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Webster Vienna Private University’s undergraduate programs offer the best of two worlds: an American liberal arts education prioritizing faculty mentorship, excellence in teaching and small class sizes. Plus, as a European research university, we’re setting the standard for academic and intellectual achievement.

Our average undergraduate degree takes four years to complete. With us, you’ll spend approximately half of your time focused on your chosen major of study. Your remaining time will include our Common Core curriculum and electives. To graduate, our students must have 240 ECTS (120 US credit hours) of coursework, including a major and our Common Core requirements.

 

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Our approach to teaching and learning

Undergraduate Programs

At WVPU, we focus on delivering essential skills through innovative teaching and student mentorship. We believe quality education begins with curiosity and questioning, matures to critical analysis, and takes a permanent place in the students' minds, leading to a lifelong desire for learning. You can expect small, culturally diverse classes with student-centered and interactive instruction, as well as faculty-student mentorship.

Our Committment

We are committed to introducing our students to the many lines of inquiry, modes of thought, and forms of individual and collective action essential to contributing to greater scientific advancement and advancing positive social change.

By encouraging creativity and scholarship and promoting diverse, global perspectives using innovative educational approaches (e.g., simulations and mock presentations), WVPU’s faculty help develop confident, analytical problem solvers with a sense of global citizenship.

Our Common Core Module provides our undergraduates with a shared foundation in theoretical principles, problem-solving skills, and practical competencies essential to engaging with some of the most pressing social and scientific problems of our time. 

Our Common Core module provides all our undergraduate students with a shared foundation in the various theoretical principles, problem-solving skills, and practical competencies essential to engaging with some of the most pressing social and scientific problems of our time. 

The Common Core Module (CCM) is a uniform set of 12 required courses (72 ECTS) that introduce students to the many lines of inquiry, modes of thought and forms of individual and collective action essential to contributing to greater scientific advancement and advancing positive social change.

The CCM provides all our undergraduate students with a shared foundation in the various theoretical principles, problem-solving skills, and practical competencies essential to engaging with some of the most pressing social and scientific problems of our time. It marries our tradition of liberal arts with a structured approach to science and intellectual inquiry creating a common intellectual experience among all our students. 

The CCM satisfies Webster University’s Global Citizenship Program (GCP) requirements thereby ensuring that WVPU students share the same learning outcomes as all other Webster University undergraduates regardless of where they study. Additionally, two courses of the CCM (12 ECTS) count towards WVPU’s Methods Road Map (see next section), which establishes a common foundation in methods training and statistics.

The CCM module includes the following courses (subject to change):

Course

ECTS

Global Citizenship Program Knowledge Areas

Global Citizenship Program Skill Areas

GLBC 1200 Global Cornerstone Seminar: Scientific Reasoning and Society*

6

First Year Seminar

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HIST 2240 Contemporary Europe 1890-1945

6

Roots of Culture

Critical Thinking

PHIL 2525 The Scientific Revolution and The Enlightenment

6

Roots of Culture

Critical Thinking

ANSO 2300 Social Movements: Economy, Labor and the Future of Work

6

Social Systems and Human Behavior

Oral Communication

ANSO 1050 Global Social Problems: Justice and Inequality

6

Social Systems and Human Behavior

Intercultural Competence

WGST 2610 Women, Gender and Sexuality in Social Justice Organizations

6

Social Systems and Human Behavior

Written communication

ANSO 2890 Health, Illness and Power

6

Physical and Natural World

Ethical Reasoning

SCIN 1510 Global Climate Change

6

Physical and Natural World

Critical Thinking

HRTS 2500 Current Problems in Human Rights: War and Peace

6

Global Understanding

Intercultural Communication

DESN 1210 Design Concepts: Arts and Politics

6

Arts Appreciation

Oral Communication

KEYS 4014 Social Movements and the Impact of Technologies

6

Keystone Seminar

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STAT 1100 Descriptive Statistics*

6

Quantitative Literacy

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Learning Outcomes

Through completion of the Common Core, students will be able to:

  • Make informed judgments about how their own scholarly, civic, social, and professional interests relate to wider social and scientific problems;
  • Develop advanced knowledge of the various theoretical frameworks and practical strategies used to confront contemporary social and scientific problems that include issues of community and diversity, justice and inequality, women, gender and sexuality, health and illness, climate change, war and peace, art and politics, social movements and technology, scientific development and statistical analysis;
  • Cultivate the ability to successfully assess and analyze quantitative data,
  • Develop clear and cogent arguments in both written and oral communication, think, read, and write critically,
  • Assess the relevance and viability of research questions and innovative lines of inquiry;
  • Contribute to the development of a shared intellectual community that will enable them to participate in debates about contemporary social and scientific problems;
  • Evaluate and employ the various questions, methodologies, contributions, and limitations of disciplinary perspectives in an attempt to confront contemporary social and scientific problems, as well as those perspectives’ ability to both anticipate and adjust to future challenges.

