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2014-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Information

Our Mission

Midwestern State University is a leading public liberal arts university committed to providing students with rigorous undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and the professions. Through an emphasis upon teaching, augmented by the opportunity for students to engage in research and creative activities alongside faculty and to participate in co-curricular and service programs, Midwestern State prepares its graduates to embark upon their careers or pursue advanced study. The university’s undergraduate education is based upon a comprehensive arts and sciences core curriculum. The understanding that students gain of themselves, others, and the social and natural world prepares them to contribute constructively to society through their work and through their private lives.

Our Values

Excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and artistic production
Intellectual curiosity and integrity
Critical thinking
Emotional and physical well-being
Mutual respect, civility, and cooperation
Social justice
Civic service Stewardship of the environment, and of financial and human resources
A safe, attractive, and well-designed campus

University Accreditation and Membership

Midwestern State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Midwestern State University. Other accreditations and memberships are listed below.

ACCREDITATION Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
  Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  Council on Social Work Education
  Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  State Board for Educator Certification
MEMBERSHIP American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
  Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
  Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals
  Association of Teacher Educators
  Association of Texas Graduate Schools
  Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program
  Conference of Southern Graduate Schools
  Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges
  ExLibris Users of North America
  National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  National League for Nursing
  National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  Texas Centers for Educational Partnerships
  Texas Consortium for Educational Telecommunications
  Texas International Education Consortium
  Texas Library Association
  The College Board

Moffett Library

Moffett Library, named in honor of the late State Senator George Moffett, is housed in a three-story building completed in 1964. A major addition and renovation were completed in 1986. The library houses a Media Library, viewing rooms, and group study rooms. The Special Collections Room displays the Nolan A. Moore III Heritage of Print collection. In addition to the general study space, faculty/graduate student carrels, a foreign language listening lab, the offices of the Honors Program, and a computer lab are available. Open stacks give users free access to books.

The library is a member of OCLC through its regional network, AMIGOS. The TexShare Library Card provides faculty and student check-out privileges at libraries of state-supported institutions. Primo, the resources discovery tool supported by the ExLibris Group, provides comprehensive searching for books, media items and journal articles simultaneously.

Library holdings include over 900,000 volume equivalents, including periodicals, microforms and government publications, as well as a variety of non-print materials. Since 1964, Moffett Library has been a partial U.S. government depository, as well as a depository for state publications. For access to Moffett Library’s homepage and resources go to: http://primo-pmtna01.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?vid=MWSUALMA.

International Programs

Midwestern State University is committed to providing study-abroad opportunities for all students, whether graduate or undergraduate. To facilitate international study, the Office of International Programs has been established with the expressed objective of providing support for any student who wishes to study in an international setting. Scholarships and financial aid have been set up specifically to offset a student’s study-abroad expenses. Necessary documentation and mandatory orientations for all study-abroad students ensure that each student’s experience will not be interrupted unnecessarily. Additionally, each study-abroad program is committed to academic excellence as well as to the standards set forth by the University. All international classes have rigorous requirements and offer the kind of intellectual stimuli usually found in honors courses.

For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (940) 397- 4038 or http://www.mwsu.edu/academics/studyabroad.

Intensive English Language Institute

The Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) offers intensive courses of English language instruction to non-native speakers of English who want to increase their English language proficiency for personal, academic, or professional reasons. The IELI’s academic program is divided into four levels. Each level’s curriculum includes classes in grammar, listening and speaking, composition, and reading. The IELI’s courses are available to fulltime, non-native English speaking (F-1, J-1 visa) students and to members of the Wichita Falls community who wish to enhance their English language skills. Graduate and undergraduate Midwestern State University students who wish to improve their English language skills may enroll in English language courses through the IELI.

The purpose of the IELI curriculum is to provide quality instruction in English, develop academic skills, and provide exposure to American culture for individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and language experiences. Courses are primarily content-based and help prepare students for university studies, life in the United States, and/or work in the American business community.

Admission to the IELI does not constitute admission to the University for purposes of enrolling in courses for academic credit.

Office of Marketing and Public Information

All official University news, except athletic news, is released through the Office of Marketing and Public Information. This office is also responsible for Channel 2 programming and The Update, a weekly newsletter distributed on campus. It also approves all of the University’s marketing and advertising and oversees the University webmaster and the University print shop.

Anti-Discrimination Statement

Midwestern State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and complies with all Federal and Texas laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding affirmative action requirements in all programs and policies. Midwestern State University affirms its commitment to a policy that provides equal educational opportunities for all students and does not discriminate against any individual because of race, religion/creed, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability. For more information, go to: http://www.mwsu.edu/humanresources/policy/4-general-university-policies/4.131-affirmative.asp.

Sexual Harassment Policy: It is the policy of Midwestern State University that no member of the University community may sexually harass another. The policy is presented in detail in the Midwestern State University Student Handbook link on the Dean of Students’ webpage at http://students.mwsu.edu/dean. For more information, go to: http://www.mwsu.edu/humanresources/policy/4-general-university-policies/4.161-sexual_harrassment.asp.

Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act (Clery Act)

Graduation rates for undergraduates may be found at http://www.mwsu.edu/institutionalresearch. Graduation rates for graduate students are available in the Office of the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment. The campus crime statistics may be reviewed at the University Police Office or online at http://www.mwsu.edu/police.

Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

Effective January 1, 2012, all Texas colleges and universities, including Midwestern State University, are required by Texas Senate Bill 1107 to collect documentation of the bacterial meningitis vaccination status for all first-time, former, and transfer students. The vaccination must have been received at least 10 days before the beginning of classes. Students who received the bacterial meningitis vaccination more than 5 years ago will need to be re-vaccinated. There are certain conditions where the vaccination will not be required. For more information, visit http://mwsu.edu/healthcenter/meningitis/.