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General Bulletin 2004-2006

General Information


The General Bulletin 2004-2006 is the academic guide for new students at Miami University.

Please keep this catalog—it contains the requirements that you must meet for graduation as you enter Miami University in 2004-2006. Miami, however, reserves the right to make changes to its programs. It is your responsibility to check regularly with your academic program adviser for up-to-date information. Consult your academic division's advising office for specific information on academic policies and procedures, degree programs, and requirements.

Mission of Miami University

The mission of Miami University is to preserve, add to, evaluate, and transmit the accumulated knowledge of the centuries; to develop critical thinking, extend the frontiers of knowledge, and serve society; and to provide an environment conducive to effective and inspired teaching and learning, promote professional development of faculty, and encourage scholarly research and creativity of faculty and students.

Miami's primary concern is its students. This concern is reflected in a broad array of efforts to develop the potential of each student. The university endeavors to individualize the educational experience. It provides personal and professional guidance, and it offers opportunities for its students to achieve understanding and appreciation not only of their own culture but of the cultures of others as well. Selected undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs of quality should be offered with the expectation of students achieving high levels of competence and understanding and developing personal value systems. Since the legislation creating Miami University stated that a leading mission of the university was to promote "good education, virtue, religion, and morality," the university has been striving to emphasize the supreme importance of dealing with problems related to values.

Miami is committed to serve the community, state, and nation. It offers access to higher education, including continuing education, for those who can benefit from it, at a reasonable cost, without regard for race, creed, sex, or age. It educates men and women for responsible, informed citizenship, as well as for meaningful employment. It provides both disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to the pursuit of knowledge and to the solving of problems. It sponsors a wide range of cultural and educational activities that have significance beyond the campus and the local community.

Miami University Values Statement

Miami University is a scholarly community whose members believe that a liberal education is grounded in qualities of character as well as of intellect. We respect the dignity of other persons, the rights and property of others, and the right of others to hold and express disparate beliefs. We believe in honesty, integrity, and the importance of moral conduct. We defend the freedom of inquiry that is the heart of learning and combine that freedom with the exercise of judgement and the acceptance of personal responsibility.

Brief History

An act of Congress signed by George Washington in 1792 stipulated that a university be located in the Miami Valley north of the Ohio River. The official act to establish Miami University was passed on Feb. 17, 1809. Miami is the second oldest state university west of the Alleghenies and takes its name from the tribe that once inhabited the area known as Ohio's Miami Valley.

Delayed by the War of 1812, instruction began in 1824 with a president, two faculty, and 20 students. Enrollment grew rapidly, reaching 250 by 1839.

In the 1830s, William Holmes McGuffey wrote the first of his Eclectic Readers while a Miami professor. Among the many talented young students was Benjamin Harrison who graduated in 1852; he was elected the 23rd president of the United States in 1888.

A few years after the Civil War, with changed conditions and advancing prices, the income of the university became insufficient to support its work. Miami closed in 1873, opening 12 years later when resources had accumulated and the state of Ohio began a policy of appropriating public funds for support.

Coeducation began in 1888; by 1903 there were more than 100 women on campus—one third of the total enrollment. Our first African American student, Nelly Craig, graduated in 1905.

Many other milestones have been reached. The concept of artist-in-residence began here. Beginning in 1835, four national fraternities were founded here, giving Miami a nickname, "Mother of Fraternities." Another nickname is "Cradle of Coaches," referring to the coaching success of so many former players and coaches. Ohio's first intercollegiate football game was played at Miami in 1888 against the University of Cincinnati.

In the beginning, the course of study at Miami was strictly classical. Over the years new academic divisions were added to meet the changing needs of students and society: education in 1902, business in 1927, fine arts in 1929, graduate programs in 1947, applied science in 1959, and interdisciplinary studies in 1974.

Western College, a 120-year-old private institution adjoining the Oxford campus, merged with Miami in 1974 and became the site of interdisciplinary studies (Western College Program).

