College of Arts & Sciences

Departments Offering Undergraduate Programs

David Carl Wilson, dean

College of Arts & Sciences website (external to catalog)

International Distinction

The student must have a significant, practical, international field experience in a country other than his or her native country. This experience may be an internship, community service, volunteer work with a nongovernmental organization or other organization, paid employment in the second country, or other field experience that is proposed and approved

The approval process involves submission of the proposed plan, identifying what the student will accomplish, and who will be involved, i.e. supervisor of the actual field experience, contact person at the University, etc. The student will work with his or her advisor and the Director of the Center for International Education in developing the plan for the international field experience. Prior to the field experience the student must receive approval of the plan by the department in which the student expects to receive her or his undergraduate degree.

Approval must also be given by the Academic Director of the country in which the field experience will take place (or appointee). Approval forms will be available electronically. During the field experience a journal will be kept and will be handed in at the end of the experience along with a written synopsis of the field experience. The department will determine if the experience was acceptable or unacceptable.
Students should register for ISTL 2500 for 3-5 credit hours. Grade will be pass or fail. A minimum of 10 hours and a maximum of 20 hours per week will be spent doing the field experience.

Study Abroad

Students must have completed at least one term of study (eight weeks) as a full-time student at a Webster University international campus or a Webster University affiliated campus abroad. This campus must be a campus other than the student's home campus.

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Behavioral and Social Sciences Department

Michael R. Hulsizer, Chair

Majors and Degrees



Behavioral and Social Sciences Department website
(external to catalog)

Department Mission

The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences includes the disciplines of cultural anthropology, psychology, sociology, and women and gender studies. Students can choose from the following majors: cultural anthropology, psychology, sociology, and women and gender studies. Minors also can be declared in criminology and criminal justice, cultural anthropology, psychology, and sociology.

Throughout history, human groups have employed a variety of methods to deal with the complexities of social life, social order, and social change. Study within the department provides students with the abilities to examine, interpret, and evaluate the diversity of human experience and stresses an understanding of the issues facing members of the “global village.” Courses are designed to contribute to a general liberal arts education as well as to prepare students for meeting their goals in careers and/or graduate training programs.

The faculty assist students in:

  • developing analytical skills;
  • integrating theoretical knowledge with practical experience; and
  • building competencies for specific career objectives or specific areas of interest.

The faculty present a variety of theoretical models and analytical frameworks to assist students in this process.

Special Study Opportunities

Students may choose predominantly traditional coursework or a combination of traditional courses and activities, such as supervised practica, independent studies, and supervised reading courses. Other options include independent investigation of specific practical or theoretical issues or study at Webster University's international campuses.

The faculty believe such experiences play an important role in the educational development of the individual and lend credence to the philosophy of the department.

Departmental Academic Advising

Early in a departmental advisee's residence, a departmental faculty advisor is assigned to help assess and plan the student's program of study, focusing on the student's specific academic and career goals.

This has been necessitated by the remarkable diversity of activities for which students are preparing themselves. Some students are seeking careers in teaching, social service, museums, historical societies, nonprofit organizational settings, or corporations, while others are preparing for admission to graduate and professional training programs.

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Biological Sciences Department

Stephanie Schroeder, Chair

Majors and Degrees



  • Certification in Secondary Education

Biological Sciences Department website
(external to catalog)

Departmental Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a rigorous and applied learning experience that integrates the fundamental sciences of biology, chemistry, and physics. We serve a highly diverse student population coming from a range of ethnic and educational backgrounds. As a department, we focus on a personalized approach to education, tailoring each experience to meet the academic and career goals of the individual student. By maintaining small class sizes and emphasizing group activities, our students interact directly with the faculty and with each other on a regular basis.

The degrees offered in the biological sciences are designed to prepare students for rewarding careers as scientist, educators, professional, and global citizens. The department currently offers two baccalaureate programs (BA in Biology, BS in Biological Sciences, each with associated emphases) and three minor programs (biology, chemistry, and general science). We also offer individual courses satisfying the requirements for general education and special interest courses in environmental studies, education, and health science.

In addition, given the importance of independent research and experimentation in science, the department faculty are committed to providing hands-on research opportunities to all majors in the biological sciences. Our curriculum includes extensive laboratory experience, ensuring that each student will develop proficiency in a wide range of lab techniques, as well as in the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of scientific data.

Special Requirements

Science courses taken more than 10 years ago may not count as the prerequisite for certain advanced courses.

