistry - ACS Approved Track

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Civil Engineering Degree

Rockhurst’s civil engineering degree prepares students for a career in what is considered one of the oldest engineering disciplines. The civil engineering classes in our program are designed to educate students in the many specialties within the field, such as structural, construction, environment, geotechnical, and transportation. As one of the only civil engineering programs offered in the Kansas City metro, we’re...

Concentrations

Civil Engineering

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Communication Degree

A communication degree from Rockhurst University focuses on the communications process, methods of communication and how to improve communication skills within yourself and among your future workplace team. Our communications major emphasizes areas such as listening and group communication skills, journalism, public relations and advertising.

RU offers two Bachelor of Arts in communications major track options – human communication and...

Concentrations

Communication - Human Communication Track

Communication - Mass Communication Track

Communication Minor

Journalism Minor

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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Rockhurst University’s communication sciences and disorders degree is a pre-professional speech pathology undergraduate program that prepares you to serve children and adults with a broad range of communication disorders. If you’re wondering how to become a speech pathologist, RU’s acclaimed communication disorders major is the best place to start.

With a foundation in Jesuit, liberal arts education, our communication science...

Concentrations

Communication Sciences and Disorders Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders Minor

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Computer Science Degree

What is Computer Science?

Computer science is a growing field that studies computer systems and programs. With continuous advances in computing technology, skills in computer science are more essential than ever. From computer engineering to computer programming to troubleshooting or enhancing computer efficiency, there are many career opportunities in the computer science field.

The computer science program at Rockhurst University...

Concentrations

Computer Science

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Corporate Accounting and Finance

Rockhurst University’s corporate accounting and finance major is a concentration within the Bachelor of Science in business administration (BSBA) degree offered through the Helzberg School of Management. You’ll explore careers in finance and concepts in accounting, investments, financial markets and institutional management. 

This finance degree program will transform you into an expert in financial accounting and management accounting, allowing you...

Concentrations

Business Administration, Corporate Accounting and Finance Concentration

Corporate Accounting and Finance students learn how to use big data to make better decisions for their companies.

Criminal Justice Degree

Rockhurst University’s Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice degree introduces students to the complexity of our nation’s criminal justice system built on our strong liberal arts foundation. As a criminal justice major, you’ll explore causes and prevention of criminal behavior, as well as gain expertise on the meaning and application of the legal process, law enforcement, court management,

...

Concentrations

Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Minor

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Economics Degree

Exploring economics degrees in Kansas City? Look no further than the Bachelor of Arts in economics major within Rockhurst University’s prestigious Helzberg School of Management. Our bachelor of economics covers everything from international trade to environmental sustainability to global development and justice.

Is an economics degree worth it? Yes, because it gives you the opportunity to make a lasting impact...

Concentrations

Economics Major

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Undergraduate Education Program Options

Rockhurst University undergraduate degree programs in education prepare future professionals to be knowledgeable and proficient teachers and leaders in their chosen educational field.

We offer undergraduate majors in elementary, middle, secondary and special education at our Kansas City, Missouri, campus, leading to initial teacher certification. Each education major prepares students to critically examine diverse philosophies and institutional arrangements....

Concentrations


Elementary Education


Secondary Education


Special Education


Educational Studies Minor
 

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Educational Studies Minor

Education fuels humanity, and careers in education reach far beyond teaching. That’s why Rockhurst University offers an educational studies degree. Our educational studies minor offers you an opportunity to understand the complex educational practices that shape American education program policies. Perhaps you already have teaching certification or maybe you’re looking toward a career that won’t require certification. Look no further....

Concentrations

Educational Studies Minor

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Electrical Engineering Degree

An electrical engineering degree from Rockhurst University is a powerful achievement. Responsible for the technology that powers our lives, an electrical engineer designs, tests, and improves electronic equipment from lighting and wiring systems to cars to smart phones. Rockhurst offers one of the more unique engineering programs in Kansas City, preparing you for all electrical engineering requirements, and ensuring that...

