2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Northwest Missouri State University

Students are expected to read and conform to the regulations in this catalog. The student, not the University nor faculty members, is primarily responsible for knowing the regulations and policies, and for meeting the requirements for a degree or certificate.

This catalog is available online for all students. Students are advised to study closely the course offerings available on the website and to consult with faculty advisors for planning.

The information in this publication endeavors to be as current and accurate as possible. Due to the constant change in economic conditions and in student program needs, the accuracy of the details appearing here may be affected. There may be a possibility from time to time that classes will be deleted from this catalog or from semester course offerings for lack of sufficient enrollment.

This catalog does not constitute a contract but is for information only.

Address of all University offices:

Northwest Missouri State University

800 University Drive

Maryville, Missouri 64468-6001

Academic and Administrative Office Hours:

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays)

University Information:

(660) 562-1212

Web Address:


Statement of Non-Discrimination

Northwest Missouri State University emphasizes the dignity and equality common to all persons and adheres to a strict nondiscrimination policy regarding the treatment of individual faculty, staff, students, third parties on campus, and applicants for employment and admissions.  In accord with federal law and applicable Missouri statutes, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other legally-protected class, in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the University, including, but not limited to, athletics, instruction, grading, the awarding of student financial aid, recruitment, admissions, and housing.  As an equal opportunity employer, the University promotes and maintains affirmative action programs to ensure that all individuals participate fully in every facet of employment opportunities.

Persons having inquiries concerning the University's compliance with this policy or any laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination are directed to contact the following:


  • An employee with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the workplace, including discriminatory harassment, is encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer, who may be contacted at: EEO Officer, Northwest Missouri State University, 800 University Drive, Maryville, Missouri, 64468-6001 (660-562-1128).
  • Questions or concerns regarding the University's compliance with Title IX may be directed to the University's Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators.  The University has designated the following Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators as named in the University's Title IX Policies and Procedures:

Marissa Hotujac, Interim Title IX Coordinator, 660-562-1476, marissa_hotujac@nwmissouri.edu


Krista Barcus, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources (Deputy Employee Coordinator), 125 Administration Building, 660-562-1128, kbarcus@nwmissouri.edu


Kori Hoffmann, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs-Student Engagement & Development (Deputy Student Coordinator), 2450 Student Union, 660-562-1535, khoff20@nwmissouri.edu



  • For ADA/Section 504 related questions or concerns, please contact:

Marissa Hotujac, Interim Title IX Coordinator, 660-562-1476, marissa_hotujac@nmissouri.edu



  • For all other inquiries related to discrimination at the University, please contact:

Marissa Hotujac, Interim Title IX Coordinator, 660-562-1476, marissa_hotujac@nmissouri.edu


No individual will be subject to any form of retaliation, discipline, or other adverse action for reporting conduct in violation of the University's nondiscrimination/EEO policy, assisting/cooperating in making a complaint, or assisting with the investigation of a complaint.  Any individual who believes they have experienced or witnessed retaliation should immediately notify the appropriate member(s) of the administration as identified above.  Those found to be engaging in any type of discrimination in violation of the law or University policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal or termination of employment.

Copies of the University's Equal Employment Opportunity ("EEO") Guidelines are available in the Office of Human Resources.

Message from the President

Northwest students:


It is with Bearcat pride that I welcome you and invite you to explore Northwest and all it has to offer. Please use this catalog to advance your knowledge about the array of academic opportunities available at Northwest.

At Northwest, our mission is focusing on student success – every student, every day. Northwest boasts a higher freshman success rate than other moderately selective universities in Missouri, and our graduation rate is considerably higher than our peers as well as the national average. Furthermore, we are leaders in the state with regard to undergraduate and graduate placement rates. We put a high premium on your success!

Across the nation, the buzzwords of access, affordability and accountability permeate nearly all conversations related to higher education. While these terms have different meanings for different stakeholders, we at Northwest tend to look at these from a dual perspective: Our responsibility as an institution and your responsibility as a Bearcat.

Access: The traditional definition is that citizens have access to environments of higher education. However, we don’t believe our responsibility ends once you are admitted to Northwest. “Access” to us also means we provide open-door policies, student-faculty ratios ensuring access to course instructors and student services designed by and for students and available at the times you need them. Your responsibility is simple: to access faculty as advisors and mentors and to access student organizations and services. We want you to access everyone who works diligently on a daily basis to ensure the best possible learning opportunities and living environment for you. In short, Bearcats connect, and we encourage you to do so.

Affordability: We consider this responsibility every day and work to stretch every dollar we can to its fullest. That said, we focus on the highest quality for you as we help design your experiences. It’s a balancing act and we are quite proud of what we provide – as are more than 80,000 Northwest alumni and friends. Your responsibility is to be a smart consumer and join us in respecting our environment.