Students in Pre-Professional Programs such as Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Dental, Pre-Athletic Trainer should take Human Anatomy & Physiology, BIOL 3010, 2011 and BIOL 3020, 3021.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours at Webster University within the Biological Sciences Department. This must include BIOL 4400 and BIOL 4430 and 12 credit hours of 3000-4000 level courses in biology or chemistry. Required courses must be completed at Webster University once the student begins to matriculate at Webster University. Transfer courses taken prior to enrollment at Webster University may be used to substitute for required courses if accepted by the chair.

No more than 6 credit hours of independent study and/or reading courses may count toward the required biology hours. Coursework completed with a grade of “D” may not be counted toward the fulfillment of departmental requirements.

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English Department

Anne McIlhaney, Chair

Majors and Degrees

  • English (BA) with emphases in Creative Writing; Literature, Society, and Politics; and World Drama and Playwriting



English Department website
(external to catalog)

Departmental Mission Statement

The curriculum of the English Department is designed to demonstrate the interaction of literature with every area of human values and human concern. The central works of English and American literature are emphasized, but they are joined by other great literatures studied in translation. In upper-division courses, instead of treating together works widely varied in style, content, and theme because they were written in the same century, the department has cut across historical lines to place side by side works dealing with the same subjects or themes or works that belong to the same genre.

The student with a major in English selects an emphasis in creative writing; literature, society, and politics; or world drama and playwriting. All courses listed in the catalog are offered on a regular basis, though some upper-division courses are taught only in two-year rotation.

A special program in the School of Education for seniors who plan to teach permits them to work as apprentices at local high schools, devoting their energy to teaching, with minimal demands made on them at the University.

Learning Objectives and Intended Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to:

  • Interpret the canonical works and major periods of American and British literature as well as some lesser known works within and outside that canon (including global literature).
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the history and conventions of literary genres, including poetry, drama, and fiction.
  • Interpret individual works within their historical and cultural contexts.
  • Synthesize trends, themes, and/or patterns of language use found in a range of literary texts in response to overarching questions.
  • Evaluate the impact of literature on individuals, societies and cultures.
  • Analyze the motivations, needs, values, and social dynamics that give rise to literature.
  • Compose thesis-driven, textually-supported literary analyses that apply the conventions of literary study, including close reading and MLA style.

Special Study Opportunities

Internships: English majors can perform writing internships with businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. These internships can earn course credit if taken as part of WRIT 3000 Professional Writing Practicum.

Departmental Honors in English: With the English Department's approval, an English major may earn recognition as an outstanding student in the department by completing the additional requirements below.
To earn departmental honors, an English major must:

  • Complete at least 45 credit hours in residence at Webster University.
  • Maintain a G.P.A. of 3.5 in English coursework completed at Webster University.
  • Complete at least 15 credit hours in English courses offered at the 3000 and 4000 levels.
  • Complete at least two semesters of a foreign language with a grade of B or higher in each semester, or test out of that requirement.
  • Further explore cultures other than British or U.S. in one of four ways: complete a third semester of foreign language; complete an approved course in literature in translation; complete an approved course in world literature; or participate in study abroad.
  • Through consultation with an English Department advisor, secure the approval of the department to proceed with the Honors Thesis.
  • Complete ENGL 4900 Thesis Workshop by writing a thesis that meets departmental standards for exceptional work. Students who complete ENGL 4900 will earn 1 credit hour, for a total of 43 credit hours.

a. Creative writing emphasis: original creative work by the student.
b. Literature, society, and politics emphasis: an original scholarly essay.
c. World Drama and Playwriting: an original scholarly essay on dramatic literature or an original play.


Applicants for a major in English are required to submit a photocopy of one graded literary analysis essay, including the instructor's comments and grade, written for a previous English class. Students applying for English with an emphasis in Creative Writing must also submit one short story, play (or portion thereof), nonfiction essay, or three poems.

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History, Politics, and International Relations Department

John Chappell, Chair

Majors and Degrees

Students are not permitted to double major in the HPIR majors listed above.



Pre-professional Program

Department of History, Politics, and International Relations website
(external to catalog)

Departmental Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should:

  • Be able to express their insights and ideas clearly in writing and produce a research paper (at least 15 pages long) that uses multiple sources and contains proper source citations.
  • Be able to read scholarly books and articles, and analyze those works critically in conversations with faculty and their peers.
  • Be able to find and utilize relevant sources/resources to answer questions in their discipline.
  • Be able to understand different interpretations and theoretical perspectives in their discipline, and, further, understand how differing interpretations arise and evolve in an ongoing dialogue.
  • Be able to understand and comment upon the complex relationship between contemporary issues and historical events.