Concentrations

Electrical Engineering

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Elementary Education

Rockhurst University’s elementary education degree in Kansas City offers initial teacher certification in grades 1-6, preparing you to become a caring leader in primary education who engages in innovative teaching, collaboration and reflective practice.

Through significant intellectual study and a variety of child education field and service-learning experiences, you’ll acquire the knowledge, skills and disposition necessary to instruct diverse learners...

Concentrations

Elementary Education

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Engineering Undergraduate Program Options

The Rockhurst University Engineering program exists to develop high-quality graduates who meet the needs of our society both locally and globally. To that end, Rockhurst has partnered with the University of Missouri-Kansas City to offer engineering programs such as civil, electrical and mechanical engineering housed within RU's department of mathematics and the department of physics....

Concentrations


Civil Engineering
 

Electrical Engineering
 

Mechanical Engineering

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English

The English program is dedicated to developing careful writers and engaged readers. Our course offerings and co-curricular programs reflect our belief that the study of English enhances our lives practically, intellectually, and emotionally through engaged reading and careful writing.

The English major includes four tracks, each of which entails a minimum of 22 credit hours of upper-division coursework....

Concentrations

English - Literature Track

English - Writing Track

English - Education Track

English - Film Track

English Minor - Literature Emphasis

English Minor - Writing Emphasis

Film Studies Minor

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Exercise Science

As a part of Rockhurst University’s Exercise, Sport and Health Science department, graduates of the Exercise Science program are prepared to help others achieve maximum mobility and health. The Exercise Science major is an excellent choice for students interested in careers in personal training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical rehabilitation, nursing, medicine, corporate fitness and wellness. Students should discuss their...

Concentrations

Exercise Science Major

Exercise Science Minor

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Film Studies Minor

The film studies minor at Rockhurst University is a 15-hour interdisciplinary program that helps students develop the skills to appreciate all aspects of the film experience. Students pursuing a film studies minor will approach film as an art form that provokes complex intellectual and emotional responses. While learning about the different cultures, approaches, and responses to film, students will ultimately...

Concentrations

Film Studies Minor

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Financial Markets and Economic Analysis

The stock market rises and falls with such volatility that it can be difficult to discern what factors do and do not dictate its movements. If you dig into the facts, however, it is possible to crack the code to domestic and international markets and understand the complexities of the market in the context of the economy and society at...

Concentrations

Business Administration, Financial Markets and Economic Analysis Concentration

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French

The French major provides a base of knowledge in language, literature, culture, professional French and film that can prepare you for exciting careers and open many doors to every continent of the world. The sequence of courses will lead to a senior capstone on a topic of research which fascinates you, and you will receive personalized mentoring for it. A...

Concentrations

French
French Minor

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Health Science

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science at Rockhurst University offers a comprehensive curriculum, including courses in leadership, health communications, nutrition, global health and ethics. To complete the program, students take 15 credit hours in the core health science curriculum, 12 credit hours within their chosen track and one experiential learning credit. Students choose from two customizable tracks to ensure...

Concentrations

Health Science

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History

The history program at Rockhurst equips students to think critically, reason discerningly, and communicate effectively through exposure to the human condition across many times and places. History students are challenged to ask contemplative questions of the past, analyze sources and apply findings to the present providing insight into the future. History majors and minors have the opportunity to explore

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Concentrations

History

History Minor

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International Business

In order to be competitive in the long-run, any business has little option but to compete internationally. It’s not just about moving business to other countries, it’s about doing so in a way that gives credence to the cultural, socio-political and historical context. It’s this deep, contextual knowledge that leads to global business success.

In the International Business concentration of...

Concentrations

Business Administration, International Business Concentration

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International Journalism Degree

Our ever-changing, fast-paced world depends on well-rounded, well-versed journalists with degrees in journalism and mass communication are needed to keep us connected and informed. A degree in international journalism from Rockhurst will launch graduates into a booming, much-needed industry. Rockhurst’s international journalism program prepares the student not only for a challenging and exciting career track but also for global citizenship:...

