Here at Wartburg College, we cheerfully accept the responsibility summed up in our mission statement to challenge and nurture students for lives of leadership and service that express the faith and learning they develop and attain while in our charge.
In this catalog, you can read about the policies and practices students must follow to complete their studies and receive their diplomas. You also, however, can read about something much more important. We articulate our most deeply held convictions about education. Taking quite seriously our obligation to lay a firm foundation of knowledge upon which students can build the remainder of their lives, we describe a powerful common curriculum, our Plan of Essential Education. Designed to impart the riches of a liberal education, that is, the essential wisdom that equips any citizen for productive engagement in communities, this plan provides students with opportunities to hone their skills of inquiring, reasoning, and writing while acquainting them with the many bodies of knowledge that shape our culture and inform our lives.
We describe a robust array of 50 academic majors intended to fulfill our goal of both rigor and usefulness. We offer students many opportunities to study subjects deeply, guided by knowledgeable and mentoring professors. We know such opportunities build students’ confidence and empower them to live out their learning in meaningful ways-whether that’s post-graduate education or immediate entry into the world of work.
In this catalog, you also will see the many interdisciplinary and individualized options for students-from earning a leadership certificate to studying abroad, from pursuing undergraduate research to enhancing a course with service-learning. Attending to each student’s needs, we offer countless options to cultivate and refine those mental tools that ensure success.
Wartburg is a welcoming, vibrant, and exciting community that our students have helped to build and continue to sustain. Striving to excel in all that they do, these students push themselves, as well as those of us who work here, to reach for challenging goals and to achieve them.
I welcome you to Wartburg, confident that you will find much to learn and to love in this place.
Dr. Darrel D. Colson, President