Undergraduate Catalog Addendum/Errata


2017-2018 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.



Below are listed additions and corrections to the 2017-18 Undergraduate Studies Catalog since its publication on 01 June 2017. All corrections listed below have been made in the main online catalog sections to which they apply and will appear in the print version of those individual pages. They do not appear, however, in the PDF version of the full catalog.

This page was last updated on 08 September 2017.

Changes by Department/Program

  • Academic Policies - Global Citizenship Program
  • Animation (BA)
  • Animation Production (Minor)
  • College of Arts & Sciences - Biological Sciences Department
  • Digital Media (Certificate)
  • Enrollment - Academic Load
  • General Psychology (Certificate)
  • George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology - Mathematics and Computer Science Department
  • Interactive Digital Media (Certificate)
  • Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs
  • Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs - International - Ghana - Accra
  • Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs - International - The Netherlands - Leiden
  • Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs - International - Switzerland - Geneva
  • Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs - International - Thailand - Bangkok
  • Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs - International - Thailand - Hua Hin, Cha-am
  • Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs - United States - South Carolina - Greenville Metropolitan
  • Studio/Commercial Photography (Certificate)

Changes by Date

09 June 2017

Digital Media (Certificate)

This program is only being offered at the Geneva and Vienna campuses.

Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs

The accuracy date of campus offerings should list the official publication date of June 1, 2017.

Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs - International

The list of programs offered at the Geneva, Switzerland campus should read:  

  • Business (Minor)
  • Business Administration (BS)
  • Computer Applications (Minor)
  • Computer Science (BS)
  • Computer Science with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity (BS)
  • Computer Science (Minor)
  • Digital Media (Certificate)
  • Economics (BA)
  • Economics (Minor)
  • Educational Psychology (Minor)
  • Entrepreneurship (Certificate)
  • Finance (BS)
  • Finance (Minor)
  • French (Minor)
  • General Psychology (Certificate)
  • General Psychology (Minor)
  • Health Psychology (Minor)
  • History (Minor)
  • International Human Rights (Certificate)
  • International Human Rights (Minor)
  • International Relations (BA)
  • International Relations with an Emphasis in International Economics (BA)
  • International Relations with an Emphasis in Migration and Refugee Studies (BA)
  • International Relations (Minor)
  • Journalism (Minor)
  • Magazine Production (Certificate)
  • Management (BA)
  • Management (Minor)
  • Management with an Emphasis in Marketing (BA)
  • Marketing (Certificate)
  • Media Communication (Minor)
  • Media Communications (BA)
  • Migration and Refugee Studies (Certificate)
  • Philosophy (Minor)
  • Photography (BA)
  • Photography (Minor)
  • Photojournalism/Editorial Photography (Certificate)
  • Political Science (Minor)
  • Psychology (BA)
  • Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health (BA)
  • Psychology (BS)
  • Sociology (Minor)
  • Website Design (Certificate)
  • Website Design (Minor)
  • Website Development (Certificate)
  • Website Development (Minor)

This list of programs offered at the Bangkok, Thailand campus should read:

  • Accounting (BS)
  • Computer Science (BS)
  • Management with an Emphasis in International Business (BA)

This list of programs offered at the Hua Hin/Cha-am, Thailand campus should read:

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications (Minor)
  • Buddhist Studies (Certificate)
  • Business (Minor)
  • Business Administration (BS)
  • Economics (Minor)
  • General Psychology (Minor)
  • Interactive Digital Media (Minor)
  • International Relations (BA)
  • International Relations (Minor)
  • Management (BA)
  • Management (Minor)
  • Management with an Emphasis in Human Resources Management (BA)
  • Management with an Emphasis in Marketing (BA)
  • Media Communications (BA)
  • Media Communications (Minor)
  • Psychology (BA)

Studio/Commercial Photography (Certificate)

This program is only offered at the St. Louis campus.

23 June 2017

Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs - International

The list of programs offered at the Accra, Ghana campus should read:

  • Computer Science (BS)
  • International Relations (BA)
  • Management (BA)
  • Media Communications (BA)
  • Psychology (BA)

The list of programs offered at the Leiden, Netherlands campus should read:

  • Business Administration (BS)
  • International Relations (BA)
  • Management (BA)
  • Management with an Emphasis in International Business (BA)
  • Management with an Emphasis in Marketing (BA)
  • Media Communications (BA)
  • Psychology (BA)
  • Psychology (BS)

14 July 2017

Interactive Digital Media (Certificate)

This program is only being offered at the St. Louis and Gateway campuses.

Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs - International

The list of programs offered at the Leiden, Netherlands campus should read:  

  • Business Administration (BS)
  • International Human Rights (Certificate)
  • International Relations (BA)
  • Management (BA)
  • Management with an Emphasis in International Business (BA)
  • Management with an Emphasis in Marketing (BA)
  • Media Communications (BA)
  • Psychology (BA)
  • Psychology (BS)

24 July 2017

George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology

The majors and degrees offered by the Mathematics and Computer Science Department should read:

  • Computer Science (BS)
  • Computer Science (BS) with an emphasis in Information Technology
  • Computer Science (BS) with an emphasis in Cybersecurity
  • Data Analytics (BS)
  • Information Management (BS)
  • Information Systems (BS)
  • Mathematics (BA)
  • Mathematics (BS)
  • Mobile Computing (BS)

28 July 2017

Locations Offering Undergraduate Programs - United States

The list of programs offered at the Greenville Metropolitan, South Carolina campus should read:

  • Management (BA)
  • Psychology (BA)

15 August 2017

Animation (BA)

Under Required Courses, students must select a minimum of 12 credit hours from the list of course options.

Animation Production (Minor)

Under Required Courses, the correct prefix for Writing Screenplays for Film is SCPT 3500.

18 August 2017

College of Arts & Sciences - Biological Sciences Department

Under Department Mission, the second paragraph should read:

The degrees offered in the biological sciences are designed to prepare students for rewarding careers as scientists, educators, professionals, and global citizens. The department currently offers five baccalaureate programs (a BA in biology and a BS in biological sciences, each with associated emphases, a BS in chemistry, a BS in computational biology and a BS in exercise science) 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.

Special Requirements should read:

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

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours at Webster University within the Biological Sciences Department. This must include Research Methods (BIOL 4400 or CHEM 4400) and Senior Thesis (BIOL 4420, BIOL 4430, BIOL 4440 or CHEM 4430) for the appropriate majors. 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 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.

25 August 2017

Academic Policies - Global Citizenship Program

The Global Citizenship Program section should read:

Webster University requires all baccalaureate students to complete the Global Citizenship Program, Webster's distinctive general education program. In 2011, the faculty of Webster University approved the Global Citizenship Program to replace the previous General Education Program. The mission of the Global Citizenship Program is to ensure that every undergraduate student emerges from Webster University with the core competencies required for responsible global citizenship in the 21st century. 

Global Citizenship Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human cultures and the sources of meaning (Roots of Cultures).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human cultures and how people and their cultures and institutions work (Social Systems and Human Behavior).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the physical and natural world (Physical and Natural World).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultures foreign to them, international languages or the forces that draw people of the world together and forces that push them apart (Global Understanding).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human artistic expression (Arts Appreciation).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and create arguments supported by quantitative evidence and clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (Quantitative Literacy).
  • Recognize when there is a need for information and identify, locate, evaluate and responsibly use and share information relevant for the problem at hand.
  • Explore ideas, issues, images and events comprehensively by analyzing and evaluating assumptions and arguments, constructing well-supported arguments and developing innovative plans or ideas to solve problems.
  • Assess their own ethical values and, in the social context of problems, apply and evaluate ethical perspectives and concepts.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to history, values, politics, communication styles, economy or beliefs and practices.
  • Communicate ideas, opinions and information effectively by preparing and delivering purposeful oral presentations designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding or to promote change in listeners' attitudes.
  • Use language effectively to communicate in a variety of written genres.
  • Demonstrate -- through effective use of genre, context and syntax -- understanding of the purpose of their writing and appropriate approach to a particular audience.
  • Make connections between academic learning and life experiences across disciplines and perspectives.
  • Apply knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work constructively as part of a team by contributing directly, facilitating others' contributions, fostering a constructive climate and responding well to conflict.

Global Citizenship Program Requirements

The Global Citizenship Program (GCP) applies to all new students, both those seeking BA or BS degrees, as well as students seeking professional degrees such as BFA, BM, BMEd and BSN. 

Students satisfy the GCP requirements by completing at least 3 credit hours of relevant coursework from each category identified in the course requirements section below with a grade of C- or better. Two categories within the GCP require 6 credit hours each. The professional degrees (BFA, BM, BMEd and BSN) and a limited number of specialized BA and BS degrees receive accommodations for their high number of required credits and specialized natures. The specific GCP requirements for degree programs with accommodations are listed alongside the requirements for the individual majors in this catalog.

No courses used to fulfill the course requirements of a student's first major may be used to satisfy GCP course requirements. Courses in a second major or in a minor or certificate program may be used to satisfy GCP requirements.

I. General Education Requirements

A. Course Requirements (24 credit hours distributed as indicated below):

  • 6 credit hours from courses with two different prefixes designated 'Roots of Cultures.'
  • 6 credit hours from courses with two different prefixes designated 'Social Systems and Human Behavior.'
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated 'Physical and Natural World.'
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated 'Global Understanding.'
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated 'Arts Appreciation'
  • 3 hours from courses designated for 'Quantitative Literacy.'

