Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Established 1851
Type Private
Dean Sarah Mangelsdorf
Academic staff 108[1]
Undergraduates 4,343[1]
Location Evanston, Illinois, USA
Website http://www.wcas.northwestern.edu

The Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS or Weinberg) is the largest of the eleven schools comprising Northwestern University, located in Evanston, Illinois and downtown Chicago, Illinois. It was established in 1851 and today comprises 25 departments and many specialty programs.

WCAS enrolls students in its classes from all of Northwestern's undergraduate schools, including the Medill School of Journalism, School of Music, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Communication, and School of Education and Social Policy. All faculty members at Weinberg teach undergraduate students.

About 3 percent of student enrollments are in courses taught exclusively by teaching assistants, mostly in small introductory courses in foreign languages; all other courses are taught by professors.[2]. The number of men and women at Weinberg is about equal; 30 percent of undergraduates belong to racial or ethnic minorities. Students also come from all 50 states; Illinois is the home of the largest number of students, followed by California, Ohio, and New York. Seven percent of Weinberg students are from foreign countries.[2]

WCAS has 15 interdisciplinary programs that offer minors or majors. These include American studies, European studies, Integrated Science (ISP), Legal Studies, Mathematical Experience for Northwestern Undergraduates (MENU), Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS), and the Writing Major. Each of these programs has special admissions requirements.[2]

Each freshman at WCAS is required to take two "Freshman Seminars," 15 or 16 students in each, focused on the development of writing and discussion skills. A freshman's typical schedule each quarter includes a small class of 15 students, a class of 20-25 students, and two larger lecture courses. Last year fewer than 10 of more than 2000 courses in Weinberg College enrolled over 300 students.[2]

Each year, faculty members associated with several of Northwestern's graduate programs teach undergraduates. Professors from the Kellogg School of Management offer courses in accounting, finance, and marketing especially designed for Weinberg students. Law School faculty each year teach several undergraduate courses in Weinberg as well. WCAS also has special agreements with Chicago's major cultural institutions, including the Field Museum, Art Institute, Adler Planetarium, Chicago Botanic Garden, and American Bar Foundation, to offer courses taught by Chicago-area experts.[2]


Degree Requirements

Degree requirements specify that each WCAS student should demonstrate writing and foreign language proficiency (by taking certain courses), complete two freshman seminars (small specialized courses with 15 students), complete two courses in each area of "distribution requirements" (two units must be completed in each of the following areas: Natural Sciences, Formal Studies, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Historical Studies, Ethics and Values, and Literature and Fine Arts), and complete a WCAS major [3]. WCAS graduates receive the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Philosophy degree [4].

Areas of Study

The following is a list of courses of study which can be pursued at WCAS[5]:

