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    Western Michigan University
   
 
  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Degrees


 

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Degrees

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The Board of Trustees, on recommendation of the Faculty and President of Western Michigan University, confers the following degrees:

Baccalaureate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Musical Arts
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Social Work

Graduate Degrees

Master of Arts
Master of Business Administration
Master of International Development Administration
Master of Fine Arts
Master of Music
Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Health
Master of Science
Master of Science in Accountancy
Master of Science in Engineering
Master of Science in Medicine
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Social Work
Specialist in Education
Doctor of Audiology
Doctor of Education
Doctor of Philosophy

Undergraduate Majors

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Majors by College

College of Arts and Sciences:

Students selecting a communication or psychology program will be placed in the “Pre-Communication” (CMUP) or “Pre-Psychology” (PRPP) program respectively until requirements have been met. See the Department of Communication or Department of Psychology section for complete information on admission requirements.

      

AASJ

   

American and African Studies

 

ANTJ

 

Anthropology

 

MAAJ

 

Applied Mathematics

 

BCHJ

 

Biochemistry

 

BYLJ

 

Biology

 

BMLJ

 

Biomedical Sciences

 

BUCJ

 

Business-Oriented Chemistry

 

CHLJ

 

Chemistry

 

CHCJ

 

Chemistry: ACS Certified

 

CMUJ

 

Communication Studies

 

CRPJ

 

Community & Regional Planning

 

CRJJ

 

Criminal Justice

  DSCJ  

Data Science

 

ERLJ

 

Earth Science

 

ECLJ

 

Economics

 

ENLJ

 

English

 

ENCJ

 

English: Creative Writing

 

RWSJ

 

English: Rhetoric and Writing Studies

  ESSJ  

Environmental and Sustainability Studies

 

FVMJ

 

Film, Video, and Media Studies

 

FHLJ

 

French

  FSSJ  

Freshwater Science and Sustainability

 

GNWJ

 

Gender & Women’s Studies

 

GCMJ

 

Geochemistry

 

GGLJ

 

Geography

 

GGRJ

 

Geography:Regional

 

GELJ

 

Geology

 

GEPJ

 

Geophysics

 

GRLJ

 

German

 

GBLJ

 

Global and International Studies

 

HYLJ

 

History

 

HYGJ

 

Hydrogeology

 

IPCJ

 

Interpersonal Communication

 

JPNJ

 

Japanese

 

JNLJ

 

Journalism

 

LTLJ

 

Latin

 

MHLJ

 

Mathematics

 

OCMJ

 

Organizational Communication

 

PHIJ

 

Philosophy

  PHPJ  

Philosophy: Professional and Applied Ethics

 

PHLJ

 

Physics

  PHXJ   Physics: Electrical Engineering

 

PSLJ

 

Political Science

  PPPJ   Political Science: American Public Policy
  PPIJ   Political Science: International and Comparative Politics
  PPLJ   Political Science: Public Law
 

PSBY

 

Psychology: Behavioral Science

 

PSGJ

 

Psychology: General Psychology

 

PUHJ

 

Public History

 

PURJ

 

Public Relations

 

RELJ

 

Religion

 

SOCJ

 

Sociology

  SOPJ   Sociology: Social Psychology

 

SPLJ

 

Spanish

 

STAJ

 

Statistics

 

SPMJ

 

Student Planned Major

  SCBJ  

Sustainable Brewing

 

TMLJ

 

Telecommunications and Information Management

 

TOUJ

 

Tourism and Travel

Coordinate Majors: (These are majors to be selected only along with a standard major.)

 

ESSJ

 

Environmental and Sustainability Studies

College of Aviation:

Students selecting the Flight Science major in the College of Aviation will be placed in the “Pre-Flight Science program (PRFL)” until requirements have been met. See the College of Aviation section for complete information on admission requirements.