B. Skills Requirements

  1. All students must complete three credit hours in courses coded for each of the following skills:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Intercultural Competence
    • Ethical Reasoning
  2. Students will usually complete the Skills Requirement with courses in the GCP Course Requirements but may also complete it with appropriately coded courses within their major, or within other coded courses not part of the GCP.

II. Undergraduate Degree Requirements

6 credit hours as indicated below:

FRSH 1200 First Year Seminar
Requirement for students entering as new full-time degree-seeking freshmen (who have not previously matriculated at another post-secondary institution or who have fewer than 16 credit hours of college credit). FRSH 1200 is only open to newly matriculated students. All other students, if required to satisfy GCP requirements, must complete an approved substitute course.

For students who transfer to Webster University, three hours of the students' choice from all designated courses intended to help students improve their abilities to integrate, transfer, make connections among and apply knowledge will substitute for the FRSH 1200 credit hours in the GCP requirements. (3 credit hours)

KEYS 4000 and above GCP Keystone Seminar 
Requirement for all students. This course engages students in developing and using intellectual and practical skills to demonstrate their understanding of responsible global citizenship, through collaborative participation in meaningful, real-world projects and problem-solving experiences.

Students practice skills for lifelong learning and integrative learning through analysis, synthesis, integration and application (transfer) of prior learning (formal academic concepts as well as personal life experiences) to address complex problems, locally or globally. (3 credit hours)

Total Required GCP Credit Hours: 30

III. Definitions

Knowledge Areas:

  • Roots of Cultures courses develop knowledge of human cultures and the sources of meaning, focused by engagement with 'big questions,' whether contemporary or enduring.
  • Social Systems and Human Behavior courses develop knowledge of human cultures and how people and their cultures and institutions work, focused by engagement with 'big questions,' whether contemporary or enduring.
  • Physical and Natural World courses develop knowledge of the physical and natural world, focused by engagement with 'big questions,' whether contemporary or enduring.
  • Global Understanding courses develop understanding of cultures foreign to them, or international languages or forces that draw people of the world together and forces that push them apart.
  • Arts Appreciation courses develop knowledge of human artistic expression gained through analysis, reflection or practical experience.
  • Quantitative Literacy is a "habit of mind," competency and comfort in working with numerical data.

Skills Areas:

  • Critical Thinking is a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.
  • Ethical Reasoning is reasoning about right and wrong human conduct. It requires students to be able to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramifications of alternative actions.
  • Intercultural Competence is a set of cognitive, affective and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.
  • Oral Communication is a prepared and purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding and/or to promote change in the listeners' attitudes, values, beliefs or behaviors.
  • Written Communication is the development and expression of ideas in writing. Written communication involves learning to work in many genres and styles. It can involve working with many different writing technologies and mixing texts, data and images. Written communication abilities develop through iterative experiences across the curriculum.

Seminars:

  • FRSH 1200 First Year Seminars
    Emphasize exploration and discovery through a range of topics, teach students to think critically in a community of learners and set a standard for academic excellence that continues throughout the academic career of every student. FRSH 1200 is a requirement for students entering as new full-time degree seeking freshmen (who have not previously matriculated at another post-secondary institution or who have fewer than 16 credit hours of college credit). All other students, if required to satisfy GCP requirements, must complete an approved substitute course.
  • KEYS 4001-4023 Global Keystone Seminar
    This course engages students in developing and using intellectual and practical skills to demonstrate their understanding of responsible global citizenship, through collaborative participation in meaningful, real-world projects and problem-solving experiences. Students practice skills for lifelong learning and integrative learning through analysis, synthesis, integration and application (transfer) of prior learning (formal academic concepts as well as personal life experiences) to address complex problems, locally or globally.

An approved list of courses addressing each of the categories is available through academic advisors and can be reviewed online under GCP Advising and Assessment Resources. Students have the responsibility to select their general education coursework, with the guidance of their academic advisor, within these guidelines.

General Psychology (Certificate)

Special Requirements for the General Psychology certificate should read:

In addition to the general University requirements for a certificate:

  • The general psychology certificate cannot be earned by students currently majoring in psychology (BA, BA with an emphasis in mental health, BS).
  • Students who transfer any required course for the certificate (e.g., PSYC 2300) must take an additional 3 credit hour PSYC elective at Webster University. A maximum of two substitutions are permitted.

30 August 2017

Enrollment - Academic Load

The final paragraph of the Academic Load section should read:

All student athletes have academic requirements they must meet in order to be eligible for competition at Webster University. For specific requirements, refer to the Student-Athlete Handbook.

08 September 2017

Digital Media (Certificate)

This program is only being offered at the Geneva campus.