College of Education and Allied Professions

Course Sequence

Many of the HESA courses are only offered during specific semesters (and/or once per year). Please view the below chart that outlines: 

  1. When courses are offered
  2. The cohort-based course sequence for full-time students
  3. The suggested course sequence for part-time students (this is adaptable based on individual needs).

FALL ONLY COURSES = PURPLE
SPRING ONLY COURSES = GOLD

Course Sequence for FULL-TIME Students (2 academic years):

Student Semester 1 Fall (9)

HESA 605: Required Introduction to Higher Education Student Affairs (3)
HESA 615: Required History of Higher Education (3)
EDRS 602: Required Educational Research (hybrid or online option) (3)

Student Semester 2 Spring (9)

HESA 621: Required Theories of College Student Development (3)
HESA 530: Required Diversity in Higher Education (3)
HESA 683: Required Internship I (hybrid) (3)

Summer (3)

HESA 684 or Elective: Required Internship II (online) or Elective (from another program)

Student Semester 3 Fall (9)

HESA 611: Required Organization, Administration, & Finance in Higher Ed (3)
HESA 630: Required Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education (3)
Elective HESA 693: Special Topics - Practitioner-Scholar/R2 (3)

Student Semester 4 Spring (9)

HESA 650: Required Program Assessment & Evaluation (3)
HESA 695: Required Capstone in Higher Education Student Affairs (3)
Elective HESA Rotating Elective (or Internship II if not completed) (3)

Course Sequence for PART-TIME Students (3 academic years):

Semester 1 Fall (6)

HESA 605: Required Introduction to Higher Education Student Affairs (3)
HESA 615: Required History of Higher Education (3)

Semester 2 Spring (6)

HESA 621: Required Theories of College Student Development (3)
HESA 530: Required Diversity in Higher Education (3)

Semester 3 Fall (6)

HESA 611: Required Organization, Administration, & Finance in Higher Ed (3)
EDRS 602: Required Educational Research (hybrid or online option) (3)

Semester 4 Spring (6)

HESA 683: Required Internship I (hybrid) (3)
HESA 650: Required Program Assessment & Evaluation (3)

Semester 5 Fall (6)

HESA 630: Required Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education (3)
Elective Elective (3)

Semester 6 Spring (6)

HESA 695: Required Capstone in Higher Education Student Affairs (3)
Elective Elective OR Internship II (if did not complete over summer) (3)

*Part time students can select which of the two summers:
SUMMER (3)

HESA 684: Required Internship II (online) or Elective (from another program)

Electives Include, but are not limited to:

  • HESA 625 - Teaching and Learning Environments in H.E. (3 Cr)
  • HESA 693 - Special Topics in Student Services (3 Cr)
        • Becoming a Practitioner-Scholar
        • Global Perspectives in Higher Education (Study Abroad)
        • Film in Higher Education
  • HESA 685 - Internship III (3 Cr)
  • COUN 600 - Individual/Group Helping Skills (3 Cr)
  • COUN 615 - Cross-cultural Counseling (3 Cr)
  • COUN 617 – Substance Abuse Counseling (3 Cr)
  • COUN 650 – Career Development (3 Cr)
  • SPED 620 - Education in a Diverse Society (3 Cr)

Course Locations

HESA classes are typically taught on Western Carolina University’s main campus in Cullowhee in a face-to-face environment. However, we occasionally facilitate classes in Asheville at WCU’s Biltmore Park Instructional Site (based on interest/demand).

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