Special Study Opportunities

The History, Politics, and International Relations Department offers a diverse curriculum that combines tradition and innovation. The department is loyal to the concept of a traditional liberal arts education, and at the same time believes that a student's academic program should be preparation for a productive professional career. Within the department, students can pursue their studies through a combination of traditional courses, reading courses, practica, and internships.

The State Government Internship Program allows students to work closely with state legislators, usually in Jefferson City, Missouri. The international relations major can be pursued in Vienna, Austria; Geneva, Switzerland; Leiden, The Netherlands; London, United Kingdom; Hua Hin/Cha-am, Thailand; and on the St. Louis campus. Students who study exclusively at the international campuses are limited to the international relations major.

History, Politics, and International Relations students' internship placements have included the State Legislature of Missouri, KETC-TV Channel 9, United Nations Association, Latin American Solidarity Committee, Anheuser-Busch, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, the Missouri Historical Society, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies

Lindsey Kingston, Director


  • Daniel Aguirre, History, Politics, and International Relations (London)
  • Bill Barrett, Electronic and Photographic Media
  • Don Conway-Long, Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Lionel Cuillé, International Languages and Culture
  • Daniel Hellinger, History, Politics, and International Relations
  • Michael Hulsizer, Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Danielle MacCartney, Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Margaret McMillion, History, Politics, and International Relations (Thailand)
  • Yossi Mekelberg, History, Politics, and International Relations (London)
  • Andrea Miller, Behavioral and Social Sciences and Philosophy
  • Paul Moriarty, Philosophy
  • Chris Parr, Religious Studies
  • Kate Parsons, Philosophy
  • Kelly-Kate Pease, History, Politics, and International Relations.
  • Amanda Rosen, History, Politics, and International Relations
  • Warren Rosenblum, History, Politics, and International Relations
  • Elizabeth Sausele, Philosophy
  • Marie Thompson, Behavioral and Social Sciences (Leiden)
  • Peter Van Krieken, History, Politics, and International Relations (Leiden)
  • Alexandre Vautravers, History, Politics, and International Relations (Geneva)




Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies website
(external to catalog)

Institute Mission

The Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies is the interdisciplinary academic home for the international human rights program and combines curricular and co-curricular programming to support human rights education.

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International Languages and Cultures Department

Silvia Navia, Chair

Majors and Degrees



International Languages & Cultures Department website
(external to catalog)

ILC Mission

In keeping with the mission of Webster University as a whole, the Department of International Languages and Cultures encourages creativity and critical thinking while preparing students for global citizenship and individual excellence, and to be competitive in today's global marketplace. Personalized instruction from faculty trained in different areas of international languages and cultures increases students' awareness of their own values and paradigms as well as those of others.

Opportunities for Study

The department integrates technology with linguistic and cultural skills that will give students an edge in Webster-based internship and study abroad programs as well as post-graduation job opportunities. In language courses, communication in the target language is the primary goal with all four basic skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) practiced from the very first day. Although cultural lessons are also an integral part of the language courses, other interdisciplinary courses (in both the target language and in English) focus on specific themes in regional cultures. Literature courses introduce students to contemporary literary theories in the context of individual socio-historical and linguistic communities.

The International Languages and Cultures Department offers a full range of courses in English as a Second Language, French, German, and Spanish, and courses in Japanese for the minor. When there is sufficient interest, other languages are also offered, such as Arabic, Dutch, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Latin, Russian and Thai.

The department has the resource of teaching assistants from Argentina, France, and Germany or Austria, and Japan There is an exchange of students as assistant instructors between Webster University and the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, and between Webster and the Université de Toulouse, France. Advanced students of Spanish and French have the opportunity to apply for these assistantships. There are summer business internship possibilities in Germany, Japan, and Mexico. Webster University offers a dual degree program with Kansai University in Japan. The department also provides unique study abroad programs in France, Argentina, Austria and Germany.

Specific scholarships are available for the study of French, German or Spanish. Consult with admissions for more information.

