Graduate Studies

  General Information 2011-2012

PDF version of Graduate Catalog

The History and Heritage of Western Illinois University

Founded in 1899, the Western Illinois State Normal School was established to address teacher preparation in the state’s grammar schools. The faculty and students of Western were eager to meet this need, and the institution soon became known for its well-rounded, deeply committed graduates, a tradition that continues.

As the years passed and the name was changed to Western Illinois State Teachers College in 1921 and then to Western Illinois University in 1957, the institution’s mission continually broadened to include academic majors that prepared high school teachers; the state’s earliest and most successful extension program; a multi-faceted graduate school; a liberal arts program; and, eventually, distinguished colleges devoted to Arts and Sciences, Business and Technology, Education and Human Services, and Fine Arts and Communication.

Throughout time, and most recently as Western celebrated 50 years as a university during academic year 2007-2008, we have earned and maintained a reputation for expanding public access to affordable, high quality degree programs and fostering student involvement in University activities.

We are now a leading university with a residential campus in Macomb, a commuter campus in the Quad Cities, and extension and distance learning programs. With an outstanding, diverse faculty and staff committed to multicultural and international education, Western Illinois University offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study to more than 12,500 students from Illinois, across the nation, and around the world.

The Present and Future of Western Illinois University

With more than a century of growth and development, and over 100,000 living alumni, Western Illinois University maintains a strong sense of community and historic commitments to student access, affordability, and success. Within the last two years, we have been recognized as one of the “Best in the Midwest Colleges” and as one of the “Best Value” colleges in the U.S. by the Princeton Review, as well as one of just 20 public universities ranked as a “Tier 1 Midwestern Master’s Granting Institution” by US News & World Report.

Western Illinois University is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University’s teacher licensure programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. The University also maintains a strong commitment to discipline-based accreditation and licensure, where appropriate to the discipline. In academic year 2010-2011, Western Illinois University maintained accreditation/licensure with 11 agencies ranging from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

These external recognitions and peer-based accreditations showcase our high academic standards, quality instruction, proven opportunities for job and graduate school placement, outstanding academic and residential facilities, exciting extracurricular activities, and institutional commitments to sustainability and affordability.

These recognitions also reinforce the unique mission and niche of Western Illinois University in the state’s system of public higher education. Keeping focused on our vision, mission, and values is critical to continued student success and our progress, growth, and contributions to the state and beyond. Western Illinois University, along with all other 11 Illinois public universities, is currently being challenged by a declining number of Illinois high school graduates; decreasing state support (appropriations) for higher education; as well as increasing costs, maintenance, technological, infrastructure, and accountability needs.

Through continued successful implementation of Higher Values in Higher Education, the institutional planning, resource allocation, and accountability reporting process established in academic year 2002-2003, we will continue to build upon our strengths and take advantage of opportunities. Western Illinois University will continue to prepare our students and graduates to lead in the global community. We will do so in a manner that is distinctive and nationally recognized for successful implementation of our vision, mission, and values.

Our Vision

Western Illinois University will be the leader in educational quality, opportunity, and affordability among its peers.

  Our Mission

By enacting our values and supporting the synergy between instruction, research, creativity and service, Western Illinois University prepares a socially responsible, diverse student, faculty, and staff population to lead in the global society.

Our Values

Academic Excellence: Central to our history and tradition is the commitment to teaching, to the individual learner, and to active involvement in the teaching-learning process. Western Illinois University's highly qualified, diverse faculty promotes critical thinking, engaged learning, research and creativity in a challenging, supportive learning community. We are committed to an academic environment that encourages lifelong development as learners, scholars, teachers, and mentors.

Educational Opportunity: Western Illinois University values educational opportunity and welcomes those who show promise and a willingness to work toward achieving shared educational goals. We are committed to providing accessible, high quality educational programs and financial support for our students.

Personal Growth: Western Illinois University values the development of the whole person. We are committed to providing opportunities for personal growth in an environment that supports the development of wellness, ethical decision making, and personal responsibility. With personal growth comes an environment and interpersonal dynamics that celebrate diversity, support internationalization of the curriculum, and encourage plurality of thought and perspective.

Social Responsibility: Western Illinois University is committed to equity, social justice, and diversity, and will maintain the highest standards of integrity in our work with others. We serve as a resource for and stimulus to economic, educational, cultural, environmental, and community development in our region and well beyond it.

Mission of the Graduate School

It is the primary goal of the School of Graduate Studies to facilitate, encourage, support, and coordinate excellence in graduate education at Western Illinois University. To achieve this goal, the Graduate Council and the Graduate Office in concert with the provost, deans, department chairs, department graduate committee chairs, and graduate faculty will oversee issues relating to policies, procedures, and academic standards in graduate education.


