The page uses Browser Access Keys to help with keyboard navigation. Click to learn moreSkip to Navigation

Different browsers use different keystrokes to activate accesskey shortcuts. Please reference the following list to use access keys on your system.

Alt and the accesskey, for Internet Explorer on Windows
Shift and Alt and the accesskey, for Firefox on Windows
Shift and Esc and the accesskey, for Windows or Mac
Ctrl and the accesskey, for the following browsers on a Mac: Internet Explorer 5.2, Safari 1.2, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape 6+.

We use the following access keys on our gateway

n Skip to Navigation
k Accesskeys description
h Help

    Mississippi College
   
 
  Jul 23, 2017
 
 
    
Skip Navigation
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2013-2014 [Archived Catalog]

About the University



General Catalog Information

Mississippi College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelors, masters, education specialists degrees, the education doctorate and the first professional degree in law. 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. The commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support the university’s significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard.

Visit the Mississippi College Home Page on the World Wide Web.

http://www.mc.edu

Volume 99 Number 2

Students entering Mississippi College for the 2013-2014 session (effective May, 2013) 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 http://www.mc.edu/student-life/student-handbook/. 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.”

Written Student Complaints: Students who have complaints that they want to have addressed about any aspect of the collegiate experience should submit the complaints in writing to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Nelson Hall Room 313 or send to Mississippi College, Box 4007, Clinton, MS 39058; or to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mississippi College, Box 4002, Clinton, Mississippi 39058.

Mission

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

Vision

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 23,347)
Size: approximately 5,070
Type: four-year, co-educational
Average ACT for freshmen: 24
Affiliation: Mississippi Baptist Convention
Cost: approximately $22,068 per year (including room, board, tuition and fees)
Library: 253,818 volumes
Honors programs: open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors and administered by Honors Council
Student-faculty ratio: 13 to 1
Preferred time for campus visit: early in fall semester by appointment
Summer School: one term which includes two five-week sessions
Minimum time required for graduation: two and one-half calendar years
For additional information call: 601.925.3000

Enrollment*

(First Semester, 2012)    
Total Headcount Enrollment   5,070
Number of Male Students   2,006
Number of Female Students   3,064
Number of Resident Students   1,520

Geographic Representation*

79 of 82 Mississippi Counties
41 of 50 States and 1 territory
21 Foreign Countries

*Includes undergraduate, graduate, and law enrollment

Statements of Compliance

In compliance with federal law, including provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Mississippi College does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, or military service in admissions, in the administration of its education policies, programs, and activities or in employment. Under federal law, the university may exercise religious preferences in employment in order to fulfill its mission and purpose.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, plus amendments, as amended 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). 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.

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, Mississippi College does not discriminate on the basis of handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. If students need special accommodations due to learning, physical, psychological, or other disabilities, they should direct their inquiries to Student Counseling and Disability Services, Mississippi College, Alumni Hall, Room 4, Telephone: 601.925.7790. For more information including student appeals, see the Mississippi College Student Handbook, Students with Disabilities section.

Title IX

Mississippi College has completed the self evaluation study required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for men and women and, as such, does not discriminate on the basis of sex in employment or admissions except in those instances which are claimed and exempted under Section 86.12 of the guidelines based on conflict with the religious tenets of the Mississippi Baptist Convention. Official Grievance Procedures have been established and copies may be obtained from and complaints filed with the Office of the President, Box 4001, Telephone: 601.925.3200, or the Vice President for Planning and Assessment, Box 4029, Clinton, MS 39058, Telephone: 601.925.3225.

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
202.293.2450
     
American Chemical Society  1155 16th Street NW
Washington DC 20036
202.872.4589
     
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) 5999 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria, VA  22304 
703.823.9800
ext. 301
     
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria VA 22314-3457
703.683.8080
     
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston VA 20190-5248
703.437.0700
     
Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) 7007 College Blvd, Suite 420
Overland Park, KS  66211
913.339.9356
     
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)  2010 Massachusetts   
Avenue, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023
202.466.7496
     
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120
202.887.6791
     
Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning 3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211-6453
601.432.6486
     
American Bar Association 321 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL  60654-7598
800.285.2221
     
Association of American Law Schools      1201 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 800
Washington, DC  20036-2717
202.296.8851
     
International Association of Law Schools 1201 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-2717
202.296.8851
     
The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) 15720 Hillcrest Road
Dallas, TX 75248
972.774.1772
ext. 227
     
The Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education 1077 192nd Avenue
New Richmond, WI 54017
715.246.6659
     
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.458.0400

Size and Location

Although Mississippi College is the largest private university in the state, it is still small enough to retain a friendly quality. Located in the community of Clinton in the center of the state, the University is ten minutes away from Jackson, the state capital and largest metropolitan area in Mississippi. A wide variety of activities is available to university students living in such a setting.

Mississippi College profits from its ideal location and, in turn, the University contributes to the community. The educational needs of a metropolitan area are changing, and Mississippi College responds to those needs by expanding its instructional programs. About 3,042 students are enrolled for undergraduate studies. The undergraduate program includes 9 degrees. Approximately 1,486 students are enrolled in the Graduate School which offers work leading to 15 graduate degrees. In response to the need for legal education in the area of the state capital, Mississippi College has a School of Law with about 542 students. Both the School of Law and the Graduate School publish their own catalogs which may be secured from their respective Web sites.

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

The 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 terms with reduced hours during the summer session.

Library holdings include more than 253,818 volumes. The library subscribes to 581 print periodicals and purchases access to more than 29,918 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 library was constructed in 1975. The LRC provides facilities and multi-media for
instructional support, research, and individual study.

The media collection numbers over 12,969 titles 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. Academic computer laboratories are located in Self Hall and MCC. There are more than 120 state of the art computers with the latest academic software and photo quality color printers. Academic computer laboratories are also equipped with net cameras so lectures can be broadcast live via the internet. Open seven days a week to accommodate student schedules, academic computer laboratories provide online and CLEP tests in addition to other valuable services.

Faculty

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.

For students who wish to prepare for professional school, several pre-professional programs are available at Mississippi College. They include premedical, predental, prepharmacy, prelegal, pretheological, preengineering and pre-physical therapy.

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.