Westminster College announces Arizona branch campus

Monday, April 23, 2012 | 6:28 p.m. CDT

FULTON — A 161-year-old liberal arts college in mid-Missouri has chosen Mesa, Ariz., as the site for its first branch campus.

Officials of Westminster College traveled from Fulton to Arizona for Monday's announcement of an agreement with Mesa officials.

Westminster plans to begin holding classes in 2013 in the former Mesa City Court building, offering majors in international business, environmental studies and transnational studies. Minors in pre-law and pre-med would also be offered.

Westminster said students could move between the Missouri and Arizona campuses.

The Mesa City Council is to vote Thursday on allowing negotiations for a lease on the building.

Westminster was the setting for Winston Churchill's 1946 speech warning of an "Iron Curtain" descending across post-war Europe. The Fulton campus is home to the National Churchill Museum.

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