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    Mississippi College
  Nov 27, 2022
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2015-16 [Archived Catalog]

Academic Information

New Student Orientation

 Orientation for freshmen and transfer students is held starting in the spring and continues during the summer and at the beginning of each semester year. Academic and social expectations for students and parents are addressed during each orientation as well as class scheduling and registration.  All new students are expected to be in attendance.

In the fall, freshmen participate in “Blue & Gold 101,” which focuses on successful integration into university life. Blue &Gold 101 is held during chapel and provides an opportunity for new students to increase in self-awareness and become familiar with the campus, the people, and our Christian mission.  In addition to interacting with student leaders, new students are introduced to various activities at the University and participate in small-group discussions related to new student adjustments from academics to community service.

The Office of Career Services provides personalized career coaching to students planning for a future career. The Office of Career Services offers additional resources and job search assistance throughout a student’s academic experience, and up to four years after graduation. Visit Career Services on the web at Contact the Office of Career Services at or 601-925-3901 to schedule an appointment. Career Services is located in Nelson Hall, Room 314C.  

The Office of Student Success offers one-on-one assistance to students struggling academically. The office supports students as they identify and address academic concerns, connecting them to the appropriate campus resources. Visit the Office of Student Success in Speed Library, Room 124, or on the web at Contact Student Success at or 601-925-3976. 


Mississippi College provides academic guidance for its students. Freshmen are assigned to faculty advisors for registration. All upperclassmen who have chosen their major fields are assigned to advisors in the department of their choice. Students who have not selected majors are assigned to other members of the faculty, but, upon choice of majors, they should initiate an Undergraduate Major Change process through the MyMC portal so that records can be transferred to advisors in the major fields. Students who are pursuing pre-professional curricula have special advisors whose interests and training enable them to give adequate guidance. All upperclassmen have freedom to change advisors when desired by informing the Office of the Registrar.

University Core Curriculum

The purpose of the General Education Program (University Core Curriculum) at Mississippi College is to prepare students for a lifetime of learning. Inspired by and consistent with our mission as a Christian university, the program is designed to instill basic skills and knowledge deemed necessary for disciplined study, global awareness, and reasoned response to a changing world. This educational experience should assist students as they build academic majors and minors. The General Education Program is divided into learning areas defined by an educational goal and outcome objectives.

Analytical Reasoning and Effective Communication: The ability to think critically and independently, apply scientific and quantitative methods, and communicate effectively should empower students to:

  • communicate logically and precisely
  • engage in problem solving and in making informed judgments
  • conceptualize and solve numerical problems
  • study and learn about the natural world

Personal Values and Attitudes: An understanding of, Christian ethics, personal wellness, and interpersonal relationships in society should empower students to:

  • develop skills for making responsible moral choices based on an understanding of Biblical principles
  • enhance physical and psychological well being
  • enhance skills for dynamics of relationships

Social and Cultural Understanding: An examination of various dimensions of human civilization should empower students to

  • acquire perspective into the society and culture of Americans and other peoples
  • acquire knowledge of the arts and humanities
  • enhance skills for the dynamics of relationships

University Core Curriculum and other Graduation Requirements

University Core Curriculum

Students should take these core courses during the first two years at Mississippi College. Other degree requirements are indicated with the appropriate major.

Science: (7 Sem. Hrs.)

Seven hours of science hours are required, including one lecture with a corresponding lab.  Students are encouraged to choose from one of the following lab courses:

Mathematics: (3 Sem. Hrs.)

Physical Education Activity Courses: (3 Sem. Hrs.)

Recommended courses are KIN 123 - Fitness For Life  (2 hours) and KIN 124 - Nutrition for Well-Being  (1 hour). For others, and details on absences in activity courses, see Department of Kinesiology , Physical Activity (PED) Courses  section of Undergraduate Catalog. Any exception to activity requirements must be approved by the Department of Kinesiology. Three-hour KIN courses will not meet University Core Curriculum requirements.

Students who cannot participate in the regular physical education program because of physical handicaps can fulfill the University Core Curriculum requirements by taking KIN 123  and one of the following: one hour KIN academic courses: KIN 124 - Nutrition for Well-Being  or KIN 191 - Drug Education .

PED credit can also be awarded for specialized training in the armed forces.

* Students classified as ADP (Accelerated Degree Program) and students enrolled in an on-line degree program are exempt from Physical Education Activity Course requirements.

Other Graduation Requirements

Modern Languages Requirement: (12 Sem. Hrs.)

(B.A. candidates and all English majors)

Students must complete the intermediate or sophomore-level courses in their chosen language. Students with one high school unit may enter course 102 of the same language and thereby waive 3 hours of this requirement; those with two high school units may enter course 201, waiving 6 hours.

Technology Requirement:

All departments require training in technology. Some departments will utilize CSC 114  or CSC 115 , while other departments offer discipline specific technology training. CONTACT DEPARTMENT FOR REQUIREMENT.

Writing Proficiency Requirement:

This requirement is met by earning a passing score on the Writing Proficiency Exam (ENG 099 ), which will be shown on the permanent records as “CR” for ENG 099 , or by earning a grade of “C” or higher in the three-hour course ENG 299  (Composition Skills).

Chapel Requirement:

Freshman (0-23 sem. hrs.) 4 semesters
Sophomore (24-53 sem. hrs.) 3 semesters
Junior (54-83 sem. hrs.) 2 semesters
Senior (84 or more) 1 semester

* Students classified as ADP (Accelerated Degree Program) and students enrolled in an on-line degree program are exempt from Chapel requirements.


Requirements for the Accelerated Undergraduate Program

Students in the accelerated undergraduate program are not required to complete the physical education activity requirement or the chapel requirement in the core. In addition, students in this program may substitute a 3-hour non-laboratory course for the 4-hour course. A total of 130 hours is required for degree completion. In order to be classified as a student in this program, the student will be non-residential and more than 50 percent of the classes must be taken at night or online in the Accelerated Degree Program format.

