Westminster’s instructional programs are characterized by an experienced and available faculty and staff; liberal arts, interdisciplinary and professional programs emphasizing both theoretical and practical learning; an administration committed to academic excellence; a genuine concern for each student’s plans and aspirations; small classes that encourage involvement and active learning; and a diverse and friendly student body.
The college welcomes students from all backgrounds and ages, and believes that the knowledge and discipline acquired through the rigors of higher education will lead to new and expanded opportunities.
The college’s instructional programs are organized and administered through four schools: the School of Arts and Sciences; the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business; the School of Education; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Students choose majors in schools that will best assist them in achieving their academic goals and career interests, and they take courses through the other schools to ensure a balance in their academic endeavors. Close working relationships among the faculty in all four schools are of utmost importance to the college in assisting its students.
Each school is directed by a dean and has its own faculty. Instructional programs and procedures are recommended by the faculty members of each school and approved by the entire college faculty. The four academic deans and the provost and vice president for academic affairs constitute a Council of Deans who are responsible for the day-to-day administration of the instructional programs.
Westminster’s academic calendar is divided into Fall and Spring semesters, followed by a four-week May Term and the annual commencement exercise. One eight-week undergraduate summer term is also offered.
During May Term, undergraduate students concentrate on one or two offerings in a more time-intensive experience than would occur during the rest of the academic year. Some of the May Term courses are offered abroad, with past May Term study experiences including Mexico, Africa, Asia, Australia, France, England, China, Greece and Italy.
The instructional programs and faculty of Westminster’s four schools, as well as the independent ROTC programs, are listed and described on the following pages. Courses listed are subject to change following normal academic procedures that call for action by each school and by the entire college faculty. Additions, deletions, or changes effected since the publication of this academic catalog are on file in the Office of the Registrar.
Lisa Gentile, Dean
Scott Gust, Associate Dean
Lance Newman, Associate Dean
The School of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse of the four schools at Westminster.
Programs range from the traditional arts and sciences to professional offerings such as communication and computer science. Most of the college’s liberal education courses are offered through the School of Arts and Sciences.
The School of Arts and Sciences encompasses the instructional offerings listed below:
|Art and Fine Arts||French||Physics|
|Arts Administration||Gender Studies||Political Studies|
|Computer Information Systems||Justice Studies||Religious Studies|
See individual programs in Arts and Sciences to determine whether a B.A., B.S., or B.F.A. degree isconferred.
(See Graduate Academic Catalog for detailed information on graduate programs.)
The Westminster Master of Professional Communication (MPC) program is designed to help individuals enhance their communication skills and develop expertise in a specialized communication field.
The Master of Professional Communication (MPC) program and the related Communication Certificates are designed to prepare writers and communication experts for positions in business, industry, government, or any other organization where communication skills are essential. MPC classes are held during evenings and on weekends, and students may enroll in as many or as few courses as scheduling allows.
The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling is a graduate program that prepares students for clinical practice and potential licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (L.C.M.H.C). This 3 year program requires 60 hours of graduate work, following guidelines established by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Broad in scope, its focus and course work support a range of theoretical perspectives and potential practice with diverse treatment populations.
The Master of Strategic Communication (MSC) is a five-semester, low-residency, competency-based graduate degree program designed to build and refine leaders in a variety of communication fields. The program focuses on developing a thorough understanding of the creative process along with a keen strategic sense. Students complete a series of applied communication projects in order to develop and demonstrate mastery of the essential knowledge and abilities required to lead in the area of strategic communication. Students create messaging across a variety of communication platforms, direct research related to audiences and organizations, manage and inspire creative resources, interface with clients at all levels, and orchestrate all these functions to maximize effectiveness.
Students attend two-day residencies in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the beginning of each semester and then work directly and individually with faculty members and with each other to build and demonstrate expertise. This highly personalized approach to education is a hallmark of Westminster College and is an important part of building leaders in the communication field. The program is specifically designed to accommodate the learning styles and life commitments of employed professionals: program learning resources are available to students anytime, anywhere, to ensure the program fits into the busy lives of today’s communication professionals.
