2006 - 2007 Programs of Instruction
Westminster's instructional programs are characterized by an experienced and available faculty and staff; liberal arts, interdisciplinary and professional programs emphasizing both theoretical and practical learning; an administration committed to academic excellence; a genuine concern for each student's plans and aspirations; small classes that encourage involvement and active learning; and a diverse and friendly student body.
The college welcomes students from all backgrounds and ages, and believes that the knowledge and discipline acquired through the rigors of higher education will lead to new and expanded opportunities.
The college's instructional programs are organized and administered through four schools: the School of Arts and Sciences; the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business; the School of Education; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Students choose majors in schools that will best assist them in achieving their academic goals and career interests, and they take courses through the other schools to ensure a balance in their academic endeavors. Close working relationships among the faculty in all four schools are of utmost importance to the college in assisting its students.
Each school is directed by a dean and has its own faculty. Instructional programs and procedures are recommended by the faculty members of each school and approved by the entire college faculty. The four academic deans and the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, who constitute a Council of Deans, are responsible for the day-to-day administration of the instructional programs.
Westminster's academic calendar is divided into fall and spring semesters, followed by a four-week May Term and the annual commencement exercise. One eight-week undergraduate summer term is also offered. The MBA, MED, MPC, MSN, and MTECH or MSTC graduate programs hold a twelve-week summer term beginning in May.
During May Term, undergraduate students concentrate on one or two offerings in a more time-intensive experience than would occur during the rest of the academic year. Some of the May Term courses are offered abroad, with past May Term study tours incuding Mexico, Asia, Australia, France, England, China, and Greece.
The instructional programs and faculty of Westminster's four schools, as well as the independent ROTC programs, are listed and described on the following pages. Courses listed are subject to change following normal academic procedures that call for action by each school and by the entire college faculty. Additions, deletions, or changes effected since the publication of this academic catalog are on file in the Office of the Registrar.
Mary Jane Chase, Dean
Lawrence Anderson, Professor (Biology)
The School of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse of the four schools at Westminster. Programs range from the traditional arts and sciences to professional offerings such as communication and computer science. Most of the college's liberal education courses are offered through the School of Arts and Sciences.
The School of Arts and Sciences encompasses the instructional offerings listed below:
See individual programs in Arts and Sciences to determine whether a B.A. or B.S. degree is conferred.
James R. Clark, Interim Dean
Shannon Bellamy, Assistant Professor (Management)
The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is dedicated to providing distinctive academic programs based on the integration of business and liberal arts education. This integration in both our curriculum and delivery systems is requisite to preparing our students for life-long learning and to aid their adaptation to changing social, technological and economic conditions. This integration enhances the capabilities of our graduates in written and oral communication, computing and technology, international dimensions, critical thinking, ethics, social responsibility, and team effectiveness.
Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the programs of the Gore School of Business reflect Westminster College's continuing commitment to provide a student-oriented learning environment and innovative education of exceptional quality. The integration of business and liberal arts education contributes to students' effectiveness as citizens and agents of change. Whether students are preparing for entry-level or mid-career qualifications, the programs of the Gore School of Business offer a solid foundation of business knowledge and understanding of the complexity of organizations as they function in a global environment.
The school also develops and presents non-credit classes, seminars, institutes, and workshops to meet the training and professional development needs of local businesses, government and non-profit agencies, and community groups.
Undergraduate Programs of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business:
Graduate Programs of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
All programs within the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business are accredited by ACBSP with the exception of the Flight Operations major of the Aviation Studies program, and the B.A. Economics program.
See individual programs in the School of Business to determine whether a B.A. or B.S. degree is conferred.
Mark Ankeny, Dean
Mark Ankeny, Professor
Lorel Preston, Director
The Teacher Education Programs are accredited by the Utah State Board of Education. Successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood or Elementary Education or completion of requirements for Secondary Licensure leads to satisfaction of the requirement for the Basic Utah Teaching Licensure.
The School offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, as well as preparation for Secondary Teaching Licensure, to accompany a variety of teaching majors and minors.
Master of Education
David Stokes, Director
The Master of Education Program has an instructional focus and is offered for students who are teachers in a public, private or corporate setting.
Special Education Endorsement Program
The college offers a program that leads to a state endorsement in Special Education of students with mild to moderate disabilities. Students may enroll in this program for an endorsement-only undergraduate minor or as part of the Master of Education (MED) program.
For further information, please refer to the Program's listings under the Education Section in this catalog.
Jean Dyer, Dean
Carol Cheney, Assistant Professor (Family Nurse Practitioner)
The Westminster School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers programs leading to the bachelor of science and master of science degrees. The undergraduate program prepares students to begin practice as professional nurse generalists. The program is designed for all qualified applicants including high school graduates, transfer students, those with degrees in other fields, and licensed practical nurses.
The bachelor of science program and the master of science program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Both programs are approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing.
Westminster College offers travel/study tours during May Term under the direction of Westminster faculty and during regular semesters and summers through individual arrangements. May Term trips are listed and described each year in the May Term schedule.
Acting Dean of Students Mark Ferne is Westminster's contact person for study abroad semesters and is available to counsel and assist interested students concerning international educational service/volunteer opportunities.
Westminster College is also a member of the Utah Asian Studies Consortium. This consortium consists of all the universities and colleges in Utah, and it exists to promote connections between faculty and students in Utah and businesses and schools in Asia. The consortium offers May Term trips, internships, semester study abroad programs, and other opportunities in several Asian countries for Westminster students. Scholarships are available (through the consortium) for most of these activities. Please see Assistant Professor Steve Hurlbut in the Gore School of Business for more information.
Westminster offers students an opportunity to participate in the ROTC programs of the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy through cooperative programs at the University of Utah.
ROTC programs offered through Westminster College appear as a complete unit in the listing of instructional programs. Students are advised to contact the personnel listed under the appropriate military program for detailed information.