Miami's Middletown and Hamilton campuses opened in 1966 and 1968, respectively. Also in 1968, Miami opened a European center, now named John E. Dolibois European Center, in Luxembourg.

A number of campus buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, including Elliott, Stoddard, and Peabody halls, and the Western College for Women Historic District. The McGuffey Museum is a National Historic Landmark.

About Miami

Miami is a state-assisted university of Ohio. Approximately 14,800 undergraduates and 1,430 graduate students are enrolled at the Oxford campus. About 225 of the undergraduates attend one or two semesters at the John E. Dolibois European Center in Differdange, Luxembourg. Two commuter campuses in nearby cities, Hamilton and Middletown, each enroll more than 2,600 additional students.

Miami offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, Specialist in Education, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificate programs. Degrees, majors, minors, and certificate programs are listed at the end of this chapter.


The central campus of Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio, just 35 miles north of Cincinnati and 45 miles southwest of Dayton. The university covers more than 1,900 acres in Oxford. Preservation of nature throughout the campus and community coupled with architectural continuity—modified Georgian design—explains why Miami is regarded as one of the most beautiful campuses in the Midwest.

Oxford is a classic college town with a population of about 9,000 (excluding students). Uptown, adjacent to campus, are small shops and local eateries.


Computing Services

Information Technology Services (IT Services)
302 Hoyt Hall, 513-529-5322
Learning Technologies Centers:
201 Gaskill Hall, 513-529-9742
137 MacCracken Hall, 513-529-6069
Support Desk, 513-529-7900
Knowledge Base, http://KB.muohio.edu

All Miami students are provided accounts for e-mail, universal disk space for file storage, and access to a variety of computational and information tools via the Miami University Data and Video Network (MUnet) and its connection to the Internet.

Personal computers and software applications are available for use in the Learning Technologies Centers. Consultants and learning resources are available to help you use the facilities and applications.

All academic divisions and many departments operate their own computing labs. A number of departments have computing equipment dedicated to research instrumentation or other specific uses.

Continuing Education Programs

Office of Continuing Education (OCE)
Joyner House, 513-529-1508

OCE administers a broad array of credit and noncredit programs and services. Credit programs are led by Miami University faculty and include Summer Session, domestic and international credit workshops, and the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program.

Noncredit programs forge connections between university and community members of all ages through personal enrichment and professional development. OCE is home for the Miami University Institute for Learning in Retirement, Elderhostel, non-credit international travel-study, summer youth programs, and online courses.

Health Service

Student Health Service
Health Services Building
421 S. Campus Ave., *513-529-3000

Outpatient care facilities and services are provided to full-time students and those part-time students who have paid the full general fee. In addition to the staff, specialists consult on a regular basis. Hospitalization and after-hours care are available at Oxford's McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital (513-523-2111).

With payment of the full general fee, you receive unlimited care from the Student Health Service; however, there are charges for laboratory, X-rays and other miscellaneous items. You can purchase prescribed medication from the pharmacy at a reasonable price.


Student Housing and Meal Plan Services
111 Shriver Center, 513-529-5000

All freshmen and first-year transfer students, except those living with their parent(s), guardian(s), or spouse, must live on campus in residence halls (see the Admission chapter).

Residence hall rooms are furnished and more than 85 percent of the rooms are for two students. Most of the remaining rooms accommodate three or four students, but there are a limited number of single rooms.

Housing assignments for freshmen are made at random by computer at Student Housing and Meal Plan Services. Upperclass students who presently live in residence halls may choose to remain in their same rooms for the following academic year or participate in a lottery in late October through early November. This early date enables students to make informed housing decisions. For first-year students, the room selection process is conducted from late January through early March to give those students more time to decide where and with whom they would like to live as upperclass students. Students who cannot be placed during the lottery are put on a waiting list, and assignments are made according to class status and lottery number. Every attempt is made to honor roommate, room, and hall requests and ensure that all students receive housing.