Ranjan Adiga, Assistant Professor (English)
Jonathan Amburgey, Assistant Professor (Psychology)
Deyanira Ariza-Velasco, Associate Professor (Spanish)
Brian Avery, Associate Professor (Biology/Neuroscience)
David Baddley, Associate Professor (Art)
Richard Badenhausen, Kim Adamson Chair; Professor (Honors)
Matt Baker, Assistant Professor (Communications)
Kara Barnette, Assistant Professor (Philosophy)
Bonnie Baxter, Professor (Biology)
Laura Bennett-Murphy, Professor (Psychology)
Frank Black, Assistant Professor (Chemistry)
Karlyn Bond, Associate Professor (Music)
Bradford (Bill) Bynum, Associate Professor (Mathematics)
Dan Byrne, Associate Professor (Computer Science)
Mary Jane Chase, Associate Professor (History)
Michael Chipman, Assistant Professor (Music)
Seong-In Choi, Assistant Professor (Psychology)
Christine Clay, Associate Professor (Biology/Environmental Studies)
Christopher Cline, Associate Professor (Physics)
Carolyn Connell, Professor (Mathematics)
Peter Conwell, Associate Professor, (Physics)
Russell Costa, Assistant Professor (Honors/Neuroscience)
Jonas D’Andrea, Assistant Professor (Mathematics)
Alan Davison, Professor (Spanish)
Brandon Derfler, Assistant Professor (Music)
Sean Desilets, Associate Professor (English, Film Studies)
William Deutschman, Associate Professor (Chemistry)
Georgiana Donavin, Professor (English)
David Dynak, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Professor (Arts Education)
Lesa Ellis, Professor (Neuroscience)
Katherine Evans, Assistant Professor (English)
Gregory Gagne, Associate Professor (Computer Science)
Peter Goldman, Professor (English)
David Goldsmith, Professor (Geology)
Scott Gust, Associate Professor (Speech)
Stephen Haslam, Assistant Professor (French)
James Hedges, Associate Professor (Speech/Communication)
Leonardo Figueroa Helland, Assistant Professor (Political Science)
Elizabeth Herrick, Assistant Professor (Mathematics)
Angela Hicks, Associate Professor (Psychology)
Helen Hodgson, Professor (Communication)
Paul Hooker, Professor (Chemistry)
Helen Hu, Associate Professor, (Computer Science)
Robyn Hyde, Associate Professor (Chemistry)
Clayton Keyes, Assistant Professor (Art)
Betsy Kleba, Assistant Professor (Biology)
Matthew Kruback, Associate Professor (Art)
Jared Larkin, Assistant Professor (Theatre)
Christopher LeCluyse, Associate Professor (English);
Westminster College offers three main options to study, travel, or serve internationally. Most students take advantage of the May Term trips that faculty lead each year. Space is limited, so look for information about the options for the upcoming May Term as early as November. A few students complete internship overseas. Please contact the Career Resource Center if you are interested in an international internship. Finally, a number of students spend an entire semester studying abroad. The Diversity and International Center counsels and assists interested students and has the paperwork needed to ensure the credits (and sometimes financial aid) will transfer. These forms must be completed before one leaves on any international experience.
Westminster College is also a member of the Utah Asian Studies Consortium. This consortium consists of all the universities and colleges in Utah, and it exists to promote connections between faculty and students in Utah and businesses and schools in Asia. The consortium offers May Term trips, internships, semester study abroad programs, and other opportunities in several Asian countries for Westminster students. Scholarships are available (through the consortium) for most of these activities. Please see Assistant Professor Steve Hurlbut in the Gore School of Business for more information.
Westminster offers students an opportunity to participate in the ROTC programs of the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy through cooperative programs at the University of Utah.
ROTC programs offered through Westminster College appear as a complete unit in the listing of instructional programs. Students are advised to contact the personnel listed under the appropriate military program for detailed information.