Continuing Education and Academic Outreach
John M. Yates, Dean
303 Sparks Hall
|In the chapter....|
|Bachelor of Independent Studies|
|Associate of Arts - General Studies|
|Department of Military Science|
|The university recognizes its responsibility
to its designated
service region (18 counties) and to non-traditional students who desire
educational opportunities. The function of the Center for Continuing
and Academic Outreach (CE/AO) is to organize all extended campus
correspondence, educational television activities, workshops,
non-credit courses, community education, military programs and adult
programs. Murray State University is a member of the Association for
Distance Learning Programs
Non-Credit and Youth Programs
CE/AO also offers a wide range of short courses and programs for the community. Non-credit courses include personal development, recreational, and youth programs. In addition, CE/AO coordinates a number of camps, workshops, and conferences with residential and commuter options for children and adults.
For more information about conferences and workshops, youth programs, online certificates, or non-credit community education programs, contact the Office of Non-Credit and Youth Programs, 270-762-3659.
The university publishes a Correspondence Course Guide which details enrollment requirements, procedures, completion criteria and courses available.
Distance learning courses are similar to correspondence courses with two exceptions: (1) audio or video instruction sometimes accompanies the written lesson, and (2) courses follow the regular university semester time schedule. Distance learning courses are published in the official schedule of classes each semester.
In cooperation with Kentucky Educational Television (KET), Murray State offers telecourses each semester. Depending on the course, the student may be required to attend class on the main campus from one to four sessions each semester. KET telecourses are published in the official schedule of classes each semester.
Online courses are conducted almost entirely on the Internet. Only a small number of online courses require orientation meetings and/or proctored exams. Students should have a working knowledge of the World Wide Web, Internet access and experience using e-mail. Internet courses are published in the official schedule of classes each semester.
For more information about these courses, contact the Center for Continuing Education at 270-762-4159 or 1-800-669-7654.
Applicants from Kentucky and the Tennessee counties of Henry, Obion, Stewart, and Weakley who score 15 to 17 on the ACT and graduate with a GPA under 3.00, resulting in a ranking in the lower half of their high school class, may be admitted to MSU with restrictions. Restricted status student are required to enroll in a specific seven-hour block of courses that is offered in the Community College on a very limited basis. Additionally, restricted status students must complete a one-hour freshman orientation class and are limited to a maximum course load of 16 semester hours. Upon satisfactory completion of the restricted status curriculum, students advance to conditional status.
Bachelor of Independent Studies (B.I.S.)
An Alternative for Adults
Adults find the B.I.S. attractive for its flexible degree requirements, which make it easier to apply previous college work to a Murray State degree. Other attractive features include acceptance of correspondence courses and telecourses, encouragement of students to seek college credit for prior learning, and the learning contract which enables B.I.S. students to complete requirements in some courses without attending classes.
General Degree Requirements
See Mandatory Developmental Courses section
Bachelor of Independent Studies
Bachelor of Independent Studies Degree
University Studies Requirements 43-48 hrs
Communications and Basic Skills 9 hrs
BIS 399 Seminar 3 hrs
Research and Field of Study 30 hrs
Electives 39-44 hrs
Total Curriculum Requirements 120 hrs
Field of Study
However designed, the field of study must include two appropriate courses in research methodology. These courses prepare the student for the culmination of the B.I.S. program, the field of study project, a senior baccalaureate thesis required of every student.
The field of study project is the final step in completing the Bachelor of Independent Studies degree. The project report will be bound and displayed in the Murray State University library. It serves as a synthesis of applied learning and as a basis for an assessment of the student's analytical skills.
Applying business courses. Students
who wish to
apply credits for business courses to the B.I.S. degree requirements
consult a B.I.S. advisor to determine whether they must
Earning Academic Credit
Note: Courses with a BIS prefix are included in GPA calculation but only apply toward the Bachelor of Independent Studies degree.
The learning contract is a method by which a student completes an arranged course sponsored by a department and supervised by a Murray State University faculty member. A guide to developing learning contracts will be covered during the introductory seminar.
Departmental challenge examinations measure how well a student has mastered the content of courses which are normally offered to traditional students. Applications for departmental challenge examinations are made to the concerned department.
The College Level Examinations Program (CLEP) provides a way to earn college credit by taking standardized tests. A student may arrange to take these tests at any higher education institution offering the tests. Students who have ever enrolled at Murray State must have permission to take the CLEP tests. Contact Counseling and Testing, 100 Ordway Hall, 270-762-6851.
Correspondence courses are taken by mail for credit from Murray State University and other accredited institutions. For the working adult, these independent study courses allow the student to work at his or her own pace at times convenient to the student.
Television courses for credit are offered through the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) network. A program of course offerings and schedules is available each semester from the CE/AO.
