As of Fall 2010
I. Earn 122 semester hours of course credit, with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in the hours presented for graduation. No more than 2 hours of credit in 090 courses, 2 hours of credit in physical education activity courses, 7 hours of credit in 399 courses (internships), or 18 hours of credit in military science courses may be counted toward the minimum 122 credit hours required for graduation.
II. (a) Earn credit in ENG 103, a three-hour course in composition. All students entering Westminster College must enroll in (and remain enrolled in) ENG 103 every semester until this requirement is satisfied.
II. (b) Earn credit in two courses designated as Writing Intensive (WI) in the Schedule of Classes published each semester. The first course must be taken by the end of the sophomore year. At least one of the courses must be an upper-level course. Students transferring credit in composition must take three WI courses, with at least one upper-level course.
This writing requirement has been established in conjunction with Westminster’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program, which views critical thinking and clear writing as integral to a liberal arts education and as essential to life beyond college. WI courses are not composition courses per se, but rather courses in various subject areas that pay particular attention to writing as a learning tool. While all courses at Westminster involve writing to some extent, each WI course assures that students will use writing as a means of learning the course material. During writing intensive courses students will produce written assignments at various times throughout the course and revise some portion of their work, they will study and practice writing in the discipline, and have individual conferences with the professor. These courses are specially designed to offer students the opportunity to learn about writing in the fields that interest them the most. WI courses are offered in almost every department. While courses are not designated WI in the catalog, they are noted as such in the Schedule of Classes published each semester.
III. Earn credit in one physical education activity course.
IV. Complete at least four semesters as a full-time Westminster student, including the two semesters immediately prior to graduation. If necessary to meet requirements for a degree, a student may take up to 9 credit hours of approved courses at another institution after the last two semesters in residence. Any exception to this requirement must have the approval of the Vice President and Dean of Faculty.
V. Be certified by a department as having met the department’s requirements for a major. No more than 40 credit hours in any one major subject may be counted toward the 122 credit hours required for graduation.
VI. Complete one 3-hour, upper-level course that is housed in a division other than that of the student’s major department. A student with more than one major will have fulfilled the requirement if two majors are housed in different academic divisions.
A student with an interdisciplinary major will have fulfilled the requirement if he or she has successfully completed upper-level coursework for that major from an academic division other than the one in which the major is housed. A student with an interdisciplinary self-designed major will have fulfilled the requirement if he or she has successfully completed at least on upper-level course in two different academic divisions.
VII. All students must complete the College’s "New Foundations" general education program. (See detailed requirements below.) This distinctive three-tiered curriculum provides the initial learning experience for all students, regardless of intended major or career objectives. New Foundations consists of seventeen courses chosen to enhance understanding of one’s self and the world. Through this curriculum students develop dispositions and capacities that promote and enable lifelong learning as well as effective participation in society.
Summary of New Foundations GenEd Program Requirements