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Northwest Missouri State University


Majors, Degrees and Programs

Northwest offers 126 undergraduate majors, 73 minors, 18 pre-professional programs, 40 graduate programs, five graduate certificate programs, three certificate programs, three specialist programs.

Each year, about 20% of our incoming freshmen and 10% of transfer students begin their education at Northwest as a deciding student. Students who are deciding their major are in the process of exploration. They are evaluating the interests, abilities, needs and values they possess and how they fit with a major or career.

As a deciding student you will be asked to declare a Meta-Major. A Meta-Major is a grouping of courses for your first year to guide you toward a major in an area while still progressing toward graduation.

The staff at the Advisement Assistance and Orientation Office and the Office of Career Services want to help any deciding student in the process of choosing a major. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue the process of deciding.

For more information about graduate-level study, visit the University Graduate School.

 

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School of Agricultural Sciences

Major

Minor & More

Graduate
Agricultural Business BS Minor
Agriculture  BAS   MS
Agricultural Communications Minor
Agriculture Education BSEd MSEd
Agriculture Finance Minor
Agriculture Science BS Minor
Agronomy BS Minor
Animal Science  BS Minor
Animal Science (Pre-Vet) BS
Business Administration: Agricultural Economics MBA
Farm Operations 
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Horticulture BS  Minor
Precision Agriculture Minor
Teaching: Agriculture MSEd

Melvin D. & Valorie G. Booth School of Business

Major

Minor & More

Graduate
Accounting Information Systems Minor
Accounting: Private Accounting Track BS
Accounting: Public Accounting Track BS
Agricultural Finance Minor
Business Minor
Business Administration: Agricultural Economics MBA
Business Administration: Business Decision and Analytics MBA
Business Administration: General Management MBA, Online
Business Administration: Human Resource Management MBA, Online
Business Administration: Marketing MBA, Online
Business Economics BS
Business Education BSEd
Business Management BAS, BS
CATapult (Bachelor's degree + MBA in 4 years) Accel Accel
Data Science: Business BS
Economics BS Minor
Finance: Corporate Finance BS
Finance: Financial Computing BS
Finance: Financial Services BS
Finance: Financial Management BS
International Business BS
Marketing BAS, BS
Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management BS
Sport Management Minor

School of Communication & Mass Media

Major

Minor & More

Graduate
Advertising BS Minor
Agricultural Communications Minor
Broadcasting Minor
Communication: Emphasis in Interpersonal Communication BA, BS Minor
Communication: Emphasis in Organizational Communication BA, BS Minor
Communication: Emphasis in Public Relations BA, BS Minor
Communication: Emphasis in Rhetoric BA, BS Minor
Communication: Speech and Theatre Education BA, BS
Interactive Digital Media: New Media BS Minor
Journalism Minor
Mass Media: Applied Advertising BS
Mass Media: Broadcast and Production (Audio) BS
Mass Media: Multimedia Journalism BS
Mass Media: Sport Media BS
Media Studies BA
Pre-Speech Pathology Pre
Speech and Theatre Education BSEd
Strategic Communication MA

School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Major

Minor & More

Graduate
Accounting Information Systems Minor
Applied Computer Science MS
Business Education BSEd
Business Education: Middle School BSEd
Business Education: Secondary Program BSEd Minor
Business Technology BAS, BS Cert
Computer Applications Minor
Computer Networking Minor
Computer Science BAS, BS Minor
Computer: Elementary Education Minor
Data Management Systems Minor
Data Science: Computer Science BS
Geographic Information Systems Minor
Information Systems Cert MS
Instructional Technology MS
Interactive Digital Media: Computer Science BS Minor
Management Information Systems BAS, BS
Marketing and Cooperative Education Minor
Systems Management Minor

School of Education

Major

Minor & More

Graduate
Curriculum and Instruction Online
Early Childhood BSEd MSEd
Early Childhood: Early Childhood Special Education BSEd
Education Leadership: Elementary MSEd
Education Leadership: K-12 MSEd, Online
Education Leadership: Secondary MSEd
Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis EdD
Educational Leadership: Elementary School Principalship EdS
Educational Leadership: Secondary School Principalship EdS
Educational Leadership: Superintendency EdS
Elementary Education BSEd
Elementary Mathematics MSEd
Higher Education Leadership MS
Middle School Education BSEd MSEd
Reading MSEd
Special Education MSEd
Special Education: Cross Categorical and Elementary Education BSEd
Superintendency EdS
Teacher Leadership MSEd
Teaching English Language Learners MSEd, Cert
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA, Cert

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Major

Minor & More

Graduate
Art BA Minor
Art Education BSEd Minor
Art: Graphic Design BFA
Art: Studio - Ceramics BFA
Art: Studio - Drawing BFA
Art: Studio - Painting BFA
Art: Studio - Photography BFA
Art: Studio - Printmaking BFA
Art: Studio - Sculpture BFA
Interactive Digital Media: Visual Imaging BS Minor
Instrumental Music Education BME
Music BA Minor
Speech and Theatre Minor
Speech and Theatre Education BSEd
Speech and Theatre: Middle School Minor
Theatre BA Minor
Theatre: Performance BS
Theatre: Technical Theatre and Design BS
Vocal Music Education BME