      

AFSJ

   

Aviation Flight Science

 

MTCJ

 

Aviation Maintenance Technology

 

AMOJ

 

Aviation Management and Operations

 

Haworth College of Business:

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Students selecting the Business Administration program will be placed in the “Pre-Business Administration” (PRBA) program until requirements have been met. See the Haworth College of Business section for complete information on admission requirements.

 

ACTJ

 

Accountancy

      

ADVJ

   

Advertising and Promotion

  BUAJ  

Business Analytics

  LAWJ  

Business Law

 

CMIJ

 

Computer Information Systems

 

ECBJ

 

Economics

 

EBMJ

 

eBusiness Marketing

  ENTJ  

Entrepreneurship

 

FINJ

 

Finance

 

FMKJ

 

Food and Consumer Packaging Goods Marketing

 

FNPJ

 

Personal Financial Planning

 

HIBJ

 

Health Informatics and Information Management

 

HRMJ

 

Human Resource Management

 

ISUJ

 

Integrated Supply Management

 

MGTJ

 

Management

 

MKTJ

 

Marketing

 

SBMJ

 

Sales and Business Marketing

 

TMBJ

 

Telecommunications and Information Management

College of Education and Human Development:

Students selecting teacher certification programs/majors will be placed in one of the “Pre-Education” programs until requirements have been met. See the College of Education and Human Development section for complete information on admission and program requirements.

Students selecting Occupational Educational Studies will be placed in the “Pre-Occupational Studies” (PROE) major until requirements have been met.

      

ATDJ

   

Athletic Training Program

  BYSJ  

Biology: Secondary Education

  BESJ  

Business Education

  BEGJ  

Business Education: Group Major

 

CHSJ

 

Chemistry: Secondary Education

 

CFDJ

 

Child & Family Development

 

DIDJ

 

Dietetics

 

ECEJ

 

Early Childhood Professional Education Program

 

ERSJ

 

Earth Science: Secondary Education

  ISEJ  

Elementary/Middle School Integrated Science Education

  EMLJ  

Elementary/Middle School Language Arts

  MHEJ  

Elementary/Middle School Mathematics

  ESEJ  

Elementary/Middle School Social Studies

 

EPEJ

 

Elementary Professional Education Program

 

ENSJ

 

English: Secondary Education

 

PXDJ

 

Exercise Science

 

FSDJ

 

Family Studies

 

FCSJ

 

Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education, (Secondary)

  FDDJ  

Fashion Merchandising and Design: Design and Development

  FMEJ  

Fashion Merchandising and Design: Merchandising

 

FOSJ

 

Food Service Operations and Sustainability

 

FHSJ

 

French: Secondary Education

 

GRSJ

 

German: Secondary Education

 

CHDJ

 

Health Education, Community

 

HESJ

 

Health Education, School, (Secondary)

 

HYSJ

 

History: Secondary Education

 

IDDJ

 

Interior Design

 

TNSJ

 

Industrial Technology Education, Non-Vocational (Secondary)

 

TVSJ

 

Industrial Technology, Vocational (Secondary)

 

LTSJ

 

Latin: Secondary Education

 

MHSJ

 

Mathematics: Secondary Education

 

OEUJ

 

Occupational Education Studies

 

PDEJ

 

Physical Education, Teacher/Coach

 

PHSJ

 

Physics: Secondary Education

 

PSSJ

 

Political Science: Secondary Education

  RCMJ  

Recreation: Recreation Management

 

RCSJ

 

Recreation: Sport Management

 

SKSJ

 

Secondary Education in Marketing

  ISSJ  

Secondary Integrated Science Education

 

SLSJ

 

Social Studies: Secondary Education

 

SPSJ

 

Spanish: Secondary Education

  SELJ  

Special Education and Elementary Education: Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairments K-12

 

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences:

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Students selecting engineering programs will be placed in a “Pre-Engineering” (PREG) program until requirements have been met. See the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences section for complete information on admission and program requirements.

