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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)

Student Semester 2 Spring (9)

Summer (3)

HESA 684 or Elective: Required Internship II (online) or Elective

Student Semester 3 Fall (9)

HESA 611: Required Organization, Administration, & Finance (3)
EDHE 650: Required Program Assessment and Evaluation (3)
HESA 670: Elective Practitioner-Scholar (3)

Student Semester 4 Spring (9)

HESA 630: Required Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Ed (3)
HESA 695: Required Capstone in Higher Ed Student Affairs (3)
Elective HESA Rotating Elective (3)

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

Semester 1 Fall (6)

HESA 605: Required Introduction to Higher Ed 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 (3)
EDRS 602: Required Educational Research (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 (3)

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

HESA 684: Required Internship II (online) or Elective

Electives include, but are not limited to:

• HESA 670 - Professionalism in Higher Education: Becoming a Practitioner-Scholar (3 Cr)
• 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
Inclusive Excellence
Crisis Management in Higher Education

• COUN 600 - Individual/Group Helping Skills (3 Cr)
• COUN 612 - Sexuality in Counseling (3 Cr) - Summer terms at BP
• COUN 615 - Cross-cultural Counseling (3 Cr) - Spring terms at BP
• COUN 617 - Addictions Counseling (3 Cr) - Spirng terms at BP
• COUN 650 - Career Development (3 Cr) - Summer terms online
• SPED 620 - Education in a Diverse Society (3 Cr)

Course description for all courses

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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