A note from your advisor regarding current remote advising

Liberal Studies majors and minors,

In light of concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, I will advise students via email until further notice. 

All declared Liberal Studies majors should have received personal advising notes from me.  Please check your inbox and degree works.

I will answer emails from students who have already declared the global health, global studies, or sustainability minors beginning April 1st. And I'll do my best to reply to messages from students who are exploring majors and prospective students.

Course lists for fall 2020 are available from the liberal studies webpage and will be updated March 30. The Registration Timetable is available at http://www.montana.edu/registrar/registration.html. The schedule of summer courses is being revised and I will post updated summer lists to the LS site the week of March 30.

Please read the following updates carefully:  

  • MSU’s Office of Academic Technology and Outreach has created an online and remote learning guide for students.  This guide has useful suggestions and resources for you as you transition to online learning.  You can access that information using the following link:


  • The dates for course registration for summer and fall 2020 courses have been postponed one week. (More time for you to plan!)  Note that I do not have time to update all your registration dates for you, so please see the following link for the updated registration timetable or check the registration date at the top of your degree works worksheet:


  • The deadline for withdrawing from a course this spring semester is April 14th.  Please see the following link for a new online process to withdraw from a course: 


Students in the Online Liberal Studies Program, or those who are interested in the online program, may contact Dr. John Townsend-Mehler at 406-994-3102 or john.townsendmehler@montana.edu. Please use the online appointment scheduler at https://www.montana.edu/scheduler to make an appointment with him.

Thank you for your patience and grace during this interesting time.

Stay well,

Teresa Greenwood
Academic Advisor and Instructor/Liberal Studies Program

Getting Started in Liberal Studies

The Liberal Studies degree values a broad and interdisciplinary approach to higher education. It also offers flexibility in course curriculum. Advising and course planning, therefore, are critical to student success. Liberal Studies advisors help students decide on a program of study and develop a preliminary curriculum plan. If you are interested in finding out more about the Liberal Studies degree at MSU, please visit https://www.montana.edu/scheduler/login/student/ to schedule an appointment.

Office of Financial Education (Scholarships)

Completing the Major

Liberal Studies students meet periodically with their advisors to make sure they are on track to complete their plan of study. Advisors assist students with course selection, proposed course substitutions, scheduling variances and conflicts, and study abroad and internship opportunities.

Online Appointment Scheduler

Liberal Studies Advisors


Teresa Greenwood

Teresa Greenwood

Teresa Flynn Greenwood is an academic advisor and instructor in the Liberal Studies program. Originally from Grand Junction, CO, she received her B.A. degree in English and an M.A. degree in Communication Development from Colorado State University. Teresa has been working at MSU since 2004 and was the assistant director of the CLS 101 University Seminar from 2006 - 2010. When she's not working with students, Teresa enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, traveling and spending time with her husband and her dog.


Teresa Greenwood

John Townsend-Mehler

John Townsend-Mehler is an academic advisor and instructor in the Liberal Studies Online distance learning program. John received his BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Earlham College and, more recently his BS in Biology from Montana State University. In 2010 he received PhD from Michigan State University in Zoology & Evolutionary Biology with a specialization in Cognitive Science. He began working at MSU in 2012 and enjoys fishing, zombie films, and traveling with his family.