 

ASPJ

 

Aerospace Engineering

 

CHGJ

 

Chemical Engineering

 

CIVJ

 

Civil Engineering

      

CEGJ

   

Computer Engineering

 

CENJ

 

Construction Engineering

 

CSIJ

 

Computer Science

 

EENJ

 

Electrical Engineering

 

EDTJ

 

Engineering Design Technology

 

UEMJ

 

Engineering Management Technology

 

GPRJ

 

Graphic and Printing Science

 

IEEJ

 

Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering

 

MFTJ

 

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

 

MEGJ

 

Mechanical Engineering

  PPRJ  

Paper Engineering

College of Fine Arts :

Students selecting Graphic Design will be placed in the Art major until requirements have been met. See the Art section for complete information on admission requirements. Students selecting any other Fine Arts major will be placed in a pre-program until requirements have been met. See the departmental section for complete information on admission requirements.

  MUAJ  

Applied Music

 

ARTJ

 

Art, B.A. program

 

ARFJ

 

Art, B.F.A. program

 

AEFJ

 

Art Education

 

ARSJ

 

Art Education, Secondary

      

AHIJ

   

Art History

 

DACJ

 

Dance: B.A. program

 

DAFJ

 

Dance: B.F.A. program

 

GDFJ

 

Graphic Design: B.F.A. program

  MATJ  

Multimedia Arts Technology - Music

 

MSCJ

 

Music

  MSMJ  

Music: BMA Degree

 

MUCJ

 

Music Composition

 

MCSJ

 

Music Education: Choral/General, Secondary

 

MISJ

 

Music Education: Instrumental, Secondary

  MUJJ   Music Performance: Jazz Studies
  MUIJ   Music Performance: Instrumental
  MUKJ   Music Performance: Keyboard
  MUVJ   Music Performance: Vocal

 

MUYJ

 

Music Therapy

 

MTFJ

 

Music Theatre Performance

  APDJ  

Product Design

  TACJ  

Theatre: Acting

 

TDTJ

 

Theatre: Design and Technical Production, B.F.A. program

 

TSMJ

 

Theatre: Stage Management, B.F.A. program

 

TSTJ

 

Theatre: Theatre Studies

College of Health and Human Services:

Students selecting any Health and Human Services program will be placed in a “Pre-Program” until all requirements have been met [i.e., Pre-Interdisciplinary Health Services (PRIH), Pre-Nursing (PRNG or PRPR), Pre-Occupational Therapy (PROT), Pre-Social Work (PRSW), and Pre-Speech Pathology and Audiology (PRSA)]. See the College of Health and Human Services sections for complete information on admission requirements.

 

HIHJ

 

Health Informatics and Information Management

  HSAJ  

Interdisciplinary Health Services, Audiology

      

HSOJ

   

Interdisciplinary Health Services, Occupational Therapy

 

HSVJ

 

Interdisciplinary Health Services

 

NURJ

 

Nursing

 

RNNJ

 

Nursing: RN Progression Track

  PBHJ  

Public Health

 

SPNJ

 

Speech Pathology and Audiology

 

SWKJ

 

Social Work

Extended University Programs:

Specific information about the programs listed below may be found in the Extended University Programs section of this catalog.

 

STCJ

 

Student Planned Curriculum

 

UNSJ

 

University Studies

Other Curricula:

      

GST

   

Guest Student

 

HSG

 

High School Guest

 

NDU

 

Non-degree, Undergraduate

 

SCP

 

S.C.O.P.E.

 

UNV

 

Undecided, University Curriculum

Students not selecting a curriculum will be placed in the Undecided, University Curriculum (UNV) program until a selection can be made. Students are encouraged whenever possible to select a specific curriculum.

First-Year Experience Programs

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Dr. Toni Woolfork-Barnes, Director
Seibert Administration Building
(269) 387-8370

The First-Year Experience (FYE) programs are learner-centered programs designed to reinforce and foster a learning environment that fully engages students academically and socially in ways that encourage student persistence and retention through graduation from Western Michigan University. The FYE Seminar, described below, is the credit portion of the FYE program for new, first-time, first-year and transfer students.

