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University College
Montana State University
P.O. Box 172560
Bozeman, MT 59717-2560

Tel: (406) 994-4371
Fax: (406) 994-7989
Location: 212 Montana Hall

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education:
Gregory Young
University College

Welcome to University College

Welcome to University College, the home of several campus-wide academic programs designed to enhance learning for all. I invite you to explore this website to find exciting possibilities that will complement your studies.

You may be wondering, "What is a University College?" A number of functions are served by University College (UC) including: providing a portal of entry for students who wish to explore several disciplines before declaring a major; housing the MSU Academic Advising Center; offering interdisciplinary degrees in Liberal Studies and American Studies; and enhancing education through the MSU Leadership Fellows Certificate Program, undergraduate research, and the Honors Program.

Please feel free to use the contact information provided on every program webpage if you have questions that remain unanswered. All best wishes for your MSU experience and I hope you enjoy getting to know our faculty, staff, students, and the beautiful area surrounding Bozeman!


Gregory Young, DMA
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Scholars Program Liberal Studies American Studies McNair Scholars Leadership Fellows Certificate Program! University Studies Program University Honors Program

Two MSU Students Receive Goldwater Scholarships

New certificate program grooms leaders

Jen Poser
Jen Poser
Last spring, students in the Principles in Leadership class read books by Rudy Guillani, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. According to Greg Young, vice provost of undergraduate education and head of University College, by reading books by leaders, not about leaders, students gain a first-hand perspective on what it's like to make the difficult decisions required of leaders.

"On the whole, most of the students have considerable respect for leaders in tough situations and can only imagine how they might react," said Young.

A new program at Montana State University 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. Read more...

Liberal Studies Degree    
A broad array of faculty and staff from MSU-Bozeman have worked for over two years designing a new interdisciplinary degree - Bachelor of Liberal Studies.  The Board of Regents gave final approval for this new program at the November 2003 meeting.  The Liberal Studies curriculum provides a general education degree designed specifically to meet the needs of students wanting to pursue a flexible cross-disciplinary educational program, which is not as prescriptive as traditional curricula.  Some of the most exciting and innovative advances in human knowledge are occurring at the intersections of traditional academic disciplines, and the Liberal Studies degree provides curricular structure that allows students to explore these emerging areas.  The intellectual skills provided by rigorous, cross-disciplinary studies are increasingly being recognized as the appropriate foundation for success in a broad range of careers and post-baccalaureate programs ranging from business and management to medicine.  

2011 Chamber of Commerce/Alumni Award for Excellence
Awardees are Megan Sullivan (Front Middle) of Marshfield Hills, MA in Liberal Studies and Carin Wolfe (Lower Right) of Dillon, MT in American Studies and History. Faculty Mentors are Lori Lawson, Adjunct Instructor of Liberal Studies and Robert Rydell, Professor of History. Also pictured is Greg Young (Upper Left), Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Previous Recipients

American Studies

Drawing on the cultural resources of the Museum of the Rockies, Yellowstone National Park, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and upon the strength and diversity of the departments in the College of Arts and Architecture and the College of Letters and Sciences, the Bachelor of Arts in American Studies provides a richly interdisciplinary curriculum. The Board of Regents gave final approval for this new program at the November 2006 meeting. The American Studies degree offers a broad, integrated, and interdisciplinary approach for studying the United States. Interdisciplinary studies foster connections among disciplines and draw on multiple areas of knowledge.

Undergraduate Scholars Program (USP)

The USP continues in its campus leadership role of facilitating and supporting undergraduate research in collaboration with MSU faculty.  USP Interim Director Steven Holmgren, is working on institutionalizing undergraduate research/creativity, and the research requirement in Core 2.0 will be an important part of this process. Now in its tenth year, this program has grown substantially since its inception and now supports approximately 300 students annually by awarding grants and/or providing academic credit to students who undertake an investigative or creative project in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Over 200 students did full-time undergraduate research at MSU-Bozeman this past summer.

The University Honors Program at Montana State University - Bozeman provides opportunities for students to study, conduct research, and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive academic environment.  In addition to learning from outstanding faculty members, Honors students can attend special Honors seminars, take interdisciplinary honors courses, and engage in independent study and research opportunities.  Select information topics from the menu to find out more about the Honors Program.  

The University Studies Program

The mission of the University Studies Program is to encourage and assist students in the exploration of their interests, the pursuit of their goals, and the development of their intellectual knowledge and skills in the belief that every student can reach their full potential.  The mission and the goals of the University Studies Program are achieved through the delivery of professional academic advising and the University Studies Freshman Seminar.  One third of the entering freshman class enrolls in University Studies. 

Directed Interdisciplinary Studies

For undergraduates interested in pursuing an area of scholarly/creative inquiry that falls outside the established departmental structure of MontanaStateUniversity, a bachelor's degree program in Directed Interdisciplinary Studies has been approved by the Regents of the Montana University System. Directed Interdisciplinary Studies (DIS) is not a "double-degree" nor a "major-minor" degree program. Interdisciplinary study is defined as the integration of more than one intellectual or methodological perspective on a problem (or set of related problems) identified by the student and approved by the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) consisting of three or more faculty members representing at least three different categories and two different disciplines. DIS majors are required to meet with their FAC as a whole each semester and to file a progress report each semester.

MSU Leadership Fellows Certificate Program

The MSU Leadership Fellows Program, administered by University College in cooperation with the MSU Leadership Institute and Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU), challenges students to discover their true potential by developing ethical and critical thinking skills as they relate to leadership.   It is intended that these students will become effective agents of positive change in society. This interdisciplinary program is for students aspiring to earn a designation of “MSU Leadership Fellow” on their transcript.

McNair Scholars Program

In October of 2009, Montana State University was awarded $880,000 from the United States Department of Education to develop and implement Montana’s first federally funded Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program). This undergraduate program is nationally recognized and very successful as a graduate school preparatory program. The McNair Scholars Program at MSU serves the needs of 26 undergraduate students annually who are either first-generation/low-income or minorities traditionally underrepresented in graduate schools. Eligible scholars are selected who have demonstrated strong academic potential and are committed to pursuing a doctoral degree.  A particular focus of the MSU McNair Scholars Program is providing undergraduate research opportunities and financial support for two-consecutive summer research projects for each student paired with a faculty research mentor.  The MSU McNair Scholars Program facilitates the achievement of students’ academic goals and provides in-depth graduate school preparation for acceptance and success in their chosen doctoral programs.

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