Liberal Education Requirements
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.
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.
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.)
Students may fulfill the requirement through
The following guidelines determine in which level of English coursework a student should enroll.
The following guidelines determine in which level of English coursework an international student who is a non-native English speaker should enroll.
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
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.