The purpose of the FYE Seminar is to develop an intellectually engaged and socially integrated first-year student. This will greatly enrich academic and campus life and help to positively impact university retention. The FYE Seminar is restricted to first-year, first-time students only, and has no prerequisites. The FYE Seminar will be offered fall and spring semesters of the academic year.

First-Year Experience Course (FYE) 

FYE 2100 First-Year Seminar
2 hours

The First-Year Experience Seminar is designed to help students develop a sense of responsibility for their own education and learning. This seminar will introduce students to University resources and will provide support during the first and second semester of transition to the University. Taught in a small group setting, students will interact with a faculty/staff member and a student leader either once or twice a week. The FYE 2100 Seminar will include weekly class meetings, sharing a common reading and research experience, project-based assignments, written assignments, service-learning and attendance at selected University events. The importance of writing skills, critical thinking skills, communication skills, and study skills will be emphasized, as well as exploration of major and career opportunities. FYE 2100 will be offered during fall and spring semesters and is restricted to freshmen and transfer students. Students will earn a letter grade for this course.

University Curriculum

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Randy Ott, Director
1260 Ellsworth Hall
(269) 387-4410

University Curriculum/Exploratory Advising provides first-year students who wish to explore academic and career options with advising, assessment, and referral services designed to help them select a curriculum. The program is designed with sensitivity to students’ developmental as well as academic needs.

Students in the University Curriculum/Exploratory Advising are assigned advisors who are specialists in academic planning, human development, and career planning. Help is provided for course selection, academic program planning, interpreting skills and interest assessments, exploring academic and career alternatives, and establishing goals.

In addition to academic advising and career counseling, opportunities available for students include:

  • Career Exploration and Career Resource Center
  • Skills and Interest Assessments
  • Specially-designed freshman curriculum options suited to skills and interests.

University Courses (UNIV)

UNIV 1010     Freshman Seminar
This course is designed to assist students to encounter experientially, intellectually, and emotionally the various avenues of learning, and to foster the academic, personal, social, and career development of each student. The activities and assignments of the course aid students in the development of an intellectual awareness and provide the skills and self-management required for a successful transition from high school to the University. The course is intended to excite students about learning and living in the new and challenging world of Western Michigan University. For freshmen only.    1 to 3 hours

UNIV 1020     Career Exploration and Development
This course is designed to help students through the career development process by assessing and developing skills in self-awareness, career awareness, decision-making, and planning. It will include activities to identify and explore the following areas: values, interests, career information, decision-making, University resources, and the world of work. Assignments will involve taking a career assessment, written exercises, networking, resume development and career research.                    1 hour

UNIV 1030    Special Topics within Academic Success
UNIV 1030 is open only through instructor or department approval. The department overseeing UNIV 1030 will be the Center for Academic Success Programs. Courses will vary by topic and be chosen based on student need. The goals of the course will range from academic preparation for special populations, academic improvement, career exploration and skill building.                                             1 to 3 hours

 

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

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An undergraduate certificate is awarded for the satisfactory completion of a non-degree undergraduate program designed around a narrow, applied, and coordinated curriculum with a professional focus. Any new course that is developed for an undergraduate certificate program must be approved through the curriculum process. An undergraduate certificate program may be either multidisciplinary or uni-disciplinary in organization and may be taken separately or in conjunction with an undergraduate degree program. The undergraduate certificate is not an award of license, accreditation, or certification to render professional services; rather, it signifies that a student has satisfactorily completed an approved undergraduate certificate program curriculum. Certificates generally focus on necessary professional training requirements in a specific area of study and may serve as enhancements to existing undergraduate degree programs. Certificate programs will normally range from a minimum of 15 hours to a maximum of 24 credits/semester hours. However, individual certificate programs may exceed these boundaries commensurate with the breadth and depth of the program’s topic (e.g., the needs of the intended professional training).