Majors, Minors and Concentrations

For a bachelor’s degree the student must complete an approved major and minor, with the exception that certain comprehensive majors do not require a separate minor. A major is a specified program of study usually containing at least 30 semester hours of courses unique to the field. A comprehensive major, which does not require a minor, may include courses from related fields in its 50-65 required hours. Music, as is common at other institutions, requires more (55-94 hours).

Some majors allow a choice among designated concentrations of courses within the major. A concentration consists of 12-18 hours of related courses, taken along with the basic courses required of all students in that major. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of the major at Mississippi College.

A student may earn a second major by completing all requirements specified in that field provided both majors are offered within the same degree; ex. both majors must be offered in the Bachelor of Arts degree. Only one minor is needed if both majors require a minor (See Undergraduate Majors and Degrees Offered ).

A minor is a specified program of 18-21 hours in a field separate from the major. Courses counted in the major cannot be counted in the 18-21 hours in a minor. Transfer students must take a minimum of six hours in the minor at Mississippi College. Courses counted in one minor cannot be counted in a second minor.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students may not be awarded two degrees at the same time.

In order to qualify for a second bachelor’s degree the student must satisfy all course requirements for the second degree sought and must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours in residence at Mississippi College with 66 grade points in addition to the credits used for the first degree. The second bachelor’s degree must be completed sequentially to the first degree.

When completing a second bachelor’s degree, the minor requirement is waived for the second degree program.

A transfer student with a degree from another institution must fulfill the aforementioned stipulations in seeking a second degree from Mississippi College (a minimum of 33 semester hours in residence at Mississippi College with 66 grade points), including a minimum of twelve hours in the major and six hours in the minor (if declared) at Mississippi College.

Academic Loads

Full Time Students - An individual qualifies as a full-time student if he/she is registered for a minimum of 12 semester hours of academic work per semester.

Regular or Normal Load - The regular or normal load for students is 16 hours per semester. However, upper class students may, on the advice of their faculty advisors, take as many as 18 semester hours of academic work, provided they have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. See Grade Point Averages section of this Undergraduate Catalog.

Load for Freshmen - Freshmen are advised not to take more than 17 semester hours of academic work in one semester. Eighteen semester hours may be taken with advisor’s permission.

Load for Seniors - Seniors who have a grade point average of 3.5 on work taken at Mississippi College may, during one semester of their senior year-and one semester only-take a maximum of 21 credit hours. Permission for such must be secured from the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to enroll in more than 21 hours during a semester.

Load and Hours Required to Graduate - All bachelor’s degrees require at least 130 semester hours. Therefore, the student who takes only the minimum load of 12 hours per semester will need 11-12 semesters to graduate. By taking the more normal load of 16-17 hours, most students can complete requirements in 8 semesters.

Load for Summer Session - In summer session the maximum load is one academic course in the May term, and two academic courses per term (plus a non-academic course if needed), for a total of 17 credit hours for the summer session.

Statements concerning maximum academic load apply whether a student takes all of his/her work at Mississippi College or whether he/she takes work here and elsewhere at the same time. Note that students must obtain permission from the Vice President for Academic Affairs to take courses elsewhere while they are enrolled at Mississippi College and/or working toward a degree from Mississippi College. (Form available online and in the Office of the Registrar)

Course Numbering System, Undergraduate

100 level-Freshman
200 level-Sophomore
300 level-Junior
400 level-Senior

Specific information about post-baccalaureate graduate courses is found in the Graduate Catalog and the Law School Catalog.

Classification of Students

Classification is based on the student’s standing according to earned hours at the beginning of any regular session.

By Hours

Freshman: (0-23 hours) one working toward a bachelor’s degree.
Sophomore: ( 24-53 hours) one working toward a bachelor’s degree.
Junior: (54-83 hours) one working toward a bachelor’s degree.
Senior: (84 or more hours) one working toward a bachelor’s degree.

By Degree Status

Degree seeking student: one who has made declaration of a specific degree and major and is enrolled in those courses required to attain such degree.

Pre-baccalaureate non-degree student: one who does not have a bachelor’s degree and is not working toward a degree at Mississippi College. The student is eligible to take any undergraduate course for which he or she is qualified.  The student will be admitted through the Graduate School as a non-degree seeking student.

Post-baccalaureate non-degree student: one who already holds a bachelor’s degree and is not working toward a degree at Mississippi College. The student is eligible to take any graduate or undergraduate course for which he or she is qualified, as determined by the faculty member or department concerned.

Graduate student: one enrolled in a master’s, education specialist’s, or doctoral degree program at Mississippi College.

Law student: one enrolled in Mississippi College School of Law.

Special Ways to Earn Credit

The normal way to earn degree credit at Mississippi College is by taking regular university classes. However, the University does have several ways of validating prior learning or accepting credit from external sources. All such credit must meet Mississippi College standards and, for enrolled students, must be approved in advance by Mississippi College. The maximum total of such credit in any combination is 30 semester hours.

Advanced Placement Credit (AP)

A student may earn credit for university-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses, provided that the score set by Mississippi College is made on the standardized examination. An official copy of the AP College Grade Report is required to award credit.