Western Illinois University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. In addition, many of its departments and schools are accredited by professional agencies, including the following: American Dietetic Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, Council on Social Work Education, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, National Association of Schools of Music, National Association of Schools of Theatre, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and National Recreation and Park Association.

  Equal Opportunity and Access

Western Illinois University complies fully with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws, orders, and regulations. The University is committed to providing equal opportunity and an educational and work environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from discrimination based on sex, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Further, the University is committed to a comprehensive Affirmative Action program that ensures access and equity in educational programs, activities, and employment.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access is responsible for administering and monitoring Western Illinois University’s Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action policies and procedures. Inquiries about or complaints alleging violation of the policies should be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, 203 Sherman Hall, (309) 298-1977. The director also serves as the coordinator for Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  Student Right-to-Know

Information complying with the Federal Student Right-to-Know legislation including the Campus Safety and Security Act (Clery Law) is available in the Office of Public Safety, the Student Assistance and Parent Service Center, University Housing and Dining Services, the Office of the Vice President for Student Services, and the Office of the Vice President for Administrative Services. The information contains campus crime statistics and graduation rates at Western Illinois University and is on the University website at

  Administrative Organization

Graduate degree programs are administered by academic departments in four colleges. College deans report to the provost and academic vice president, who has responsibility for all academic programs and personnel at the University. The administration of graduate education is centered in the Office of the Provost under the leadership of the associate provost and academic vice president. In addition to the provost, four other vice presidents administer the areas of student services; administrative services; advancement and public services; and Quad Cities campus, planning and technology. The president is responsible to Western Illinois University's Board of Trustees for the operation and general welfare of the University.

The School of Graduate Studies is the coordinating agency for the University’s graduate programs. It maintains records related to admission, graduate assistantships, and completion of degree requirements and works closely with members of the graduate faculty, academic departments, and college deans. The School of Graduate Studies is administered by the associate provost and director of graduate studies, who reports to the provost and academic vice president. The School of Graduate Studies has responsibility for implementing the policies, procedures, and academic standards established by the Graduate Council, a representative body elected by full members of the graduate faculty. Any deviation from graduate academic regulations must be approved by the Graduate Council. The Council may determine, at any time, a student’s eligibility to continue graduate studies at Western Illinois University.

  Academic Colleges

Graduate programming and coursework is offered in four academic colleges as indicated below:

College of Arts and Sciences

African American Studies, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, English and Journalism, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Geography, Geology, History, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Mathematics, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Women’s Studies

College of Business and Technology

Accountancy and Finance, Agriculture, Computer Science and Information Systems, Economics and Decision Sciences, Engineering Technology, and Management and Marketing

College of Education and Human Services

Counselor Education; Curriculum and Instruction; Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising, and Hospitality; Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies; Educational Leadership; Health Sciences; Instructional Design and Technology; Kinesiology; School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; and Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

College of Fine Arts and Communication

Art, Broadcasting, Communication, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Museum Studies, School of Music, and Theatre and Dance

  Trustees of the University

J. Michael Houston, Springfield (Chair)
Carolyn J. Ehlert Fuller, Milan (Vice Chair)
William L. Epperly, Chicago (Secretary)
Christopher G. Bronson, Arlington Heights (Student Member)
Donald W. “Bill” Griffin, Macomb
Steven L. Nelson, Moline

  Officers of the University

President: Dr. Jack Thomas
Interim Provost and Academic Vice President: Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
Dean of College of Arts and Sciences: Dr. Susan Martinelli-Fernandez
Dean of College of Business and Technology: Dr. Thomas Erekson
Dean of College of Education and Human Services: Dr. Sterling Saddler
Interim Dean of College of Fine Arts and Communication: Dr. Sharon A. Evans
Dean of University Libraries: Dr. Phyllis Self
Interim Vice President for Administrative Services: Ms. Julie K. DeWees
Vice President for Advancement and Public Services: Mr. Bradley L. Bainter
Vice President for Quad Cities Campus, Planning and Technology: Dr. Joseph A. Rives
Vice President for Student Services: Dr. Gary Biller

  Graduate Council, Academic Year 2011-2012

Ronald Bauerly, Professor, Business Administration
Matt Bean, Professor, School of Music
Lloyd Kilmer, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
Brian Locke, Assistant Professor, Music (Vice Chair)
Kimberley McClure, Professor, Psychology (Chair)
Amy Patrick Mossman, Associate Professor, English and Journalism
Jill Myers, Associate Professor, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
William J. Polley, Associate Professor, Economics and Decision Sciences

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  Campus and Facilities

The University

Western Illinois University was established April 24, 1899, and began operation September 23, 1902. The University offers 66 undergraduate degree programs and 37 graduate degree programs to approximately 12,600 students. Western Illinois University offers graduate work in 17 post-baccalaureate certificates. The University serves 2,111 graduate students from Illinois as well as 38 other states and 65 nations.