The Miami Manor Community houses married students and single graduate students within apartment complexes. It has 74 furnished one and two-bedroom apartments.

Contract and Deposit
All students living in a residence hall sign a housing contract, an agreement to pay room rent and board, and pay a $350 housing deposit.

Dining Facilities
Thirty-five residence halls are served by five "all you care to eat" buffets, as well as several à la carte, food service locations managed by the university. Everyone who lives in the residence halls must board in the dining facilities.


King Library: 513-529-4141, *513-529-2800
Brill Science Library: Hughes Laboratories, 513-529-7200
Amos Music Library: 120 Center for Performing Arts, 513-529-2299
Gardner-Harvey Library:
Middletown campus, 513-727-3221, 513-529-4936
Rentschler Library: Hamilton campus, 513-785-3235
Southwest Ohio Regional Depository:
Middletown campus, 513-727-3474
Wertz Art and Architecture Library: 7 Alumni Hall, 513-529-6638
University Archives, Withrow Court, 513-529-6720

Miami University Libraries include four libraries on the Oxford campus and one on each regional campus. King Library contains collections in the humanities, social sciences, media, government documents, and rare books. Brill Science Library contains materials in the sciences, mathematics, technology, and a large map collection. Specialized libraries are Wertz Art and Architecture Library and Amos Music Library. University Archives houses historical records of the university.

Oxford campus libraries provide access to more than 2.7 million cataloged volumes and bound documents, 2.9 million microforms, more than 13,000 current periodicals and newspapers, thousands of recordings, videos, and other nonprint materials, and 100,000 maps. Each year, more than 40,000 volumes of books and periodicals are added to collections.

Rentschler Library at Hamilton campus has holdings of more than 76,000 volumes and 356 periodicals. Gardner-Harvey Library at Middletown campus contains 70,000 volumes and 400 periodicals.

The Southwest Ohio Regional Depository, located on the Middletown campus, is a specially designed facility for the storage of permanently held but little-used library materials from the collections of Miami University, University of Cincinnati, Wright State University, and Central State University.

MiamiLINK, the libraries' Web site, provides access to a variety of information resources including periodical indexes, databases, and the libraries' online catalog. Workstations are located in all libraries to access MiamiLINK and OhioLINK, a statewide network of information resources. Both may also be accessed from outside the libraries.


Art Museum: Patterson Ave., 513-529-2232

The angular limestone and glass Art Museum, designed by Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, houses the university's permanent collection of more than 16,000 art objects from all parts of the world by internationally known artists. Rotating exhibitions, public lectures, gallery talks, performances, and other special events are offered throughout the year. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Internships and independent studies are available through several academic departments. You can also volunteer to assist with events and activities at the museum.

William Holmes McGuffey Museum:
410 E. Spring St., 513-529-8380

William Holmes McGuffey compiled the first edition of the Eclectic Readers while a Miami faculty member from 1826 to 1836. His National Historic Landmark house serves as a teaching museum for University and regional history, nineteenth-century domestic architecture and material culture, personal items of the McGuffey family, a rare collection of McGuffey Readers, and for the history of literacy, reading and schooling.

Science Museums include:
Anthropology Museum, 180 Upham Hall, 513-529-2628
Karl E. Limper Geology Museum, 8 Shideler Hall, 513-529-3220
Williard Sherman Turrell Herbarium, 79 Upham Hall, 513-529-2755
Robert A. Hefner Zoology Museum, 100 Upham Hall, 513-529-4617

Western College Museum:
Patterson Place, Patterson Ave., 513-529-4400
Western College Museum houses a permanent collection of paintings, silver, and furnishings. Patterson Place, located on the northwest corner of the Western College for Women Historic District, also serves as the office for Western College Alumnae Association, Inc.