Notable alumni

  • Madeleine Wing Adler ('62) - president, West Chester University
  • Leigh Alexander ('79) - chief marketing officer, Unisys, Blue Bell, PA
  • H. Keys Allan ('68) - owner, SPORTea
  • Marie Arana ('71) - book editor, Washington Post
  • Lee Phillip Bell ('50) - creator, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful
  • Saul Bellow ('37) - Nobel Prize-winning author
  • Sara Bloomfield ('72) - director, United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC
  • Anthony Bozza ('93), New York Times best-selling author; former Rolling Stones cover story writer
  • Kevin Briscoe ('97) - political officer, U.S. Embassy in Kuwait
  • Frederick Brown ('62) - president and CEO, Northern Arizona Healthcare; vice chairman of the board of commissioners, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations; chair-elect, National Kidney Foundation
  • Chris Kamm Cairns ('71) - executive director of broadband technologies, SBC California
  • E. Michael Carney III ('59) - president, Carney Music
  • Nick Chabraja ('64) - chairman and CEO, General Dynamics
  • Doug Chamberlin ('88) - screenwriter
  • Douglas Conant ('73) - president and CEO, Campbell Soup Co.
  • Bonnie Swanson Daniels ('69) - director, Management Systems International; officer-in-charge of various global USAID projects
  • Kay Kujala Deaux ('63) - distinguished professor of psychology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York; former president, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • Terri Dial ('71) - former president and CEO, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Luke Donald ('01) - professional golfer
  • Charles Drueck ('67) - surgeon; vice speaker, Illinois State Medical Society; assistant professor of clinical surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Paul Edelson ('84) - Emmy Award documentary nominee
  • Louise Evans ('49) - named 2001 International Scientist of the Year by the American Biographical Institute's 1000 World Leaders of Scientific Influence
  • Scott Feeney ('87) - country director, the office of the secretary of defense
  • D. Cameron Findlay ('82) - executive vice president and general counsel, Aon Corporation; former Deputy Secretary of Labor
  • Eli Finkel ('97) - assistant professor of psychology, Northwestern University
  • Charles Flipper ('87) - assistant clinical professor of neurology, Olive View UCLA Medical Center
  • Sharon Foote ('89) - associate partner with IBM Business Consulting Services
  • Christopher Galvin ('73) - chairman, NAVTEQ Corp.; former president and CEO, Motorola, Inc.
  • Alex Garcia ('89) - staff photographer for the Chicago Tribune, part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning news team
  • Jonathan Gary ('91) - senior research scientist, Biosite
  • Lisa Gisvold ('92) - consular officer, U.S. Embassy in Venezuela
  • Michael Gottlieb ('99) - U.S. Supreme Court law clerk
  • Sonya Grier ('87) - assistant professor of marketing at Stanford University graduate School of Business
  • Lee Hanson ('68) - associate vice chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Brooke Hatton ('01) - director of strategic planning, St. Louis Regional Health Commission
  • Bridgette Heller ('83) - former executive vice president, Kraft Foods North America; general manager, coffee division
  • Lee Huebner ('62) - communication studies professor, former Nixon speechwriter and publisher of the International Herald Tribune
  • Brigid Hughes ('94) - executive editor, The Paris Review magazine
  • Angela Jackson ('77) - poet, author, playwright
  • Jeff Jacobs ('92) - director of beverage new business development, Campbell Soup Company
  • Tim Johnson ('83) - film director
  • Catherine Kaputa ('70) - president, Self Brand; adjunct professor, New York University's Stern School of Business
  • Marc Kirschner ('66) - cell biology department chair, Harvard Medical School
  • Jim Kolbe ('65) - U.S. Congressman
  • Tim Krauskopf ('84) - co-founder, Spyglass, Inc.; former vice president, Motorola; CFO, Gemini Traffic Sales
  • Judy Levering ('60) - former president, U.S. Tennis Association
  • Glenn Loury ('72) - Boston University economist
  • Stephen Malone ('94) - employment counsel, National Broadcasting Company
  • Todd Martin ('92) - former professional tennis player
  • Geoffrey Martineau ('89) - chief fraud prevention officer, U.S. Embassy, Guatemala
  • James McNaught '(90) - U.S. State Department officer, Afghanistan
  • Barry Mizock ('69) - associate director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, John Stroger Hospital in Chicago
  • Kathy Murphy ('88) - senior vice president, Wachovia Bank commercial banking group
  • John Musker ('75) - Disney cartoon director
  • J. David Nelson ('63) - COO, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, New York City
  • Dawn Clark Netsch ('48) - former state legislator and a key figure in Illinois politics
  • Daryl Newell ('86) - vice president of wealth management area, Harris Trust and Savings Bank, Chicago
  • Allison Jill Nied ('92) - assistant professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx
  • Brian Nies '(97) - resident conductor, Oakland Youth Symphony; Leonard Bernstein Fellowship recipient
  • David Nissen ('73) - president and CEO, GE Consumer Finance
  • Phyllis Oakley ('56) - diplomat, former top intelligence advisor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
  • William Osborn ('69) - president and CEO, Northern Trust Corporation
  • Donna Palmer ('73) - former publisher, The Atlantic Monthly
  • Eva Jefferson Paterson ('71) - civil rights attorney, former national student leader of peace movement
  • Amy Percy ('98) - associate brand manager, Campbell Soup Company
  • Dan Pikelny ('91) - director of health and productivity, Navistar
  • John Plaggemeier ('63) - former engineering manager, General Motors
  • Vivek Prachard ('90) - assistant professor of surgery, University of Chicago
  • John Reed ('83) - primary care physician; board member, Washington County Health System
  • Roya Rezaee ('90) - vice chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology, Lincoln Park Hospital; assistant professor, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center
  • Ralph Rydholm ('58) - former chairman and CEO, Euro RSCG Tatham Chicago
  • James Schadt ('60) - vice chairman, Mercator Software; former chairman and CEO, Readers Digest
  • Deborah Schwartz ('77) - deputy director for education, Museum of Modern Art in New York
  • Kerry Shannon ('83) - national director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Healthcare Provider Planning Practice, Chicago
  • Sidney Sheldon ('38) - romance novelist
  • David Skorton ('70) - president, Cornell University
  • Geoffrey Smart ('94) - founder, GH Smart; New York Times best-selling author
  • Jeanne Sparrow ('91) - television reporter/producer and radio personality, Midwest Emmy Award winner
  • Christine Stephens ('91) - assistant state's attorney, Cook County office
  • Mark Stovsky ('86) - urologist; associate professor of urology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; chief of urology - University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center, attending surgeon - University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Rick Sund ('73) - general manager of the Seattle Supersonics basketball team
  • Howard Traisman (4'3) - pediatrician; professor, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Shane Tritsch ('83) - managing editor, Chicago magazine
  • William Tuohy ('51) - foreign correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Karen Turner ('77) - deputy assistant administrator, State Department Bureau for Asia and the Near East
  • Edward Weiler ('71) - director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Fred "The Hammer" Williamson ('60) - actor
  • Lisa Wissner-Slivka ('85) - former program manager and product manager, Microsoft Corporation
  • Joseph A. Walder ('73) - professor of biochemistry, University of Iowa; founder and CEO, Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT)
  • Paul Winter ('61) - musician; founder, Paul Winter Consort
  • Peter Yeh ('90) - founder, Gulf Coast Brain and Spine Institute
  • Kathleen Rathbun Zubel ('98) - orchestra director, Tucson Unified School District
  • Steve Greenspon ('91) - Founder and CEO of Honey-Can-Do International

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