Liberal Education Requirements

Program Goals | Diversity Courses | Meeting Mathematics Requirements | Placement in English | Speech  Requirement | Foreign Language Requirements |

Program Goals

The liberal education program at Westminster College is designed to foster in students those values and intellectual skills that are necessary as a foundation for learning and to provide students with experience in the academic disciplines of the liberal arts. The following college-wide goals form the core of liberal education courses and are reinforced across the curriculum in major areas of study:

The following course requirements are established for all students seeking an undergraduate degree. Students must earn a grade of CR or C- or above in liberal education coursework to fulfill graduation requirements.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
Learning Community    

All full-time freshmen will be required to complete one Learning Community.

Writing and other Communication Skills 7  
Composition and Research 4  
ENGL 110 Composition and Research (4)—strong emphasis on composition and basic information literacy—Taken in first year    
Information Literacy 0  
Information Literacy (new workshop required for students who have not taken ENGL 110 at Westminster College)    
Basic Speech Course 3  
SPCH 111 Public Presentations (3)    
Courses with strong emphasis on critical, analytical, and integrative thinking in historical, literary, and philosophical contexts.
History (choose one course) 3–4  
HIST 112 Western Civilization (3)    
HIST 113 Western Civilization (3)    
HIST 212 World History to 1500 (4)    
HIST 213 Modern World History (4)    
HIST 220 United States History (3)    
Literature 4  
ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature   ENGL 110
Philosophy/Religion (choose one course) 3–4  
PHIL 100/100D Introduction to Philosophy (3)    
PHIL 102 Critical Thinking (4)    
PHIL 206/206D Introduction to Ethics (3)
*Business, Justice Studies, and Public Health majors must choose PHIL 206D
REL 101 Religions of the World (3)    

Courses with strong emphasis on creative and reflective capacities.

Creative Arts (choose one course) 1–3  
ART 101 Beginning Drawing (3)    
ART 103 Beginning Painting (3)    
ART 148 Fundamentals of Pottery (3)    
ART 180 Photography (3)    
MUSC 115/315 Westminster Chorale (1)   placement audition required
MUSC 125/325 Westminster Jazz Ensemble (1)   audition required
MUSC 135/335 Westminster Chamber Orchestra (1)   audition required
MUSC 145/345 Westminster Chamber Singers (1)   audition required
MUSC 165/365 Westminster Opera Studio (1)   audition required
THTR 127 Stagecraft (2)    
THTR 129 Costumes and Makeup (2)    
THTR 180 Acting (2)    
THTR 228 Beginning Theatre Workshop (2)   audition required
THTR/HPW 230 Beginning Dance and Movement (2)    
Arts Survey (choose one course) 3–4  
ART 110 Survey of Art (3)    
FILM 110 Introduction to Film History and Aesthetics (4)    
MUSC 109 Music Appreciation (4)    
MUSC 111 Survey of World Music (3)    
MUSC 112 Survey of Jazz, LE (3)    
THTR 124 Survey of the Theatre (3)    
Courses with strong emphasis on critical, analytical, and integrative thinking in mathematical and scientific contexts.
Mathematics (choose one course) 2–4  
MATH 120 Quantitative Reasoning (4)   MATH 105 or placement test
MATH 141 College Algebra (4)   MATH 105 or placement test
MATH 142 Trigonometry (2)   MATH 141 or placement test
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics (4)   MATH 105 or placement test
MATH 201 Calculus I (4)   MATH 142 or placement test or consent of instructor
MATH 201B Calculus for Life Sciences (4)   MATH 142 or placement test or consent of instructor
Physical Sciences (choose one course) 3–4  
CHEM 103 Introduction to Chemistry (4)    
CHEM 106 Chemistry and Society (3)    
GEOL 110 Introduction to Geology (3)    
PHYS 102 Introduction to the Physical Universe (3)    
PHYS 104 Explorations in Science (4)    
Note: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics majors fulfill this requirement by meeting major requirements.    
Life Sciences (choose one course) 3  
BIOL 110 Environmental Biology (3)    
BIOL 131 Human Genetics (3)    
Note: Nursing, Biology, and Chemistry majors fulfill this requirement by meeting major requirements.    
Social Sciences
Courses with strong emphasis on global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness in a social science context
Social Sciences I (choose one course) 4  
ECON 105 Introduction to Economics as a Social Science (4)    
ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics (4)
*required for all Business majors
JUST 101 Introduction to Justice Studies (4)    
PLSC 101 Introduction to Political Science (4)    
PLSC 121 American National Government (4)    
Social Science II (choose one course) 4  
ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology (4)    
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology (4)    
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology (4)    
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology (4)    
SOC 253 Sociology of the Family (4)    
*Nursing majors must choose ANTH 252 or SOC 105 or SOC 253    
Living Arts
Courses with a strong emphasis on real world, life enhancing knowledge
Living Arts (choose one course) 2–4  
CMPT 100 The Information Age: Society, Computers, and You (3)    
EDUC 201 Discovering Creativity thrgh Multiple Intelligences (2)    
EDUC 205 Service Learning in Salt Lake (2)    
FINC 210 Personal Finance (3)    
HPW 156 Exploring Wasatch Mountain Paths (2)    
HPW 220 Yoga for Wellness (2)    
HPW 250 Fitness for Life (2)    
HPW 260 Psychological Aspects of Well-Being (2)    
INTR 166/ENGL 166 Communicating Across Cultures (3)    
MGMT 110 Historical Traditions of Business and Entrep. (4)    
MGMT 205 Leadership Development (2)    
PSYC 330 Interpersonal Communication Skills (3)    

Diversity (choose one course)

Courses which meet the diversity requirement integrate two or more of the following categories as a major component throughout the course: class, gender, race, ethnicity, geographic origin, ability, age, sexual orientation and/or religion. Specific required, graded assignments will be used to assess students’ understanding of the diversity categories emphasized in the course.

