Who is my academic advisor?
You can go to your GoldLink account; click on the
"Student Academics" tab and in the bottom left-hand corner
is your advisor's name. To find your advisor's email,
phone number and department location, go to "Directories" on
the main webpage and go through the "Find an Employee"
search process. Academic advisors will be assigned by
the fourth week of classes.
How can I change my advisor?
You can either go to the Student Success Center or
go to the academic department you plan to switch to and fill
out a Change of Advisor form.
How do I declare my major?
Go to the academic department you plan to major in
and fill out the major declaration form for your area of
Where can I find the major declaration forms?
You can find the major/minor forms by going to
Missouri Western's homepage, go to A-Z Search and click on
M, then click on Major/Minor Forms. There is also a
link on your "Student Academics" tab of GoldLink, under the
How can I change my major?
At the same site where the Major/Minor forms are
listed, at the top is the Major-Minor Change Form that you
need to fill out and follow the directions on that form for
How many times can I change my major?
There is no set number of times students can change
their majors. However, students must remember courses that
have been taken will not always carry over to another major,
leaving some hours that will have to go toward elective
hours. Also, when you change your major, general
studies taken for one major might differ with the new major.
Therefore, it is important to double check your major
declaration form to ensure you have completed the
appropriate general studies courses for your chosen major.
Will I still have class credit from my previous
courses if I change my major?
Yes, these hours will go toward elective hours if
they are not listed on your new major declaration form.
Can I take extra classes that do not pertain to
Yes. However, Financial Aid only funds
students up to a specific number of hours to obtain a degree
(Associate's is 93 hours; Bachelor's is 186 hours).
Therefore, it is important for students to prepare their
four-year plans to determine if they have time to take extra
classes and complete their major requirements within the
specified number of hours for financial aid.
Who has the final say in my class schedule?
My advisor or me?
Students have final say as to what classes they
want in their schedules. However, students need to
consult with their academic advisors to ensure they are
taking the courses needed for their major plans of study.
Is there a time limit to complete my degree?
Please note the expiration date on the major
declaration form at the time you officially file it.
This will inform you as to the time limit you need to adhere
to for completion of your course requirements.
Where can I get help if I am struggling in a class?
Free tutoring is available to current Missouri
Western students at the Center for Academic Support (CAS) in
the Hearnes Center. Math and writing tutors work regularly
scheduled hours throughout the day to assist students in
those areas. Content tutors work by appointment only. Go to
www.missouriwestern.edu/cas and go to "Tutor List" to
view the content tutors that are already set up for specific
classes. If the class you need assistance with is not
listed, go to the CAS early in the semester to request a
tutor. This process can sometimes take two-three
weeks, so it is important to not wait until the last minute
to get this process started.
Where do I go to add or drop a class?
Prior to the beginning of classes and during the
first five days of class, students can log in through
GoldLink and add and/or drop classes. However, a late
registration fee of $50 is assessed if changes are made
beginning the first day of classes. To drop ENG 100,
RDG 095, or MAT 081, MAT 082, or MAT 083, you must have your
advisor's signature or instructor's signature before the
drop process is allowed.
Can I take Continued Education Division (CED)
Students are able to take CED classes; however, any
class that begins with a CED prefix does not count in the
credit hour load for financial aid. To receive full
financial aid, you must be enrolled in 12 credit hours, but
these 12 credit hours cannot consist of any classes with a
CED prefix without prior approval from Financial Aid and
your academic advisor.
If I have taken foreign language in high school or
speak a second language, what foreign language class should
If you took two or more years of the same foreign
language in high school, you should take the foreign
language test through the English/Foreign
Languages/Journalism Department (EFLJ). The placement
test is offered free of charge, and you will receive your
results by email. Should you decide to claim your
credit, you must file a test-out petition and pay the test
fee of $75.00. Stop by the EFLJ Department in Eder
Hall 212 for instructions on how to claim your credit.
However, if you enroll in the course suggested by the
placement test and complete that course with a grade of C or
better, your test fee will be refunded in full! That means
that you may receive up to 12 hours of free credit!
Do classes below 100 count toward graduation?
No. RDG 095, MAT 081, MAT 082 and MAT 083 do not
count toward graduation. However, the grades you receive in
these courses are figured into your GPA.