A liberal arts undergraduate education at Westminster is more than just attending lectures and doing coursework in order to earn a degree—it’s about becoming a lifelong learner and leading a successful and impactful life. Your professors will encourage you to fuel your curiosity and ask all sorts of questions because learning is more fulfilling and meaningful when it is exciting and leads to personal growth.
Bring your curiosity to campus and explore your interests, wherever they may take you.
5 Benefits of a Liberal Arts Education
- Approaches education with a focus on improving every aspect of an individual
- Celebrates diversity of thought
- Provides hands-on learning that approaches a subject from a variety of viewpoints
- Uses the knowledge you have as a tool to gain new knowledge by leveraging critical thinking and logical reasoning to solve problems
- Teaches you to lead a successful and meaningful life of intellectual and personal growth
Westminster’s accomplished faculty encourage active learning, academic rigor, and critical thinking in order to help you discover your own identity as a thinker, speaker, and writer. They don’t just lecture, they show, support, and guide to help you set your course to lead a life of personal and intellectual growth. Additionally, you have a faculty advisor who is committed to supporting your success in an individualized way.
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WCore is Westminster’s liberal education program that gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge, investigate and express your interests, and explore new subjects and ideas through unique, engaged, and challenging courses. These courses are taught in small-group settings that focus on synthesis, communication, disciplinary research, and meaningful interactions with faculty, rather than simply memorizing facts. Some courses are offered online.
Because WCore is completed by taking just 6 courses, 1 Engaging the World experience, and 1 Learning Community, you will have more flexibility in your schedule to pursue minors, electives, or even take additional WCore courses that interest you.
Westminster’s Honors College offers a distinctive course of study for students who want to challenge themselves. The Honors core curriculum consists entirely of team-taught, interdisciplinary seminars, making Westminster’s program one of the most comprehensive in the country. These engaging courses encourage active learning, personalized attention, and critical thinking—they are not designed to be “harder” than regular courses; instead, they offer an exciting alternative to the standard WCore liberal education program.
At Westminster, experiential learning is an essential part of your education. The skills and knowledge you need to become a competitor in the job market, reach your goals, and fulfill your ambitions come from more than just reading a textbook. Learning by doing gives you hands-on experience in your profession before you even cross the stage to get your degree. Through opportunities like internships, labs, student teaching, clinical experience, and more, you’ll leave Westminster with the ability to tell employers and graduate schools about the real professional work you have completed, not just the courses you took.
Organizations where Westminster students have participated in experiential learning include Cotopaxi, Zions Bank, the Governor’s Office, the Great Salt Lake Institute, and the Salt Lake City School District.
Westminster’s geology, outdoor education and leadership, and Westminster Expedition field studies allow you to unleash your curiosity, discover yourself, and develop your skills. Field semesters take you out of the classroom and off campus to make the most out of your education by using Westminster’s location in the American West to your advantage.
Choosing Your Major
Westminster has more than 50 undergraduate areas of study in 5 academic schools, including the option for a customized major, which allows you to create an individualized program of study that combines insights, information, and methods from several traditional disciplines.
No matter which major you pick, you will approach problems, subject areas, and issues broadly and deeply, studying across disciplines to liberate your mind to its fullest potential. Courses are much more than listening to your professor and taking notes—you will have important and interesting conversations with classmates, celebrate diversity of thought, learn through doing, and solve problems using critical thinking and logical reasoning.
Undecided? That’s okay and totally normal. Many students start college without a major in mind. Deciding what to study can be difficult, but Westminster is prepared to help you narrow down your interests and pick the option that is best for you. The general education courses you take through the WCore program or the Honors College explore multiple disciplines and subjects and can help you refine your interests. Whatever is calling you in life, Westminster will help you find a way to get there.
Your life at Westminster consists of much more than just going to class and studying in the library. Personal growth and exploring your interests are a fundamental part of your college experience. Various involvement opportunities on campus, including daily events and over 40 clubs and organizations, ensure that there will always be something new to do or explore.
The Career Center and your program faculty can assist you with finding opportunities like internships and job shadowing, allowing you to learn more about the employers and industries/fields that interest you, and make valuable professional connections. The Career Center can also help you find jobs on campus, including opportunities for professional experience within campus offices that are meaningful on your resume. Additionally, the Career Center has resources and help available online in Handshake and in person to prepare you for interviews, develop your resume and LinkedIn profile, build your personal branding, and more.
Numerous organizations offer prestigious scholarships and fellowships, which consist of summer positions and enrichments during the time you are enrolled at Westminster, as well as post-graduation internships, training, and jobs. The Fellowship Advising Office can help you find and apply for fellowship opportunities.
Westminster aims to prepare you to live and excel in a world that is integrated, complex, and interdependent. Opportunities like studying abroad, an international internship, participating in a May Term Study Experience, or working, volunteering, or teaching abroad offer you the chance to expand your horizons, meet new and different people, and become a better global citizen.
Low-income and/or traditionally underrepresented first-generation students can apply to receive mentor support and other program benefits through the Legacy Scholars (first-year students) and Legacy STEPS (transfer students) initiatives in the Legacy Program. Your success as a first-generation college student is important to Westminster.
Westminster’s McNair Scholars Program aims to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who go on to graduate study. Once you reach sophomore standing at Westminster, you are potentially eligible to take advantage of the program’s benefits, including stipends for summer research, opportunities to visit graduate schools and attend conferences to present research, established mentors, assistance applying to graduate schools, and more.
The Alumni Mentoring Program fosters your personal and professional growth through individual mentorship with qualified alumni mentors as well as peer group discussions facilitated by alumni.
Free tutoring during fall, spring, and summer semesters is available in many areas of study. Tutors will help you with specific questions or general knowledge on a topic and are a great option for you to get the one-on-one support you need throughout your educational experience.
Westminster supports students who want to take their education a step deeper and research the topics and subjects they are passionate about. Numerous campus offices support research grants, and you can also reach out to your program faculty to see if they have research projects you can participate in. At Westminster, your education knows no bounds. Ask intriguing questions, investigate something not many people have, or add to research that has been built on over many years—your curiosity is valued.
Students who participate in undergraduate research also have the opportunity to present their work at the annual Undergraduate Conference, where students from all majors and schools present their projects.
What Westminster Students Have to Say
"It is common for students to bring up questions or ideas that change the course of the day because Westminster’s professors adapt the curriculum to drive student interest and understanding."
"I think the most important thing that my Westminster education has taught me about critical thinking is that it's for everyone. Critical thinking sounds like such a scary word and an unattainable skill. However, we all have the capacities for critical thinking."