Wartburg College

Introduction
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College is about more than just a degree. It is an investment in your future.

The liberal arts education you will receive at Wartburg allows you to not only gain the skills required from your chosen field of study, but also the critical thinking skills required to explore the ethics of decision-making and community engagement, effective communication, cultural competence, and collaboration.

Our Mission

Wartburg College is dedicated to challenging and nurturing students for lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning.

Our Identity

Wartburg College is a liberal arts college of the Lutheran Church (ELCA). You don’t have to be Lutheran, or even Christian, to appreciate the way a Wartburg education will help you discover meaning and purpose for your life.

Many colleges work from a common creed or statement of belief where faith is imposed. Other colleges keep faith out of community life entirely. At Wartburg College, we use the Lutheran approach to education, which builds community around a lively and inclusive conversation of faith and learning.

Martin Luther, who sparked the Reformation in 1517, was both a pastor and a university professor. He wrestled with the bigger questions of life and how faith could truly change the world around us. Because of our Lutheran theological perspective, we want you to also wrestle with these big questions as you work through your four years at Wartburg. We invite and encourage conversations with people of diverse backgrounds and with differing spiritual perspectives. In turn, you will learn more about your own beliefs and values.

Discover Your Calling

Wartburg College helps students discover and claim their callings—connecting their learning with faith and values, their understanding of themselves and their gifts, their perspective on life and the future, and the opportunities for participating in church, community, and the larger society in purposeful and meaningful ways.

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Academic Fast Facts

  • Average class size: 17
  • Student-faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Full-time faculty: 104
  • Ranked faculty with highest degree in discipline: 99%
  • Endowed faculty positions: 2 distinguished chairs, 11 endowed chairs, 1 distinguished professorships, 4 endowed professorships.

Most Popular Majors

  • 1 Business Administration
  • 2 Biology
  • 3 Elementary Education
  • 4 Journalism and Communication
  • 5 Music Education

International Recognition

  • One of five colleges to receive the Washington Center’s inaugural Higher Education Civic Engagement Award for service-learning and community engagement.
  • Nationally classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of 12 exclusively baccalaureate colleges that foster experiential learning and community engagement.
  • Named eight consecutive times to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, three times “with distinction,” in recognition of volunteer efforts by Wartburg students.
  • One of only six Iowa colleges included in the 2014-15 Colleges of Distinction, which recognizes schools that have demonstrated their dedication to "engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes."
  • Wartburg was ranked 16th in the nation for short-term study abroad in the 2014 Open Doors Report, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
  • Included in Washington Monthly's best liberal arts colleges ranking for its contribution to the public good through social mobility, research, and service.
  • Winner of NetImpact’s 2012 “Small Steps, Big Wins Challenge,” a national competition among universities and colleges rewarding social and environmental actions.
  • Ranked in the Princeton Review as one of the best colleges in the Midwest region.
  • Listed in Peterson’s Top Colleges for Science among 200 schools with outstanding programs in science and mathematics.
  • One of two colleges in Iowa to be nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for its elementary-education program.
  • Included among the first-tier Best National Liberal Arts Colleges as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ranked No. 7 among national universities and liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report as an “overperformer” in graduation rates for students from low-income families.
  • Included in Money Magazine's "best colleges" ranking.
  • The Wartburg “Community Builders” program was awarded a MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship.
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Graduate in four years!

What is a Graduation Rate?

This can be a very confusing concept. Basically, this is the percentage of students who actually complete a degree at the institution. Most reports online will show a 6-year graduation rate, which is the percentage of full-time students received their bachelor’s degree within six years, which has become the average length of an undergraduate education at many universities. This is NOT true at Wartburg College.

93% of our graduates finished their degrees in four years. Of the full-time students who started at Wartburg, 63% will complete their degree at Wartburg, which is considered a very high graduation rate. In the past 10 years, Wartburg has had graduation rates as high as 70%.

Why compare five years at state schools to four years at Wartburg?

The reality for many students is it will take four-and-a-half to five years or more to earn a degree at a state school, according to national statistics. At Wartburg, 93 percent of our graduates complete their degree in four years.

