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Divisional Descriptions

Division of Applied Arts & Sciences

Assistant Professor Bryan Minnich, Chair

The Division of Applied Arts & Sciences includes the Department of Sports and Exercise Science. The purpose of this division is to complement and supplement learning outcomes from the arts and sciences. As the title of the division implies, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values gained from the liberal studies are applied to the development of individuals seeking opportunities for service in the professions of education, early childhood education, physical education, health, and recreation. Through this union of theoretical knowledge and practical application, graduates are professionally prepared to enter teaching or other vocations.

Division of Fine Arts

Associate Professor Barbara Marshall, Chair

The Division of Fine Arts includes the departments of Music, Communication, Speech & Theatre, and Visual Arts. It is the purpose of our Division to enrich aesthetic environment for the students attending Kansas Wesleyan University by allowing students attend our classes and events to experience the passion, expression, and emotion associated with the arts. All the departments are strongly studio or performance based which allows majors and non-majors an opportunity to express themselves in an intimate, nurturing, faith-based environment.

Students taking fine arts classes are given the opportunity to perform, research, create, and analyze, as they develop their aesthetic sensitivity and try to develop an understanding of beauty. Group and individual problem solving skills are learned through the fine arts as well by acting or working in technical theatre, joining a jazz ensemble or philharmonic choir, learning to paint, or using the latest in television, electronic, and digital media.

Division of Humanities

Dr. Phillip Meckley, Chair

The departments comprising the Humanities Division (English, Languages, History, Religion and Philosophy) are united by a common commitment to the qualities that make us uniquely human: imagination, sensibility, intellect, self-awareness, faith, the use of language, and the search for enduring values. The humanities raise the universal questions, exploring the nature of the good, the true, and the beautiful.  They study human feelings, the scope of reason, our hopes and aspirations, our aesthetic expressions, our tools of communication, our successes and failures in the course of time, and our efforts at organizing what we know about ourselves and our surroundings into a coherent vision of the nature, place, and responsibility of human beings in the order of things.

Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Dr. Dorothy Hanna, Chair

The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, which includes the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Mathematics and Physics, offers majors in these five disciplines and also works with other institutions to offer cooperative degrees and pre-professional coursework. The purpose of the division is to observe and organize natural phenomena into coherent systems of thought, to develop methodological skills for competent scientific investigation, to promote mathematical thinking and to relate science to both human endeavor and stewardship of the environment. Students concerned with the natural environment may gain a foundation in the sciences to support that concern.

Division/Department of Nursing Education

Dr. Linda Adams-Wendling, Chair and Director of Nursing Education

The mission of the Division/Department of Nursing Education is to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing, preparing students to become registered professional nurses, for positions in nursing, and graduate study. 

The division/department also offers on RN-BSN program for nurses who have graduated from a Diploma nursing program or an Associate Degree Nursing program and wish to pursue the BSN degree.

Nursing as both an art and science applies theories from various disciplines to health promotion, health maintenance and prevention of disease and disability. Nursing is defined as the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems. Optimum health is a dynamic equilibrium between the person and environment enabling full functioning across the life span. The scope of nursing practice varies with the educational preparation, experience, and role of the nurse as well as the nature of the client population.

Division of Social Sciences

Associate Professor John Burchill, Chair

The Division of Social Sciences includes the departments of Behavioral Science & Human Services and Business, Accounting, & Economics. The principal objective of the social sciences at Kansas Wesleyan University is to provide the students with that critical understanding of themselves and of the structure and dynamics of society necessary for an effective and rewarding life.

The programs of the social sciences seek to promote the healthy continuity of society by placing the ideas and institutions of the past in relation with those of the present and to locate the individual within the complexities of the modern world; to provide the student with basic skills of the social sciences and to analyze the forces which make for individuality and commonality in human thought and action; to help students recognize the ideological, institutional and personal differences which underlie value conflicts and to accept diversity in university.