The Methods Road Map (MRM) is a checklist of four compulsory and sequential undergraduate methods and research design courses (24 ECTS). The MRM encourages student growth in the area of research-focused writing and it underscores the importance of formulating research questions, constructing research designs, distinguishing among methodological approaches, and choosing appropriate methods whether qualitative or quantitative to address them.

Undergraduates take four MRM courses over their first six semesters, establishing a basis for more advanced method or tool-specific courses as they progress toward their thesis project. It ensures that all students are properly prepared to undertake a thesis project and graduate with the requisite scholarly research skills requisite for an European Qualifications Framework (EQF) an Austrian National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level VI qualification. Two MRM courses are included within the common Core Module (12 ECTS) and the remaining discipline-specific courses are part of module 2 of the different undergraduate degree programs.

MRM Courses included in the Common Core Module (12 ECTS):

  • GLBC 1200 Global Cornerstone Seminar: Scientific Reasoning and Society (6 ECTS)
  • STAT 1100 Descriptive Statistics (6 ECTS)

MRM Courses that are included in Module 2 of the different degree programs (12 ECTS):

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations: Module 2
    • ANSO 2720 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics
    • INTL 2700 Methods of Political Inquiry
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Module 2
  • PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics (6 ECTS)
  • PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods (6 ECTS)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication: Module 2
  • ANSO 2720 Introduction to Measurement and Statistic
  • MDST 4200 Media Research
  • Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication: Module 2
    Bachelor of Arts in Management: Module 2
    Bachelor of Arts in Management with an emphasis in International Business: Module
    Bachelor of Arts in Management with an emphasis in Marketing: Module 2
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Module 2
    • BUSN 2750 Introduction to Statistics (6 ECTS)
    • BUSN 2825 Introduction to Research Design & Methods (6 ECTS)

 

Webster University’s Global Citizenship Program (GCP) prepares our students to meet the personal and professional challenges of tomorrow through our undergraduate coursework. As a liberal arts institution, our University focuses on providing students with a general education balancing fundamental learning with applicable skills.

Requirements

WVPU’s Common Core Module (CCM) satisfies all the requirements of the Global Citizenship Program. To meet those requirements, students must pass 10 courses (60 ECTS), which include:

  • a Global Cornerstone Seminar (first semester);
  • eight courses that satisfy each of six Knowledge Areas (Global Understanding, Arts Appreciation, Physical and Natural World; Quantitative Literacy, Roots of Culture, Social Systems and Human Behaviour);
  • five Skill Areas (Critical Thinking, Ethical Reasoning, Intercultural Competence, Oral Communication, and Written Communication); and
  • a Keystone Seminar taken on completion of the other requirements.

Students specifically need to pass two courses designated as Roots of Culture, and two designated as Social Systems and Human Behavior, one each of the remaining four knowledge areas (Physical and Natural World, Global Understanding, Arts Appreciation, and Quantitative Literacy) and one course in each of the Skill Areas.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the GCP program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human cultures and the sources of meaning (Roots of Cultures);
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human cultures and how people and their cultures and institutions work (Social Systems and Human Behavior);
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the physical and natural world (Physical and Natural World);
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultures foreign to them, international languages or the forces that draw people of the world together and forces that push them apart (Global Understanding);
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human artistic expression (Arts Appreciation);
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and create arguments supported by quantitative evidence and clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (Quantitative Literacy);
  • Recognize when there is a need for information and identify, locate, evaluate, and responsibly use and share information relevant for the problem at hand;
  • Explore ideas, issues, images, and events comprehensively by analyzing and evaluating assumptions and arguments, constructing well-supported arguments, and developing innovative plans or ideas to solve problems;
  • Assess their own ethical values and, in the social context of problems, apply and evaluate ethical perspectives and concepts;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to history, values, politics, communication styles, economy or beliefs and practices;
  • Communicate ideas, opinions, and information effectively by preparing and delivering purposeful oral presentations designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding or to promote change in listeners' attitudes;
  • Use language effectively to communicate in a variety of written genres;
  • Demonstrate - through effective use of genre, context, and syntax - understanding of the purpose of their writing and appropriate approach to a particular audience;
  • Make connections between academic learning and life experiences across disciplines and perspectives;
  • Apply knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems; and
  • Demonstrate the ability to work constructively as part of a team by contributing directly, facilitating others' contributions, fostering a constructive climate, and responding well to conflict.

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