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BM in Music Therapy

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Waverly

The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree is offered for those who wish to complete the coursework aligned with the requirements set by the American Music Therapy Association to qualify for becoming a Board-Certified Music Therapist. [+]

Wartburg College is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Students completing the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved music therapy degree program are eligible to sit for board certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa to offer the music therapy major. Completion of the Bachelor of Music Education or the Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy degree leads to licensure in education in the state of Iowa. The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree is offered for those who wish to complete the coursework aligned with the requirements set by the American Music Therapy Association to qualify for becoming a Board-Certified Music Therapist. A six month internship post coursework is required before sitting for the board certification exam. Music Department Fast Facts Wartburg offers four-year majors/degrees. This means one year less tuition and one more year of salary when compared with a state university. The college offers the only B.A. in church music in Iowa. Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa with a music therapy degree. The music department boasts a 100 percent job/graduate school placement rate for ALL graduates. Wartburg is one of only three colleges in Iowa to be certified by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). The college is the only Iowa school that offers ethnomusicology as an active part of the music curriculum. Music education students start field experience in their first year. Course Requirements... [-]

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BA in Biology

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Waverly

The Wartburg Biology Department prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including health professions, research, teaching, biotechnology, and fields involving global and environmental issues. We teach what science is, not just the knowledge it has produced, with inquiry-based learning. [+]

A degree in biology from Wartburg College is well-recognized around the nation. The Wartburg Biology Department prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including health professions, research, teaching, biotechnology, and fields involving global and environmental issues. We teach what science is, not just the knowledge it has produced, with inquiry-based learning. While the curriculum of the biology department is rigorous, students also gain an appreciation of how studying biology can be fun, exciting and rewarding. The success of the biology program is grounded in its inquiry-based emphasis where students facilitate their learning by experiencing science rather than merely reading about it. The Academic Experience Incredible opportunities are available for both on-campus and off-campus research experience in biology. Hands-on projects are an integral part of the courses throughout your four years. Most biology majors conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member and participate in May Term field experiences. A Challenge That’s Rewarding Small-college environment with more personal attention and greater opportunities to excel without the pressure of impersonal large classes. Wartburg faculty teach ALL classes, unlike larger colleges and universities Advantages of the Wartburg Biology Department Program 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio Broad liberal arts education with emphasis on academic excellence (Alpha Chi & TriBeta honoraries) A small-college environment, more personal attention, and greater opportunities to excel without the pressure and impersonal nature of large classes A caring and highly qualified faculty All faculty have earned doctorate (ten more in math/computer science/physics) Numerous opportunities for on- and off-campus individual... [-]

BA in Chemistry

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Waverly

Chemistry prepares you for success in many science-related occupations. You have the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art Science Center. Companies, organizations, and institutions looking for people with hands-on experience seek Wartburg chemistry and biochemistry graduates. The department has a 100 percent placement rate. [+]

A Well-Respected Program Chemistry prepares you for success in many science-related occupations. You have the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art Science Center. Companies, organizations, and institutions looking for people with hands-on experience seek Wartburg chemistry and biochemistry graduates. The department has a 100 percent placement rate. Experimentation and research is at the heart of the Wartburg chemistry program. On campus, students use modern instrumentation in course work and individual research. Chemistry faculty members are effective teachers and advisers, and small class sizes enable faculty and students to become well acquainted. Program Fast Facts The chemistry major can be used to pursue professional study in: Medicine Laboratory Chemistry (clinical, environmental, pharmaceutical, food science, etc.) Clinical Chemistry Veterinary Medicine Optometry Dentistry Pharmacy Excellent Placement in Graduate and Professional Schools You may also pursue graduate study in such areas as analytical chemistry, biochemistry, organic or inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, patent law, or forensic law. A number of Wartburg chemistry majors have gone on to careers in medicine. Students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry are encouraged have the opportunity to complete internships in industrial or university laboratories. Or, students may choose to conduct undergraduate research with Wartburg faculty members. Students have been selected for research projects at various universities funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program, as well as industrial internships in chemical safety and environmental testing laboratories. Numerous Career Options A chemistry or biochemistry degree can lead to a variety of occupations. You may find... [-]

BA in Computer Science

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Waverly

If you have a passion for challenging course work, practical applications, and problem solving, a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science or computer information systems may be great option. [+]

If you have a passion for challenging course work, practical applications, and problem solving, a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science or computer information systems may be great option. You will discover a strong interrelationship among mathematics, computer science, and physics, reflecting the faculty’s longstanding focus on helping student find the right program for their skills and interests. The department merges course work with laboratory activities, practical internships, and opportunities for teaching and leadership. Courses emphasize in-depth group activities, enabling you to tackle challenging projects while developing your interpersonal communication skills. These experiences will provide a solid foundation for future employment or graduate study. Wartburg supports and encourages undergraduate research and design projects utilizing innovative technology, including virtual reality displays and 3-D visualization software. Program Fast Facts The computer science program recognizes the growing and pervasive use of computers and believes that liberal arts colleges are the correct place to explore the function and use of computers. Such study stimulates students’ intellectual development, encourages critical thinking, and teaches analytical evaluation and quantification of observations. Students will develop a coherent and broad-based understanding of the discipline of computer science, including an appreciation for its intellectual depth and for its abstract issues. Students will be prepared to apply their knowledge to produce computer solutions to problems large and small. Students will confront the ethical and social issues associated with the computing field and be prepared to face the personal ethical challenges of the discipline. Students will learn to work and communicate... [-]

