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 650: Required Program Assessment and Evaluation (3)
Elective HESA 693: Special Topics - Practitioner-Scholar/R2 (3)

Student Semester 4 Spring (9)

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

Semester 5 Fall (6)

HESA 650: Required Program Assessment & Evaluation (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 670 - Professionalism in Higher Education: Becoming a Practitioner-Scholar
    • HESA 625 - Teaching and Learning Environments in H.E. (3 Cr)
    • HESA 685 - Internship III (3 Cr)
    • HESA 593/693/EDHE 693 - Special Topics (varies 1-3 Cr)
    Global Perspectives in Higher Education (Study Abroad)
    Student Advising and Supporting in Higher Education
    Mental Health First Aid
    The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education
    International Higher Education Administration
    Student Judicial Issues in Higher Education
    The College Environment and Student Success
    Facilities Management in Higher Education
    Film in Higher Education
    • 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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