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Minot State University (MSU or MiSU) is a four-year institution of higher learning in Minot, North Dakota. Founded in 1913 as a normal school, Minot State University is the third-largest public university in North Dakota, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Old Main at Minot State University. ... Old Main at Minot State University. ... Nickname: Magic City Map Location in Ward County, North Dakota Political Statistics Founded 1886 Incorporated June 28, 1887 County Ward County Mayor Curt Zimbelman Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 37. ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... A normal school is an institution for training teachers. ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ...

Minot State University's mascot is the Beaver. The school colors are Red and Green (though occasionally Maroon and/or White trim is used). The campus newspaper is called the Red and Green. Binomial name Castor canadensis Kuhl, 1820 A taxidermied American Beaver The American Beaver (Castor canadensis) is a large semi-aquatic rodent native to Canada, most of the United States and parts of northern Mexico. ...



Minot State University awards undergraduate degrees in 49 courses of study, and graduate degrees in 10 fields of study.

MSU is composed of four main academic divisions:

College of Arts and Sciences

College Mission and Vision
CAS Mission Statement:
"The College of Arts & Sciences provides a comprehensive, holistic, and interdisciplinary education at Minot State University. College faculty integrate excellent teaching with scholarly and creative activity, thereby preparing undergraduate and graduate students with the knowledge, values, and skills needed in our diverse world." CAS Vision Statement:
"To be recognized as one of the best liberal arts colleges among mid-sized, comprehensive state universities in and beyond the USA."

The objective of the art program consists of the development of creative, expressive and technically competent graduates. Inspiration, material, skill and judgment are directed toward this goal, as well as to the ability to form qualitative judgments within an aesthetic and historical context.

The Biology Program at Minot State University offers two degrees: The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in Education. At MSU, Biology students have the opportunity to make original contributions to their field. The project undertaken by the student generally takes the form of a one-on-one collaboration with a member of the faculty and therefore usually involves research close to the major interest of the Professor involved. The size of the project and its duration may vary but generally is expected to involve one or two semesters and contribute up to eight semester hours of credits towards graduation.


The objectives of the faculty in chemistry include:
a) the provision of high-quality undergraduate education to students seeking a career in the chemical industry, to those wishing to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry, and to those wishing to teach chemistry at the secondary level;
b) the introduction of the philosophy and fundamentals of chemistry to students who are satisfying General Education requirements;
c) the broadening of scientific literacy.

Communication Arts

Computer Science
In computer science we offer a Bachelor of Science degree or minor, concentration, or certificate options.

Criminal Justice
The Department of Criminal Justice at Minot State University exposes students to relevant social, political, economic, and philosophical issues confronting the justice system both within the United States and in other countries.
Minot State University also offers a Criminal Justice Graduate Program The primary objective of the program is to prepare students for professional employment and advanced graduate study in Criminal Justice. By combining a generic core and topical seminars for specialized study with a background in the social/behavioral science discipline, the program produces professionals with competence in program evaluation, research, program administration, and planning. Additionally, it prepares students for further graduate education. The program emphasizes providing students with the opportunity to expand their theoretical and methodological perspectives and to cultivate their specialized interests in substantive areas within Criminal Justice. Students augment their academic preparation by engaging in professional activities, sponsoring seminars and workshops, participating in research, and teaching under the supervision of full-time faculty. Lists of current research endeavors and interest areas of faculty members are posted at the beginning of each academic year which provide students with an overview of research, community projects, and other discipline related activities in the department.

Mission Statement
The economics faculty at Minot State University recognizes that the study of economics has both practical and aesthetic value. A successful economics degree program achieves both kinds of values.
The economics department at Minot State University recognizes the practical value of contributing to the depth and the breadth of skills in each economics student, and also the aesthetic value of meeting student aspirations for wisdom, within the context of a degree program that effectively builds knowledge of economics in each student.
1. Economics majors will demonstrate competency in the use of social science methods, in particular in using the methods used in economics.
2. Economics majors will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of all important concepts in both microeconomics and macroeconomics.
3. Economics majors will be prepared to complete work that requires them to design, control and execute jobs. This may involve any or all of the following--research of a subject or problem; organization of thought about that subject or problem; quantitative or qualitative analysis of a subject or problem; suggestion of a solution to a problem; outline of the nature of a subject; and completion of a written report summarizing findings of research of a problem or a subject.
4. The economics degree program will teach students about globalism and multi-culturalism.
5. The Economics Department will teach economics subject and methodology through sequential coursework; that is, by starting the study of economics with introductory courses and then moving on to more advanced course offerings.