Effective for Entering Freshmen - Fall 2005
Advanced Placement Program

Advanced Placement Exam Minimum Score Required Closest Mississippi College
Equivalent (1)
United States History 4 HIS 211-212 History of the United States 6 hrs.
Government & Politics: United States 4 PLS 201 American National Government 3 hrs.
Government & Politics: Comparative 4 PLS 320 Comparative Governments 3 hrs.
Art History 3 ART 407-408 History of Art I & II 6 hrs.
Studio Art: 2-D Design 3 ART 204 Drawing II or ART 211 Acrylic Painting: Non Figurative 3 hrs.
Biology 3 BIO 111-112 Biology I & II 8 hrs.
Chemistry 3 CHE 141-142 General Chemistry I & II 8 hrs.
Macroeconomics 3 ECO 231 Economic Principles I 3 hrs.
Microeconomics 3 ECO 232 Economic Principles II 3 hrs.
English Language and Composition 4 ENG 101 English Composition 3 hrs.
English Literature and Composition 4 ENG 212 Survey of British Literature 3 hrs.
European History 4 HIS 102 History of Western Civilization 3 hrs.
French Language and Culture 3 FRE 101-102 Elementary French I & II 6 hrs.
German Language and Culture 3 GER 101-102 Elementary German I & II 6 hrs.
Latin: Vergil 3 LAT 201-202 Intermediate Latin 6 hrs.
Calculus AB 4 MAT 121 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 3 hrs.
Calculus BC 4 MAT 121-122 Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I&II 6 hrs.
Statistics 3 MAT 207 Elementary Statistics 3 hrs.
Music Theory 3 MUS 101-102 Theory I & II 4 hrs.
Physics B 3 PHY 151-152 General Physics I & II 8 hrs.
Physics C Mechanics 3 PHY 251 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 hrs.
Psychology 3 PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology 3 hrs.
Spanish Language 3 SPA 101-102 Elementary Spanish I & II 6 hrs.
Spanish Literature 3 SPA 401-402 Survey of and Selected Topics in Spanish Literature 6 hrs.
NOTE (1): In some cases the AP course is not the full equivalent of the corresponding MC course; in such cases the department concerned will be consulted to determine if AP credit may be applied to major, electives, etc.
NOTE (2) Students who receive a 4 or 5 on the AP Language exam receive credit for ENG 101 - English Composition ; students who achieve a 4 or 5 on the English Literature exam receive credit for ENG 212 - Survey of British Literature . ALL students must take ENG 102 - English Composition  at Mississippi College or by transfer credit.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

A student may receive credit toward graduation for approved subject examinations through CLEP. No student may receive credit by examination at a lower course level in a subject from which he/she has earned credit at an advanced level. An official copy of the CLEP Transcript is required to award credit. Details are available from Registrar. For more information of CLEP test, please visit MC website at


Subject Examinations Only/Score/Credit/MC Equivalent
(No credit will be granted for any General Examination)

Subject Score Credit

MC Equivalent

College Composition 50 3 hrs.

ENG. 101

English Literature 50 3 hrs.

ENG. 212

American Literature 50 3 hrs.

ENG. 213

French Language 50 6 hrs.

FRE. 101-102

French Language 59 12 hrs.

FRE 101-102, 201-202

German Language 50 6 hrs.

GER. 101-102

German Language 63 12 hrs.

GER. 101-102, 201-202

Spanish Language 50 6 hrs.

SPA. 101-102

Spanish Language 63 12 hrs.

SPA 101-102, 201-202

American Government 50 3 hrs.

PLS. 201****

History of the U.S. I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 3 hrs.

HIS. 211

History of the U.S. II: 1865 to Present 50 3 hrs.

HIS. 212

Introductory Psychology 50 3 hrs.

PSY. 201

Human Growth and Development 50 3 hrs.

PSY. 314

Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 hrs.

ECO. 231

Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 hrs.

ECO 232

Introductory Sociology 50 3 hrs.

SOC. 205

Western Civ. I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 hrs.

HIS. 101

Western Civ. II: 1648 to Present 50 3 hrs.

HIS. 102

College Algebra 50 3 hrs.

MAT. 101

Biology 50 8 hrs.

BIO. 111-112

Chemistry 50 8 hrs.

CHE. 141-142

Information Systems/Computer Applications 50 3 hrs.

CSC. 114

Principles of Management 50 3 hrs.

MGT. 371

Financial Accounting 50 3 hrs.

ACC. 201

Introduction to Business Law 50 3 hrs.

GBU. 451

Principles of Marketing 50 3 hrs.

MKT. 381

*CLEP credit in English is limited to a total of six (6) semester hours. A student may CLEP only one literature course.
** A single examination covers the foreign language skills usually learned from the end of the first year through the second year of college study.
***CLEP credit in history is limited to a total of six (6) semester hours chosen from the courses listed above. To meet the six (6) hours of history CORE requirement, both courses must be from the same series, i.e. American History or World Civ.
****Students who have previous credit for PLS 202 will NOT be allowed to receive credit for PLS 201 per the History/Political Science Department.

Correspondence or Extension Credit

Mississippi College does not offer work by correspondence and prefers that its students not take correspondence courses from other institutions except in cases of scheduling difficulties that cannot be resolved in some other way. In such cases the appropriate dean may permit transfer of correspondence credit, but in no case can more than six semester hours of correspondence or extension credit be accepted.

Credit For Service In The Armed Forces

Credit for specialized training in the armed forces may be granted on the basis of recommendations published in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services, insofar as the recommendations can be applied toward requirements for graduation. An official copy of the Joint Services Transcript is required to award credit. Up to three semester hours of Physical Education credit may be granted for completion of basic training or the equivalent. Students should submit a copy of discharge papers reflecting Honorable Discharge to the Office of the Registrar.

Credit Validated by Examination

In some cases a student may wish to receive university credit for a course taken through a reputable institution not offering university credit or combination of such coursework and other experience. With the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, such credit may be established by the student’s passing satisfactorily an examination on a course of comparable content given at Mississippi College. There is a fee for validating credit. See the Office of Academic Affairs for details. 601.925.3202. (See Special Examinations section of this catalog.)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

Students who are interested in obtaining IB credit should contact the Office of the Registrar, Telephone: 601.925.3210.

