Waldorf College

Introduction

Waldorf College is a small college located in Forest City, Iowa offering residential and online degree programs that combine a strong liberal arts base with applied learning. Co-curricular programs ranging from the second oldest acapella choir in the nation to an outstanding theater program and competitive athletic teams provide students with a wide range of opportunities for meaningful participation and personal development.

At Waldorf, we believe college should be an engaging learning experience and the best years of your life. That's why we offer several unique benefits including:

  • Textbooks Provided Through Waldorf Book Grant
  • Regionally Accredited Through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Flexible, Affordable Quality Online Programs
  • No Scheduled Online Sessions
  • No ACT or SAT Required for Online Programs
  • Financial Aid Available
  • Tuition Assistance (TA) and Veteran's Benefits (VA)
  • Free Tutoring Services
  • And More!

As a liberal arts college with Christian foundations and beliefs, Waldorf welcomes students of all faiths and Christian denominations. A commitment to high ethical standards, philanthropy and cultural diversity are encouraged.

This school offers programs in:
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Bachelor in Biology

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Forest City

Biology students at Waldorf College are trained in the methods of scientific inquiry as they also are grounded in the principles of biology. We accomplish this through traditional classroom work, laboratories and field trips, and through supporting experiences, such as internships, summer assistantships, and research... [+]

Bachelor in Biology Biology students at Waldorf College are trained in the methods of scientific inquiry as they also are grounded in the principles of biology. We accomplish this through traditional classroom work, laboratories and field trips, and through supporting experiences, such as internships, summer assistantships, and research. Why Study Biology? Biology is a story of survival. Biologists study living systems and ask questions about life, such as: What environmental and physiological factors affect the distribution and abundance of organisms on the earth? How do cells change as they age, and how does this affect the whole organism? How can genetics help answer questions about disease, adaptation, behavior, or extinction? How do matter and energy flow through ecosystems, and how is this flow being affected by human activities? To answer these and other questions, the Biology Department prepares students for a variety of professions and careers. All students enrolling in biology will begin working toward a B.A. degree, a program that gives students a strong preparation in biology with supporting courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. It also allows students to combine this program with over 20 credits from other academic departments, a flexibility that allows students to pursue a minor in computers, communications, business, or other programs. Such interdisciplinary biology degrees will greatly strengthen a graduate's marketability in the competitive workplace. The Biology Department is very proud of its track record. Many of our alumni now are physicians, nurses, physical therapists, optometrists, dietitians, veterinarians, biologists, park rangers, or farmers. Elective Concentrations Cell Molecular Conservation Biology Anatomy/Physiology Pre-Professional Curriculum To best prepare students for leadership careers in the biological sciences the Department maintains five general goals for its students: to develop the practice of scientific and critical inquiry; to assist students in understanding and applying scientific principles; to develop investigative and quantitative skills; to train students to operate biological equipment accurately and efficiently; to prepare students for a life of leadership and service. To accomplish these goals, the department offers students a strong curriculum and opportunities outside the classroom to develop their biological skills. All courses are thorough and experiential; students use modern laboratory equipment and practice scientific inquiry while learning a breadth and depth of biological information. Faculty members maintain research programs and strongly encourage students to participate in projects. [-]

Bachelor in Communications

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Forest City

Are you looking for a dynamic career in media? Waldorf’s communication program will prepare you for many exciting positions within the communications industry by combining a liberal arts education with specific job skills and service to the greater community. Waldorf will help you improve your proficiency in written and verbal communication, visual literacy and multimedia skills... [+]