Foreign Language
The department of Foreign Language introduces students to the cultures of French, German, and Spanish speaking countries of the world, provides an understanding of their historical and contemporary significance, and facilitates development of proficiency in their languages.
With a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) degree, the graduate is prepared to teach a foreign language in high school. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Arts program, the student is prepared for a wide variety of employment opportunities. Foreign sevice, museum work, banking (foreign department), international business, tourism, social services, the Peace Corps, or translation are possible areas of employment. Students who earn either a B.A. or a B.S.E. degree can go on to graduate school to prepare for a career in college teaching.
Through the study of language and culture, the department promotes global comprehension and prepares students to work, study, and travel abroad.



The faculty of the MSU history department invite you to make history with us. You will find we offer a variety of courses and small classes unmatched anywhere in North Dakota. Any of us will be happy to advise you on a course of study, no matter what your interest. Our students learn in and out of the classroom; a variety of internships, conference opportunities, local museum work, and oral history projects will allow you to work in the community as you build a portfolio of life-long skills.
We offer the B.A. in History, the B.S.E. in History with teacher certification, preparation for law school, courses for current teachers seeking to satisfy the requirements of No Child Left Behind, and other options such as the history minor, concentration, or certification for students who have already completed a degree. We are in the planning stages of a Certificate in Public History and invite your comments. Students considering a B.S.E. in Social Science should also consult one of us, as much of your course work will be in history.

Honors Program
This program offers a series of courses that together earn a "concentration" at MSU, as well as an Honors Program distinction on your transcript and diploma. Classes are small and full of lively discussion, and the atmosphere is one of mutual respect.
The Minot State University Honors Program rewards and challenges motivated students, promoting a spirit of inquiry, dynamic exchange of ideas, and strong commitment to academic excellence. Honors work encourages students to explore interests beyond traditional academic boundaries and enriches study through interdisciplinary approaches, global perspectives, and service learning.
To encourage intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and reflection
To promote excellence in verbal and written communication
To generate high-quality independent and collaborative work
To support advanced interdisciplinary studies
To explore and appreciate diverse cultures
To nurture a commitment to service
Students in the Honors Program will participate in lively seminar discussions, conduct independent study and research, produce and present an advanced-level writing project, participate in community service projects, and earn public recognition for their achievements.


In mathematics we offer both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, or a minor or concentration in mathematics or statistics.

The Division of Music at Minot State University provides a comprehensive study of music through music literature, theory, performance, history, technology and education.

Native American Studies
The interdisciplinary Native American Studies curriculum at Minot State University offers a wide range of courses in Native American art, literature, history, anthropology, science, and contemporary social issues. In addition, the program fosters service learning opportunities at Native American reservations and important historical and archaeological sites. Minot State University offers both a minor and concentration in Native American studies. The Native American Cultural Awareness Center, on the campus of MSU, sponsors an annual pow-wow and honor dance in April at the MSU Dome.



Science Education
Science Education Programs hosted by the Cyril Moore Science Center offer a wide range of practicum-centered P-12 experiences in inquiry-based teaching methodology and curriculum design. Since 1987, these programs have presented numerous grant-funded courses and summer institutes in the context of the center's unique content-based Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and the Master of Education degree offered by the College of Education and Health Sciences. All programs are linked to the curricula and facilities of numerous surrounding public and private schools through a series of teaching practica, local science fairs and olympiads, student teaching, and related events. At the Cyril Moore Science Center, teachers truly do "learn by doing."

Social Science Education
The Social Science BSE degree program is specifically designed to prepare candidates to teach social studies or any of the social science disciplines in the secondary schools. Thus it provides an overview of all the social sciences and greater depth in history, which is typically more heavily emphasized in high school curricula.
The Social Science BSE degree meets the standards for state certification to teach history and social science courses at the middle school and high school level. Those enrolled in the BSE program (teacher preparation) gain hands-on experience in their chosen field while completing the required student teaching segment of their studies.