Accountability: Northwest is accountable to you, taxpayers and a range of others, and our institution is managed in a transparent environment. We expect you, too, to be accountable for your experience at Northwest. Actively engage with your professors both in and out of the classroom. Take advantage of services and academic support resources. Develop relationships with fellow students that will contribute positively to your ongoing success.

So, when Northwest says it will be THE university of choice for a comprehensive, exceptional student experience, what does that look like? It includes:

  • A relevant general education curriculum, known as the Northwest Core, designed to deepen your understanding of the world and how to communicate this understanding. Combined with profession-based learning experiences, it will help you appreciate the ways in which others interpret the world around us and equip you for success as citizens and as professionals in your chosen disciplines;
  • Majors and minors designed by faculty who are experts in their disciplines and shaped by industry professionals to ensure your courses meet the demands of the marketplace;
  • More than 150 student organizations in addition to numerous co-curricular, practicum and internship experiences that are profession-based and allow you to apply learning beyond classroom situations;
  • One-on-one learning opportunities with the most committed faculty anywhere as well as other academic services such as tutors and supplemental instruction to help you succeed at an even higher rate;
  • The opportunity for you to engage in the learning and living environment as much as you wish and shape your learning plan as you progress;
  • A robust intramural program and club sports in addition to an NCAA Division II athletics program with national championship-winning teams;
  • An internationally benchmarked student employment program designed to augment your classroom learning, to provide professional development and help keep your Northwest education affordable;
  • An environment punctuated by a campus that is designated as the Missouri Arboretum, focused on sustainability and alternative energy, and regarded as the safest campus in the state; and
  • Access and interaction with passionate and committed alumni who are dedicated to advancing Northwest and ensuring learning opportunities for you.

Notice the above does not just focus on the classroom and ensuing catalog offerings. That’s because we view the academic experience as a comprehensive one. Research shows that engaged students are successful students, and I challenge you to truly engage in the collegiate experience. At Northwest, we consider these ideas part of the responsibilities of “Being a Bearcat.” Bearcats learn. Bearcats connect. Bearcats care. Bearcats practice civility. Bearcats show pride. 

Thank you for being a Bearcat. We believe in you. You believe in yourself. Together we believe in the Green and White.





Lance Tatum Ph.D.






Northwest's Mission, Vision and Values


Northwest Missouri State University focuses on student success - every student, every day.


We will be THE university of choice for a comprehensive, exceptional student experience.


We value:

  • Student Success
  • Scholarship and life-long learning
  • Intercultural competence
  • Collaboration
  • Respect and integrity
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellence


Core Competencies (STIR)

  • Safe: Preventative-based systems ensure students, employees, visitors, friends, and the community can learn, live, and work in a safe environment.
  • Trusted: Northwest employees do the right things for the right reasons; our genuineness and the sincerity result in a culture of institutional integrity.
  • Invested: Employees invest in student success on a personal level, resulting in rewarding relationships that benefit all involved.
  • Resourceful: We provide high value through drive and resilience, and thus achieve maximum results.


Northwest Missouri State University is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university with an enrollment near 8,000 students. It offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center in Gladstone, Missouri, and through Northwest Online.

Founded in 1905 as the state’s Fifth District Normal School to provide teachers for schools within a 19-county region in northwest Missouri, the University has evolved into a comprehensive state institution that supports more than 127 undergraduate programs, 40 master’s degrees, three specialist degrees, a cooperative doctoral program and six certificate programs. The University offers six professional schools that are closely aligned with specific professions (School of Agricultural Sciences, Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business, School of Communication and Mass Media, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, and School of Health Science and Wellness), and five academic departments that contain broader disciplines and comprise the University’s College of Arts and Sciences (Department of Fine and Performing Arts; Department of Humanities and Social Sciences; Department of Language, Literature and Writing; Department of Mathematics and Statistics; and the Department of Natural Sciences).

Northwest outperforms statewide peers in the areas of retention, graduation and placement. Profession-based learning is embedded in all areas of study at Northwest and gives students opportunities to build their résumés with collaborative experiences that include the Horace Mann Laboratory School, National Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area and Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.

In alignment with its mission of focusing on student success – every student, every day – Northwest’s Student Success Center, located in the B.D. Owens Library, provides a centralized hub that supports student learning and contributes to students’ growth and development from orientation to graduation. The center provides a number of free services focused on transitioning, advising, supporting and connecting students to academic resources.

Furthermore, Northwest’s vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations. Textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. 

Northwest places an emphasis on providing an exceptional student experience that places high value on scholarship and lifelong learning, intercultural competence, collaboration, respect and integrity, strategic thinking and excellence.