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Volume 61, March 2020

This catalog supersedes Volume 60, of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Bulletin.
Graduate School Phone: 618-536-7791

This publication provides information about Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Primary attention is given to its academic programs, rules and regulations, and procedures. Students will be subject to the published requirements in effect when they are admitted to the Graduate School. Students beginning graduate work during the period of time from the start of summer session 2020 through spring semester 2021 are subject to the academic requirements of the Graduate School as specified in this publication. These requirements may be superseded by future publications of the Graduate Catalog. If the requirements are subsequently changed, students may elect either to meet the requirements in force in their particular degree programs immediately prior to the change, or to meet the new requirements. If they elect the former option they shall be guaranteed a minimum period of time from the date that the program requirements were changed within which minimum period they will be permitted to complete the old degree requirements.

This minimum period shall be determined by the department or other degree-program unit, subject to the following two constraints. First, the minimum period prescribed by the department may not exceed the standard Graduate School limitation that credit applied toward fulfillment of requirements for the master’s degree must have been earned within a six-year period preceding the completion of the degree, and that doctoral students must complete degree requirements within five years after admission to candidacy. Second, the minimum period shall encompass no less than two years for master’s degree students and three years for doctoral students, with the exception that students in the last stage of their degree work when requirements change (a master’s student who has completed all requirements except the thesis or research report and the final examination or a doctoral student who has been admitted to Ph.D. candidacy) shall not be subject to the new requirements but may complete their degrees within the standard Graduate School limitations stated above. Students who elect to follow old requirements, but do not complete their work within the minimum period prescribed by the department, shall, unless they were in the last stage of their degree work when requirements changed, be subject to requirements in force at the time they complete their degrees, and shall be subject to the standard Graduate School limitations described above. The University reserves the right to change information contained herein on matters other than curricular requirements without notice when circumstances warrant such action.

Affirmative Action Policy

It is the policy of Southern Illinois University Carbondale to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, or marital status. The University is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action and will continue to conduct all personnel actions in accordance with the letter and spirit of applicable state and federal statutes and regulations, including Executive Order 11246 as amended. Personnel actions include, but are not limited to, recruitment, hiring, position assignments, compensation, training, promotion, tenure consideration and award, retention, layoff, termination, and benefits.

The University recognizes that the barriers of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, or marital status of some individuals have resulted in their denial of full participation in all societal functions and is, therefore, committed to taking affirmative steps aimed at overcoming such historical patterns of discrimination in our society. The University’s affirmative action program identifies special actions intended to bring such groups into full participation in all aspects of University life. Through its affirmative action program, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is committed to:

  1. increased numbers of minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans in all aspects of SIUC employment with special procedures applicable to those positions determined to be underutilized for minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans;
  2. cultural and educational diversity in the curriculum and environment of the University;
  3. removal of barriers to, minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, and
  4. support of the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action in an effort to redress the consequences of past societal
    discrimination and to maintain a positive non-discriminatory educational environment.

The responsibility for coordinating and monitoring compliance with the University’s equal employment opportunity/affirmative action policies is assigned to the University Affirmative Action Officer. Implementing and assuring compliance with these policies is the responsibility of the Associate Chancellor for Institutional Diversity and each vice chancellor. In addition, each dean, director, or other staff member involved in the recruitment and hiring process must ensure compliance with the spirit as well as letter of the policies and procedures. Many involved in the staff selection process assume that others are responsible for the success of the affirmative action program. It is a basic assumption of SIU Carbondale’s Affirmative Action Office that all administrative levels and especially deans, directors, chairs, faculty and all hiring administrators are responsible for fostering and enhancing institutional diversity. 

The initiating hiring officer has the primary responsibility for maintaining the integrity of these affirmative action policies and procedures and is ultimately accountable for attaining diversity within his or her staff.

The University’s ADA, §504, Title IX and Sexual Harassment coordinator is Associate Chancellor for Institutional Diversity, 110 Anthony Hall, Mail Code 4341, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1265 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901. Phone: 618/453-1186.

Southern Illinois University

Mission Statement

SIU embraces a unique tradition of access and opportunity, inclusive excellence, innovation in research and creativity, and outstanding teaching focused on nurturing student success. As a nationally ranked public research university and regional economic catalyst, we create and exchange knowledge to shape future leaders, improve our communities, and transform lives.