Fifty-six buildings are situated on more than 1,000 acres on the Macomb campus. In addition, the University operates the Alice L. Kibbe Life Sciences Station on the Mississippi River, the Frank J. Horn Field Campus, the University Farm, and the Fink Environmental Studies Field Laboratory and Conservancy, which provide nearby facilities for students enrolled in agriculture; biology; and recreation, park and tourism administration courses. The Western Illinois University-Quad Cities campus in Moline (44,000; QC metropolitan population 376,000) provides baccalaureate degree, graduate degree and post-baccalaureate certificate programs in various disciplines.

The main campus is located in Macomb (population 20,000), the McDonough County seat, 40 miles east of the Mississippi River. Two U.S. highways, 136 and 67, intersect at Macomb and provide direct access to Interstates 74, 80, and 55. Amtrak service is available twice daily from Quincy and Chicago to Macomb.


Graduate and Family Apartment Housing: There are several one and two-bedroom apartments on campus for graduate students and students with children, spouses or domestic partners. The University offers both furnished and unfurnished apartments on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that applications for on-campus apartments be made at least one full year in advance due to the long waiting list. All apartments have a stove, refrigerator, basic cable television outlet, Internet access, and air conditioning. Furnished apartments are provided with living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture. All utilities are included in the rental payment. Laundry facilities are also available in the apartment complexes.

Further information and an application for graduate and family apartment housing may be obtained from the Office of Graduate and Family Housing in the Office of University Housing and Dining Services in Seal Hall, (309) 298-3331 or

Residence Halls: Competitively priced living accommodations that provide an atmosphere conducive to graduate studies are available on campus. Caroline Grote Hall is a suite-style residence hall which offers single and double rooms as well as private bathrooms for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Higgins Hall is located on the northwest corner of campus. Bayliss and Henninger halls are located on the northeast corner of campus. These halls are air-conditioned, co-ed living environments providing double rooms and a limited number of single rooms. Lincoln/Washington halls, located on the southeast corner, offer unique living arrangements for returning, transfer, and graduate students. All accommodations are a mix of double and single rooms with all the amenities of residence hall facilities, plus extra closet space, an end table, easy chair, and carpeting.

All rooms are furnished with air-conditioning, beds, dressers, study desks, chairs, closets, and Internet access. Laundry facilities, television lounges, vending areas, computer labs, and limited cooking facilities are available in each hall.

Residents of University housing sign a contract for a full academic year and pay room and board by the semester.

Students enrolling for the first time will receive a housing application/contract form upon acceptance to the University. Students should apply for housing as early as possible, since hall and room assignments are made based on the student=s room application number.

    Off-Campus Housing: Listings of off-campus facilities are available in the Student Tenant Union Office located in the University Union. Further information can be found at

  University Libraries

University Libraries is an integral and valuable part of graduate education and research at WIU. The Libraries hold more than 1 million cataloged volumes of monographs and periodicals and offer online access to the full texts of 56,000 academic journals and other publications. Items may be borrowed swiftly from more than 70 other Illinois academic libraries through the I-Share network or obtained through interlibrary loan from libraries across the nation. WIU Libraries provides research assistance, instruction in library use, and public access to computers, printers, wireless Internet, photocopiers, and other equipment.

The Malpass Library in Macomb, the main branch, is a gem of the campus with plenty of natural lighting and hundreds of indoor plants, creating an excellent environment for research, group and individual study, and collaborative learning. The Malpass Library also houses the University Archives and Special Collections, as well as substantial holdings of government documents. The Malpass Mocha Café on the first level is a popular meeting spot for coffee and snacks. In addition, University Libraries encompasses specialized libraries for music, curriculum, and physical sciences in Macomb, as well as the WIU-Quad Cities Library in Moline.

For more information, visit or telephone (309) 298-2411 for hours, (309)298-2700 for the Reference and Information Desk (research assistance), and (309) 298-2705 for Access Services.

  Laboratories, Clinics, and Special Facilities

The Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station is a biological reserve of more than 1,600 acres of islands, bluffs, and upland areas in the Mississippi River Valley near Warsaw, Illinois. Its aquatic habitats, forests, and prairies serve as an outdoor classroom for field studies and are used in environmental research. The Cedar Glen Eagle Roost, which is adjacent to the field station, is considered one of the Midwest’s most outstanding natural areas and is nationally known as a major winter roosting area for bald eagles. The field station maintains research sites and equipment for sampling on the Mississippi River.