Concentrations

International Journalism

Journalism Minor

Journalism Certificate

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Journalism Degree

Rockhurst University’s journalism minor is designed to prepare budding journalists for many types of journalism, namely print journalism and the digital age of the industry, while focusing on the fundamentals of journalism and mass communication itself. Students take courses in basic journalism career skills such as writing and research, but also courses in mass media, advanced journalism, and media theory....

Concentrations

Journalism Minor

Journalism Certificate

International Journalism

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Leadership Development Minor

A minor in leadership development from Rockhurst University is designed to pair well with any undergraduate program. The leadership skills learned in our leadership development program prepare students for the wide variety of challenges and situations that emerge when managing people and organizations, using leadership traits both learned and inherent to solve problems. In addition to providing a well-rounded educational...

Concentrations

Leadership Development Minor

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Management

Business people skilled in management lead change as they impact the people, organizations and world around them. But, unless students decide to start their own companies right out of the gate, graduates in Management seldom become managers in their first corporate positions. They do, however, have a head start on the path toward greater power and responsibility. They think like...

Concentrations

Business Administration, Management Concentration

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Marketing

The marketing concentration of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BSBA) at Rockhurst’s Helzberg School of Management teaches the most important concepts in marketing – such as market research, market segmentation and targeting, consumer behavior, the distribution of goods and services, pricing policy, promotion and communication, as well as marketing management – while offering students the opportunity to explore specialty areas...

Concentrations

Rockhurst students can plan to take classes offered by complementary disciplines to fill core concentration requirements.

Business Administration, Marketing Concentration

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Marketing Analytics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the career outlook for market research analysts is projected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is driven by an increased use of data and market research across all industries, cementing analytics as one of the strongest trends in marketing today.

The marketing analytics...

Concentrations

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Materials Science Degree

Materials Science is the science that drives the development of novel materials in industry and medicine. Examples of material science include materials allowing very dense information storage, fast computing, new materials for clean energy production and storage, new materials for medical treatment and imaging, modern construction materials, or improved materials in automotive engineering. Materials science rests at the intersection of...

Concentrations

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Mathematics Degree

A math degree at Rockhurst University can be as unique an experience as the student working to obtain it. Through a set of courses ranging from theoretical to applied, students will meet professional and graduate school needs for those with a bachelor of mathematics. The mathematics program is also committed to providing relevant and practical mathematics courses, preparing students for...

Concentrations

Mathematics, BS

Mathematics minor

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Mechanical Engineering Degree

Representing one of the most comprehensive and diverse engineering disciplines, the mechanical engineering degree offered by Rockhurst University’s engineering department is an effective way to enter a lucrative, essential industry.

What is mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineering encompasses a variety of job duties, including the design, development, and maintenance of electrical equipment from generators to engines to robots used in manufacturing....

Concentrations

Mechanical Engineering

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Medical Laboratory Sciences

Rockhurst University is home to one of the highest-quality medical laboratory science programs in Missouri. We offer the Bachelor of Science degree in medical laboratory sciences in cooperation with St. Luke’s Hospital and North Kansas City Hospital.


What is a medical laboratory scientist?

Formerly known as “medical technology,” medical laboratory sciences are a field of study revolving around biology...

Concentrations

Medical Laboratory Sciences

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Music Minor

A music minor from Rockhurst University is an effective way to enhance a major in a related field. The music minor offers a range of courses that provide opportunities for the study of music literature, and various options for the applied study of music performance. Music Literature courses emphasize an interdisciplinary approach by exploring the effects of literature, visual arts,...

Concentrations

Music Minor

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Nonprofit Leadership

Nonprofit organizations are in the business of making the world a better place. They change lives and solve our communities' toughest problems - but are only as effective as their leadership. Dedicated and skilled professional staff members are needed to create and lead programs, develop and manage resources, promote the cause, work with youth, analyze data and carry out many...