Bachelor in Communications Are you looking for a dynamic career in media? Waldorf’s communication program will prepare you for many exciting positions within the communications industry by combining a liberal arts education with specific job skills and service to the greater community. Waldorf will help you improve your proficiency in written and verbal communication, visual literacy and multimedia skills. The bachelor’s program began in 1993 when professors David Damm and Mark Newcom created a bachelor’s program in communications at Waldorf College. Using their professional media experience and research into successful programs from throughout the country, the professors built a strong program based on several key ingredients: Experienced faculty members: Waldorf’s communication professors have been real-world professionals in a variety of fields such as a print journalism, videography and graphic design, before joining the college faculty. Hands-on teaching: Waldorf requires completion of a client-based project during the program. Primarily service-oriented, these projects are typically for non-profit or religious organizations that cannot afford professional communications support, and include web sites, brochures, news releases, and videos. Past work includes videos for Iowa Lieutenant Governor’s Committee on Diversity, the state penitentiary system (Church of the Damascus Road), centennial and recruiting videos for Waldorf College, pastoral support for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and campaign videos for the United Way. State-of-the-art technology: Waldorf prides itself in making the latest technology available to you in the communications program. You will work in a well-equipped digital arts lab, an all-digital radio station and a professional television studio. Waldorf also has a regularly updated online campus newspaper, The Lobbyist, and a student magazine, The Torch, which is published twice a semester. Practical experience: The department sponsors social opportunities throughout the academic year, so that you can interact with those closer to graduation. In the past, activities have included cosmic bowling, department barbecue, a Christmas open house and mini-golf. Mentor relationships are also fostered through campus media (The Lobbyist, The Torch, KZOW, Wal-TV) where upper division students serve in leadership roles, fully managing each of these campus media. Leadership includes conducting meetings, encouraging or disciplining staff, and navigating budgetary decisions. Media internship: In order to enhance students’ real-world experience, the program requires completion of at least one professional internship, and highly recommends two. Students have had internships locally, regionally and nationally. Some of the companies students worked with in the past are: the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Access Hollywood; Fox Sports Boston; the Ames Tribune (Iowa); KWWL-TV; WPLJ 95.5 in New York City; the Salvation Army and Voice of America. Elective Concentrations Digital Media Graphic Design Journalism Public Relations Curriculum The Communications Department focuses on written and visual communication, including journalism, multimedia, public relations, radio, television and video production. Students will explore this rapidly growing field that offers career paths in business or corporate communications as well as the newspaper/broadcast industry and public relations. Emphasis will be given to current technology as well as historical development. The bachelor’s degree requires completion of 124 credits, a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a grade of C– or above in all communications core and required courses in the major. [-]

Bachelor in Music

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Forest City

The mission of the music department is to offer an undergraduate music program in a liberal arts setting which serves both the student majoring in music as well as the non-major with an interest in growing musically; to cultivate an atmosphere of musical integrity in which the future music professional’s ability to work and think in their field is fully developed... [+]

Bachelor in Music The mission of the music department is: To offer an undergraduate music program in a liberal arts setting which serves both the student majoring in music as well as the non-major with an interest in growing musically. To cultivate an atmosphere of musical integrity in which the future music professional’s ability to work and think in their field is fully developed. To maintain a teaching faculty that models personal and professional integrity, and is committed to students as whole persons—encouraging and supporting them while demanding their very best. To foster an environment for performance and learning which is essentially Christian, including Godly stewardship of time, ability and talent, the creation of a supportive family of goodwill and congeniality, and encouragement of healthy competition. To provide the necessary pre-professional development of the most talented students while providing ample opportunity to those who demonstrate ability and desire, but who commence collegiate studies with less sophisticated performance experience and musical background. To prepare students not only for the profession of music, but also for life-long learning, service to church and community, and enjoyment of their abilities at home. Degree Tracks Music Education Music Performance – Vocal, Instrumental, Piano, Organ Arts Administration Church Music The Music Major Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in music may choose: Music Major with a choice of emphases: Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Keyboard Performance or Church Music Music Education Major which leads to K-12 licensure in the State of Iowa Arts Management Major All bachelor’s degrees in music require completion of the Waldorf Core Curriculum. Music Education majors must fulfill the Social Science requirement (VII) with EDU 210 and PSY 144, and the upper level Religion requirement (III) with REL 400. The Music Major requires a minor in a second academic area. The Humanities Minor and Theatre Minor are designed to complete the Music Major. It is required for the Vocal Performance Emphasis and highly recommended for the others. All music majors who have not passed the piano proficiency exam are required to study piano. Whether it is in piano class or in applied lessons is at the discretion of the music department. [-]

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Bachelor in Criminal Justice

