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Students may elect to complete an approved minor. A minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of formal coursework from the University curriculum successfully completed in residence at Webster University with a grade of C- or better. The minor is formally acknowledged on the student´s transcript. This secondary focus must be in an area of study different from the student´s major or may be in an interdisciplinary are of study, such as fine arts, liberal arts, or women´s studies. Courses used to fulfill a requirement for a major may not also be used to fulfill a requirement for a minor. A student may earn up to two minors.
A coherent baccalaureate program provides opportunity for the study of a discipline in depth while at the same time enabling students to obtain a broad general education within the context of their individual goals. Webster University acknowledges that the ideal components of general education can be addressed throughout the curriculum and that this learning may occur in a variety of ways. The University requires all baccalaureate students to complete a general education program. The following nine goals are the framework for this program:
Webster University is committed to the idea that these processes, methods, experiences, and skills can be acquired by individuals in a variety ways, in numerous fields of study, and at varying times in their academic lives. Generally, students satisfy the general education requirements by taking one 3-credit-hour course in each of the nine areas. See the section titled Academic Policies and Information for specific details for each degree program.
International Languages and Cultures
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 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.
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.
The International Languages and Cultures Department offers courses in English as a Second Language, Thai, and Chinese.
Buddhist Studies – Certificate
The Buddhist studies certificate program of study draws on Webster University’s strengths in religious and international studies to explore the complex social reality of Buddhism in Asia today. We offer students a firsthand opportunity to study the cultural and spiritual roots of their host country, and to investigate the many ways in which contemporary Buddhists engage their changing social world-through grassroots activism, as well as through art, ritual, philosophy, institutional reform, and political debate.
Completion of the certificate requires a minimum of eight weeks residence and nine (9) credit hours of coursework at the Hua Hin/Cha-am campus. The remainder of the 18 credit hours may be completed (in whole or part) at Hua Hin/Cha-am, St. Louis, or any other Webster campus that offers appropriate courses.
At least one course (3 credit hours) from each of the following groups:
Group One – Socially Engaged Buddhism
Group Two-Buddhism and Society:
An additional two elective courses (at least 6 credit hours) chosen from any course designated as part of the Buddhist studies certificate program, including courses listed above and the following:
Topics courses or general umbrella courses within the Department of Religious Studies must have a formally listed Buddhist focus in order to count towards the certificate.
Business, Computer Application, English, History, Political Science. International Relations, Media Communications, Psychology, Religious Studies, Math