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UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2019-2020 [Archived Catalog]

About the University


General Catalog Information

Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelors, masters, education specialist degrees, and doctoral 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 Mississippi College.

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Volume 103

Number 2 

(Updated 5/1/2020 for COVID-19 policy changs)

Students entering Mississippi College for the 2018-2019 session (effective May, 2018) must meet major and minor requirements as set forth in this edition or as in any agreement made with other institutions, as well as the general degree requirements for graduation contained herein.

A student readmitted after an interruption of more than two years in the course of study at Mississippi College may, at the discretion of the University, be required to fulfill the graduation requirements in the catalog in force at the time of readmission.

This Catalog does not constitute a contract between the University and its students. The University reserves the right to change any of its regulations, charges, rules, and courses without notice and to make such changes applicable thenceforth, not only to new students but also to students already registered.

Mississippi College offers curricula in various professional fields, as well as general or liberal arts education. In the professional fields, curricula generally include both academic and practical or clinical requirements. In some professional fields (such as nursing, teacher education, and others) it is necessary to pass an examination or other requirements of the professional organization in order to be admitted to the profession. Curricula at Mississippi College are designed to expose students to the skills and knowledge essential to the relevant profession, and the student must successfully complete the requirements of the appropriate curriculum in order to receive a degree. However, Mississippi College cannot guarantee that any student admitted to a given program of study will complete that program successfully. Neither can Mississippi College guarantee that one who completes the degree program will pass the external examination of the professional organization or secure employment in the profession. These factors are not within the control of Mississippi College.

All undergraduate students enrolled at the University are subject to all rules and regulations as specified in the The Tomahawk. Copies of The Tomahawk may be secured from the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Nelson Hall, Room 313 or accessed on the Mississippi College website at Failure to read The Tomahawk does not excuse students from the requirements and regulations contained therein.

No commercial solicitation is allowed on Mississippi College property or of Mississippi College students.

It is the goal of Mississippi College to assist in the development of good health and clean air. All buildings including areas near entrances and exits on the Mississippi College campus - Academic, Administrative, Athletic, Residential, and the Student Center - are declared to be “smoke free” and all persons associated with the University are expected to adhere to the policy of “No Smoking.”

Student complaints are handled through the campus offices having responsibility for the area where the complaint is directed. Complaints relating to academic issues should be in writing and filed with the appropriate department chair or the chair of the complainant’s major department. The complainant may discuss the grievance with the department chair who will address the grievance first. The decision of the chair may be appealed to the dean whose decision will be final. In cases where the dean is the source of the complaint or in an extraordinary case, the complaint will be handled by the Provost. For non-academic areas, complaints should be filed or discussed with the appropriate supervisor of the area where the complaint is directed. The supervisor may advise the student on the appropriate route for addressing the complaint or refer the matter for resolution by the appropriate vice president whose decision is final.  




Mississippi College, governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the Mississippi Baptist Convention, is a private, co-educational, comprehensive university of liberal arts and sciences and professional studies dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence. Founded in 1826, Mississippi College is the oldest institution of higher learning and the largest private university in the state of Mississippi. As a Christian institution, Mississippi College values the integration of faith and learning throughout the educational process.

Consistent with its Baptist heritage and relationship to the Convention, Mississippi College provides a quality Christian education for its student population. Students select the University because of the quality of its academic programs, Christian environment, and location. The University strives to recruit students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, leadership, and church/community involvement. The majority of students come from Mississippi and other southeastern states.

Mississippi College stimulates the intellectual development of its students through the liberal arts and sciences and concentrated study in specialized fields, including preprofessional and professional programs. Furthermore, the university environment promotes the spiritual, social, emotional, and physical development of its students and encourages them to utilize their skills, talents, and abilities as they pursue meaningful careers, life-long learning, and service to God and others. The University emphasizes those undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs which offer opportunities for service. Additionally, the University reflects its responsibility of service to the community through a variety of learning opportunities and numerous cultural enrichment experiences.

