We Believe a University Education

Should Equip You for More


Let's be real

Most students go to college because they want a good job, or better yet, a meaningful career.

But do you know what you want to do right now? Or if the job you want today will exist in 10 years, or will transform into something new? Will your skill set be versatile enough to switch careers down the road? What about the other parts of your life that keep you grounded and healthy? Or the causes and organizations you might volunteer with or support outside of your work?

Whitworth Inq was designed knowing…

Your whole education adds up to something greater

Just as our lives and careers will expand beyond what we can imagine right now, Inq is a series of courses that build toward a richer understanding of the world and your discipline, and skills that you will use in many aspects of your life. Regardless of which courses you select, all students will be led to the same outcomes of exploring, reflecting and applying what they learn.

Be ready. Be well. Be distinctive.

Through Inq, you will take classes that interest and challenge you and help you stand out in your chosen career field, all while developing the mental, physical and emotional health you need to thrive throughout your life. Whitworth Inq helps you see the bigger picture, rather than causing you to ask, "What’s the point?"

How Inq works

Whitworth Inq is the shared general curriculum that all students are required to take, but with nearly 400 courses to choose from, it is flexible to your individual interests. These courses comprise a third of your Whitworth education. It's that important. In all of your courses, you will explore, reflect and apply what you are learning, which gives you a rich understanding of why this curriculum matters for your life and your career.

Start here:

GE 125/325: where you lay the groundwork for your college experience. This one-credit course helps you navigate college life and sets you up for success in your studies.

GE 126: It's important to understand how academic disciplines are connected, and this course sets the stage for the interdisciplinary learning you will engage with throughout your education.


The Inquiries

All courses within Inq fit into one of the following inquiry groups:

1. Belief

1. Belief

Courses that examine worldview and the Christian faith (e.g., Core 150)

2. Culture

2. Culture

Courses that involve English, storytelling and historical analysis, with a focus on U.S. and global diversity

3. Science

3. Science

Courses that involve problem-solving and quantitative literacy (research methodology, interpreting data)

4. Expression

4. Expression

Courses that explore fine arts and oral and written communication that help you create and analyze expression.

Praxis courses: Habits of Mind and Wellness

GE 125/325 and GE 126 are part of the fifth area of study called Praxis. The other credits you earn with Praxis come from physical wellness courses and courses with an emotional wellness component.

About tags

Tags are the method by which we ensure that all students take classes that explore U.S. and global diversity (U and G), which are part of most Culture inquiry group classes, and emotional wellness (E), which is incorporated into many fitness and P.E. courses which make up the physical wellness requirement (Praxis).


Sounds great. But what does this actually look like?

Here are a few examples of how students can form their own unique course line-up within the Inq curriculum:

Meet Haley

She's in Whitworth's pre-med program. As a biology major and chemistry minor, she is expected to take lab courses in general biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, as well as calculus, physics, genetics and animal physiology.

After completing her medical degree, Haley wants to return to Alaska, where she has interned for the Office of Rural Health. There she plans on serving rural Alaskan communities that lack local healthcare providers.

What might her Inq coursework include?

  • SO 220: Race and Ethnicity (Culture and Diversity with U Tag)
  • EL 131: Native American Literature (Expression with U Tag)
  • SP 113: Interpersonal Communication (Expression)
  • TH 317: Cross-Cultural Ministry (Belief)

Meet Luis

He's a special education major. Due to certification and endorsement requirements, He takes all the required coursework for education majors, but also multiple courses in behavior assessment and intervention.

After graduation he would like to teach in his home neighborhood, a Latino community in Central Washington. There he could use his language skills to help students with special needs succeed. He has also thought about coaching soccer, a sport in which he excelled during high school.

What might his Inq coursework include?

  • ASL 101 and 102: American Sign Language (Culture)
  • SP 223: Small Group Communication (Expression)
  • PE 130: Soccer (P.E./Praxis)
  • SO 205: Social Stratification (Culture with a U-Tag)
  • WGS 427: Gender and Identity Formation: Culture with G-Tag)
  • TH 174: Diverse Christian Leadership (Belief)
Meet Max

He's a freshman business major with a concentration in accounting. As such, he has taken introductory business courses and some math prerequisites. Although he doesn't struggle with the content of his classes, he isn't sure he wants to become an accountant. Instead, he has really enjoyed becoming a Young Life leader, concentrating a lot of time and effort to ministry. He can see himself joining Young Life student staff in the near future.

What might his Inq coursework include?

  • TH 242: Life and Teachings of Jesus (Belief)
  • TH 339: Gospel and Growth in a Post-Christian Context (Belief)
  • HI 196: Pilgrimage (Culture)
  • SP 210: Introduction to Public Speaking (Expression)
Meet Haley

She's in Whitworth's pre-med program. As a biology major and chemistry minor, she is expected to take lab courses in general biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, as well as calculus, physics, genetics and animal physiology.

After completing her medical degree, Haley wants to return to Alaska, where she has interned for the Office of Rural Health. There she plans on serving rural Alaskan communities that lack local healthcare providers.

What might her Inq coursework include?

  • SO 220: Race and Ethnicity (Culture and Diversity with U Tag)
  • EL 131: Native American Literature (Expression with U Tag)
  • SP 113: Interpersonal Communication (Expression)
  • TH 317: Cross-Cultural Ministry (Belief)

Meet Luis

He's a special education major. Due to certification and endorsement requirements, He takes all the required coursework for education majors, but also multiple courses in behavior assessment and intervention.

After graduation he would like to teach in his home neighborhood, a Latino community in Central Washington. There he could use his language skills to help students with special needs succeed. He has also thought about coaching soccer, a sport in which he excelled during high school.

What might his Inq coursework include?

  • ASL 101 and 102: American Sign Language (Culture)
  • SP 223: Small Group Communication (Expression)
  • PE 130: Soccer (P.E./Praxis)
  • SO 205: Social Stratification (Culture with a U-Tag)
  • WGS 427: Gender and Identity Formation: Culture with G-Tag)
  • TH 174: Diverse Christian Leadership (Belief)

Meet Max

He's a freshman business major with a concentration in accounting. As such, he has taken introductory business courses and some math prerequisites. Although he doesn't struggle with the content of his classes, he isn't sure he wants to become an accountant. Instead, he has really enjoyed becoming a Young Life leader, concentrating a lot of time and effort to ministry. He can see himself joining Young Life student staff in the near future.

What might his Inq coursework include?

  • TH 242: Life and Teachings of Jesus (Belief)
  • TH 339: Gospel and Growth in a Post-Christian Context (Belief)
  • HI 196: Pilgrimage (Culture)
  • SP 210: Introduction to Public Speaking (Expression)

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