B.I.S. students may apply for credit in Murray
by submitting a portfolio of materials to show that the student has
the course content. A maximum of 30 semester credit hours may be
for credit. The B.I.S. program maintains a portfolio guide setting
procedures for submission and
Traditional classroom courses scheduled by Murray State University both on-campus and off-campus may be a method for completing the external degree requirements. Many courses have been especially scheduled in the evenings for the adult student. Schedules of classes can be obtained from the CE/AO.
Transfer credit from other accredited colleges or universities can become a part of the degree program of studies. There is no maximum limit of credit hours which may be transferred to the external degree program from an accredited college or university as long as the student has maintained an overall C average. The student must earn a minimum of 32 semester hours of degree credit at Murray State.
Policies not stated in this section may be found by referring to Murray State University's policies in other sections of this catalog. For additional information regarding admission criteria, degree requirements, curriculum and fees, contact a B.I.S. Advisor, CE/AO, Murray State University, 303 Sparks Hall, Murray KY 42071-0009, or call 270-762-4159; outside Calloway County, call toll free, 1-800-669-7654.
The Associate of Arts in General Studies is a
special populations and includes the following course requirements. Refer
to the "Degrees" section of Chapter 4 for additional degree
Associate of Arts Degree
University Studies Requirements 45 hrs
(see Chapter 4 for approved University Studies
and the section on Mandatory Developmental Courses.)
Select courses in the categories indicated below from the approved list of University Studies courses in Chapter 4. No more than two courses in any one discipline may be taken within any one University Studies category to fulfill University Studies requirements.
Science and Mathematics 12 hrs
Approved Electives 19 hrs
Total Curriculum Requirements 64 hrs
The purpose of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program is to qualify college students for commissioning in the United States Army as officers in the grade of Second Lieutenant. This includes the Active Army (AD), National Guard (NG), and U.S. Army Reserves (USAR). This program of study is designed to develop the individual leadership and management skills that are necessary as an officer and equally beneficial and applicable to most other professions or vocations.
The Department of Military Science offers a four year and two year course of instruction which are divided into two phases, the basic course and the advanced course. Prerequisites for entry into the advanced course are 10 hours of basic Military Science courses, which include MIL 101, MIL 102, MIL 201 and MIL 202, or complete MIL 210 (Leadership Training Course at Ft. Knox, KY). Qualified veterans, NG, or USAR personnel may qualify for immediate placement in the advanced course. Students must have at least 54 credit hours and two years (4 semesters) left at Murray State University for entry into the advanced course as well.
Qualified students can also obtain a minor in Military Science. Department of Military Science requires at least 26 hours of Military Science in the 300 and 400 level and HIS 333 to receive a minor and/or to receive a commission. Six minor hours must be upper-level courses completed in residence at Murray State University. Military Science courses such as Land Navigation and Army Orientation (MIL 101), Developmental Skills (MIL 102), Basic Leadership (MIL 201), and Team Building and Military Doctrine (MIL 202) may be used as elective hours for students pursuing any degree at Murray State.
Upon the completion of the advance course requirements and hold a Bachelors Degree, you will serve on Active Duty or in one of the Reserve Components (NG/USAR). You will have the opportunity to choose the branch or "area" that you would like to be commissioned in. There are several branches to choose from:
Adjutant General's Corps Air Defense
Armor Artillery Aviation Chemical Corps Corps of Engineers Field Artillery Finance Infantry Medical Service Corps Military Intelligence Military Police Corps Nurse Corps
Ordnance Corps Quartermaster Corps
Signal Corps Transportation
Those students who desire to enter active duty are obligated to serve up to four years (depending if scholarship or not). Students choosing a Reserve Component option may request a Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) contract. Students selecting this option serve on active duty for the duration of the branch school chosen then serve six (6) years for the NG or USAR.
Two, three, and four-year scholarships are
cover the cost of tuition, books, and fees. Students must apply for
scholarships during their junior or senior year of high school.
recipients and contracted cadets receive a monthly stipend during the
year. ROTC enrolled students may apply for housing scholarships,
for up to eight semesters. For more information on scholarships,
the Department of Military Science (270) 762-5061. Students
Required text books are purchased by the
manuals are provided by the Department of Military Science. All
course students attend a five-week leadership practicum in the summer
their junior and senior year of ROTC.
FOUR YEAR MINOR:
Required Courses 36 hrs
Students enrolling in MIL 100 and 200 (basic) level courses incur no military obligation. Basic level courses are conducted in the same manner as are other courses taught at the University.
Students entering into the advance course must
be of high
moral character and meet required medical, aptitude, and GPA
In addition, they must sign an agreement to fulfill a military
requirement in either the Reserve Component, or Active Army upon
of ROTC and graduating from Murray State.
TWO YEAR MINOR:
Required Courses 26-32 hrs
The two-year program is designed for transfer
and Murray State students who wish to earn a commission as an Army
but did not participate in the four-year program. Students desiring to
participate in the two-year program must gain credit for basic military
science courses. This credit can be awarded to students who are
National Guard and Reserve personnel that have completed Basic
College freshman and sophomores or other college students with at least
two years remaining in college, may gain credit for basic military