IB Credit Awarded at Mississippi College
Subject Matter Area Required Minimum IB Score MC Credit Accepted
Chemistry N/A None Accepted
Biology 6 Subsidiary/Standard Level: BIO: 101  (3 hrs) 103  (3 hrs) 104  (1 hr)
  5 Subsidiary/Standard Level: BIO: 101  (3 hrs)
Economics 6 Subsidiary/Standard Level: ECO 231 -ECO 232  (6 hrs) Higher Level: Same
    (Subsidiary/Standard Level contains both micro and macro economics
English 5 Subsidiary/Standard Level/Higher Level: ENG 101  (3 hrs)
Foreign Languages 5 Subsidiary/Standard Level: 101-102 (6 hrs)
  French, German   Higher Level: 201-202 (6 hrs)
  Latin, Spanish    
History 5 Higher Level: HIS 102  (3 hrs) [Americas]
Mathematics N/A None Accepted
Physics 5 Subsidiary/standard Level: PHY 104  (3 hrs)
    Higher Level: PHY 151 - PHY 152  (8 hrs)

 A maximum of 30 hours in any combination may be accepted from the sources listed above: Correspondence, or extension courses (no more than 6 hours), advanced placement, CLEP, credit by examination, credit for specialized training in the armed forces, and international baccalaureate.

Military Officer Programs

Mississippi College offers courses in two military officer programs: U.S. Army ROTC and U.S. Air Force ROTC. Army ROTC courses are offered as Military Science and Leadership (MSL) and Air Force ROTC courses are offered as Aerospace Studies (AOS). Courses not available on campus may be taken through a cooperative program with another local institution. For information about Army ROTC call 601-925-3856 and for Air Force ROTC call 601-979-1620. See course descriptions under Special Programs and Study Opportunities  in this catalog.

RN-BSN Completion Students

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Auditing Courses

Briefly stated, auditing a course conveys the normal privileges of the course, but without the responsibility of grades and without credit. The student registers for the course and pays full tuition. Although the work is not graded, the student is expected to participate in at least 75 percent of class meetings and activities in order for the audit to appear on the permanent record.

Any change from audit to credit must be accomplished by the last day for adding a course, and any change from credit to audit must be made by the last day to drop a course. No credit can be given for a class audited, nor is the student permitted an examination for credit. The only way to earn credit is to take the course anew for credit. Audit hours do not count toward eligibility for financial aid. No faculty member is authorized to admit anyone as an auditor to any class unless the auditor is registered as such.  A drop/add form must be completed, including obtaining the instructor’s signature, before a course can be changed from credit to audit.


Undergraduate Grading System

The University uses the following grading system:

  A is reserved for work which is definitely superior in quality.
  B is given for work which is consistently good and which manifests sufficient interest, effort, or originality to lift it above average work.
  C is given for average work and shows that basic requirements in class assignments have been met. It is the minimum requirement for graduation.
  D earns credit but is below the standard required for graduation.
  F indicates failure and naturally carries no credit.
  W Withdrawal (does not count in the student’s academic standing.)
  CR earns credit hour(s) without grade points.
  AU refers to audit credit without hours or grade points.
  NA No Audit because requirements were not met.
  NC No Credit because requirements were not met.
  I “Incomplete” may be given to a student who has been unavoidably hindered from completing work required in a course, provided that:
a. semester attendance requirements have been met;
b. the request is made at a point beyond the last date to withdraw from a class;
c. in the opinion of the professor, the student has completed the vast majority of work required for the course and the remaining work can be accomplished independently and without significant over sight by the professor;
d. the student is doing passing work; and
e. the student has made prior arrangements with the faculty member to complete the remaining work

The grade of I affects the grade point average because it carries no grade points and the course hours are calculated as hours attempted and grade point hours. The grade of I must be removed promptly or it becomes an F; it cannot be removed by repeating the course. The course syllabus outlines the criteria faculty members use in determining a student’s final grade in the course.

Grade Points

  A = 4 grade points per hour
  B = 3 grade points per hour
  C = 2 grade points per hour
  D = 1 grade points per hour
  F = 0 grade points per hour
  I = 0 grade points per hour
  CR = 0 grade points per hour

Grade Point Hours

Grade point hours are those hours for which a student registered and received a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F, I). Grades of F and Incomplete are included in grade point hours. No withdrawals or dropped courses are included.

Credits in non-academic courses do not carry grade points. Note information on credit for Varsity Sports (PED courses) in the section of this Undergraduate Catalog.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

One’s grade point average is based on grade point hours at Mississippi College. If one repeats a course, both grades enter into calculation of the grade point average. The formula for GPA is number of grade points divided by grade point hours. Any exceptions to calculating GPA by repeating a course are identified in Policy 2.15 of the Mississippi College Policy and Procedure Manual.

Grade Reports

A record of each student’s grades (transcript) is kept in the Office of the Registrar, and a report is available to the student at the close of each semester on the Mississippi College Banner website.

Mid-Term Grades for Undergraduate Students

Mid-term grades are calculated for undergraduate students both fall and spring semesters, with special emphasis on freshmen. They are not a part of the student’s permanent record. These grades are available to the student on the Mississippi College Banner website.

Grades in the Permanent Record and Repeated Courses

A grade on a student’s permanent record cannot be changed for reasons external to the course itself. A grade of F remains on the record when the course is repeated, and both grades count in the calculation of grade point average. Courses passed cannot be repeated for credit or used to pull up low grades; with special permission by the Vice President for Academic Affairs an exception can be made in the case of a D grade. Both grades then count in calculating grade point average, but the credit counts only once. See Academic Fresh Start and Calculation of Grade Point Averages for Special Purposes when Courses are Repeated sections of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Note: Successful completion of a course, regardless of GPA considerations, is based on the grade of the last attempt. (For example, if a student took a course and earned a D and then repeated the course and earned an F, the student would not have successfully completed the course, even though a passing grade had been previously earned.)