Department of Humanities & Social Sciences

Major

Minor & More

Graduate
Criminal Justice Minor
Criminology BS
Data Science: Geographic Information Systems BS
Emergency and Disaster Management BS Minor
Geography BA, BAS, BS Minor
Geographic Information Systems BAS, BS Minor MS, Cert
History BA, BS Minor MSEd
International Studies Minor
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA, BS Minor
Philosophy BA Minor
Political Science BA, BS Minor
Political Science: Criminal Justice BA, BS  
Political Science: Global Affairs BA, BS  
Political Science: Public Administration BA, BS  
Pre-Law Pre
Public History and Museum Studies Minor
Social Science BSEd  

School of Health Science & Wellness

Major

Minor & More

Graduate
Applied Health Science BS MS
Biology/Psychology BS
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Chiropractic BS
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Occupational Therapy BS
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Physical Therapy BS
Biology: Biomedical Science BS
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Chiropractic BS
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Dentistry BS Pre
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Medicine BS Pre
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Optometry BS Pre
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Physician Assistant BS
Biomedical Science: Chiropractic BS
Child and Family Studies BAS Minor
Clinical Laboratory Sciences BS
Coaching Minor
Food Service Minor
Foods and Nutrition: Dietetics BS Minor
Gerontology Minor
Health Education Minor
Human Services BS
Nutrition Minor
Physical Education BSEd   MSEd
Pre-Dental Hygiene Pre View PDF
Pre-Mortuary Science Pre
Pre-Nursing Pre View PDF
Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre
Pre-Osteopathic & Allopathic Therapy Pre
Pre-Pharmacy Pre
Pre-Physical Therapy Pre
Pre-Radiology Pre View PDF
Pre-Respiratory Therapy Pre
Psychology BA, BS Minor
Radiological Science BS
Recreation: Corporate Recreation/Wellness BS Minor MS View PDF
Recreation: Recreation and Park Management BS Minor MS View PDF
Recreation: Therapeutic Recreation BS Minor MS View PDF
School Counseling MSEd
Sociology Minor
Sports Management Minor
Sport and Exercise Psychology MS
Sport Psychology Minor

Department of Language, Literature and Writing

Major

Minor & More

Graduate
English BA Minor MA
English Education BSEd MSEd
English: English Pedagogy MA
Individualized Language Program Minor
Spanish BA, BS Minor
Spanish Education BSEd
Writing BA, BS Minor
Writing: Creative Writing and Publishing BS
Writing: Professional Writing BS

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Major

Minor & More

Graduate
Elementary Mathematics Specialist MSEd
Mathematics BA, BS Minor MS
Mathematics Education BSEd Minor MSEd
Statistics Minor

Department of Natural Sciences

Major

Minor & More

Graduate
Biology BS Minor MS
Biology Education BSEd MSEd
Biology/Psychology BS
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Chiropractic BS
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Occupational Therapy BS
Biology/Psychology: Pre-Physical Therapy BS
Biology: Biomedical Science BS
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Chiropractic BS
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Dentistry BS Pre
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Medicine BS Pre
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Optometry BS Pre
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Physician Assistant BS
Biology: Biomedical Science – Pre-Veterinary BS
Biology: Cellular/Molecular BS
Biomedical Science: Chiropractic BS
Chemistry BA, BS Minor
Chemistry: Biochemistry BS Minor
Chemistry: Medicinal Chemistry - Pre-Medicine BS
Chemistry: Medicinal Chemistry - Pre-Pharmacy BS
Chemistry Education BSEd Minor MSEd
Clinical Laboratory Sciences BS
Data Sciences: Molecular Biology BS
Earth Science Education BSEd Minor MSEd
Geology BA, BS Minor
Geology: Environmental Geology BS Minor
Marine Biology BS
Middle School Science Minor
Nanoscale Science: Nanobiology BS
Nanoscale Science: Nanochemistry BS
Nanoscale Science: Nanophysics BS
Physics Minor
Physics Education Minor MSEd
Pre-Dental Hygiene Pre View PDF
Pre-Engineering Pre
Pre-Mortuary Science Pre
Pre-Nursing Pre View PDF
Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre
Pre-Pharmacy Pre
Pre-Physical Therapy Pre
Pre-Podiatry Pre
Pre-Radiology Pre View PDF
Pre-Respiratory Therapy Pre
Radiological Science BS
Teaching: Science MSEd
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation BA, BS

 

Degree Legend

BA Bachelor of Arts MBA Master of Business Administration
BAS Bachelor of Applied Science MS Master of Science
BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts MSEd Master of Science in Education
BME Bachelor of Music Education EdD Doctorate in Education
BS Bachelor of Science EdS Specialist in Education
BSCLS Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences Accel Accelerated Program
BSEd Bachelor of Science in Education Cert Certificate
BSMT Bachelor of Medical Technology Minor Undergraduate Minor
MA Master of Arts Pre Pre-professional Program