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Forest City

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice offered at Waldorf College is designed to provide the student with a strong base of knowledge in the three primary areas of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, and corrections, while also providing additional knowledge in management. This foundation includes the Waldorf general education curriculum; numerous courses in the criminal justice... [+]

Bachelor in Criminal Justice The Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice offered at Waldorf College is designed to provide the student with a strong base of knowledge in the three primary areas of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, and corrections, while also providing additional knowledge in management. This foundation includes the Waldorf general education curriculum; numerous courses in the criminal justice arena; and courses in sociology and management. The program provides students with the general education, discipline specific, and technical knowledge required to succeed in the criminal justice workplace. This program is designed to prepare the student with the basic knowledge necessary for entry level employment in a variety of criminal justice related jobs. The addition of management courses provides the student with knowledge in management and human resources, better preparing them for positions of greater responsibility. A required Senior Seminar will cover a variety of topics to include contemporary issues in Criminal Justice, and a required internship enhances the depth of the learning experience by providing the student with the opportunity to observe and participate in field work in their chosen discipline. The interdisciplinary nature of our criminal justice major provides the student with the general education, discipline specific and technical knowledge required to succeed in the criminal justice workplace. Areas of employment are wide ranging, including local, state, and federal law enforcement, courts, corrections and Homeland Security. Students can also obtain employment in other areas such as Department of Natural Resources, juvenile justice, and private security. Criminal Justice majors will closely interact with faculty, who bring real-world experience to the classroom. Criminal Justice Core Courses CRJ 120 Introduction to Criminal Justice CRJ 150 Introduction to Law Enforcement CRJ 220 Theory and Practice of Corrections CRJ 250 Introduction to Criminology CRJ 300 Mental Illness & Crime CRJ 305 Victimology CRJ 330 Judicial Process CRJ 400 Diversity and Ethics in Criminal Justice 3 CRJ 430 Senior Seminar Students will choose one of the following courses: CRJ 495 Criminal Justice Internship CRJ Electives Criminal Justice Electives Students will choose four for 12 credits CRJ 260 Management & Supervision for CJ CRJ 320 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency CRJ 360 Criminal Law CRJ 370 Criminal Investigations CRJ 420 Probation & Community Corrections CRJ 475 Terrorism Incident Management [-]

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Bachelor in Business

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Forest City

Waldorf offers a traditional four-year bachelor’s degree in business. The programs feature concentrations in management, marketing and finance/banking. We believe in small classes with personal attention from qualified professors, hands-on, interactive learning and a creative method of teaching that stresses critical thinking... [+]

Bachelor in Business Waldorf offers a traditional four-year bachelor’s degree in business. The programs feature concentrations in management, marketing and finance/banking. We believe in small classes with personal attention from qualified professors, hands-on, interactive learning and a creative method of teaching that stresses critical thinking. Real-World Experience Benefits Internships provide students with opportunities to develop relationships and network with established business professionals Study abroad trips feature economic and cultural learning opportunities Waldorf alumni who are available for career placement and/or internship contacts Past Business Program Internships Bankers Trust Company Enterprise Forest City Economic Development Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Principal Financial Group State of Iowa Surf Ballroom and Museum United Way Wells Fargo Financial Degree Tracks Finance/Banking Management Marketing Trips Abroad Students have the opportunity during their B.A. program studies to travel overseas for 2 or 3 weeks, learning both the cultural and economic characteristics of the country. Past trips have included London, Ireland and Brazil. Internships Faculty and staff work with students to secure an internship that matches their interests in locations convenient for them. Recent students have found themselves at Winnebago Industries, Principal Financial and the State of Iowa. Field Trips Students take field trips to companies to gain valuable interaction and observation that take place with this type of on-site learning. Career Center Assistance is offered to students at the Freshman level to assess personal interests, career options and choice of a major. Sophomores explore careers, internship placement and transfer options. Juniors and Seniors get assistance in resume writing, job interviewing, career choices and internships. An alumni network is maintained to provide resource people for career information. Visit the Career Center website for more information. Graduate School Entrance Personalized instruction from Waldorf faculty helps with the selection and admittance process for graduate school. Law School Preparation A Waldorf B.A. degree in business is good preparation for law school. Waldorf's faculty help students select law schools for application and provide letters of recommendation. [-]