BA in Elementary Education

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Waverly

A degree in education offers exciting opportunities. A degree in education at Wartburg offers outstanding classroom experiences. You can use your talents and abilities to become an effective and reflective teacher in a life of professional service and leadership. You will find job opportunities in education at any level, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. [+]

A degree in education offers exciting opportunities. A degree in education at Wartburg offers outstanding classroom experiences. You can use your talents and abilities to become an effective and reflective teacher in a life of professional service and leadership. You will find job opportunities in education at any level, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. By majoring in education, you can work with children in diverse classroom settings, share your interest in a content area, and impact the future. You can explore children’s literature, literacy, reading, curriculum, educational psychology, early childhood education, human relations, multicultural studies, teaching strategies and methods, educational technology, field placements, and special education. If you are interested in secondary teaching certification or another emphasis, your primary faculty adviser will be from your major area. An education professor will serve as your secondary adviser. Wartburg College is one of two colleges in Iowa to be nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for its elementary-education program and physical education program. Time in the Classroom Wartburg education majors go into school classrooms during their first year, spending a minimum of 25 hours in teaching activities. Before graduation, you will be required to complete a 25-hour experience in a cultural setting significantly different from your own. The Curriculum Library Contains more than 6,000 textbooks, children’s books, and other resources, for education majors, is housed in the Vogel Library. Alumni Outcomes Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni... [-]

BA in Engineering Science

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Waverly

Employers today are seeking engineers who are more than just technically competent. They are looking for graduates who can write and speak effectively, who are team players, and who can see the “big picture.” These are the kinds of engineers that Wartburg graduates. Unlike university curricula, Wartburg’s Engineering Science program emphasizes breadth of background over narrow specialization. [+]

A Unique Curriculum for a Changing World Employers today are seeking engineers who are more than just technically competent. They are looking for graduates who can write and speak effectively, who are team players, and who can see the “big picture.” These are the kinds of engineers that Wartburg graduates. Unlike university curricula, Wartburg’s Engineering Science program emphasizes breadth of background over narrow specialization. Unlike engineering programs at most other liberal arts colleges, the program is a four-year bachelor’s degree that does not require further study at another institution before seeking industrial employment. Engineering Science at Wartburg is designed to provide you with a unique combination of: technical expertise mathematical and scientific skills a true liberal arts perspective Mission The engineering science program is committed to improving engineering profession and its practice by helping students acquire fundamental scientific and technical knowledge; an understanding of the ethical, global, and societal dimensions of the profession; and skills in communication, critical thinking, team building, and self-training. A well-rounded education In addition to the standard requirements, students are encouraged to round out their educations with a broad mix of experiences. Most engineering science majors minor in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, or computer science. Many industry-bound graduates have also completed minors in business, leadership, or in a foreign language. Nearly 40% of engineering majors participate in intercollegiate athletics, and more than 20% are members of musical ensembles. About 30% study abroad during their four years and about half participate in summer or year-round internship programs.... [-]

BA in International Relations

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Waverly

The international relations program exposes students to essential questions regarding the processes by which the complexities of interdependence meet with deeply held individual values. Broadly speaking, this involves answering the fundamental question of who gets what, where, when, how, and why in international relations. International relations is an interdisciplinary program that equips students with the breadth (i.e., perspectives) [+]

The international relations program exposes students to essential questions regarding the processes by which the complexities of interdependence meet with deeply held individual values. Broadly speaking, this involves answering the fundamental question of who gets what, where, when, how, and why in international relations. International relations is an interdisciplinary program that equips students with the breadth (i.e., perspectives) and depth of coverage to contemplate and effectively respond to these questions. More detailed inquiry into a specific geographical region is also possible within the program. Students pursuing this major are strongly encouraged to incorporate more foreign language and international travel into their academic program. A variety of May Term and semester-long opportunities exist. Moreover, we encourage students to double major in a related field, such as economics, foreign language, history, international business, political science, religion, or sociology to further enhance their understanding and preparation. Intended Student Learning Outcomes Students will: utilize numerous interdisciplinary perspectives in the study of international relations. recognize the existence of complex interdependence within and among cultures. gain a greater understanding of international affairs and statecraft. increase their ability to think critically about international affairs. demonstrate competent research skills in a professional manner. effectively communicate in both oral and written forms. be prepared for entry into government service, intergovernmental service, non-governmental service, international business, and/or graduate school. Course Requirements 12½-13 course credits: EC 117 Principles of Macroeconomics HI 343 Colonialism and Culture HI 306 History of American Foreign Relations or PS 306 History of American Foreign Relations PS... [-]

