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)    
Humanities
Courses with strong emphasis on critical, analytical, and integrative thinking in historical, literary, and philosophical contexts.
10–12  
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)    

Arts
Courses with strong emphasis on creative and reflective capacities.

4–7  
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)    
Science/Mathematics
Courses with strong emphasis on critical, analytical, and integrative thinking in mathematical and scientific contexts.
8–11  
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
8  
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
2–4  
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)