Murray State University

Murray State University
Office of the Provost
Murray, Kentucky

For more information please contact the
Graduate Admissions Office
at 270-762-3779 or 
either of the following offices
at 1-800-272-4MSU:
Ext 2 — Admissions
Ext 3 — Financial Aid
or visit the Murray State University 
website at

Copies of the catalog may be obtained by contacting

Murray State University
PO Box 9
Murray KY 42071-0009
or 1-800-272-4678

This Bulletin is effective at the beginning of fall semester 2004. A new Bulletin is published every two years. Student degree programs must be based on the most current Bulletin available at the time the student enrolls in their first course. A course is valid for eight years, beginning with the date the student initially enrolls in the class. Program plans must be completed within the student’s first semester of graduate studies. The program plan lists required courses as printed in the Bulletin and any changes must be recorded on the required form with all the required signatures as printed on the program form. See page 32 for degree and course expiration information.



Institutional Accreditation
Murray State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; telephone number 404-679-4501) to award associate, bachelor, master and specialist degrees.

State Accreditation
Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board

Program Accreditations
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (undergraduate)
AACSB-International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (undergraduate and graduate)
American Chemical Society (undergraduate)
American Dietetics Association (undergraduate)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (graduate)
American Veterinary Medical Association (undergraduate)
Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (undergraduate and graduate)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (graduate)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (specialist)
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (graduate)
Council on Social Work Education (undergraduate)
Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (undergraduate)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (undergraduate)
National Association of Schools of Music (undergraduate and graduate)
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (undergraduate and graduate)
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (undergraduate and graduate)
Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (undergraduate)

Facility Accreditation
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (Breathitt Veterinary Center)

Murray State University Bulletin
General Catalog Edition
Volume LXXIII, August 2004

Published by Murray State University, PO Box 9, Murray, Kentucky 42071-0009.

The contents of this publication are subject to change.  Anyone desiring current information and data should contact the appropriate representative of the university for accurate and up-to-date information.
Murray State University reserves the right to modify or change any rule, regulation, fee or policy stated herein.  This reservation includes, but is not limited to, the right to modify or change any academic program, subject to any limitations imposed by state law.

For additional policies, procedures and information, faculty, staff and students are advised to consult all official university publications, such as the Faculty Handbook, Schedule of Fees, Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, Student Life Handbook, and the Murray State University Bulletins.  It is the responsibility of each member of the faculty and staff and each student to be aware of and comply with these policies and procedures.

Cover: Original drawing of Pogue Library entrance by Joe Rigsby

Murray State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, marital status, age, or disability in employment, admission, or the provision of services, educational programs and activities, and provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and activities. For information regarding nondiscrimination policies contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, 270-762-3155 (V) or (270) 762-3311 (TDD). 


Board of Regents, Murray State University
Sid Easley, chair — Murray, Kentucky
Beverly J. Ford, vice chair — Benton, Kentucky
Marilyn R. Buchanon — Grand Rivers, Kentucky
Olivia Burr — Paducah, Kentucky
Lori Dial, staff regent — Murray, Kentucky
Peggy J. Hays — Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Wells T. Lovett — Louisville, Kentucky
Michael Miller — Benton, Kentucky
Jessica Reed, student regent — Gilbertsville, Kentucky
Don Sparks — Mayfield, Kentucky
Terry Streiter, faculty regent — Murray, Kentucky
Tom Denton, treasurer
Sandra Rogers, secretary

F. King Alexander — president
Dewey Yeatts — chief of facilities operations and associate vice
 president, Facilities Management
Annazette Fields — director, Equal Opportunity; ADA compliance officer
John Rall — general counsel
Fugen Muscio — coordinator, Institutional Research
Alvin Choate — internal auditor
E.W. Dennison — director, Athletics

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Gary Brockway — provost and vice president, Academic Affairs
Sandra Jordan — interim vice provost and coordinator, Graduate Studies
Tim Todd — associate provost
Dannie E. Harrison — dean, College of Business and Public Affairs
Russ Wall — interim dean, College of Education
Elizabeth Blodgett — dean, College of Health Sciences and Human Services
Sandra Jordan — dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts 
Neil Weber — dean, College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Tony Brannon — interim director, School of Agriculture
Laurene Zaporozhetz — dean, Libraries
John M. Yates — dean, Continuing Education and Academic Outreach
Donna Harris — registrar
Mark J. Malinauskas — director, Honors Program
Mike Basile — director, Institute for International Studies
Michael Wetherholt — director, Sponsored Programs
W.A. Franklin — director, Teacher Quality Institute
Phil Sparks — interim director, Center of Telecommunications Systems Management

Vice President for Student Affairs
Don E. Robertson — vice president, Student Affairs
Michael E. Young — assistant vice president, Student Affairs
Jim Vaughan — assistant vice president, Enrollment Management
Mary Smith — director, admissions services
Cherie Stubblefield — director, African-American Student Services and Ethnic Programs
Ross Meloan — director, Career Services
William Allbritten — director, Counseling and Testing Center
Odelsia Torian — director, Educational Talent Search
William Benriter — director, Food Services
Roberta Garfield — director, Health Services
David Wilson — interim director, Residence Life/Housing
Paul Radke — director, School Relations
Charles Vinson — director, Student Financial Aid
James Baurer — director, Student Life and Curris Center
Velvet Wilson — director, Student Support Services
Carmen Garland — director, University Scholarships
Jack Vaughn — director, University Store
Myra Yates — director, Upward Bound
Jane Etheridge — director, Women’s Center

Vice President for Administrative Services
Thomas W. Denton — vice president, Administrative Services; chief financial officer
Joyce Gordon — associate vice president, Human Resources
Anita Poynor — bursar
Janice Thomasson — chief information officer
David Blackburn — director, Procurement Services
David DeVoss — director, Public Safety
Linda Miller — director, Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Carl Prestfeldt, Jr. — director, University Budget

Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Jim Carter — vice president, Institutional Advancement; executive director, Alumni Affairs
Mark Hutchins — associate vice president, Institutional Advancement
John McDonald — director, Marketing and Public Relations
Tim Miller — director, Murray State Foundation
Marian Posey — director, Institutional Services