Delivery Methods

Undergraduate certificates may consist of traditional instruction, hybrid, or fully online instruction. Applicants should check with their academic advisor or program director of the academic unit for specific information regarding delivery methods in their choice of certificate programs.

 

Pre-professional Programs

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Every professional school has prescribed the nature and amount of academic work to be completed as a prerequisite to the professional training for a particular vocation. Four years of higher education are generally required by most professional schools for entrance. Western Michigan University is able to offer its students courses of study that meet the requirements for this pre-professional training. It should be noted, however, that the courses outlined are only suggested plans to illustrate in general the kinds of programs that pre-professional students should follow.

In every case, students should plan their course of study according to the requirements of the school to which they plan to attend for professional training.

It cannot be emphasized too strongly that the student should exercise care to make certain that the specific requirements of a particular school will have been met.

Pre-Health

Pre-Health Advisors
Tammi Smith, Coordinator
Jacquelyn Bizzell
Kerrie Jo Harvey
College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office
2318 Friedmann Hall
(269) 387-4366
www.wmich.edu/arts-sciences/advising/pre-health

The College of Arts and Sciences offers several Pre-Health Professions designations including Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Veterinary.  These designations are definitely not majors, per se…rather they are themes to a student’s degree.  They are the ultimate career plan that a student may have.

Most Pre-Health Professions students at Western Michigan University major in biomedical sciences or biochemistry, but any major may be pursued, provided that the basic science and other admission requirements are met. Regardless of the major chosen, the Pre-Health Professions student should take the minimal required courses listed below. All science courses require laboratory work. Some health professions schools require one course in psychology and one in sociology or anthropology. Some also require course(s) in calculus and biochemistry.

Detailed guides for Pre-medicine and Pre-dentistry are available at the College of Arts and Sciences website: www.wmich.edu/arts-sciences/advising/pre-health.   There are additional guides being written for the other Pre-Health professions listed above and should be uploaded to that website soon.

Students should meet with a Pre-Health advisor on a regular basis for guidance on making a plan to complete admission requirements, be ready to take required admission tests, and apply for admission by the end of their junior year.

Required Core

  1. General Chemistry (CHEM 1100/1110 and 1120/1130).
  2. Organic Chemistry (CHEM 3750/3760 and 3770/3780).
  3. General Biology (BIOS 1600, BIOS 1610, BIOS 1620).
  4. Two advanced Biology courses (BIOS 2500 and 3500 are recommended).
  5. General Physics (PHYS 1130/1140 and 1150/1160 or 2050/2060 and 2070/2080).
  6. Two semesters of English (ENGL 1050 and 1100 or 3050 or 3060).
  7. Critical Thinking skills (PHIL 2200 or PHIL 2250).

Pre-Law

Pre-Law Advisors
Lindsey Millet
Thomas Mills
College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office
2318 Friedmann Hall
(269) 387-4366
www.wmich.edu/arts-sciences/advising/pre-law

Though law schools do not require a specific major or degree program, they do recommend completion of an academically rigorous four-year bachelor’s degree program. Courses in critical analysis, logical reasoning, and written and oral communications can be found in a number of majors. Some typical majors are English, business, political science, and history, but other disciplines can also be suitable majors. Pre-law students should discuss possible majors and major/minor combinations with their advisor to determine which one best suits them. It is very important that Pre-law students see their advisor on a regular basis for curriculum guidance.

Courses with a strong writing or oral communication component are ideal preparation, as are courses that require legal reasoning, like business law and constitutional law. Courses that allow the student a broader understanding of the structure and processes of government (such as national government, the legal environment, and judicial processes) are also valuable, as are those that focus on the American historical experience.

Students interested in pursuing the further study of law should see a Pre-law advisor as early as possible to select a curriculum.

Accreditation

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University Accreditation

Western Michigan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 LaSalle Street, Suite 7-5000, Chicago, IL., 60604-1411; Web site: http://www.hlcommission.org; Telephone (800)621-7440.