Mississippi College is committed to excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. The University seeks to employ and retain faculty who are dedicated to teaching/learning and advising students, who support and engage in scholarship and creative activities that advance knowledge, and who seek to continue their own professional development. The University also seeks to employ and retain staff and administrators who are equally dedicated to supporting these efforts. Furthermore, the University selects employees who reflect Christian values and a commitment to service. Mississippi College is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with Title VII and applicable exemptions.

Official mission statement as adopted by the Board of Trustees 1998



Mississippi College seeks to be known as a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ.

Official vision statement as adopted by the Board of Trustees 2004

Facts About Mississippi College

Location: Clinton, Mississippi (Population 25,305)
Size: approximately 5,744
Type: four-year, co-educational
Average ACT for freshmen: 24.8
Affiliation: Mississippi Baptist Convention
Cost: approximately $28,140 per year (including room, board, tuition and fees)
Library: 246,776 volumes
Honors programs: open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors and administered by Honors Council
Student-faculty ratio: 14 to 1
Preferred time for campus visit: early in fall semester by appointment
Summer School: two-week mini term; one ten-week term; two five-week terms; one eight-week term; two seven-week terms
Minimum time required for graduation: two and one-half calendar years
For additional information call: 601.925.3000

Enrollment* (First Semester, 2018)

Total Headcount Enrollment 5,119

Number of Male Students 1,875

Number of Female Students 3,244

Number of Resident Students 1,869

Geographic Representation*

82 of 82 Mississippi Counties
42 of 50 States and 1 U.S. Territories
40 Foreign Countries

*Includes undergraduate, graduate, and law enrollment

Statements of Compliance

Mississippi College is a Christian University affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention.  The Mississippi Baptist Convention elects all members of the Board of Trustees of the University.

Mississippi College complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, and does not engage in prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability in admissions and employment.  As a religiously affiliated university, Mississippi College is exempt from provisions of certain nondiscrimination laws.    

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, and subsequent amendments, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Students have specific, protected rights regarding the release of such records or information contained therein. Mississippi College will release confidential or personally identifiable information only with the student’s written consent and will release information defined as “Directory Information” only in the best interest of the student. Students may file a consent form in the Office of the Registrar giving permission for non-directory information to be released to their parent(s) or third parties. If an undergraduate student does not wish to have any information released for any reason, he/she may file a written request to that effect in the Office of the Registrar. A confidential notice will be placed on the student’s record and this confidential status will remain on their record permanently until a signed release by the student is filed with the registrar. Graduate students may file a request for confidentiality with the Dean of the Graduate School.  Questions or complaints regarding FERPA rights should be directed to the Provost (MC Box 4002, Clinton, MS 39058) or the Vice President of Enrollment Services  (MC Box 4007, Clinton, MS  39058).  Complaints regarding alleged failures by Mississippi College to comply with the requirements of FERPA may also be filed with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC  20202.

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Mississippi College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. If students need special accommodations they should direct their inquiries to Student Counseling and Disability Services, Mississippi College, Alumni Hall, Room 4, Telephone: 601.925.7790.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance . .”  Mississippi College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in employment, admissions, student retention, or other educational programs except in those instances which are claimed and exempted on the basis of the religious tenets of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.  Inquiries and complaints regarding the application of Title IX may be directed to Dr. William Townsend, Vice President of Advancement and Legal Counsel to the President (MC Box 4005, Clinton, MS  39058).  Alleged violations of Title IX should be directed to Dr. Debbie Norris, Vice President for Planning and Assessment and Graduate Dean and Title IX Coordinator (MC Box 4029, Clinton, MS  39058).


The Mississippi State Approving Agency (SAA), is the approving authority of education and training programs for Mississippi. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office via email at


Accreditation is an important assurance to the university student. Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelors, masters, education specialist degrees, and doctoral 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 Mississippi College.

