Liberal Studies Advising
**UPDATE Aug 21: Please note that we have hired a new advisor to assist with Liberal Studies, both online and campus majors. Jaclyn Denny has graciously agreed to join our team and began in mid-July, 2021, and after some training and shadowing, is now able to meet with Liberal Studies advisees**
Other noteworthy items:
* 2020/2021 Bobcat Core Students will meet with advisors for their original majors. Please contact your home department for advising information and contacts.
* Environmental studies, global/multicultural studies, and Quaternity course lists for fall 2021 are available from the LS web site or University Studies (130 Gaines Hall).
* Juniors and Seniors who need assistance or want to talk through their options will now meet with Jaclyn Denny. Her availability is in the online appointment scheduler (search last name, "Denny" once logged in) or you can also reach out to Jaclyn via email. Please see the notes section of your degree works for your registration pin; you are not required to meet with an advisor before you register if you feel you are clear from past advising sessions and DegreeWorks on needed courses and such.
* First-year students and Sophomores are required to meet with an advisor and will receive
their registration pins at their meetings. You can schedule an appointment with Jaclyn here.
* We do not provide separate lists for minors (global health, global studies, sustainability and environmental stewardship). Please refer to Degree Works and the Undergraduate Catalog for courses that apply to your minor. You can schedule an appointment with Jaclyn here.
* Students currently in the Liberal Studies Online Degree Completion Program, and those who are seeking more information on the online degree can now reach out to our new advisor, Jaclyn Denny, beginning August 1st on.
NEW! Add/Drop Process
After receiving a registration PIN from their advisors, students can generally manage their enrollment through MyInfo and CatCourse Scheduler (for more information, please visit the Registration Information website). Sometimes students need instructor approval to add a class. Instructors can authorize an override of a pre-requisite, course cap or time conflict. They may also authorize a student to add their course between the 6th and 10th day of a typical semester. To drop a class from the 11th through the 59th day of the typical semester, students need to consult an advisor. Details on these processes can be found below.
- Connect with your advisor (to drop a class) or instructor (to add a class) early to help you navigate these processes by published deadlines.
- Dropping or adding a course could significantly impact your bill and financial aid. Contact Student Accounts or the Office of Financial Aid Services if you have questions.
- To add a course after the 10th semester day or drop a course after the withdrawal deadline for extraordinary reasons, please utilize DocuSign to initiate this process.
- To view the email announcing the new Add/Drop process follow this link.
- The University Studies office is the main point of contact for Liberal Studies majors who wish to withdraw from spring 2021 courses. Online LS majors will continue to work with John Townsend-Mehler.
- As always, answers to frequently asked questions about Class Formats, Registration,
Important Dates & Deadlines, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Changes, etc. will be
found on the Advising Commons site and at the Registrar's Office.
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.
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.
Liberal Studies Advisor
Jaclyn Denny is an academic advisor for both the Online Distance Learning Program for Liberal Studies; and the on-campus Liberal Studies programs. Jaclyn received her BS from Oklahoma State University; and has been advising students in the higher-education setting for 6 years. She began working for MSU in 2021 and enjoys her dogs, live music, and cooking.