Disclosure of Academic Program Accreditation and Certification Status

The Professional Education Unit at Western Michigan University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation  http://www.caepnet.org. This accreditation covers:

  • baccalaureate programs for preparation in art education (B.F.A. program); elementary professional education; elementary middle school integrated science, language arts, math, and social studies; family/consumer sciences teacher education; health education: school; industrial technology; music education (B.M. program); occupational education studies; secondary education; and special education and elementary education: LD and EI K-12; at the Kalamazoo and Southwest locations;
  • graduate certificate in English as a second language teacher education at the Kalamazoo locations;
  • master’s programs in art education, career and technical education; counselor education (concentration in school counseling); educational foundations; educational leadership; English teaching; literacy studies; mathematics education; music education; physical education; practice of teaching; science education; special education; the practice of teaching; and teaching at the Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Southwest, and Traverse City locations; master’s programs in art education, career and technical education, physical education, and science education are also offered through online education;
  • master’s programs in art education, career and technical education, physical education, and science education offered through online education;
  • educational specialist program in educational leadership at the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids locations; and
  • doctoral programs in educational leadership, mathematics education, science education, and special education at the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids locations.


However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

The B.S.E. programs in aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, construction, electrical, industrial and entrepreneurial, mechanical, and paper engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

All baccalaureate programs in art, art education, art history, and graphic design, and M.A. in Art Education are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The B.S. in Athletic Training (professional program) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.

The B.S. in Aviation Flight Science is accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) under the Flight Education criteria, as well as certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as an FAA Part 141 Flight School and licensed by the State of Michigan Department of Transportation. The B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Technology is accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) under the Aviation Maintenance criteria, as well as certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as an FAA Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Training School. The B.S. in Aviation Management and Operations is accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) under the Aviation Management criteria.

The M.A. in Psychology (concentration in behavior analysis) and the Ph.D. in Psychology (concentration in behavior analysis) are accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. (The Association for Behavior Analysis International is not recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education.)

All B.B.A. and M.B.A. programs in the Haworth College of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. In addition, the The B.B.A. and M.S.A. programs in accountancy are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International – Accounting Accreditation.

The Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) at Western Michigan University is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period 2016 through 2025 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency. For further information about this accreditation, please contact the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, 801 N. Fairfax St., Suite 402A, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 519-2070, www.cea-accredit.org.

The Ph.D. in Psychology (concentration in clinical psychology) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, c/o Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979.

The M.A. in Coaching Sport Performance is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation of Coaching Education. (The National Council on Accreditation of Coaching Education is not recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education.)

The M.A. in counselor Education (concentrations in clinical mental health counseling, college counseling, and school counseling), as well as the Ph.D. in Counselor Education, are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

The B.S. in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, c/o Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979.

The baccalaureate programs in dance are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.  

The B.S. in Dietetics and the dietetic internship-non-degree program are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The B.S. programs in engineering design technology, engineering management technology, and manufacturing engineering technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission ETAC of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The B.S. in Fashion Merchandising and Design (concentrations in design and development, and merchandising) is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The B.S. in Graphics and Printing Science is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications, Inc., http://accgc.org.

The B.S. in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-4014, and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Western Michigan University is certified for metal casting by the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF).

The baccalaureate programs in composition, music, music education, music performance, and music therapy, and the M.M. in Music (concentrations in composition, conducting, music, music education, music performance, and music therapy) are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) and Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

The M.S. in Occupational Therapy, offered in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-2682.

The Master of Science in Medicine (M.S.M.) in Physician Assistant is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. located at 1200 Findley Rd., Suite 150, Johns Creek, GA 30097.

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

The M.A. in Counselor Education: Rehabilitation Counseling is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education, Inc.

The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) and Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The master’s education program in speech-language pathology and the doctoral education program in audiology at Western Michigan University are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The M.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences (emphasis in Textile and Apparel Studies) is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The baccalaureate programs in theatre are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Graduates of the B.S. in Recreation must demonstrate one year of full-time experience in the field to be eligible to apply for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) exam.  The program is not accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions.