It is expected that courses meeting the diversity requirement will also fulfill an LE, a major, or a minor requirement and therefore will be drawn from courses already in the existing course rotation. Other courses may be developed and added to this list.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology (4)    
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology (4)    
ANTH 311 Human Evolution and Archeology (4)    
ANTH 322 Myth, Magic, and the Supernatural (4)    
ANTH 355 Indian Peoples in the U.S. (4)    
ANTH 366 Political Anthropology (4)    
COMM 360 Race, Gender, Class & the Media (3)    
ECON 311 History of Economic Thought (4)   ECON 105 or ECON 253 or HON 211
ECON 420 Labor Relations Economics (4)   ECON 253, 263
EDUC 302 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (4)   *Co-Requisites: EDUC 303
ENGL 339A Queer Theory (4)   ENGL 269
ENGL 356A U.S. Minority Literature (4)   ENGL 269
ENGL 356D Native American Literature (4)   ENGL 269
FILM 220 World Cinema (4)   FILM 110
FINC 435 International Finance (4)   FINC 300
GNDR 100 Intro to Gender Studies (4)    
HIST 212 World History to 1500 (4)   HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220
HIST 316 The Civil War through 1890 (3)   HIST 112, 113, 212, or 220
HIST 319 American Women’s History (3)    
HON 222 Science, Power and Diversity (4)    
JUST 310 Law and Society (4)    
MGMT 490 International Management (4)   MGMT 305
MKTG 340 International Marketing (4)   MKTG300
NURS 408 Community Health Nursing (6)    
PHIL 100D Introduction to Philosophy, diversity emphasis (3)    
PHIL 206D Introduction to Ethics, diversity emphasis (3)    
PSYC 105D Introduction to Psychology, diversity emphasis (4)    
PSYC 325 Multicultural Psychology (4)    
PSYC 335 Psychology of Women (4)   PSYC 105 or SOC 105
PSYC 420 Community Psychology (4)   PSYC 105 or SOC 105
REL 101 Religions of the World (3)    
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology (4)    
SOC 253 Sociology of the Family (4)    
SOC 305 Contemporary Issues (4)    
SOC 372 Race, Ethnicity, and Class (4)    
TOTAL (taking full advantage of double-dipping) 39–49  

Meeting Mathematics Requirements

The following guidelines are used in determining when students have met mathematics requirements. (Students without ACT or SAT scores or students who are unsure about mathematics placement must contact the START Center for placement testing.)

ACT Score   SAT Score Course Placement
19 or less or 470 or less Take MATH 095 or take placement test
20–22 or 480–520 Take MATH 105 or take placement test
23–27 or 530–610 MATH 105 is waived. Take MATH 120, MATH 141, or MATH 150
28 or above or 620 or above MATH 141 is waived

Students may fulfill the requirement through

Placement in English

The following guidelines determine in which level of English coursework a student should enroll.

AP Test Score Course Placement
English Language/Comp 5 Fulfills ENGL 110
English Literature/Comp 5 Fulfills ENGL 110
ACT Score SAT Score Course Placement
20 or above or 490 or above ENGL 110
19 or below or 480 or below ENGL 098

The following guidelines determine in which level of English coursework an international student who is a non-native English speaker should enroll.

TOEFL ibt Written Expression Score Course Placement
28 or above ENGL 110
27 or below ESL 140 or ENGL 098
Test of Written English (TWE) Score Course Placement
5.0 or above ENGL 110
4.5 or below ESL 140 or ENGL 098
IELTS Writing Score Course Placement
6.5 or above ENGL 110
6.0 or below ESL 140 or ENGL 098

Basic Speech Requirement

Passing SPCH 111 satisfies the basic speech requirement in the Writing and other Communication Skills category. A student with prior formal speech and presentations coursework may be eligible to have the basic speech requirement waived. Any waiver of the basic speech requirement will require an interview with the chair of the Speech/Theatre Program and the delivery of a specifically assigned presentation in front of a designated audience that satisfactorily demonstrates the student’s proficiency. Competence must be shown in two speaking formats: informative and persuasive. The request for a waiver of the basic speech requirement must be made, with no exceptions, at least one semester prior to the semester in which the student plans to graduate. The requirement may be challenged only one time; the challenge process occurs only once per (Fall or Spring) semester. More information and the form is available in the
Start Center.

Fulfilling Foreign Language Requirements

Foreign Language requirements are listed as part of the major requirements for each major (see individual academic program listings). Most majors require eight credit hours achieved in one of the following two options:

Note that students may only receive such foreign language credit for participating in a May Term Study Experience (or equivalent from another institution) when the language is the native or predominant language of the country of destination, when a foreign language faculty member co-teaches the course, and when the student has passed at least one semester of foreign language instruction in the same language at the college level.

Successful completion of any college-level foreign language course that is the equivalent of four credit hours, or five quarter hours, satisfies part of the foreign language requirement as will adequate AP or CLEP examination scores. Students might also qualify to take a Westminster College challenge examination in French or Spanish with departmental approval.

Students who are bi-lingual (native proficiency) are exempt from this requirement but must meet with language faculty to receive a waiver.
Students with some high school language experience who are unsure of proper foreign language placement should arrange for an interview with the professor in the Language program.