Westphal Studies Program

Major: Westphal Studies
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 27-1019


About the Program

The Westphal Studies program provides an individualized course of study initiated by a student. The student must have completed two terms of the junior year in an Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design major to be eligible for admission into this major.

A small number of students in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design decide that their goals lie at the periphery of the major or the intersection between several majors and would be served by more latitude than offered in the highly specified courses in their major. For these students, the Westphal Studies program major broadens future career goals and allows exploration combined with a focused exposure to a second field. It acknowledges the specialization that is characteristic of the majors in the College and the expectations of the professional fields for which our students are being prepared. Simultaneously, it recognizes the breadth and rapidly changing nature of many disciplines and permits a student who has acquired a basic working knowledge of a specific aspect of media arts and design to investigate a clearly defined alternative.

Admission to the program is limited to currently matriculated College of Media Arts and Design students who have completed the major-intensive sophomore year and experienced a co-op placement or completed their junior-year courses. The following items are required as part of the application:

  • A student-generated, individualized plan of study, developed with and signed by a member of the Westphal Studies Program Advisors Committee
  • A statement in writing of the student’s goals in applying to the major and the rationale of how the proposed plan of study addresses those goals
  • A definition of appropriate co-operative education placement if the student has not completed a six-month employment in the field of his or her major
  • A letter from the student’s current program director

Approval by the Westphal Studies Program Advisors Committee is required for admission to the major; it is not automatic upon request. The committee must be convinced by the validity of the applicant’s reasons for applying, the proposed study plan, and accompanying documentation. Details about the application procedure may be obtained from the director of Westphal Studies Program.

Recommended Plan of Study

This program requires an individualized plan of study. Students sign off on this agreed-upon plan with the Director of the Westphal Studies program. A student must have completed two terms of junior year in a College of Media Arts and Design major to be eligible for admission into this major.

The student, in consultation with her/his advisor and the director of the program, devises a personalized interdisciplinary study plan. The approved plan of study provides a rationale for the concentration and how the elective credits are to be used. This plan of study must be completed and approved before admission into the major.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Arts and humanities electives9.0
Mathematics and natural science electives **12.0
Social science electives9.0
Co-operative education ***0.0
Total Credits41.0


Other Requirements

Requirements Hours
Unrestricted electives max of 75.0
Professional requirements* min of 51.0
Concentration or minor** min of 24.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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