Language Recognition Credit

“Language Recognition Credit” is designed for new students who already have proficiency in a second language. Students who enroll in their first 3-credit language course (other than 1070/1080 and 1090) at Webster, and complete the course with a grade of B or better (not B-), will be awarded recognition credit. Up to 12 recognition credit hours can be earned. These credit hours are the same as would be awarded if the student took the corresponding course. These credit hours also share the same general education coding (Cultural Understanding) as the corresponding courses. Please contact the department for more information.

ILC Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should:

  • recognize and appraise the complexities of a culture or cultures different from their own.
  • identify multiple cultural perspectives based on original texts and cultural materials.
  • critically analyze their own culture and its place in the world.
  • question cultural stereotypes.
  • demonstrate successful and sensitive communication, both orally and in writing, with people from another culture through an understanding of their language and culture (according to linguistic level).
  • relate their personality, values and complex thoughts in a language other than their native one (according to linguistic level).

Special Requirements

Courses completed with a grade lower than C do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major. Courses at the 3000 level may only be taken pass/fail with permission of the chair of the department.

Teacher certification courses (e.g., ILC 4060) may not be used to satisfy upper-level coursework in the appropriate language.

Students whose primary language is not English must take English as a Second Language (ESLG) courses until they pass their English Language Proficiency requirements.

Requirements for Admission to the Department

All language majors must petition the International Languages and Cultures Department for formal acceptance into their desired major. This petition should be in letter form and submitted after completion of the first 3000-level course in the target language at Webster.

  • Successful completion of at least one course in advanced grammar and one course in literature, both in the language of the major. If transfer students have taken these courses at another university, they must complete at least one upper-division course in the language of their major at Webster University before requesting admission. The cumulative grade average in all upper-division courses in the language of the major must be B or better.
  • Students should demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking according to ACTFL guidelines.
  • Students will be notified in writing of their acceptance. This decision is made in consultation with the students' advisor(s) and the other full-time members of the department.

English as a Second Language

St. Louis Program
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Webster University in St. Louis combines instruction in English with coursework in other academic disciplines. Courses offered in the ESL program are labeled ESLG in this catalog and in University course listings. With the help of an academic advisor, students enroll in appropriate ESLG courses along with an additional course offered in cooperation with the St. Louis ESL program. This combination of ESL coursework with study in another discipline is designed to increase the students' fluency while providing them with practical experience in using and understanding academic English.

The courses offered in conjunction with the ESL program are drawn from a variety of academic areas. Based on their placement test scores, students in St. Louis may take two or three semesters of ESLG courses. These courses are offered at the intermediate, upper intermediate and the advanced levels. Undergraduate students can us ESLG classes as elective credits, and a record of their achievement in all ESLG courses is posted on their official University transcripts.

Students whose primary language is not English may be tested upon arrival in order to determine their proper academic placement, based on prior standardized test scores. Students may then be enrolled in ESLG courses, other academic courses, or a combination of the two. See the St. Louis ESLG course listings in the Course Description section

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Legal Studies Department

Robin Higgins, Chair

Majors and Degrees


Pre-professional Program

Legal Studies Department website
(external to catalog)

Departmental Philosophy and Mission

Knowledge of the law and the legal system can assist individuals in a wide variety of careers; legal careers such as paralegals/legal assistants, human resource managers, law enforcement officers, insurance claims adjusters, probation and parole officers, court administrators, union representatives, health administrators, government agency workers, etc. The Legal Studies Department provides students the tools needed to move successfully into law related fields or graduate work. The department is committed to engaging students in critical thinking and analysis, practical applications, substantive understanding, and exposing students to technology encountered in the legal arena.

Special Study Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to participate in an internship course which allows students to connect classroom learning with practical experience.

Students may participate in a summer hybrid study abroad program dedicated to the study of law in Leiden, the Netherlands, the most prominent hub of international law in the world. During this study abroad program, students visit such locations as the International Court of Justice in the Peace Palace, the International Criminal Court, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and other law-related governmental agencies, e.g., Eurojust, the judicial arm of the U.N. agencies.

Departmental Academic Advising

Early in a departmental advisee's residence, a departmental faculty advisor is assigned to help assess and plan the student's program of study, focusing on the student's specific academic and career goals.

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Nursing Department

Jenny Broeder, Chair

Major and Degree

Nursing Department website
(external to catalog)

Special Study Opportunities

The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program is designed for the registered nurse who wishes to advance his or her knowledge in nursing, the sciences, and the liberal arts. The program helps the registered nurse develop analytic and communication skills for professional excellence.