Students interested in freshwater and marine organisms conduct research at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. These facilities and programs are available through the Department of Biological Sciences.

Horn Field Campus is a 92-acre outdoor educational and research facility located south of Macomb and managed by the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration. Within these 92 acres lies an 8-acre prairie restoration project; woodlands; challenge course; climbing tower; and several historical buildings, which include a lodge and cabins, that contribute to the educational and research opportunities available to the University community.

The University Greenhouse and W.M. Walter Natural Area were developed and are maintained by the Department of Biological Sciences. The greenhouse has rooms designed for growing aquatic, xeric, and tropical plants. Space is also available for propagation and research. The W.M. Walter Natural Area has a pond, wetland, prairie, and forest that are used in teaching classes. These facilities are adjacent to Waggoner Hall. Also, available for teaching and research is the Rodney and Bertha Fink Environmental Studies Field Laboratory and Conservancy. The 77-acre natural area is located 2.5 miles west of the Macomb campus and contains a mix of restored prairie and bottomland forests bordered by the East Fork of the LaMoine River.

The Department of Biological Sciences herbaria (MWI, WARK) contain collections of more than 50,000 vascular plants, non-vascular plants, algae, and fungi. The animal collections include both invertebrate and vertebrate animal specimens. The vertebrate animal collections include mammal skulls and furs, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish while the invertebrate collections have a wide diversity of insects and freshwater bivalve mussels. The plant, fungal, and animal collections serve as depositories of distribution records and for research on the biodiversity of western Illinois. They are available for student and faculty research projects.

Facilities for cell and molecular research are also available in the Department of Biological Sciences. Equipment available includes a scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, ultracentrifuges, high-performance liquid chromatograph, PCR machines, a DNA sequencer, microbiological equipment, and other supporting equipment used in student and faculty research.

The Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic provides diagnostic and therapy services for University students and area residents. The clinic has a Computerized Speech Laboratory (CSL), Laryngograph, and other instruments used in the assessment and treatment of vocal disorders and other speech disorders. The clinic offers voice output and electronic speech generating device options for individuals without functional speech. Augmentative communication assessment and treatment using computer technology is also available. Deep Pharyngeal Nerve Stimulation and Vital Stim therapies are used with persons who have swallowing disorders. In addition, the Audiology Clinic has diagnostic testing equipment for the adult and pediatric population. Instrumentation for full audiological evaluations, middle ear testing, real-ear measurement, video otoscopy, Auditory Brainstem Response, Otoacoustic emissions, and a full range of hearing aid technology. The clinic offers advanced audiological clinic training and research options.

The Department of Engineering Technology laboratories include facilities for computer aided design/manufacturing, robotics, metrology, material testing, programmable logic controlling, Auto-ID, and CNC machining. The University is a member of the Central Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center. This membership provides opportunities for applied research, professional work projects, and graduate internships with its industrial partners.

The Department of Kinesiology has a modern complex of four electronic classrooms; wireless network; biomechanics laboratory with Peak Motus 9 two-dimensional video analysis system, AMTI force platform, 4-channel Myo Pac Junio EMG and a Biodex isokinetic measurement system; perceptual and motor behavior laboratory with a BIOPAC system that records ECG, EMG, and EEG; a computer laboratory that features the A.D.A.M. software; and a human performance laboratory that includes an environmental chamber, Bod Pod, hydrostatic weighing tank, metabolic and 12-lead ECG systems, Cholestech lipid and blood glucose analysis equipment, and microplate reader and washer.

The Department of Psychology houses a psychological clinic and a psychoeducational clinic to provide psychological services to students and area residents. These services include individual therapy, couple therapy, family therapy, psychological and intellectual testing, consultations, and referrals. Psychology faculty members also engage in research, and many have laboratories that contain equipment enabling them and their students to investigate topics from eyewitness memory to neuroscience.

The Department of Geography houses the WIU GIS Center on the third floor of Tillman Hall. The Center is responsible for compiling, managing and storing GIS data layers. Other facilities include a Remote Sensing/GIS lab with over 20 computers that are fully networked and use both ERDAS’ Image software and ESRI GIS such as ArcGIS and ArcView; a fully-equipped and operational meteorology lab; a forecast office with direct access to observational weather data, radar imagery, and weather maps and charts; and an instructional lab with 32 computers used for both GIS and meteorology-related instruction. Additionally, the department has two wired electronic classrooms, plus wireless connectivity throughout Tillman Hall.

The Center for the Application of Information Technologies (CAIT) is an on-campus center located in Horrabin Hall. CAIT is a nationally recognized leader in distance learning using Internet technologies. The CAIT staff develops innovative online instruction and training solutions with WIU faculty and also serves clients outside of the University such as the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Century Network, Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Attorney General’s Office and McDonald’s Corporation.