Grade Correction/Appeal

A student questioning a semester grade must, before the end of the following semester, ask the faculty member of the course to check for possible error. If the student remains unsatisfied, he/she may then appeal to the dean of the school; final appeal is to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who may seek the advice of the Academic Council in resolving the issue.

When it has been determined that a grade will be changed, the faculty member must acquire and process a Permanent Record Change form from the Office of the Registrar.

Incomplete Grades

When a student has an acceptable reason for failing to complete a course on time, his/her record will be marked “Incomplete.” The I grade is not to be abused to provide preferential treatment for a student who is unprepared through choice or carelessness. It is given only when circumstances beyond the student’s control, such as illness on examination day, make it impossible to complete the course on schedule. The faculty member informs the student of the postponed date for completion of the work, which should be as soon as possible after the emergency that made the delay necessary but no later than the end of the next semester. An I that is not removed by the deadline becomes an F whether the student remains in school or not. (In extraordinary circumstances the student may petition the Vice President for Academic Affairs for an extension of the deadline.)

To receive an I grade the student fills out a Request for Incomplete Grade form obtained from the Office of the Registrar or the faculty member and pays a fee. Upon completion of course requirements, the faculty member uses the Permanent Record Change form to submit a new grade to the Registrar. The faculty member, not the student, turns the grade in to the Office of the Registrar. An I cannot be removed by repeating the course; if the course is repeated, the I becomes an F and counts among the hours attempted and grade point hours, as does the new grade.

Calculation of Grade Point Averages for Special Purposes
When Courses are Repeated

The limited use of substituted grades for calculating the grade point average as described in the following paragraph is intended only to assist students in meeting the general requirements for the bachelor’s degree at graduation and does not affect the manner by which any department or school calculates any student’s eligibility for any course of study or program. This policy will only be enacted at the request of the advisor with the approval of the department chair, dean of the school and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

For a maximum of three repeated courses or maximum of nine semester hours, only the grade earned by the student when repeating the course will be used when calculating grade point average; the grade earned by the student on the first try will be ignored in such calculations. If a student repeats more than three courses, then for each such course in excess of three, the original grade and the subsequent grade(s) will be used when calculating grade point average. The courses for which grades may be substituted under this provision will be determined by the Registrar in order to provide the greatest assistance to the student meeting the general degree requirements. These calculations are for special GPA problems at the time of graduation and are not to be used at any other time, or for any other purpose. Therefore original grades from repeated courses will not be ignored when determining eligibility for academic honors such as the Dean’s List, nor will any indication of academic probation or similar status be expunged from a student’s transcript as a consequence of this policy.

Academic Fresh Start

A student who has not been enrolled in any post-secondary academic institution for the immediately preceding twenty-four consecutive months may reapply to Vice President for Academic Affairs for admission as an academic fresh start. If admitted in the academic fresh start program, the student may be allowed to begin their course work and grade point calculation anew. All university credits earned at Mississippi College by the student prior to his or her admission in the academic fresh start program will be eliminated from computation of the student’s grade point average and may not be used to satisfy requirements for a degree provided that the student’s transcripts will continue to reflect his or her complete post-secondary academic record. A student who retakes courses as a consequence of being admitted in the academic fresh start program will not be deemed to be repeating those courses.

If a student is readmitted to Mississippi College as a “fresh start”, he/she must complete at least 24 grade point hours with a minimum 2.00 GPA before being allowed to take courses at another institution for transfer to Mississippi College, not withstanding all other requirements for graduation.

President’s and Dean’s Lists

During each semester those full-time undergraduate students (12 semester hours or more of undergraduate grade point hours) whose grade point averages are 4.00 are recognized as being on the President’s List and those between 3.50 and 3.99 are recognized as being on the Dean’s List. Grade point average is calculated on grade point hours.


Final Examinations

Regular examinations are held at the end of each semester. No examination of a regular class may be held at any other time except that designated by the administration. A student who is deliberately absent from an examination without legitimate reason will be given a grade of F for the course.

In some cases, exceptions can be made; for example, students who have more than two examinations in one day may ask that an exception be made. A legitimate exception to changing a final exam schedule must be approved by the Dean of the school after the student works out arrangements with the faculty member.

Exemption from Examinations for Graduating Seniors

Seniors who have a B average in a given course during the term or semester in which they complete requirements for graduation from Mississippi College may be exempted from the final examination in that course at the discretion of the faculty member. Seniors who are exempted from examinations are to meet the class through its last meeting prior to examination.

A student who is deficient in any requirement for graduation will not be eligible for exemption from examinations. Also, a faculty member has the right to require any senior to take the examination in a given class. Thus, the student should not assume that he or she will be exempt except when specifically so informed by the faculty member.

A senior who is eligible for exemption may elect to take the examination in order to receive a better grade; in such case, the grade scored on the examination must be used in determining the final grade.

Special Examinations

Occasionally a student needs a special examination for credit such as removing an incomplete or validating credit for courses taken at a reputable institution not offering university credit or a combination of such course work and other experiences. With the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs , the student will pay the appropriate fee in the Bursar’s Office and present the written permit to the faculty member. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange with the faculty member an acceptable time for the examination. (Credit Validated by Examination of the Undergraduate Catalog.)

Dead Days

Monday-Wednesday preceding semester final examinations are known as “Dead Days”. These days are designated on the Academic Calendar for each semester. During those designated days, no extra-curricular activities can be scheduled. Class work proceeds as usual, but it is expected that no periodic test will be given at the last meeting of class.

Study Day

Thursday before final examinations each semester is known as “Study Day” and is to be used by students to prepare for final examinations. No classes will meet and no extra-curricular activities can be scheduled.

Change of Schedule: Drop or Add Courses

After the second full week of classes in a fall or spring semester, students who have been reported by a faculty member to the Registrar’s Office will be administratively dropped from those classes for which they are registered but have never attended.

