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The mission of MSU’s core curriculum is to enhance students' use of multiple perspectives in making informed critical and ethical judgments in their personal, public and professional lives through inquiry and research experiences.  Click here for details regarding the core curriculum.

For incoming freshmen and current high school students accepted into the Early Admission Program, Summer Session core courses offer a jump start on a college career as well as an introduction to the level of work that is expected as a student at MSU.  The courses also serve as a catch-up opportunity for continuing students who need to progress toward or complete their core requirements.

Core courses are designated by a letter following the course number, e.g., WRIT 101W.  The following letters are used to specify the core groups:

The following courses offered for Summer Session are listed by core groups.  For information regarding dates, times and location of offerings, refer to the Class Schedule.

Summer 2017 Class Schedule

Course Descriptions

Core Courses Offered Online this Summer

US-UNIVERSITY SEMINAR

  • CLS 201US
    Knowledge and Community
  • COMX 111US
    Introduction to Public Communication

W-COLLEGE WRITING

  • WRIT 101W
    College Writing I

Q-QUANTITATIVE REASONING

  • M 105Q
    Contemporary Mathematics
  • M 121Q
    College Algebra
  • M 151Q
    Precalculus
  • M 161Q
    Survey of Calculus
  • M 171Q
    Calculus I
  • M 172Q
    Calculus II
  • M 273Q
    Multivariable Calculus
  • STAT 216Q
    Introduction to Statistics
  • STAT 217Q
    Intermediate Statistical Concepts

D-DIVERSITY

  • AMST 101D
    Intro to American Studies
  • ANTY 101D
    Anthropology and the Human Experience
  • ANTY 242D
    Contemporary Japan
  • BGEN 242D
    Introduction to International Business
  • GPHY 141D
    Geography of World Regions
  • GRMN 102D
    Elementary German II
  • LIT 285D
    Mythologies
  • NASX 105D
    Introduction to Native American Studies
  • NASX 232D
    Montana Indian Cultures, Histories, Current Issues
  • PHL 103D
    Philosophy and Popular Culture
  • PSYX 235D
    Contemporary Issues in Human Sexuality
  • RLST 100D
    Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • RLST 203D
    Buddhist Traditions
  • SOCI 150D
    Social Difference
  • SOCI 318R
    Sociological Research Methods
  • SPNS 102D
    Elementary Spanish II

CS-CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SCIENCE

  • CSCI 215CS
    Social and Ethical Issues in Contemporary Science
  • HSTR 205CS
    World Environment
  • LIT 202CS
    The Environmental Imagination
  • NUTR 221CS
    Basic Human Nutrition
  • PSYX 263CS
    The Psychology of Film
  • TE 250CS
    Technology and Society

IA-ARTS INQUIRY OR  RA-ARTS RESEARCH

  • AMST 202RA
    The Arts in America
  • ARCH 121IA
    Introduction to Design
  • ARCH 151RA
    Design Fundamentals I
  • ARCH 152IA
    Design Fundamentals II
  • ARTH 201IA
    Art of World Civilization II
  • ARTZ 105RA
    Visual Language Drawing
  • ARTZ 109RA
    Visual Language—Comprehensive Foundations
  • ARTZ 110RA
    Visual Language—Ideation and Creativity
  • ARTZ 231RA
    Ceramics I
  • CRWR 240RA
    Introduction to Creative Writing
  • CS 145RA
    Web Design
  • MART 145IA
    Web Design
  • MUSI 101IA
    Enjoyment of Music
  • MUSI 203IA
    American Popular Music
  • MUSI 307IA
    World Music
  • PHOT 154IA
    Exploring Digital Photography