Concentrations

Nonprofit Leadership Major

Nonprofit Leadership Minor

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Paralegal Studies

The program began in 1974 as one of the first paralegal programs in the United States. The paralegal program prepares students for the growing field of paralegals and legal assistants. This flexible program can be completed in a year and only requires 18 credit hours for completion. Courses are taught by practicing attorneys and judges with professional expertise in specialized...

Concentrations

Paralegal Studies Certificate
Paralegal Studies Minor

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Peace and International Studies


What is peace and international studies?

In our increasingly connected and complicated world, the ability to appreciate the working systems and cultures across the globe has never been more in-demand. The peace and international studies major at Rockhurst is designed to cultivate well-rounded representatives and leaders through interdisciplinary and international studies - allowing students to customize their degree to...

Concentrations

Peace and International Studies

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Philosophy

The philosophy major is designed to introduce students to a range of profound and stimulating philosophical questions, and to develop the critical thinking and logical skills necessary for independent thinking. It provides a broadening perspective for the various areas of specialization in the natural and social sciences, in literature and the arts and in the various professional programs....

Concentrations

Philosophy - Basic Track

Philosophy - Bioethics Track

Philosophy - Professional Track

Philosophy - Social Justice Track

Philosophy Bioethics Minor

Philosophy Minor

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Physics Degree

The field of physics is more than just memorizing physics equations and physics formulas. It helps us understand the world around us. The physics major at Rockhurst University emphasizes both mathematics and a conceptual understanding of the physical world, answering questions like “Why does that happen?” and “How does that work?”


What is physics?

As one of the basic...

Concentrations

Physics

Physics Minor

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Physics of Medicine

The Physics of Medicine pre-professional major track is interdisciplinary in nature and is designed for students that wish to attend clinical graduate school programs in medicine or healthcare. Physics of Medicine students experience a unique hands-on curriculum that focuses on deep conceptual understanding of physics as it applies to other sciences, medicine and healthcare. Our graduates leave Rockhurst with strong communication and critical thinking skills that enable...

Concentrations

Physics of Medicine

Physics of Medicine Minor

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Political Science

Political science is the systematic study of the individual's relationship with government. It investigates the nature and purpose of government, the principles on which it rests, the justification of political authority, the legal and moral aspects of that authority and the nature and development of the great human freedoms. Courses offered deal with these concerns in the American as well...

Concentrations

Political Science
Political Science Minor

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Pre-Dentistry Program

The American Dental Association (ADA) describes careers in dentistry as competitive in salary with a wide variety of career opportunities, including working in hospitals, research laboratories, private practice, education, as well as international relief organizations. Acceptance to dental school requires a strong academic record supplemented with community service and dental experience.

Rockhurst University students from Kansas and Missouri qualify for...

Concentrations

Pre-dental students work with their pre-health advisors to develop a course plan that prepares them for the dental schools of their choice. Typical prerequisite coursework includes:

  • General Biology (4 hours)
  • General Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
  • Biochemistry (3 hours)
  • Physics for the Life Sciences I and II (8 hours)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 hours)
  • Cell Biology (4 hours)
  • English Composition I and II (6 hours)
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Pre-Law

Pre-law is a program designed to advise students about the opportunity of attending law school and entering the legal profession. We welcome students that want to explore the possibility of a legal education as well as students that have already decided to pursue a legal education. The goal of the program is to assist the student in making an informed decision...

Concentrations

Pre-Law

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Pre-Medicine Program

Rockhurst pre-medical students have access to a wide variety of opportunities and resources, including health-related clubs and fraternities, volunteering opportunities, pre-health advisors and research opportunities. Students interested in attending an M.D. or D.O. medical school complete pre-med courses and an undergraduate major at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Students applying to medical school are required to take the MCAT (Medical College...