The College of Education and Human Services maintains 32 electronic classrooms in Brophy, Currens, Horrabin, Knoblauch, and Stipes halls, permitting students and instructors to access the latest instructional technologies (e.g., computers, CDs, DVDs, SMART Board technologies, the Internet and distance learning). These classrooms are used by instructors and students to explore and model the use of high-tech teaching tools. The most recent electronic classroom is a 40-seat instructional lab that allows one-to-one computing with hardware capable of running the most current software programs. The College of Education and Human Services also maintains the GTE Electronic Classroom and the GTE Teleconferencing Center. Both are among the most advanced facilities of their kind. The GTE Electronic Classroom seats 88 students and incorporates touch screen technology, projection television, and distance education capability through compressed two-way video. The GTE Teleconferencing Center is an administrative conferencing facility that also has satellite and compressed video conferencing capabilities in addition to advanced computer conferencing capability. The facility has flexible seating in an executive atmosphere. International teleconferences are common in this facility with recent conferences involving France, England, Mexico and Canada.

The Office for Partnerships, Professional Development, and Technology is the primary technology support and training center for students and faculty in the College of Education and Human Services. This office consists of Instructional Development Services, the Interactive Multimedia (IMM) Lab, STAR-Onsite, STAR-Online, and the Technology Resource Center. The IMM lab has been designed for work with one-on-one and small group instruction for both support and course activities. This lab has the advanced software and peripherals necessary to develop multimedia projects, scan documents for use as digital artifacts, and convert analog video to digital media.

  Student Union

The University Union is more than a building; it is an organization and a program that serves the University community—students, faculty, administration, alumni, and guests.

Union facilities include guest rooms; dining rooms and catering services; 1864 Bistro restaurant; a convenience store; and food court featuring Burger King, Sbarro, and Pause Deli (featuring Starbucks products). The Union also contains offices for student organizations, student assistance, student activities and student legal services; conference and event scheduling; transit service; art galleries; a ballroom; conference and meeting rooms; student and parent service center; ATM machines; computer stations; a bookstore with a wide selection of educational and recreational supplies; a computer store; lounges; bowling lanes; billiards room; and a theatre.

Programs open to all University students are arranged, sponsored, and advised by the Office of Student Activities and University Union staff. The University Union serves as the campus community center for all members of the University community.

Through its various organizations, committees, and staff, the Union provides a cultural, social, and recreational program that makes leisure time activity a cooperative factor with education. Its goal is the development of people as well as intellects.

  Western Illinois University–Quad Cities Campus

Western Illinois University offers graduate programs at the WIU-QC campus in Moline, Illinois, approximately 70 miles north of the residential campus in Macomb. Graduate degrees are offered in the following disciplines at WIU-QC:

Graduate Degree Programs

Business Administration
Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies
Educational Leadership (includes specialist, master’s, and doctoral degrees)
Elementary Education
Health Education
Instructional Design and Technology
Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Museum Studies
Special Education

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

Environmental GIS
Health Services Administration
Instructional Design and Technology
Museum Studies
Police Executive Administration
Zoo and Aquarium Studies

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  University Services and Special Programs

  Alumni Association 

All Western Illinois University students automatically become members of the Alumni Association the day they graduate. As non-dues-paying members, they are entitled to the following benefits and services provided by the Alumni Association: access to RockeNetwork, an online social network exclusively for WIU alumni; free monthly issues of the alumni e-newsletter, RockeNews; free quarterly issues of the alumni newsletter, Western News; networking opportunities with other alumni at more than 50 events hosted by the Alumni Association around the world each year; the option to purchase an alumni membership to the Student Recreation Center; use of Western’s Leslie F. Malpass Library; access to WIU’s Office of Career Services; comprehensive short- and long-term medical plan, disability, dental, travel, home and auto insurance opportunities; Alumni Travel Abroad program; alumni class ring, diploma frame and WIU Illinois license plate programs; the WIU affinity credit card; and access to the online directory exclusively for WIU alumni.

The Western Illinois University Alumni Association strives to develop and sustain a lifelong relationship with WIU students, alumni, and friends in order to advance the University.

For information about these services, visit or contact the Alumni Association at (309) 298-1914 or


Western Illinois University provides opportunities for more than 500 student-athletes in a 20-sport National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I program. Both the men and women compete in the Summit League in all sports except football. Football competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Western Illinois is a charter member of the Summit League and the Missouri Valley Football Conferences.

WIU sponsors the following intercollegiate athletic competition:

For men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field.
For women: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball.

