Engage, Explore, Experience, Extend
WCore is Westminster College’s new liberal education program, and it will start for all incoming students in the fall of 2016. WCore gives students the opportunity to explore new subjects and ideas through unique courses. WCore courses offer small-group settings and focus on synthesis, communication, and disciplinary research rather than simply memorizing facts. Additionally, because WCore has fewer requirements, students will have more room in their schedules to pursue minors and electives.
WCore is designed to be flexible. This is one possible path through your individualized WCore curriculum:
WCore Class Examples:
Vampires: Active Reading, Passive Reading
When we read, we seek a sense that the text has seized us, dominated our will, and taken control of our understanding. Vampires make excellent metaphors for the danger and thrill of being dominated by a text.
How We Die in America
A light hearted yet in-depth look at what it means in American culture to die and how it is part of an integrated system of meanings and behaviors within a larger socio-cultural environment. Students examine this life experience empirically, with a group, through exploratory ethnographic research.
Just what does voting mean? There are many methods of expressing voting preferences via ballots. Which is the best method? How is a state’s number of representatives in the US House of Representatives determined? What other methods are there? We will take a mathematical look at these questions by studying Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem.
Are you interested in contributing to the greater good through the career you choose? Do you want to do ‘good’ for others without sacrificing your own economic well-being? Well, now you can. In this course you will learn about the growing phenomenon known as social entrepreneurship. In this class you will learn the theory behind social entrepreneurship and you will immerse yourself in the local economy of mission-driven startups in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
National Parks Geology
Many of America’s National Parks were designated because of their geologic beauty and history. This course will examine geologic principles and concepts through the lens of America’s National Parks, as they often represent the most exquisite examples of geologic phenomena.
Immigration, Education and Equality
This course will explore ways in which context, race, culture, and social class shape immigrants' educational trajectories. We will read and analyze accounts of immigrants' experiences in public schools, sample research on immigration and education, and critique perspectives regarding immigrant success in United States society. We will explore differences in the educational outcomes of past and current immigrants and explore the role of schools and other community organizations in the lives of immigrant youth. Through community engagement, we will learn from and work with immigrant youth.
Drawing Lines in the Sand
This hybrid studio-seminar course examines art about landscape, space, and environments while simultaneously challenging students to engage with these ideas in their own creative work. Students will research artworks and writings that explore topics such as landscape, “wild” and urban space, public and private spaces, and land(scapes) and power. This course will also introduce students to fundamental drawing techniques, with a special focus on drawings and images made using landscape, nature, and hybridized arrangements of visual communication.
The goal of this course is to prepare students to describe the complexity and diversity of older adults, explore ways to work effectively with older adults and promote healthy aging. Students will examine aspects of aging within historical, cultural, physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, economic and interpersonal contexts. The impact of an increased aging population on society and how society cares for the aging population will be a central theme of the course.