The Sociology Department at Minot State University offers a BA and BSE degree. An undergraduate minor and concentration is also a valuable component of our program as measured by the large number of students who complete these offerings. One of the features of our program is that there are a variety of tracks offered to accommodate student needs. These tracks include general studies, criminology, ethnic and gender studies, public administration, aging, and social psychology.
Mission Statement
The Sociology Department supports the mission of Minot State by implementing the goals of our university. We attempt to emphasize the primacy of learning, to prepare students for occupations aimed at improving the quality of life for all people to form productive alliances with a vast array of organizations through public service and research arrangements, to develop multicultural and international awareness by fostering respect for diversity found in American society and to encourage students to develop an understanding of other peoples and cultures. The department also continues to actively seek cooperative agreements with other NDUS institutions in order to share programs and increase opportunities for the citizens of the state. We encourage the participation of students and faculty in community, national and international exchanges in sociological education, research and service.
Sociology Program Goals Students should develop a knowledge base constructed on the accumulation of sociological research.
Students should have an understanding of sociological theory.
Students should master sociological research methods and statistics.
Students should be well versed in the articulation of sociological perspectives.
Students should develop critical thinking skills.
Students should become responsive to social conditions and problems.
Students should be provided with the stimuli and models for the acquisition of professional values and roles.
Courses should emphasize the need to develop reflective decision making skills so that students may learn to apply their sociological knowledge.
Course offerings should include a variety of multicultural and global topics that focus on traditional as well as contemporary institutional issues.


Cyril Moore Science Center

Northwest Art Center

Mission The Northwest Art Center will encourage and promote artistic and multi-cultural expression with education and outreach through an interdisciplinary regional arts center

    • 26 academic departments

College of Business

The College of Business Mission Statement
At the Minot State University College of Business, we develop, enhance, and implement programs that foster people’s understanding of global markets, economic planning, productivity, and professional business practice. While expanding principles of ethical professional practice, we also strive to enhance societal well-being and the life-long learning of our faculty, students, alumni, and community members—qualities we believe are essential to meeting the needs of our stakeholders in an evolving professional business environment. The College of Business will continue to serve as a catalyst for economic development

The College of Business Accreditation
Our curriculum is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Scholarships Requirments More Requirments More Requirments More Requirments More Requirments More Requirments More Requirments More Requirments
The Dale D. Atwood Memorial Scholarship The Don L. Barber Memorial Scholarship The Lee Badertscher Memorial Scholarship The J. Bernard Busse Memorial Scholarship The Ove Jorgensen Scholarship The Pearl Stusrud Memorial Scholarship The Robert and Ilze Sando Scholarship The Dr. Richard Schlapman Scholarship The Doris A. Slaaten Scholarship
Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 Undergraduate Junior or Senior OR graduate student in the Masters in Management Undergraduate Junior or Senior Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 Declared major in Accounting Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Undergraduate student Priority given to students with demonstrated honesty, integrity, and charitable involvement in their community Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 Undergraduate student Undergraduate Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or special status student Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 with 3.5 in the major Preference given to a Business Education major Preference given to a Finance major Active member of Phi Beta Lambda
    • 3 academic departments

*College of Education and Health Sciences

The College of Education and Health Sciences prepares quality professionals and pre-professionals in education, human service, and health science to meet the needs of others within a changing society.

Department of Addiction Studies, Psychology, and Social Work
Addiction Studies
The addiction counseling profession is at the front line in preventing and treating addiction disorders. The profession has moved forward significantly over the past 25 years in its techniques, research, and professional standards. The addiction counselor today works closely with psychologists, psychiatrists and the legal system. Work settings include inpatient hospital facilities as well as outpatient mental health units. Along with the applied side of addiction studies, research opportunities and careers also exist pertaining to understanding the dynamics of addiction, the impact drug abuse has on our society, and the biological effects of drugs.
Minot State’s Addiction Studies program began training addiction counselors in 1987. Since that time the curriculum has evolved to meet the ever increasing demands placed upon the addiction counselor. Graduates of the program receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and will with the completion of the 9 month practicum be eligible to take the examination to qualify as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. The program emphasizes understanding the physiological effects of drug use, the dynamics of addiction, and takes an eclectic approach to addiction counseling, with a heavy emphasis on practical experience. Opportunities to assist and conduct research concerning addiction are also available.
The program provides students with the theoretical and practical skills to be an effective school psychologist. The curriculum stresses assessment skills, intervention techniques, and consultative strategies through numerous practicum opportunities. The program trains practitioners who are culturally competent service providers

Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education
Our Special Education programs train professionals to provide services for people with disabilities. If you enroll in a Special Education degree program at MSU, we are sure you will find your experience to be interesting and challenging. Click here for information describing MSU’s Special Education programs and faculty.
Communication Disorders
The Department of Communication Disorders offers an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and a master’s degree in Speech Pathology. The graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). The Department also offers the Post-Baccalaureate Program for individuals who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than in Communication Disorders and who desire to obtain a graduate degree in speech pathology.
Special Education
Our Special Education programs train professionals to provide services for people with disabilities. If you enroll in a Special Education degree program at MSU, we are sure you will find your experience to be interesting and challenging.

