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2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2016 Undergraduate 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.


American Chemical Society
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
American Society of Exercise Physiologists
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Council for Exceptional Children
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
Council on Social Work Education
Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Theatre
State Board for Educator Certification


American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication
Association of Teacher Educators
Association of Texas Graduate Schools
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, International
College Art Association of America
College Broadcasters, Inc.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
Conference of Southern Graduate Schools
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges
Council of Undergraduate Research
Ex Libris Users of North America
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Theatre
National League for Nursing
Southwest Theatre Association
Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Texas Association of Music Schools
Texas Centers for Educational Partnerships
Texas Consortium for Educational Telecommunications
Texas Educational Theatre Association
Texas Intercollegiate Press Association
Texas International Education Consortium
Texas Library Association
Texas Music Educators Conference
Texas Society of Allied Health Professions
The College Board
United States Institute of Theatre Technology

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 Ex Libris 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.

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.