IH-HUMANITIES INQUIRY OR RH-HUMANITIES RESEARCH

  • FILM 101IH
    Understanding Film and Media
  • GRMN 440IH
    German Cultural Studies
  • HSTA 101IH
    Western Civilization I
  • HSTA 102IH
    American History II
  • LING 210IH
    Intro to Language/Linguistics
  • LIT 101IH
    Introduction to Literature: Explorations in Literature
  • LIT 169IH
    Literature as Popular Culture
  • ML 100IH
    Introduction to World Cultures
  • PHL 101IH
    Introduction to Philosophy: Reason and Reality
  • PHL 110IH
    Introduction to Ethics: Good and Evil
  • SPNS 335IH
    Travel in Latin American Literature and Film
  • WGSS 201IH
    Introduction to Feminist Theories

IN-NATURAL SCIENCE INQUIRY OR RN-NATURAL SCIENCE RESEARCH

  • ASTR 110IN
    Introduction to Astronomy: Mysteries of the Sky
  • CHMY 121IN
    Introduction to General Chemistry
  • ERTH 101IN
    Earth Science Systems
  • GEO 111IN
    Dinosaurs

IS—SOCIAL SCIENCE INQUIRY OR RS—SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH

  • ECNS 204IS
    Microeconomics
  • FCS 101IS
    Individual & Family Development and Well-Being: Lifespan
  • PSCI 210IS
    Introduction to American Government
  • PSYX 100IS
    Introductory Psychology
  • SOCI 101IS
    Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 221IS
    Criminal Justice System

R-ADDITIONAL RESEARCH AND CREATIVE EXPERIENCE COURSES

  • AMST 401R
    Seminar in American Studies
  • EGEN 310R
    Multidisciplinary Engineering Design
  • FCS 465R
  • GEO 429R
    Field Geology
  • KIN 325R
    Biomechanics
  • SFBS 445R
    Culinary Marketing: Farm/Table
  • SOCI 318R
    Sociological Research Methods

For a complete listing of "R" core courses, refer to the Summer Schedule of Classes.

CORE COURSES OFFERED ONLINE THIS SUMMER

  • AMST 101R
    Introduction to American Studies
  • AMST 202RA
    The Arts in America
  • AMST 401R
    Seminar in American Studies
  • ANTY 101D
    Anthropology and the Human Experience
  • ANTY 242D
    Contemporary Japan
  • BGEN 242D
    Introduction to International Business
  • CS 145RA
    Web Design
  • FCS 101IS
  • FCS 465R
  • GRMN 440IH
    German Cultural Studies
  • HSTA 102IH
    American History II
  • HSTR 101IH
    Western Civilization I
  • HSTR 205CS
    World Environment
  • LIT 169IH
    Literature as Popular Culture
  • LIT 202CS
    The Environmental Imagination
  • LIT 285D
    Mythologies
  • LS 101US
    Ways of Knowing (The Downside of Happiness)
  • LS 101US
    Ways of Knowing (Thinking for a New Future)
  • M 105Q
    Contemporary Mathematics
  • M 121Q
    College Algebra
  • M 151Q
    Precalculus
  • M 161Q
    Survey of Calculus
  • MART 145RA
    Web Design
  • ML 100IH
    Intro to World Cultures
  • MUSI 101IA
    Enjoyment of Music
  • MUSI 203IA
    American Popular Music
  • MUSI 307IA
    World Music
  • NASX 105D
    Introduction to Native American Studies
  • NASX 232D
    MT Indians: Cultures, Histories, Current Issues
  • NUTR 221CS
    Basic Human Nutrition
  • PHL 101IH
    Introduction to Philosophy: Reason and Reality
  • PHL 103D
    Philosophy and Popular Culture
  • PHL 110IH
    Introduction to Ethics: Good and Evil
  • PSCI 210IS
    Introduction to American Government
  • RLST 100D
    Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • RLST 203D
    Buddhist Traditions
  • SOCI 101IS
    Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 150D
    Social Difference
  • SOCI 221IS
    Criminal Justice System
  • SOCI 318R
    Sociological Research Methods
  • STAT 216Q
    Introduction to Statistics
  • STAT 217Q
    Intermediate Statistical Concepts
  • TE 250CS
    Technology and Society
  • WGSS 201IH
    Intro to Feminist Theories
  • WRIT 101W
    College Writing I

Click here for more information about summer online courses.