Students register for courses on-line through Banner Web according to schedules published on the Banner website. Consultation with an advisor is a requirement, and the student must understand that if there is any deviation from the schedule agreed upon with the advisor, full responsibility rests on the student. After classes have begun, courses may be added or dropped according to the college calendar published in the on-line catalog and schedule.

Adding Courses

Students will not be allowed to enter a course after the first week of a semester or the beginning of the second class period of a summer term unless special permission is granted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, in consultation with the dean and the department chair.

Dropping Courses

The official drop date for each term is published in the college calendar and class schedule. After that official date, a student may not drop a course without receiving an F in the course unless he/she requests and receives special permission from the Vice President for Academic Affairs, in consultation with the dean of the appropriate school.

Dropping a course after the official drop date without receiving an F (receive a W) should be rare. The following conditions must be met:

  • Student experiences extenuating circumstance (circumstances beyond the student’s control)
  • Student must be passing course requirements
  • Student has attended class with regularity, and has demonstrated general good faith toward completing the requirements of the course.

For more information regarding changing a course schedule, students should contact the Office of the Registrar, (601.925.3210) and/or consult University Policy 2.13.

Summer Session

When a student is taking only one course in a summer session and drops it, it is considered a withdrawal from the University.  The student should initiate the withdrawal by accessing the Complete Withdrawal link in the MyMC student portal.

Withdrawal from the University

A student desiring to withdraw from the University should initiate the withdrawal by accessing the Complete Withdrawal link in the MY MC student portal. It is necessary for the correct procedure to be followed as discontinuance of class attendance without official withdrawal earns a grade of F in each course. See Refund Policies  in this catalog for withdrawal/ refund schedule.

Any claims for refunds of tuition will be based on the date on which the student initiates the withdrawal.

If students are living on campus, it will be necessary for them to notify the Director of Residence Life regarding their moving out of the residence hall.

Enrollment in Absentia

Enrollment in Absentia is an enrollment term for students who are not in residence at Mississippi College during the semester of their expected graduation. These students may have been given special permission by the Vice President for Academic Affairs to finish final required credit hours at another institution, or they may be students who have a graduation requirement deficiency and plan to correct it during the Enrollment in Absentia term. This enrollment status must be repeated if the student continues in deficiency for a successive or later term. An Enrollment in Absentia fee is assessed for each term that this category applies.


Class attendance/participation is an essential part of university education, and students are expected to attend/participate regularly and punctually all classes and laboratories for which they are registered. Cumulative absences/nonparticipation may result in a lowered grade or loss of credit for the course. Tardiness is also subject to penalty, as is any failure to complete required class work on time. Although some specific requirements may vary according to the nature and structure of the course, the following guidelines summarize university policy:

  1. Class attendance/participation is required, and accurate records are kept.
  2. For online courses, nonparticipation means the failure to login for any group assignments (i.e.,chats, etc.), tests, or weekly assignments. Excessive absences are the same as for the classes that meet 1 time per week.
  3. Students must not accumulate excessive absences. A student receives a grade of F in a course immediately upon accumulating the following number of absences, whether excused or unexcused:
    12 in semester classes meeting 3 times per week
    8 in semester classes meeting 2 times per week
    4 in semester classes meeting 1 time per week
    4 per session in the Accelerated Degree Program (ADP)
    6 in summer day classes
    In other classes which meet on different schedules, a student will receive an F in a class immediately when absences, whether excused or unexcused, (including university functions), exceed 25% of the class meetings.
    Absence Appeal. If a student misses more than the number of class periods specified in university policy and believes that there are reasonable explanations for the absences, he/she may appeal the absences to the dean of the school in which the course is being taught. Students may obtain a Student Absence Appeal Form from the office of the appropriate dean.
  4. For lesser numbers of absences/non-participation, the student should expect a lowered grade in the course, with the maximum penalty of one letter grade for each week of absences (in a semester) or the equivalent. The calculation of the semester grade, including any penalty for absences, is the responsibility of the faculty member and may vary according to the nature of the course and the grading scale used. In some classes points will be deducted from the semester grade for unexcused absences; in others, the penalty may be built into the grading scale by means of frequent pop quizzes, grades for class participation, etc.
  5. The faculty member will excuse a limited number of absences/non-participation for serious illness, for field trips, for representing the University, and perhaps for other emergency reasons which the faculty member finds justifiable.
  6. Whether an absence/non-participation is excused or not, the student who is absent misses some learning that takes place in the class. Naturally, the faculty member is more inclined to assist the student in making up the work if the absence was excused. However, the responsibility for work missed rests entirely with the student.
  7. A student registering late will be charged for all absences/non-participation occurring prior to his or her reporting to class, although these may be treated as excused absences.
  8. Students are expected to attend class beginning with the first class meeting (or participate in online classes the first week). Students who have not attended class (or participated in an online class) within 14 calendar days of the first day of class for full semester classes or within 7 calendar days of the first day of eight week classes (brick-and-mortar or online) will be administratively dropped from class.

Chapel Attendance

Chapel exercises are a significant part of the University’s educational program, and attendance is a part of the requirements for graduation. Participation in a given semester is limited, however, by the space available. For the best utilization of present seating capacity, the following requirements have been established.

  Freshman ( 0-23 sem. hrs.) 4 semesters
  Sophomore (24-53 sem. hrs.) 3 semesters
  Junior (54-83 sem. hrs.) 2 semesters
  Senior (84 or more hrs.) 1 semester

For junior/community college students transferring more than the 65 hours applicable toward a degree, the Chapel requirement is 2 semesters.

All Freshmen are required to register for Chapel. Freshman Chapel/Blue & Gold 101 is designed for recent high school graduates who are in their first college semester. Freshmen Chapel includes a weekly large group meeting and a weekly Blue & Gold 101 small group meeting. Students who accumulate more than 3 absences in the Blue & Gold 101 small group or more than 3 absences in the large group will not receive credit for Chapel. There are no excused absences from Chapel.