Concentrations

Pre-medical students work with their pre-health advisors to develop a course plan that prepares them for the medical schools of their choice. Typical prerequisite coursework includes:

  • General Biology (8 hours)
  • General Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
  • Biochemistry (3 hours)
  • Physics for the Life Sciences I and II (8 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)
  • Behavioral Sciences Psychology/Sociology (6 hours)
  • English Composition I and II (6 hours)

Other Relevant MCAT Preparatory Coursework:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 hours)
  • Cell Biology (4 hours)
  • Genetics (4 hours)
  • Microbiology (4 hours)

Medically Related Coursework Outside of the Sciences:

  • Medical Spanish
  • Spanish for Health Care Professionals
  • Health Communication
  • Medical humanities minor
  • Health Psychology
  • Bioethics minor
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Seminar in Medical Ethics
  • Training of the Standardized Patient
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Pre-Nursing

Already one of Rockhurst University’s largest area of study, our healthcare programs are poised for even more growth and success in the coming years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States will have more than 1 million estimated registered nurse job openings by 2024. Rockhurst’s mission, and our Jesuit core value of cura personalis – care for...

Concentrations

Pre-Nursing Students

Pre-Optometry Program

Rockhurst University offers a four-year pre-professional program for students interested in obtaining the Doctorate in Optometry, O. D. This program, based in the Division of Natural Sciences, leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and provides students with the undergraduate courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math necessary to pursue the advanced professional degree. There is no uniform listing of courses required...

Concentrations

Pre-optometry students work with their Pre-Health advisors to develop a course plan that prepares them for the optometry programs of their choice. 

Typical pre-requisite courses include:

  • General Chemistry I and II (8 hours)
  • General Biology I and II (8 hours)
  • Immunology (4 hours)
  • Microbiology (4 hours)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry (8 hours)
  • Biochemistry (3 hours)
  • Physics I and II (8 hours)
  • Mathematics (3-4 hours)
  • Psychology (3 hours)
  • Sociology (3 hours)      
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Pre-Pharmacy Program

The College of Arts and Sciences at Rockhurst University offers a pre-pharmacy program designed to help students complete the pharmacy school requirements needed to continue their pharmacy major. Pre-pharmacy at Rockhurst is a non-degree track and two-year program.

Concentrations

Pre-Pharmacy Program

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Pre-Physician Assistant Program

Rockhurst University offers a four-year pre-professional program for students interested in pursuing a Master of Physician Assistant degree. Based in the Division of Natural Sciences, this program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and provides students with the undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and math necessary to pursue an advanced professional degree. Students interested in this program should consult...

Concentrations

Pre-PA students work with their Pre-Health advisors to develop a course plan that prepares them for the PA schools of their choice.
 

Typical courses for the Pre-PA program include:

  • General Chemistry I and II  (8 hours)
  • General Biology I and II (8 hours)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 hours)
  • Microbiology (4 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry I (4 hours)
  • Biochemistry (3 hours)
  • Medical Terminology (1 hour)
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Psychology

The psychology major aims to foster scientific and critical thinking. The program promotes the application of research methods to understand how and why organisms do what they do. The major is designed to familiarize students with several different areas of psychology. All students are required to complete a course from each of the following areas: applied, biological/experimental, cultural/social, and developmental psychology. Psychology...

Concentrations

Psychology

Psychology Minor

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Public Policy

Rockhurst University’s public policy major prepares students to engage with the modern policy environment through interdisciplinary coursework that stresses in-depth analysis of political, economic and social issues. In addition to the lower division and core coursework, students are required to apply their knowledge through an internship, co-op, or research project under faculty supervision. Combined with the broader Rockhurst experience focused...

Concentrations

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Secondary Education

The School of Education seeks to transform lives in a learning community centered on excellence and service in education, providing a distinctive context for the professional preparation of teachers. The Secondary Education major with initial teacher certification in grades 9 through 12 prepares you to become a caring educational leader engaged in innovative teaching, collaboration and reflective practice. Students in...

Concentrations

Secondary Education

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Sociology Minor

A sociology minor at Rockhurst centers around the understanding of how society and culture act as social contexts shaping human identity, understanding, and relationships. A sociology minor is a useful complement to a variety of different degrees offered at Rockhurst, and a minor in sociology can improve preparedness for the professional world as well as enhance hiring desirability for graduates....

