Department of Theatre, Cinema & Dance



MWSU Campus

MWSU Campus

Missouri Western State University will set the standard for excellence in student development and community leadership.


Missouri Western State University is a learning community focused on students as individuals and as members of society. Western offers students at all stages of life the opportunity to achieve excellence in the classroom and beyond, as they prepare to be leaders in their work and in their communities. As a leader itself, Western is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the people and the region that it serves.


In fulfilling our mission and pursuing our vision, we the people of Missouri Western State University hold in common these values:

Service: We share the common purpose of serving students, one another and the people of the region.

Quality: We are committed to the quality of our programs, our students, and our partnership with the people of the region.

Enthusiasm: We are enthusiastic about learning and confident that we can make a difference in the lives of students through their learning.

Freedom: We promote the free exchange of ideas that makes education liberating and democracy unique.

Respect: We act as individuals and as a campus community with respect for diversity and for the best in human potential.

Courage: We seek the challenge and adventure of shaping the future with an increasingly global perspective.

griffonA griffon, which is half lion and half eagle, was chosen in 1918 as the mascot of St. Joseph Junior College, the institution which later became Missouri Western State University.

The mythical creature was selected because it was considered a guardian of riches, and education was viewed as a precious treasure. Its wings are spread in the shape of the state of Missouri to signify the union of the college with the state university system in 1977.