Accreditation and other Professional Affiliation

Mississippi College is accredited by, approved by, or holds membership in the following disciplinary bodies:

Name Address Phone Number
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) 1307 New York Avenue, Suite 300
Washington, D.C.  20005-4701
American Chemical Society (ACS)  1155 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) 5999 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria, VA  22304 
ext. 301
Council for Interior Design Accreditation

206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria VA 22314-3457
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston VA 22090-5248
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

777 South Harbour Island Blvd, Suite 750

Tampa, FL 33602

Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) 7007 College Blvd, Suite 420
Overland Park, KS  66211
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)/National Council for Accrdiation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

1140 19th Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC  20036

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120
Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning 3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453
American Bar Association 321 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL  60654-7598
Association of American Law Schools      1614 20th St. NW
Washington, DC  20009-1001
International Association of Law Schools 1201 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-2717
The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) 15720 Hillcrest Road
Dallas, TX 75248
ext. 227
The Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education 1077 192nd Avenue
New Richmond, WI 54017
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
International Dyslexia Association 40 York Road, 4th Floor
Baltimore, MD  21204-5202
Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistant Education (ARC-PA) 300 N. Washington Street, Suite 505
Alexandria, VA 22314-2544
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

1313 L. St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20005

Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) 359 N. West St., Jackson, MS 39201 601.359.3513


Academic Resource Facilities

Mississippi College provides learning resource facilities which enhance the teaching/learning environment on campus. The major facilities are the Leland Speed Library, the Roger Hendrick Learning Resources Center, computer laboratories, and the multimedia language laboratory.

The Library

he Leland Speed Library, constructed in 1958, provides facilities and materials for reference, research and independent study. Speed Library is open 86.25 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters with reduced hours during the summer session.

Library holdings include more than 251,470 volumes. The library subscribes to 553 print periodicals and purchases access to more than 27,499 full-text periodicals and journals in electronic form.

The library catalog includes the holdings of Speed Library, the Learning Resources Center, and the Law Library. Access is also provided through the library to many full-text electronic databases including: EBSCOhost, Gale, JStor, Lexis-Nexis, and Project Muse.

The Roger Hendrick Learning Resources Center located on the main floor of the Speed Library was constructed in 1975. The LRC provides facilities and multi-media for instructional support, research and individual study. The media collection numbers over 21,592 items and consists of DVDs, video tapes, films, scores, music recordings, slides, and audio tapes. The LRC also houses a fully equipped television production studio.

The collections of the Mississippi Baptist Historical Commission are housed in Speed Library. The Mississippi College Room houses items of historical interest concerning Mississippi College and an over 1,000-volume Alumni author collection.

Computer Laboratories

Computer laboratories are available in several locations across the campus. Students have accessibility to learning resources via the World Wide Web.


The institutional goal of academic excellence is achieved through the quality of instruction. Mississippi College’s faculty is dedicated to teaching. A high percentage of the faculty holds earned doctorates, and over fifty percent of those who teach undergraduates also teach graduate courses. Mississippi College professors are competent, serious about their work, and interested in their students. Although also engaged in research and other types of professional work outside the classroom, they consider teaching to be their highest priority.

Organizational Structure of Academic Programs

Many choices are available to students at Mississippi College when they reach the point of deciding upon a major field of study. The instructional program is divided into one college, made up of three schools, and five additional schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, consisting of the School of Christian Studies and the Arts, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Science and Mathematics; the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Nursing, the Graduate School, and the School of Law.

Mississippi College is classified as a comprehensive university because of the breadth of programs and degrees. Undergraduate degrees are awarded in 80 fields of study and graduate degrees are awarded in over 25 fields of study. Graduate degrees may be earned in a variety of Master’s degree programs. In addition, the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.), the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), the Doctorate of Professional Counseling (D.P.C.), and the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degrees are offered. The undergraduate curriculum is centered on a “university core curriculum” which is comprised of the basic courses required of all undergraduate students. These fundamental courses provide a strong basis upon which to build a more specialized course of study.

Detailed information on graduate programs is found in the Graduate Catalog, and detailed information on the School of Law is found in the Law School Catalog.