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: 2-265 Wilson Hall


Nicol C. Rae


Tami Eitle

Program Advisor:

Teresa Greenwood

Program Administrator:

Kayte Kaminski

News and Announcements

MSU's Joe Thiel wins Rhodes Scholarship
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...


MSU announces online bachelor's degree completion program
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...
MSU announces development of new online programs
The College of Letters and Science has begun work on an initiative that aims at making a coherent set of Core 2.0 courses available online starting Fall 2012. These courses are part of the online bachelor's degree completion program in Liberal Studies, development of which began last year. The online Liberal Studies program is intended for people who have completed 60 credits of college work and who want to complete a flexible interdisciplinary degree. Read more...
Liberal Studies Program to offer upper-division courses to students this fall
MSU's Liberal Studies Program invites students who have completed at least 60 credits of course work to enroll in LS-301 courses (special topic seminars) being offered this fall. Each course is one credit, and will count toward upper-division requirements. Read more...
MSU Ethicats win second place in national championship
A Montana State University team that debates ethical questions has won second place in the nation. The MSU Ethicats defeated 30 teams during a grueling 14-hour day that ended at 11 p.m., and made up the National Ethics Bowl Championship, said team adviser Kristen Intemann, assistant professor in MSU's Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies. The championship was held in Cincinnati, Ohio, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Read more...
Thiel appointed as student regent on Montana's Board of Regents
Joe Thiel, a senior double majoring in liberal studies and chemical engineering, was appointed by Governor Brian Schweitzer to be the student regent on the Montana Board of Regents. Read more...

MSU students among those assisting global trade officials at Big Sky
Liberal studies student Katelynn Platt was among 43 Montana college students and faculty who were selected to assist officials attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Trade Ministerial and Small and Medium Enterprise Meeting. Approximately 90 trade ministers, senior trade officials, and Small and Medium Enterprise Ministers representing 21 economies congregated in closed sessions to hammer out policies. Between May 6 and 23, 2011, the APEC meetings, brought to Montana by senior U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, attracted approximately 2,000 visitors to the state. Read more...


MSU ethics team wins regional contest, qualifies for nationals
A Montana State University team that debates ethical questions in competition won first place in the recent Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl in Seattle, thus qualifying for the national competition in March. It will be the third time the MSU Ethicats have gone to nationals since coach Kristen Intemann organized the team in the fall of 2006. Intemann is an assistant professor of philosophy in the Department of History and Philosophy. Read more...

A new program at MSU challenges students to investigate leadership, through case studies, service-learning and exploring their own leadership. Called the Leadership Fellows Certificate Program, it aims to equip students with critical and ethical thinking skills so they can become positive agents of change in their communities. The Leadership Fellows Certificate Program is a collaboration between the Associated Students of MSU, the MSU Leadership Institute and University College. Read more...

Record number of Native Americans to graduate from MSU this spring
A record 105 Native American students are slated to receive bachelor's and master's degrees during Montana State University's 114th commencement ceremonies, set for May 8, 2010 in Bozeman. The graduation rate has increased nearly 60 percent from last year, when 61 Native Americans graduated from MSU. Ten years ago, 36 Native Americans graduated from the university. Read more...
Patricia Munoz completes senior research project in Ecuador
Patricia Munoz completed her senior capstone research project in Ecuador in summer 2006.  With the encouragement of her Liberal Studies advisors and financial support from the Undergraduate Scholars Program, Patricia embarked upon what she refers to as “a truly life-changing experience.” Patricia departed for Ecuador with a goal of “capturing the essence of the work being done by the Pachamama Alliance,” and returned with a new set of eyes to view the world with.  Read more...
Patricia Winterton receives 2006 Excellence Award
Patricia Winterton, who came to MSU from South Dakota, was among the forty-one seniors to be recognized at the 24th annual Awards for Excellence Banquet in February 2006, and the first ever from the Liberal Studies program. Patricia was selected for her remarkable academic achievements, campus leadership, and community service. In turn, Patricia selected Dr. Lynda Sexson, a Professor of Humanities in the Department of History and Philosophy, as her mentor. Read more...
Student sees global connections
Chris Owens has read Kafka's "Metamorphosis" for fun. He's finishing up a double major. He's got a grade-point average high enough to require an oxygen mask and he's thinking of starting his own publication. But the favorite part of Owens' week doesn't involve mental heavy lifting so much as having fun: He's a second-grade volunteer Spanish teacher at Morning Star Elementary School. Read more...