College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Dr. Murray Nabors, Dean
mnabors@missouriwestern.edu
(816) 271-4510
www.missouriwestern.edu/las

Programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provide opportunities for development of both the intellectual and technical skills necessary for professional competence. In-class experiences are supplemented with laboratory classes, field experiences, student/faculty collaborative research, and internships. Additionally, students focus on formal and informal writing processes, and application of computer technologies. These experiences provide learning situations that emphasize the combination of theory and hands-on practice.

Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty encourage students to reflect on the value of individual and organizational integrity, to develop personal and professional respect for others, to foster international/intercultural sensitivity, and to promote personal and social responsibility.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides the core of the university's general education program. Individually, and as a part of a team, students learn to:

  • Communicate ideas effectively
  • Develop critical, analytical, and quantitative skills
  • Use the scientific process in daily living
  • Compare, contrast, and evaluate ideas
  • Develop historical frameworks in which to evaluate current and possible future events

These components of a liberal arts education allow students to become capable, well-rounded human beings, knowledgeable citizens, and productive members of society. Liberal Arts and Sciences graduates are valued by graduate and professional schools, by employers in business and nonprofit organizations, and in other careers where flexibility, creativity, and problem-solving are required.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Areas of Focus

A student graduating with a major in any of the disciplines within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (except Medical Technology) is required to take one course designated as LAS Writing and a second course designated as LAS Computer Literacy. In addition, students with majors in the following departments are required to take one course designated LAS Ethics, and another course designated LAS International/Intercultural.

  • Communication & Journalism
  • Economics, Political Science and Sociology
  • English & Modern Languages
  • History and Geography
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Psychology

For students with majors in other LAS departments, it is only recommended that they take an LAS Ethics and an LAS International/Intercultural course. If a course is designated in more than one area, the student must choose which one of the four area requirements it will satisfy.

  1. LAS Writing. A course in which faculty assign students both formal and informal writing in order to increase student learning, improve student writing, and initiate students into discipline-specific forms of written communication.
  2. LAS Computer Literacy. A course designed to teach discipline-specific computer software and hardware. A partial list of skills which may be taught include: data collection and analysis, word processing, desktop publishing, ethical or human issues of computing, discipline-specific applications of computer technology.
  3. LAS Ethics. A course in which issues of ethical concern to professionals in their major field of study are addressed. These courses will give significant attention to professional codes of ethics, case studies identifying ethical dilemmas, or issues of contemporary (or historical) social concern.
  4. LAS International/Intercultural. A course which presents a significant recognition, awareness, and understanding of cultural or international diversity.

These courses are designated in the course descriptions listed with each academic department. Preferably, students will take these courses within their major; however, students may choose to fulfill this requirement with courses outside their major.

Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) Area of Focus Courses

Department LAS Writing LAS Computer Literacy LAS Ethics LAS International Intercultural
BiologyBIO 105 BIO 106BIO 225
ChemistryCHE 495CHE 321 CHE 381 CHE 382
Communication & JournalismCOM 215 COM 305 COM 342 COM 345 COM 382 JOU 302COM 320 COM 382 JOU 327COM 210 COM 215 COM 411 COM 415 COM 465 JOU 303COM 338 COM 342 COM 345 COM 488 JOU 303
Computer Science, Mathematics & PhysicsCSC 400 CSC 406 MAT 206 MAT 416CSC 184 MAT 217 MAT 317 MAT 331
English & Modern LanguagesENG 301 ENG 385 ENG 386 ENG 400 EPR 422 ETC 424 FRE 207 FRE 307 FRE 422 FRE 442 SPA 302 SPA 315ENG 323 ENG 465 EPR 422 ETC 200 ETC 326 ETC 424 FRE 302 SPA 332ENG 321 ENG 364 ENG 410 ENG 430 ENG 460 ENG 480 ETC 200 FRE 322 FRE 432 SPA 322ENG 320 ENG 321 ENG 324 ENG 325 ENG 354 ENG 355 ENG 357 ENG 361 ENG 473 ETC 421 FRE 206 FRE 207 FRE 306 FRE 307 FRE 322 FRE 340 GER 340 SPA 248 SPA 250 SPA 322 SPA 332 SPA 340 SPA 348 SPA 350 SPA 422 SPA 432
Economics, Political Science & SociologyECO 367 ECO 462 PSC 310 PSC 370 PSC 390 PSC 420 SOC 440ECO 460 ECO 464 PSC 300 SOC 460ECO 362 ECO 365 ECO 375 ECO 376 PSC 310 PSC 312 PSC 370 SOC 360 SOC 430ECO 461 ECO 463 PSC 200 PSC 340 PSC 380 PSC 400 SOC 315 SOC 400
History & GeographyHIS 300 HIS 301 HIS 302 HIS 310GEO 210GEO 320 HIS 320 HIS 336 HIS 370
Philosophy & ReligionPHL 257 PHL 303 PHL 310PHL 260PHL 310 PHL 312 PHL 330 REL 361REL 260 REL 361
PsychologyPSY 303 PSY 490PSY 300 PSY 415PSY 301 PSY 303 PSY 400PSY 222 PSY 230 PSY 260

Preprofessional Programs

Preprofessional programs in specialized fields are offered for students who plan to transfer to another university for the completion of their studies. Students choosing these programs should select a transfer institution early and should work closely with their academic advisor. Contact the academic department listed below for more information. Preprofessional programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the advising department(s) at MWSU include:

  • Dentistry (Biology or Chemistry)
  • Engineering (Computer Science, Math and Physics)
  • Journalism (Communication & Journalism)
  • Law (History and Geography or Economics, Political Science, and Sociology)
  • Medicine (Biology or Chemistry)
  • Med-Tech (Chemistry)
  • Optometry (Biology or Chemistry)
  • Pharmacy (Chemistry)
  • Physical Therapy (Biology or Chemistry)
  • Vet-Medicine (Biology or Chemistry)

Additional preprofessional programs can be found in the College of Professional Studies section of this catalog.