Southern Illinois University has entered its second hundred years of teaching, research, and service. At the outset of the 1970’s, Southern Illinois University became a single state system with two universities: Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Southern Illinois University Carbondale also has a medical school campus in Springfield.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) first operated as a two-year normal school, but in 1904 became a four-year, degree-granting institution. In 1943, SIU was transformed from a teacher-training institution into a university, thus giving official recognition to the area’s demand for diversified training and service. Graduate work was instituted in 1943, with the first doctoral degrees granted in 1959. There has been diversification and expansion of graduate programs across the University through the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Applied Sciences and Arts, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering, the Graduate School, School of Law, Liberal Arts, Mass Communication and Media Arts, Science, and the School of Medicine. Combined, these colleges presently offer over 110 graduate degree programs.

In keeping with the state’s master plan, and with a commitment to enhance its Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive University status, the University’s objective is to provide a comprehensive educational program meeting as many individual student needs as possible. While providing excellent instruction in a broad range of traditional programs, it also helps individual students design special programs when their interests are directed toward more individualized curricula. The University comprises a faculty and the facilities to offer general and professional training ranging from two-year associate degrees to doctoral programs, as well as certificate and non-degree programs meeting the needs of persons not interested in degree education.

In fall semester 2019, of a total enrollment of 11,695, SIU had 2,634 registered graduate students (1,855 master's, 779 doctoral).

Carbondale is approximately 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri. Immediately south of Carbondale begins some of the most rugged and picturesque terrain in Illinois. Sixty miles to the south is the historic confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, the two forming the border of the southern tip of Little Egypt, the fourteen southernmost counties in Illinois. Within ten miles of the campus are located two state parks and four recreational lakes and much of the area is a part of the 263,000 acre Shawnee National Forest. 

The Carbondale campus, comprising more than 3,290 acres, has developed a 981 acre portion with woods and a lake as a site for its academic buildings and residence halls. The buildings are located in wooded tracts along two circular shaped campus drives, named for Lincoln and Douglas. 

The Graduate School

The primary concerns of the Graduate School are graduate instruction and research. The Graduate School, therefore, plays an essential role in the development of instructional and research programs, in the acquisition of funds, and in the procurement of facilities necessary to encourage and support research by members of its scholarly community. Through faculty, staff, and students, the Graduate School makes its contribution to the public welfare of the region, state, nation, and international community.

The Graduate School offers master’s degrees in over eighty programs and doctoral degrees in over thirty programs. Graduate students pursue advanced study and research under the leadership of a graduate faculty of over 900 members. In addition, the Schools of Law and Medicine provide graduate students with additional opportunities in instruction and research. The Graduate School administers programs in the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Applied Sciences and Arts, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering, the Graduate School, School of Law, Liberal Arts, Mass Communication and Media Arts, Science, and the School of Medicine. 

Within these colleges and schools are departments whose distinguished faculty offer inspired teaching, conduct innovative research, and facilitate student services from admission to placement. The University has an excellent library and has a very good computing facility. For further information, see Academic Resources in the Academic Policies, Requirements, and Procedures tab on the Graduate Catalog homepage. In addition to the excellent research conducted in the colleges and schools, SIU operates a number of research and service centers, most of which have been established with the aid of outside funding. These centers also are described under Academic Resources.

Board of Trustees and Officers of Administration

Board of Trustees of
Southern Illinois University 
J. Phil Gilbert, Chair, Carbondale 
Ed Hightower, Vice-Chair, Edwardsville
Roger Tedrick, Secretary, Mount Vernon
Edgar Curtis, Springfield
Brione Lockett (Student Trustee), Carbondale
Mackenzie Rogers (Student Trustee), Edwardsville
Subhash Sharma, Carbondale
Amy Sholar, Alton
John Simmons, Alton
Misty Whittington, Executive Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Luke Crater, General Counsel
Duane Stucky, Board Treasurer

Officers of Administration, Southern Illinois University
Daniel Mahony, President
Jim Allen, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Duane Stucky, Senior Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs
John Charles, Executive Director for Governmental and Public Affairs

Deans of Colleges and Schools
William Banz, College of Agricultural Sciences, Agriculture Building
Andy Ju An Wang, College of Applied Sciences and Arts, Applied Sciences and Arts Building
Terry Clark, College of Business, Rehn Hall
Matthew Keefer, College of Education and Human Services, Wham Education Building
John J. Warwick, College of Engineering, Engineering Building
Stephen Shih, Graduate School, Student Services Building
Camille Davidson, School of Law, Lesar Law Building
Andrew Balkansky, College of Liberal Arts, Faner Hall
John Pollitz, Library Affairs, Morris Library
Deborah Tudor, College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, Communications Building
Jerry Kruse, School of Medicine, Wheeler Hall
Scott Ishman, College of Science, Neckers Building