BA in Journalism and Communication

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Waverly

Hands-on experience, mentoring from seasoned professionals, and top-notch facilities prepare our students for fast-changing fields that require excellent communication skills. The department offers the following majors/concentrations. Our graduates work as writers, editors, reporters, production specialists, and public relations professionals. They’re involved in web development, the entertainment industry, and a variety of related fields. [+]

Hands-on experience, mentoring from seasoned professionals, and top-notch facilities prepare our students for fast-changing fields that require excellent communication skills. The department offers the following majors/concentrations. Our graduates work as writers, editors, reporters, production specialists, and public relations professionals. They’re involved in web development, the entertainment industry, and a variety of related fields. Alumni Success Stories Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg graduates from the Journalism and Communication Department have had in the past. Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years: Development Associate, The Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines Communications Manager, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Grinnell Sports Reporter/Editor, Worthington Globe, Worthington, Minn. Director of Student Engagement, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. Advertising Associate, Sukup Manufacturing, Sheffield Associate Director for Marketing, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, Ill. Sample Stand-out Alumni Positions: Senior Vice President/Creative Director, Leo Burnett, Chicago, Ill. Feature Producer, ESPN, Bristol, Conn. Press Secretary, Prime Minister of Namibia President/Equity Partner/Owner, Relationship Marketing, Inc., Des Moines Professor, Communication Studies, University of North Carolina-Charlotte Course Requirements 14 course credits: Core plus one concentration: Core Requirements 7 course credits: ART 108 Graphic Design COM 100 Introduction to Communication COM 200 Media Writing COM 211 Video Production COM 371 Internship COM 461 Communication Arts Capstone One course credit from Maximum of 0.5 course... [-]

BA in Music

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Waverly

Wartburg College is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Students completing the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved music therapy degree program are eligible to sit for board certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). [+]

Wartburg College is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Students completing the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved music therapy degree program are eligible to sit for board certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa to offer the music therapy major. Completion of the Bachelor of Music Education or the Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy degree leads to licensure in education in the state of Iowa. The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree provides you with a variety of career options in the music field. You may choose the general music major, which allows you to combine a music major with another major or minor field. Or you may choose the Church Music track, which combines course work in music and religion to prepare you for leading music programs in churches or for further study in graduate school. Music Department Fast Facts Wartburg offers four-year majors/degrees. This means one year less tuition and one more year of salary when compared with a state university. The college offers the only B.A. in church music in Iowa. Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa with a music therapy degree. The music department boasts a 100 percent job/graduate school placement rate for ALL graduates. Wartburg is one of only three colleges in Iowa to be certified by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). The college is the only Iowa school that offers ethnomusicology... [-]

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BA in Business Administration

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Waverly

As part of your education at Wartburg College, you will work through many of the ethical challenges now confronting the business world. You’ll be prepared to make and stand behind difficult decisions and gain hands-on experience sought by many employers. [+]

As part of your education at Wartburg College, you will work through many of the ethical challenges now confronting the business world. You’ll be prepared to make and stand behind difficult decisions and gain hands-on experience sought by many employers. You’ll also find career opportunities in today’s fast-paced business environment in fields like public or private accounting, finance, international business, government service, healthcare management, marketing, and nonprofit organizations. You will benefit from small classes taught by professors who have experience and expertise in many aspects of business administration, accounting, and economics. Faculty members mentor students for careers as well as for active citizenship through classroom experience, internships, case studies, and undergraduate research. Alumni Outcomes Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years: Sales Executive, Midwest Heritage Bank, Des Moines Marketing and Box Office Manager, U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids Territory Manager, Hormel Foods, Lebanon, New Jersey Marketing Associate, Bolide Technology Group, San Dimas, Calif. Staff Auditor, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Minneapolis, Minn. Accountant, Dan Deery Motors, Cedar Falls Sample Stand-out Alumni Positions: Chairman and CEO, American Family Insurance, Madison, Wis. Operations Analyst, World Bank, Washington, D.C. President, Merit Contracting, Rochester, Minn. CEO, RewardSnap Corp., Indianapolis, Ind. National Sales Operations Manager for Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC Program Goals: Students graduating from the Business Administration, Accounting, and Economics department will: know themselves, their values, and their passions; see the purpose of business leaders as economic stewards for the good of society; respect and effectively collaborate with people of diverse... [-]

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Wartburg College

Address Wartburg Boulevard 100
Waverly 50677, United States
Website http://www.wartburg.edu/
Phone +1 800-772-2085