Upperclassman students may choose their semesters to take chapel. A student will not receive credit for Chapel attendance in any semester in which he or she accumulates more than three absences. There are no excused absences from Chapel.

Students in programs that meet only at night or online, of necessity, are exempt from the Chapel requirement.

Undergraduate Academic Standings

The following end-of-term academic standings become a part of a student’s permanent record. In order to be in Academic Good Standing, a student must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 at the end of each fall, spring or summer semester. A student must be in academic good standing in order to take courses at another college/university for transfer back to Mississippi College. If a student’s overall GPA falls below 2.00 at the end of a fall, spring or summer semester, the student is immediately placed on Academic Probation.   A student placed on academic probation has up to two full-time semesters or four part-time semesters to improve his/her cumulative grade point average to 2.00 and return to Academic Good Standing. If the student enrolls in two full-time semesters, four part-time semesters, or a combination of the two and fails to raise his/her cumulative GPA to 2.0, the student will be placed on Academic Suspension.

If a student is suspended from Mississippi College due to unsuccessful academic performance, he/she is ineligible to enroll the following spring or fall semester and may not attend summer school. The student may then reapply and file an appeal for readmission (See Right of Appeal for Academic Suspension section of the Undergraduate Catalog). If a student is readmitted to Mississippi College and does not earn at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA in the time allowed, the student will be suspended a second time and cannot apply for readmission for at least one year.  

Right of Appeal for Academic Suspension

Students placed on Academic Suspension may appeal through an appeals process that originates in the VPAA office. The VPAA office will determine if the appeal will be reviewed. A successful appeal will return the student to Academic Probation with number of semesters on probation determined by the appeals body. A status of academic probation or academic suspension becomes a part of the student’s permanent record.  Students who have previously attended MC, were suspended, and have been readmitted by the Committee on Enrollment Appeals, will be admitted on Academic Probation and follow the above process. 

Right of Appeal for Readmission after Academic Suspension

Any student who is suspended for academic reasons has the right of appeal for readmission to the Enrollment Appeals Committee. This committee will consider each case on its merits, taking into account the full academic record, the student’s rate of progress in making up deficiencies, and any special circumstances that might reflect on the student’s ability and readiness to do acceptable university-level work. One who is readmitted on appeal will be placed on Academic Probation and will have up to two full-time semesters or four part-time semesters to improve his/her cumulative grade point average to 2.00.  If the student fails to raise his/her cumulative GPA to 2.0 in the time allowed,   the student will be suspended a second time and an appeal will not be heard for at least one year. 

Counseling Services

 Student Counseling and Disability Services is located on the 4th floor of Alumni Hall and offers a variety of counseling services including personal, group counseling, couples and families, crisis intervention, outreach education, consultation,  and referrals as needed.  Counseling Services are free of charge and available to all students. 

Internship Programs

Academic credit is awarded for experiential learning through the internship programs. Some academic departments provide internship experiences for their majors. Students interested in internships should contact their academic advisors as soon as possible. All forms related to new internship sites must be completed and filed with the advisors and the Chair of the Internship Committee by the following deadlines:  Fall Semester - March 15 , Spring Semester - October 15,  and Summer Semester - February 15.  After the internship site is approved, registration for the internship must be completed by the last add date for the semester in which the internship is to be completed.

Study Skills

In order to assist students who need to improve their study habits or skills, Mississippi Colleges offers two special courses (IDS 111  and IDS 112 ). Mississippi College provides a variety of free services in order to help its students succeed. Students can go to the MC website at to find a departmental schedule of available tutoring sessions. Student Counseling Services works with students who meet ADA, and in conjunction with other areas offer assistance with study skills.

General Policies

All information is held in strict confidence except information indicating the intention of violating the law or behaving destructively toward others or toward oneself. The individual’s records in Student Counseling Services are for his or her use only and are not part of the permanent records of Mississippi College. Student Counseling Services may be used by Mississippi College students at no extra charge.

Career Services

The primary mission of Career Services is to help students and alumni identify meaningful opportunities that match their skills, talents, and interests. We accomplish this mission, within a Christian setting, by providing the most current resources, employment information, and support. Students are encouraged to begin using Career Services early in their academic experience at Mississippi College. Alumni may continue to receive assistance from Career Services for up to four years after graduation.

Career Services collaborates with faculty and staff as well as employers to offer a variety of events and programming designed to help students and alumni make informed career decisions. Individual appointments for career planning, resume writing, and interview coaching can be scheduled. Career Services also assists students with graduate and professional school preparation including personal statements, applications, and interview coaching. An online job board and annual Career Day provide opportunities for MC students and alumni to connect with local and national employers.

MC Career Services professionals are dedicated to providing the programs, resources, and support needed to guide students and alumni in their chosen path. For more information, visit Career Services on the web at or call (601) 925-3901.


Mississippi College students are expected to be scrupulously honest. Dishonesty, such as cheating or plagiarism, or furnishing false information, including forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents, records or identification, will be regarded as a serious offense subject to severe penalty, including, but not limited to, loss of credit and possible dismissal. See the Mississippi College Student Handbook or University Policy 2.19 for specific information regarding penalties associated with dishonest behavior at Mississippi College. Copies of the Mississippi College Student Handbook are available in the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Nelson 313. Copies of University policies are available on the Mississippi College web site.


Requests for official transcripts of credits must be made through the online request system found at . For each transcript, a fee of $15.00 is charged and must be paid in advance. The certified original copy will be mailed directly to the designated recipient, transmitted electronically to approved receiving schools or designated individual, or given to the student in a sealed envelope. Transcripts of credits will not be issued for those whose accounts have unpaid balances.