Copies of accreditation and certification documents are available for review upon request in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.


Additional Specialized Program Recognition Leading to Post-Graduation Certification or Licensure of Students

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Graduates of the following programs are eligible for initial teacher certification through the State of Michigan Department of Education:

Baccalaureate programs for preparation in art education (B.F.A. program); elementary professional education, elementary/middle school integrated science, language arts, math, and social studies; family and consumer sciences teacher education; health education: school; industrial technology, music education (B.M. program), occupational education studies, secondary education; and special education and elementary education LD and EI K-12; and, the M.A. in Career and Technical Education.

Graduates of the following programs are eligible for advanced teacher certification or an endorsement through the State of Michigan Department of Education:

Master’s programs in art education, educational foundations, educational leadership, English teaching, literacy studies, mathematics education, music education, physical education, school counseling, science education;

Educational specialist program in educational leadership; and

Doctoral programs in educational leadership, mathematics education, and science education.

Graduates of the B.B.A. in Accountancy are eligible to take the following exams, among others: Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Certified Management Accountant (CMA); Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). The requirements to sit for the various professional exams differ by exam and state. It is each student’s responsibility to determine the requirements for a particular exam. The student should be aware that the exam requirements may change over time.

The M.S. in Accountancy program enables graduates interested in public accounting careers to meet the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) educational requirements required to obtain a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. In addition, the AICPA and the State of Michigan require a total of 150 hours of college credit to obtain a CPA license.

Graduates of the B.S. in Athletic Training (professional program) are eligible to sit for the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) certification exam. In order to qualify as a candidate for the BOC certification exam, an individual must be endorsed by the recognized program director.

Graduates of the B.S. in Aviation Flight Science earn their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument, and Single- and Multi-Engine Land ratings. Additional optional flight certificates and ratings include the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), CFI-Instrument, and CFI-Multi-Engine and Single-Engine Sea rating.

Graduates of the B.S. in Aviation Maintenance and Technology are qualified to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant written and practical examinations required to earn the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificate.

The master’s and doctoral programs in psychology (concentration in behavior analysis) are pre-approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as meeting coursework and experience eligibility requirements. Graduates of these programs are eligible to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) certification examination.

The B.S in psychology (concentration in behavioral science) is pre-approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as meeting coursework and experience eligibility requirements. Graduates are eligible to sit for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst™ (BCaBA®) certification examination.

The baccalaureate programs in child and family development and in family studies, and the M.A. in Family Studies – Family Life Education option are approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Graduates of NCFR-Approved academic programs who have completed all courses with a grade of C- or better can apply to NCFR for Provisional or Full Certification through the Abbreviated Application Process. Applicants applying through the Abbreviated Application Process do not need to take the Certified Family Life Education (CFLE) Exam.

Graduates of the M.A. programs in clinical mental health counseling; college counseling; marriage, couple and family counseling; school counseling; and, rehabilitation counseling; as well as the Ph.D. in Counselor Education, are eligible to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in Michigan after first becoming Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPC). The LPC is granted after 3000 hours of supervised experience (by an LPC) and a passing score on either the National Counselor Examination (NCE) developed by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) or the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination (CRC) developed by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. The NCE and CRCE are the State of Michigan Counselor License Examinations. Graduates from the clinical mental health counseling; college counseling; marriage, couple, and family counseling; and, school counseling concentrations are eligible to become Nationally Certified Counselors (NCC). Graduates from the rehabilitation counseling concentration are eligible to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC).

Graduates of the M.A. program in Counseling Psychology are eligible to become Limited License Psychologists (LLP) in Michigan after first becoming Temporary Limited License Psychologists (TLLP). The master’s level LLP is granted after 2,000 hours of supervised experience (by a doctoral level Licensed Psychologist (LP) and a passing score on the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP). In Michigan, master’s level Limited License Psychologists must practice under the supervision of a doctoral level Licensed Psychologist (LP).