University Police: Police Services Center, 4945 Oxford Trenton Road, *513-529-2222
Environmental Health and Safety: 6 Hughes Hall, 513-529-2829
Other service phones:
EMERGENCY (police, fire, medical): 911
Lost-and-Found Property: 513-529-8135

University Police, commissioned by the state of Ohio, ensure the safety and well-being of the university community and the security of university property. University Police also oversee emergency phones.

Environmental Health and Safety Offices are responsible for the management of hazardous residual material, radiation safety, occupational, industrial, and laboratory safety, fire safety, and environmental management.


Parking and Transportation Services
Campus Avenue Building, Room 15, 513-529-8535

The Department of Parking and Transporation Services (www.muohio.edu/parking) offers several transportation programs to students:

  • The Miami Metro provides daily bus service, including weekends and evenings, throughout campus and to off-campus areas in Oxford. The Miami Metro also provides shuttle service from Oxford to the MU-Hamilton campus. Call the Bus Information Hotline at 523-8188 for information.
  • A medical transport service for students (SMT) with temporary and permanent disabilities is available daily when the Miami Metro is in operation. Nighttime Door-to-Door (NDD) provides service to and from campus during evening hours. Call 529-2277 for SMT and NDD service.
  • Charter bus service to the Cleveland and Chicago areas during the fall midterm break, Thanksgiving break, winter recess, and spring break is available by calling the Parent's Office at 529-3436.
  • Airport transportation to the Dayton and Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati airports from the Shriver Center is available for Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks. For more information, call the Shriver Center Box Office at 529-3200.

For More Information

Except for the regional campuses, all addresses are:
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: 513-529-1809 (general information)

  • Admission, undergraduate: Office of Admission, Campus Avenue Building, *513-529-2531.
  • Admission, graduate: Graduate School, 102 Roudebush, 513-529-3734.
  • Disability services: Office of Disability Resources, 19 Campus Avenue Building, *513-529-1541.
  • Fees and expenses: Office of the Bursar, 107 Campus Avenue Building, *513-529-8700.
  • Financial aid, loans, scholarships, student employment: Office of Student Financial Assistance, 121 Campus Avenue Building, *513-529-8734.
  • Hamilton campus: Miami University Hamilton, 1601 University Blvd., Hamilton, OH 45011, 513-785-3000 or *513-785-3211.
  • Honors Program: 96 Bishop Hall, 513-529-3399.
  • Intercollegiate Athletics: 230 Millett Hall, 513-529-3113.
  • International students: Office of International Programs, 216 MacMillan, 513-529-5628.
  • Liberal Education Office: 229 Culler Hall, 513-529-7135.
  • Middletown campus: Miami University Middletown, 4200 E. University Blvd., Middletown, OH 45042, 513-727-3200 or *513-727-3308.
  • Minority Affairs: Office of Multicultural Student Enrichment, 122 Warfield Hall, *513-529-6504.
  • Parking, motor vehicle, and bicycle regulations: Parking and Transportation Services, 15 Campus Avenue Building, 513-529-8535
  • Recreational sports: Recreational Sports Center, 513-529-6868.
  • Residence and dining halls: Housing Dining, and Guest Services, Cook Place, 513-529-3721; and, Housing and Meal Plan Services, 111 Shriver Center, 513-529-5000.
  • Registration: Office of the Registrar, 102 Campus Avenue Building, *513-529-8703.
  • Student organizations: Student Activities Office, 356 Shriver Center, 513-529-2266.
  • Student responsibility and regulations: See The Student Handbook, published online each academic year and available at www.muohio.edu/handbook. Motor vehicle and bicycle regulations are available from Parking and Transportation Services, 15 Campus Avenue Building.
  • Veterans Affairs Office: Office of Student Financial Assistance, 121 Campus Avenue Building, 513-529-8772.
  • Women's Center: 205 MacMillan, 513-529-1510.

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