E-mail, faxed, mailed, and phone requests cannot be accepted.

General Degree Requirements for Graduation

The following are general requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Hours Required-At least 130 semester hours of university credit, at least 120 of which must be in academic courses. A maximum of 30 hours in any combination may be accepted from the following sources: correspondence and/or extension courses (no more than 6 hours), advanced placement, CLEP, credit by examination, credit for specialized training in the armed forces, and international baccalaureate. Credits are measured in terms of semester hours. A semester hour represents one hour of recitation or lecture, or three hours of laboratory work, per week for one semester of approximately 15 weeks, or the equivalent.

Residence Hours Required-The last 33 semester hours must be taken in residence at Mississippi College.  Mississippi College limits academic residency to no more than twenty-five percent of the degree requirements for all undergraduate degrees for active-duty servicemembers. Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty servicemembers are enrolled. Reservists and National Guardsmen on active-duty are covered in the same manner.

Major and Minor-An approved major and minor are required, except for certain comprehensive majors. 

GPA: Overall and Major-An average 2.00 GPA is required in all academic work attempted at Mississippi College and an average of C or higher is required in courses in the major (2.00 GPA) and any additional courses in the department. Some majors may require a GPA greater than 2.00. For exceptions to the required 2.00 GPA, see Calculation of Grade Averages for Special Purposes section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Courses Included in Calculating GPA in the Major—All courses required in a major and all other courses taken in the department in which the major is housed are included in calculating a student’s GPA in the major. In departments and schools in which there is a comprehensive major, all courses included in the comprehensive major are included in calculating the GPA in the major.

Note: Successful completion of a course, regardless of GPA considerations, is based on the grade of the last attempt. (For example, if a student took a course and earned a D and then repeated the course and earned an F, the student would not have successfully completed the course, even though a passing grade had been previously earned.)

Chapel Credit-Students will acquire the number of chapel credits as specified in the University Core Curriculum section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Writing Proficiency-As a prerequisite to graduation, students must demonstrate proficiency in basic English grammar, usage, and writing skills. Students may demonstrate proficiency by earning a passing score on the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE - ENG 099 ). Students who fail the WPE may demonstrate proficiency by earning a “C” or higher in ENG 299 - Composition Skills .

The student maintains responsibility for completing the requirement and should be aware of the following policies:

  • Students planning to earn credit for ENG 102  at MC must register for the WPE when they register for ENG 102 .
  • Students transferring credit for ENG 102  from another university should register for and complete the exam at their earliest convenience.
  • Students are billed for the WPE at the time of registration. The fee is nonrefundable and non-transferable.
  • Students must attempt the WPE at least once before enrolling in ENG 299 .
  • Students who fail the WPE twice may not take the exam again. Instead, they must demonstrate writing proficiency by earning a “C” or higher in ENG 299 .
  • The Writing Proficiency Exam is offered once per semester. No student may attempt the exam more than one time per semester.
  • Students may not take the Writing Proficiency Examination twice in one day.

Because of the above policies, students who postpone taking the WPE may be ineligible for graduation on their anticipated date. For some students, completing this requirement may take up to three (or more) semesters.

Junior/Senior Level Courses-At least one-third of the academic work which a student takes in meeting requirements for graduation with a bachelor’s degree must be in junior-senior level courses (courses numbered 300-400).

Degree Evaluation: CAPP (Curriculum, Advising, and Program Planning) Degree Evaluation is a real-time online system to use in planning degree programs. These evaluations utilize courses completed and those in which the student is currently enrolled to inform students and their advisors of degree completion status at any point in their university career. The results are unofficial until they have been reviewed by the Office of the Registrar. Students should be in consultation with their advisors in utilizing CAPP evaluations. Once the student has applied for graduation, an official review will be completed by the Office of the Registrar.

Application for Degree—See calendar for application deadlines.

To submit an application for degree, students should log into the My.MC portal on the MC website.  The application can be found under the QuickLaunch navigation column in the Graduation Folder.  Clicking on “Apply to Graduate” opens the online form.  When the application is completed, the student can submit the application digitally.

Applying by the PRIORITY deadline gives the Registrar’s Office time to check degree requirements and to notify students who do not meet those requirements early in the graduation semester when changes can be made to address the deficiencies.

Students who apply after the PARTICIPATION deadline (approximately six weeks before graduation) will not be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremonies, their names may not appear in the commencement program, and they cannot use the online application.  They must complete a paper form available in the Registrar’s Office to apply for their degrees. 

Candidates for degrees are charged a graduation fee at the time their application is processed.  An additional late fee will be charged for applications received after the published participation deadline.  These fees, together with all balances of any nature, must be paid in full at least three days before the date of graduation in order for the student to be eligible to pick up a cap and gown, receive their diploma, or be issued a transcript.

Honors at Graduation-Baccalaureate degrees at Mississippi College may carry two types of academic honors. These honors are recognized in the commencement ceremony and on the academic transcript.

  • Graduation with Latin honors: Students who have completed at least half (65 semester hours, excluding AP, IB, CLEP, or credit by correspondence) of their work at Mississippi College will receive their degrees with special recognition in accordance with the following grade averages:
    3.500-3.699 Graduation cum laude
    3.700-3.899 Graduation magna cum laude
    3.900-4.000 Graduation summa cum laude
  • Graduation in the Honors Program: In the Honors Program, juniors and seniors with high academic averages may complete a program of independent research leading to an honors thesis or project. Graduation with Honors requires a satisfactory paper (or project), a cumulative grade point average of 3.25, and a grade point average of 3.5 in the major field; Graduation with High Honors requires a superior paper (or project), a cumulative grade point average of 3.5, and a grade point average of 3.75 in the major field.

Marching Requirements-Students who meet graduation requirements are expected to march. If students have questions about marching, they should contact the Office of the Registrar at 601.925.3210.