The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology prepares students to become fully-licensed psychologists (LP). Doctoral graduates first apply for a doctoral level Limited License. The LP is granted after 2,000 hours of supervised experience (by a doctoral level Licensed Psychologist (LP) and a passing score on the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP).

Graduates of the baccalaureate didactic program in dietetics are eligible to sit for the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) Registration Examination, a national credentialing examination, administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Further, those graduates who successfully complete the post-baccalaureate, non-degree dietetic internship are also eligible to apply and take the Registered Dietitian (RD) Credentialing Examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Graduates of all programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET are eligible to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying® (NCEES).  This is the second of four steps to earning a professional license in engineering.

Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Teacher Education Program for Health Professionals (ITEP) receive a Certificate in Teaching from the Bronson School of Nursing at Western Michigan University. This certificate can be used to enhance one’s employment opportunities in teaching other health professionals in a university setting or health institution. In addition, graduates who are registered nurses are eligible to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination administered by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

The B.M. in Music Therapy is approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) as meeting AMTA’s standards of clinical practice. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), to obtain the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist - Board Certified).

Students completing the nonprofit leadership minor, and completing additional requirements from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, are eligible to earn certification from Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA).

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN®).  The program has also received endorsement from the American Holistic Nursing Certification Corporation, the credentialing body for holistic nursing.  This endorsement enables graduates of the program to be exempt from prerequisites should they choose to sit for the National Certification Examination in Holistic Nursing.

Graduates of the M.A. in Occupational Therapy are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

The M.A. in Blindness and Low Vision Studies (concentration in orientation and mobility and vision rehabilitation therapy), is approved by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) University Review Program through the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1703 N. Beauregard Street, Suite 440, Alexandria, VA 22311. As such, graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) exam administered by the Academic for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).

Graduates of the B.B.A. in Personal Financial Planning who have completed FIN 3600 Risk and Insurance, FIN 4710 Applications in Personal Financial Planning, FIN 3720 Estate Planning, FIN 3730 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits, and ACTY 3240 Introductory Tax Accounting are eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Exam administered by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

Graduates of the Master of Science in Medicine (M.S.M.) in Physician Assistant are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Graduates of the M.S. in Engineering Management are eligible to sit for the Project Management Institute’s® Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification exam, and the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam. WMU is a Registered Education Provider (REP) to the Project Management Institute®.

Graduates of the M.A. in Counselor Education (concentration in rehabilitation counseling) are eligible to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam administered by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) are eligible to apply for the Michigan Limited License Bachelor’s Social Work.  Graduates of the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) are eligible to apply for the Michigan Limited License Master’s Social Work.

Graduates of the M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) are eligible to take the Praxis specialty exam administered by the Education Testing Service as required for the Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. They are also able to apply for state licensure in the state in which they intend to practice. They should, however, consult the state licensing board for the specific requirements for that state.

Graduates of the M.S. in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy are eligible to sit for the Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) exam administered by the Academic for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).


Statement of Legal Control

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§ 6 Other institution of higher education, controlling boards.
Sec. 6. Other institutions of higher education established by law having authority to grant baccalaureate degrees shall each be governed by a board of control which shall be a body corporate. The board shall have general supervision of the institution and the control and direction of all expenditures from the institution’s funds. It shall, as often as necessary, elect a president of the institution under its supervision. He shall be the principal executive officer of the institution and be ex-officio a member of the board without the right to vote. The board may elect one of its members or may designate the president, to preside at board meetings. Each board of control shall consist of eight members who shall hold office for terms of eight years, no more than two of which shall expire in the same year, and who shall be appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the senate. Vacancies shall be filled in like manner.
                Const. 1963, Art. VIII, § 6, Eff. Jan. 1 1964.
                Retrieved from the Legislative Council of the State of Michigan, www.legislature.mi.gov

 

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