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics offers graduate assistantships in coaching, promotions and marketing, athletic training, and sports information. Possibilities exist to assist in the administrative areas of finance and compliance.

  Campus Recreation

Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center
(309) 298-1228 

Campus Recreation provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to pursue a healthy lifestyle and explore recreational interests through a variety of programs, facilities, and services. The Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center features five multipurpose courts, two group fitness studios, a 1/8-mile elevated track, weight rooms for weight training and lifting, three cardio areas, 24 televisions, five racquetball/walleyball courts, and the Aquatics Center. Group fitness classes, informational programs, and personal training options present multiple ways for students to accomplish and maintain their personal fitness goals. Class descriptions are available on the website. Currently, there are 31 different sport clubs available to students. Some clubs provide opportunities for regional and national competition just below the intercollegiate level, while others focus on skill development and educational goals. More than 50 intramural sport events are offered yearly with leagues, tournaments, and one-day events in men’s, women’s, and co-recreational divisions at competitive, intermediate and fun levels of play. Special events hosted by Campus Recreation include everything from the Rocky 5K Run and Big Pink Volleyball to Wheelchair Basketball and Dodgeball for Diabetes. The Aquatics Center, with a 25-yard, 6-lane pool, a hot tub, and a sauna, offers open/lap swim, aqua cardio tone, and incentive programs to challenge beginning and advanced swimmers. Students also have access to the Sipolt Memorial Disc Golf Course; Vince Grady Field for flag football, soccer, softball, lacrosse, and Ultimate (Frisbee); and several outdoor courts for basketball, volleyball (sand and grass), tennis, and rollerblade hockey.

Harry Mussatto Golf Course
1215 Tower Road, Macomb
(309) 298-3676

The scenic and challenging 18-hole Harry Mussatto Golf Course is a championship facility located north of campus and offers reduced rates for students. Visit for the course layout, green fees, or to book a tee time.

  Career Services

The Career Services Office offers centralized services to all constituents of the University. An interactive computerized registration system and online employer search capability are among the features of the office. Students and alumni of the University may register from the convenience of their homes or offices via the Internet. This service places the credentials of the registrant online and provides prospective employers with access to the student/alumni academic and workplace accomplishments.

The Career Services Office provides assistance in career development and occupational planning appropriate to the individual’s needs. Career Service professionals are readily available to work with individuals or groups in developing resume and vita construction, along with professional communications letters. On-site mock interviews are conducted by appointment in addition to seminars providing professional employment preparation and self-marketing skills.

Career Services Office personnel teach the University 390 course, “Pre-Employment Preparation.” The class is an excellent opportunity to learn job search skills, resume preparation, and on-the-job survival techniques and skills. Annual career/job fairs are sponsored at the Macomb campus each year by the Career Services Office, in addition to online virtual career fairs. The fairs provide students and alumni the opportunity to meet employers and participate in on-site interviews.

Candidates for all degrees are encouraged to register with the Career Services Office throughout their college years.

A complete listing of all services is available at

Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center (UCC) on the Macomb campus provides personal, academic, study skills, and career counseling services to students. Some students seek assistance for common life problems (i.e. relationships, stress, etc.) while others seek treatment for a mental health condition (i.e. depression, anxiety, etc.). Personal counseling services include individual counseling, couples counseling, and group counseling. Sessions are confidential and free of charge to WIU students. In addition, a number of educational programs are offered throughout the year and an education resource center is available. A relaxation room, which includes a massage chair, light therapy, and a stress-reducing computer program, is accessible for student use. Complete vocational, psychological, and learning assessment is provided as well as consultation services to other offices and agencies.

The UCC is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services. All staff counselors hold master or doctoral level degrees and are certified and/or licensed in their respective disciplines. For more information, call (309) 298-2453 or visit

  Counseling Services

The Counseling Services office at the WIU-Quad Cities campus offers free and confidential counseling assistance to undergraduate and graduate students. Counseling is available for personal, academic and career related concerns. Students may seek services for a variety of concerns such as study skills, stress management, relationship issues, anxiety, and depression. In addition to individual counseling, the Counseling Services office is available for educational presentations that help students enhance their skills in a variety of areas such as study habits, self-esteem, relationships, and time management. For more information, call (309) 762-9481, ext. 288.

  Cultural Programs

Outstanding concerts, lectures, dramatic presentations, films, and dance events by nationally known performers are presented on campus by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the University Union Board. All students are admitted free or at a reasonable charge upon presenting their student identification cards. Students may also participate in musical, dramatic, and debate productions for stage, radio, and closed-circuit television by joining one of several University groups. Opportunities to view local, national, and international art exhibits are available at the University Art Gallery and the University Union. These exhibits are changed monthly and admission to the galleries is free. Also see Multicultural Services.