The BSN curriculum focuses on holistic health promotion for the individual student, the profession, the individual client, the family, groups, and the community. There is a strong emphasis on the nurse's personal development, the needs and future of the profession, and the broad, accountable nursing role that is needed and expected by today's health care consumer. The program prepares the registered nurse for generalist nursing practice. The faculty strives to create a dynamic, interactive learning environment. A variety of faculty members, student experiences, and learning environments is used to meet program and individual student goals. The BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326.

Full-time and part-time evening study is available. BSN courses are offered in Kansas City and St. Louis throughout the calendar year in eight-week sessions. A student can complete the program requirements in two and one-half years on a part-time basis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical thinking skills by integrating knowledge from a broad base of disciplines.
  • apply theory and evidence based knowledge in professional nursing practice.
  • use a holistic approach to promote health for individuals, families, and communities.
  • apply ethical principles that reflect professional nursing values.
  • apply knowledge of the effects of cultural, societal, and environmental factors on health.
  • demonstrate effective communication.
  • demonstrate behaviors that reflect the values of nursing as a caring profession.

Special Requirements

Prior to application to the program, all RN applicants must have a preplanning academic advising interview with BSN program personnel. Students are expected to have demonstrated a minimum GPA. of 2.5 on prior college coursework for admission to the BSN program. The student must also hold current licensure as a registered nurse or, for new graduates, a scheduled NCLEX exam within three months of beginning the program.

To progress through the program, nursing courses (NURS) must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. In addition, in courses with a clinical component, students must receive a grade of “Satisfactory” in the clinical portion of the course in order to pass the course. Unsatisfactory completion of the clinical component of the course results in automatic failure of the course. Students may repeat a specific nursing course only one time and no more than two nursing courses may be repeated during the program.

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Philosophy Department

Britt-Marie Schiller, Chair

Majors and Degrees


Philosophy Department website
(external to catalog)

Mission Statement

We cultivate habits of thinking critically and communicating effectively about significant matters to help people live more meaningful, creative, and productive lives.

Human Rights Curriculum Group

  • Britt-Marie Schiller, Chair of the Human Rights Curriculum Group
  • Lindsey Kingston, Director of the Human Rights Program
  • Bill Barrett, Electronic and Photographic Media
  • Don Conway-Long, Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Michael Hulsizer, Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Victoria McMullen, Teacher Education
  • Andrea Miller, Behavioral and Social Sciences and Philosophy
  • Don Morse, Philosophy
  • Paul Moriarty, Philosophy
  • Chris Parr, Religious Studies
  • Kate Parsons, Philosophy
  • Joe Shuster, Communications and Journalism
  • Elizabeth Sausele, Philosophy
  • Bruce Umbaugh, Philosophy
  • Linda Wolf, Behavioral and Social Sciences

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Religious Studies Department

Joseph Stimpfl, chair

Majors and Degrees



Religious Studies Department website
(external to catalog)

Special Study Opportunities

Religious Studies is an academic field in which beliefs and practices are studied from a variety of disciplinary approaches such as anthropology, history, sociology, literary studies and international relations.

In religious studies different aspects of religion are studied, such as their historical developments, their myths, religious texts, spirituality, their social and political organizations, rituals, art, meditation, and festivals.

The Department of Religious Studies offers expert guidance in the study of the aspects in religions ranging from the religions of small scale societies, Hinduism, Buddhism, religions of East Asia, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and New Religious Movements.

The programs offered by the Religious Studies Department are designed to prepare students for a wide range of career paths by developing abilities that are highly sought after in all professions, such as critical thinking and problem-solving and effective oral and written communication.

Our religious studies programs make our students into true global citizens through their encounter with different beliefs and practices.
The Religious Studies major is designed to prepare students for a wide range of career paths by:

  • developing abilities that are highly sought after in all professions, such as critical thinking and problem-solving and effective oral and written communication;
  • learning information that is highly valuable in the contemporary world such as how to deal with differences in beliefs and cultural practices;
  • cultivating strategies for respecting points of view that contrast from one's own.

Departmental Honors

A Religious Studies major may earn departmental honors by completing the additional requirements below. To earn departmental honors, a Religious Studies major must:

  • maintain a G.P.A. of 3.5 in religious studies coursework.
  • complete at least 15 credit hours in religious studies courses offered at the 3000 and 4000 levels. complete 3 or more hours through a domestic or international field experience; RELG 3600 or RELG 3605.
  • complete the senior honors project courses, RELG 4600 and 4700.

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-Revised October 29, 2013-

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