Westminster College Adds Fast Track Law Degree

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster College developed new educational opportunities in 2021 that are designed to position its students for academic and professional growth and success.

This year, through a partnership with Widener University Commonwealth School of Law in Harrisburg, Pa., Westminster began offering a 3+3 accelerated program that puts high-performing students on a fast track toward earning their law degree.

Qualifying students have the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor degree in just six years.

Through the program, students move on to Widener University Commonwealth Law School after three years of study at Westminster. At Widener, students will complete the final 30 credits toward their bachelor’s degree while simultaneously pursuing a law degree.

“Many Westminster graduates have enjoyed distinguished careers in law and our partnership with Widener University Commonwealth Law School provides new opportunities for our students,” says Dr. Jamie McMinn, Westminster vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

In December, the college and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary inked an agreement to offer ministry students an accelerated-admission opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Through the 3+3 partnership with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, students admitted to the program can earn a master of divinity degree in only six years. The agreement allows students to earn the final 30 credits of their bachelor’s degree at the seminary while pursuing their master degree at the same time.

Westminster also welcomed two new concentrations to its undergraduate curriculum during fall 2021. The additions of Music Recording Technology and Supply Chain Management complement existing majors to give students the opportunity to pursue specific interests that prepare them for in-demand careers.

In 2021, two dreams to enhance the student experience were realized, as Westminster saw the completion and dedication of several new athletic fields for its soccer, lacrosse, softball and baseball programs, as well as the three-story, 27,000-square-foot addition to the Hoyt Science Center.

This year, Westminster plans to further develop Hoyt’s environmental educational capabilities with the erection of a freestanding greenhouse.