The newest addition to the WIU Macomb campus is the Multicultural Center, which houses the Casa Latina Cultural Center, the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, and the Women’s Center. Four themed lounges are featured, representing the diversity of the cultural centers, and the international community. This is the first building on campus constructed to LEED 2.2 Silver criteria, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The design is complete with a grass roof, energy-efficient lighting, geothermal heating and cooling, and recyclable materials like bamboo flooring.

  Disability Support Services

Western Illinois University is committed to equity, social justice and diversity. To that end, Disability Resource Center (DRC) collaborates with faculty and staff to facilitate student inclusion and ensure accessibility to University programs for students with disabilities. Students experiencing issues with access or who are interested in accommodations, such as alternative testing accommodations, sign language interpreters, text conversion services (i.e. Braille, electronic, enlarged), and note-taking assistance should contact DRC at (309) 298-2512 or For more information visit

  Go West Transit

Go West Transit provides students with safe, convenient transportation from their nearby residences to campus and with service to local merchants. Carrying more than 1.5 million riders per year, Go West provides students with a reliable, low-cost public transportation system. For more information, call (309) 298-3353 or visit

  International Education

The Center for International Studies administers and coordinates activities and programs designed to encourage international and cross-cultural understanding; and to prepare graduates to effectively live and work in an interdependent, global community. The Center oversees admission and academic advisement of English as a Second Language (ESL) students as well as undergraduate and graduate international students; immigration advisement for international students and faculty; study abroad programs; personal counseling for international students; comprehensive orientation for new international students; recruitment; educational programs; special activity programming; and ongoing support for the specific needs of international students.

The University participates in formal exchange programs—for both faculty and students—with distinguished colleges and universities overseas. An ongoing program of intensive courses in ESL is offered by Western's English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute for non-native speakers of English.

The Center sponsors many programs which promote cross-cultural understanding such as the Conversation Partners program for international students and American partners; International Neighbors program, in which American families offer friendship and hospitality to international students; World Café Coffee Hours, in which global issues are discussed in a social setting; and Cultural Cafés, where international students share cuisine and information of their home countries.

  Medical Services

Beu Health Center, located on campus, provides medical services (consultation and treatment) for students and their spouses or domestic partners. The Health Center has its own pharmacy, laboratory, and x-ray facility. There is a user fee for most services.

Clinical services include diagnosis and treatment of acute illness/injury; diagnosis of chronic illness with appropriate referral; assistance in the management of chronic illness; immunizations; allergy injections; TB testing; diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and gynecological services. The Health Center also provides limited psychiatric services.

Fees are charged for office visits and some services such as medications, x-rays, allergy shots, immunizations, laboratory tests, and certain office procedures. Payment is expected at the time of service. You can charge services to your student account or pay with cash, check, or MasterCard/VISA. Beu Health Center does not file claims to your insurance carrier. However, they will provide you with the necessary documentation for you to file with your insurance provider. You may wish to save receipts for tax or insurance purposes.

  Multicultural Services

Located in the new Multicultural Center building are the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, Casa Latina Cultural Center, and the Women’s Center. The centers provide a variety of multicultural services, including special facilities and programs to serve the unique needs of African American, Hispanic American, and international students. In addition, the Women’s Center promotes gender equity through education, support and advocacy to respond to issues affecting female students, faculty, and staff as well as, the community and society.

Among the variety of diverse multicultural services provided at the centers are recruiting activities; academic support services; cultural and fine arts events; social and recreational activities; speakers; financial assistance counseling; job placement opportunities; and fundraising events for minority student groups. Also, several performing groups in dance, theatre, and music are sponsored by the centers throughout the year. The centers are committed to helping the campus community develop a multicultural and multiracial society that promotes gender equity and equal opportunities that are not based on race, creed, sex, economic status, or position in life. Also see Cultural Programs.

  Parking Services

The Office of Parking Services provides services related to vehicle usage and control on campus. The office issues parking permits; regulates parking lot use; enforces parking rules and regulations; plans, maintains, and paves parking lots; controls the placement and maintenance of traffic signs; and provides emergency motorist assistance including battery assists, unlocking cars, emergency gasoline refuelings, and inflating tires. All vehicles using campus facilities must have either a permanent or temporary parking permit displayed on the vehicle during specified times except when the vehicle is parked at a parking meter. The office is located in Mowbray Hall, (309) 298-1921.