Teacher Education and Human Performance Department
The Department of Teacher Education & Human Performance is responsible for:
1. the required pedagogy courses for all teaching majors;
2. the preparation of Elementary teachers;
3. the preparation of Physical Education teachers; and
4. the preparation of Corporate Fitness Majors.
Teacher Education at Minot State University, in its graduate and undergraduate programs, prepares teachers who will be reflective decision-makers. Decision-making builds from a knowledge base. From that base, teachers are able to draw conclusions, make inferences, internalize concepts, and act. Our mission is to provide opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that will allow them to deliver optimum learning experiences for diverse pupils in changing classroom environments.
The Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance emphasizes the role of the teacher as reflective decision-maker through a conceptual model which emphasizes action, a reflection, and knowledge (ARK). Through course work and field experiences the student builds knowledge around specific discipline content and around best pedagogical practices, providing a basis for reflection and action.
Minot State University’s Master of Education degree focuses on improving knowledge and skills relative to teaching and learning. The program concentrates on: 1) examining current trends in curriculum and instruction, 2) developing breadth and depth in knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning process, 3) developing skills necessary to do action research, and 4) enhancing the knowledge base in the content area of their choice.

Department of Nursing
Nursing faculty at MSU are continually assessing educational experiences to assure that graduates are highly competent and prepared for a variety of nursing practice roles. Faculty have also developed expertise in educational methods including technology in classrooms and online learning.

    • 4 academic departments

Graduate School


MSU was established in 1913 as Minot State Teacher's College, a two-year normal school devoted to preparing teachers for service in northwestern North Dakota. In 1924, the institution begain issuing baccalaureate degrees. Over time, the range of academic offerings expanded. In 1964, the school’s name was changed to Minot State College, and in 1987 to Minot State University. Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... A normal school is an institution for training teachers. ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Minot State University athletics compete in the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) which is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Dakota Athletic Conference (also known as the DAC-10), formed in 2000, is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in North Dakota and South Dakota. ... The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (better known as the NAIA) traces its roots to the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball. ...

MSU's sports program offers both men's and women's basketball, cross country, indoor/outdoor track and field, and golf, as well as men's football and baseball, and women's volleyball and fastpitch softball.

The Minot State University Beavers won NAIA National Championships in Men's Cross Country in 2002 and 2003, the only team national championships in the school's history. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Campus facilities include an ampitheatre, indoor theatre, recital hall, the Gordon B. Olson library, a football field, and the MSU Dome arena. The Student Union includes a bookstore, convenience store, dining center, and lounge areas. MSU has five student residence halls and two apartment complexes. MSU Dome is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Minot, North Dakota. ...

External link

  • Minot State University website
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North Dakota University System Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... The North Dakota University System is the group of public colleges and universities in the state of North Dakota. ...

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Williston State College | Minot State University-Bottineau The University of North Dakota (UND) is a comprehensive, public university in Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA. Founded in 1883, it is the largest and oldest such institution in the state of North Dakota. ... North Dakota State University (NDSU) is a public university in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. It is the second largest school in the eleven campus North Dakota University System. ... Dickinson State University is a regional four-year insitution within the North Dakota University System. ... Valley City State University is a four-year public institution of higher learning in Valley City, North Dakota and one of eleven campuses in the North Dakota University System. ... Mayville State University (MSU) is a 4-year institution of higher learning in Mayville, North Dakota. ... Bismarck State College is a 2-year public college in Bismarck, North Dakota, part of the North Dakota University System. ... The North Dakota State College of Science is a 2-year public college in Wahpeton, North Dakota and part of the North Dakota University System. ... Lake Region State College is a 2-year public college in Devils Lake, North Dakota. ... Williston State College is a two-year public college in Williston, North Dakota, part of the North Dakota University System. ... Minot State University-Bottineau (MSU-B) is a 2-year public college in Bottineau, North Dakota. ...

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Minot State University - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (191 words)
Minot State University (MSU) is a four-year institution of higher learning in Minot, North Dakota.
Founded in 1913 as a normal school, Minot State University is the third-largest public university in North Dakota, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Minot State University athletics compete in the Dakota Athletic Conference which is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Minot State University (361 words)
Minot State University is a comprehensive public university whose purpose is to foster the intellectual, personal, and social development of its students, and to promote the public good through excellence in teaching, research, scholarly activity, and public service.
Minot is situated in one of the finest agricultural, industrial and commercial areas in the state.
Minot State University is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to it’s programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status or veteran status.
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