Concentrations

Sociology Minor

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Spanish

The Spanish major provides a base of knowledge in language, literature, culture, film, professional and medical Spanish that can prepare you for exciting careers and open many doors. The sequence of courses will lead to a senior capstone on a research topic that fascinates you, along with personalized mentoring for it. The major concentration in Spanish consists of a minimum...

Concentrations

Spanish
Spanish Minor

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Special Education

The School of Education seeks to transform lives in a learning community centered on excellence and service in education, providing a distinctive context for the professional preparation of teachers. The Special Education major with initial teacher certification in mild-moderate/cross-categorical disabilities for grades K through 12 prepares students to become caring educational leaders engaged in innovative teaching, collaboration and reflective practice....

Concentrations

Special Education

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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Rockhurst University’s communication sciences and disorders degree is a pre-professional speech pathology undergraduate program that prepares you to serve children and adults with a broad range of communication disorders. If you’re wondering how to become a speech pathologist, RU’s acclaimed communication disorders major is the best place to start.

With a foundation in Jesuit, liberal arts education, our communication science...

Concentrations

Communication Sciences and Disorders Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders Minor

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Sport Management

Being an all-star athlete is not the only path to a career in sports. The Sport Management major in Rockhurst University’s Exercise, Sport and Health Science department prepares students interested in working for a sports team, organization, college or university for the job of their dreams.

Students taking the Sport Management major are encouraged to pursue a minor aligned with...

Concentrations

Sport Management Major

Sport Management Minor

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Statistics Minor

Adding a statistics minor to a degree at Rockhurst University provides students with advanced reasoning skills and methods for understanding and producing data. Knowledge of statistical application and theory can add a valuable perspective to related degrees, and a minor in statistics provides an elevated level of hiring desirability for graduates.

The estimated growth in mathematics and statistics related careers in...

Concentrations

Statistics Minor

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Strategic Communication

Students in the strategic communication major apply and develop both human communication and mass communication skills. Students have a goal-oriented approach to understanding communication in both relationships and in the media. Communication students are able to integrate their liberal arts knowledge seamlessly with the major. Students take courses in both human and mass communication to get a well-rounded communication experience....

Concentrations

Strategic Communication

Communication Minor

Journalism Minor

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Theatre Arts Minor

Adding a minor in theatre arts to a Rockhurst University degree can be a highly valuable educational decision. While the minor has an emphasis on performing arts, courses in technical theatre elements, direction, and script analysis combine to add a well-rounded perspective to a related degree.

Concentrations

Theatre Arts Minor

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Theology and Religious Studies

Get ready to be engaged in questions of meaning, faith, justice, power, community, authority, values, spirituality and difference through a global lens. Unlike most universities, our program combines two distinctive approaches to the academic study of religion: theology and religious studies. In other words, our curriculum offers the best of both worlds.

The Rockhurst University Department of Theology and Religious...

Concentrations

Theology and Religious Studies Major
Theology and Religious Studies Minor

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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor

The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor at Rockhurst examines the historical and contemporary circumstances that have shaped the relationships between women and men, and between women and women, in a variety of social settings. This gender studies minor raises fundamental questions about gender identity and relations, gender roles, gender equality, and about philosophical, natural scientific and social scientific assumptions...

Concentrations

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor

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Commitment to Service

At Rockhurst, we consider it our mission to empower students to use their unique gifts and talents for the promotion of equality, inclusivity and social justice.

RU students have studied abroad in almost 30 countries

Each year, RU students dedicate to service 30,000+ Hours

Across the entire country, Rockhurst is 1 of 28 Jesuit colleges or universities

Tuition & Financial Aid

$ 30 Million Awarded

98 % of students receive aid

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Our Graduate Programs

At Rockhurst University, we offer several areas of graduate study, in addition to our undergraduate schools.

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