  Public Safety

The Office of Public Safety is a multifaceted organization providing police, safety, and parking services to the community. These services include criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, medical transport and care, fire and crime prevention, safety programs, escort services, key control, motorist assistance, and other miscellaneous activities related to the safety and well-being of University faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year round. All police officers are fully commissioned law enforcement officers in the State of Illinois and have full jurisdiction at the University and in the surrounding county. The office provides student emergency medical services with qualified emergency medical technicians on staff. The office also provides safety escorts from one campus location to another, from dusk to dawn, year round. The office is located in Mowbray Hall, (309) 298-1949, emergency 911.


Students may register for classes using the Student/Alumni Records System (STARS) available at For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office, Sherman Hall 110, (309) 298-1891 or

  Student Judicial Programs

Student Judicial Programs promotes responsible individual and group behavior. This office informs students and organizations of their rights and responsibilities through publication of the Code of Student Conduct. Student Judicial Programs staff coordinate the disciplinary review process in response to allegations of misconduct and offer mediation services to students in conflict. This office maintains student disciplinary records and completes law school, transfer applications, and other clearance forms. For more information, call (309) 298-2436.

  Student Legal Services

A licensed practicing attorney represents students charged with traffic and misdemeanor offenses in McDonough County Court, and is available to help guide students with court matters outside of the county. In addition, the attorney provides legal advice and counseling for a variety of issues, including landlord/tenant conflicts, consumer problems, small claims court, and rental lease questions. No fees are charged for these services. For more information or for directions to the office, call (309) 298-1003.

  University Foundation and Development

The Western Illinois University Foundation encourages and manages private support to strengthen and develop programs and facilities to enhance the educational experience for our students. Our vision is to make Western Illinois University the leading comprehensive university in the United States. This will require increasing private support from our alumni and many friends who share this vision for WIU— to build on its existing strengths and to meet the many challenges of delivering higher education in a constantly changing environment.

Private contributions, when added to state resources, add an extra dimension of support that otherwise would not be possible. Over the past five years, the WIU Foundation has provided more than $28 million in gifts, grants, and endowment-generated earnings to the University. The effects of these gifts are clearly visible in every aspect of University life:

Scholarships that bring the most talented students to Western, while keeping a college education affordable and accessible,

Faculty development programs that help ensure that our students will continue to learn the latest developments in their disciplines; and

Funding for advanced faculty and student research projects, instructional technologies, facility improvements, intercollegiate athletics, and a host of cultural events that represent a vitaldimension of University life.

For more information about the Foundation, campus fundraising efforts, or to make a contribution, visit

  University Technology

University Technology (uTech) administers computer resources used by students and faculty for research and instruction. Computers connected to the campus network are available in most instructional and residential buildings on both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. Wireless access is available in all academic buildings and in public areas of residence halls.

WIU provides more than 1,800 computers for use in 42 labs, 43 teaching facilities and 20 computer resource centers throughout campus. The University also provides access to numerous software packages, the Internet, e-mail, campus information systems and other resources. Students have access to Macintosh and Windows-compatible computers, scanners, laser printers, CD/DVD readers/writers and Storage Area Network (SAN) accessible data storage. Thumb drives or jump drives may also be used in many labs and computer resource centers.        

 Western’s English as a Second Language Institute

Western’s English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute is part of the Center for International Studies and provides an intensive program in academic English for international students who are preparing to enter an American college or university. WESL Institute is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). The WESL curriculum is designed and taught by a professional faculty to prepare students academically, socially, and culturally for success as university students.

The English as a Second Language Program is offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. It consists of three levels of instruction: Foundation, Intermediate, and University Preparation. Upon arrival, students take the WESL Placement Test and are placed in the appropriate level. Students who place at the highest level and who meet WIU admission requirements may be admitted to the Dual level, in which they are enrolled part-time at WESL Institute and part-time at the University. (This program is not available in the summer.)

Full-time students attend classes 20 hours minimum per week. The curriculum integrates academic content with real life skill-building in English, combining textbook lessons and teacher-written materials with opportunities for integrated language practice. WESL has a multimedia computer lab and a wide range of interactive software. Successful students study at each level for a semester. The WESL program consists of two 16-week semesters and an eight-week summer session, all of which follow the WIU academic calendar.

Students at WESL Institute have access to all University events and facilities. Services of the Center for International Studies are available to WESL students, including assistance with immigration matters.

Specific English-language requirements for prospective students can be found under the ‘Admission of International Students’ section of this catalog.

  Writing Center

The University Writing Center (and its satellite centers in Thompson Hall, Bayliss/Henninger Hall, and at WIU-Quad Cities) provides a wide range of across-the-curriculum writing assistance services to students, faculty, and staff at no cost. The Writing Center is staffed by highly qualified graduate and undergraduate students from Western’s Department of English and Journalism and other departments. Consulting services are available for career and academic writing at all stages of the writing process. For more information, contact (309) 298-2815 or visit 341 Simpkins Hall or