Montana State University

College of Letters and Science
Liberal Studies Program

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172360
Bozeman, MT 59717-2360

Tel: (406) 994-7805
Fax: (406) 994-6879
Location: 2-205 Wilson Hall


Nicol C. Rae


Tami Eitle

Program Advisor:

Teresa Greenwood

Program Administrator:

Kayte Kaminski












Liberal Studies Program

MSU senior Joe Thiel was selected as a 2013 Rhodes Scholar to Oxford University, where he will pursue master's degrees in public policy and the economics of development. Thiel is set to graduate from MSU in May with degrees in chemical engineering and liberal studies. Read more...

Montana State University has launched a new online bachelor's degree completion program for students who have at least two years of college credits but do not yet have a four-year degree.The program, which offers a bachelor's degree in liberal studies, is designed for graduates of community colleges, tribal colleges, colleges of technology and other two-year programs. Read more...

Montana State University has announced development of several new online programs as part of an initiative to expand the university's distance education offerings. Read more...

Liberal Studies Program to offer upper-division courses to students beginning Fall 2011. Read more...

A Montana State University team that debates ethical questions has won second place in the nation. Read more...

Liberal studies and engineering major, Joe Thiel, was appointed as student regent on the Montana Board of Regents. Read more...

Liberal studies major Katelynn Platt served as a liaison officer during global trade talks in Big Sky. Read more...





• Arts • Global and multicultural • Natural science
• Diversity and culture • Humanities • Public policy
• Environmental studies • International and social issues • Quaternity
• Foreign language • Mathematics • Social science

21st Century Education
The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Montana State University is flexible, rigorous and multidisciplinary. Students challenge and expand their thinking, learn how to connect their growing knowledge to the outside world, and gain the skills necessary to succeed – in college, the workplace and life.

Three Program Options
The Liberal Studies degree values a broad, integrated and interdisciplinary approach to higher education. Interdisciplinary studies foster connections among disciplines and draw upon multiple areas of knowledge. Students choose one of three program options: Environmental Studies, Global and Multicultural, or Quaternity.

The Program
• Cultivates intellectual and ethical judgment
• Prepares students for lives of civic engagement, social responsibility and leadership
• Integrates learning from different sources
• Develops skills to succeed in an increasingly global and diverse society
• Helps students deal effectively with complexity and ambiguity

Key Student Outcomes  
• Analytical writing • Problem analysis and understanding
• Creative development • Reading and reflection
• Critical and analytical thinking • Team work and collaboration
• Intellectual judgement • Undergraduate research