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Learning Communities

Westminster's Learning Communities








Team taught by two professors, Learning Communities pair two traditionally different subject areas with a common theme.

Learning Communities inspire discovery of two disciplines in the context of our contemporary times.  Your learning is active and engaged.  You will make connections between courses, see how ideas intersect, and take ownership of your first year in college.  These linked courses fulfill a piece of Westminster's Liberal education requirements or requirements for your major.

Learning Communities are designed to help you adjust to college, improve critical thinking skills, and establish strong relationships with other students and with faculty members.  You will be able to choose a Learning Community that matches your interests in these integrated courses.


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.

As part of Westminster’s commitment to develop new models of teaching and learning, several interdisciplinary learning communities are now available to first-year students. These interdisciplinary courses are designed to help students:

  1. Adjust to college,
  2. Improve critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills,
  3. Practice writing and presentation skills, and
  4. Establish strong relationships with other students and with faculty.

 What do students say?

"It really developed my thinking, writing, and reading skills. After taking this class, I can present. I can speak."  -Nissa

"It was intimidating at first, but the professors care about your education. It improves your overall college confidence."  -Joe

"Even though the class is over, I still have bonds with the other people from that class."  -Carley

 "[My Learning Community] was definitely my favorite class."  -Brooke

Click here to read more student experiences!

First year students will participate in at least one learning community as part of their liberal education requirements.

For a listing of classes offered in the 2013-14 academic year, please click here.  For official course information, please visit the Course Catalog website.

Contact Us

For further information about Learning Communities at Westminster College, please contact:

Barbara Schulz Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director of Learning Communities

Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 832-2420