Fall 2024: August 21 - December 13, 2024

NOTE: This schedule is for planning purposes, and is subject to change. CRN's will be updated as they are available.

**CRN's are for sections restricted to Liberal Studies Online Students

Rubric # CORE CRN  Course Instructor Credit Liberal
Studies Requirement
AMST 202 RA 22213 The Arts in America David Charles 3 Fine Arts
CHTH 435   22209 Human Response to Stress Genevieve Cox 3 Natural Science
ERTH 101 IN 22498 Earth System Sciences Robyn Gotz 4 Natural Science
GRMN 102 D 23163 Elementary German II Liana McKelvy 3



HSTA 334   24182 Myth, Memory & Monuments Jennifer Hill 3


HSTR 346   22946 Modern India Holly Grether 3


LS 301   25099 Science in Cinema John Townsend-Mehler 1

Humanities or Natural Science

LS 305   24139 Ways of Seeing TBD 3

Humanities or

Fine Arts

LS 402   23472 From the Closet to the Courts: Contraception in America Jennifer Hill 3

Wild Card - Nat Sci, Soc Sci, Fine Arts, or Hum

LS 452   22564 This is Your Brain on Art and Music Heather Hardester 3

Wild Card - Nat Sci, Soc Sci, Fine Arts, or Hum

LS 499 R contact Jen to register  Senior Project Jennifer Hill 4 Senior Project
M 105 Q 24137 Contemporary Mathematics TBD 3 Natural Science
NUTR 221 CS 22211 Human Nutrition Janet Gamble 3 Natural Science
NUTR 321   22562 Nutrition in the Life Cycle

Cailyn Gillis

3 Natural Science
PSCI 302   24100 Media and Politics

Jessi Bennion


Social Science

RLST 207 IH 22944 Myth and Belief Holly Grether 3 Humanities
SOCI 359   25135 Crime, Justice, Media Johnson-Palomaki, Sarah 3 Social Science
SPNS 101   22210 Elementary Spanish I Cleary, Gillian 3



 Summer 2024

First 6-week Session: May 13 - August 2, 2024

*note that both courses are offered the first summer session. There are no courses in second session.

Summer 2023 Liberal Studies Online Course Offerings
Session Rubric # CORE CRN Course Title Instructor Credit

Liberal Studies Requirement

First Session                
  LS 402   10972
Contraception Through the Ages
Jennifer Hill 3 Wild Card - Nat Sci, Soc Sci, Fine Arts, or Hum
  CHTH 414   10946 Health and Culture: A Global Perspective Danika Comey 3 Natural Science

Spring 2024: January 17 - May 9, 2024

NOTE: This schedule is for planning purposes, and is subject to change. CRNs will be updated as they are available. CRNs are Liberal Studies Section 802

Students choose from the following online courses based on what is recommended by the Liberal Studies Academic Advisor.

Course Descriptions

Spring 2024 Liberal Studies Online Course Offerings
Rubric # CORE CRN Course Title Instructor Credit Liberal Studies Requirement
ANTY 375   34767 Anthropology of Humans and the Environment Scott Dersam 3 Social Science
ENSC 272 CS 34041 Water Resources William Kleindl 3 Natural Science
ERTH 101  IN 32491 Earth Science Systems Robyn Gotz  4 Natural Science
GH 327   33676 Translating Global Cinema Liana McKelvy  3  Humanities/Fine Arts
GRMN 101   35084 Elementary German I Liana McKelvy  3  Language 
HSTA 322   TBD Modern America, WWII to Present TBD  3 Humanities 
LS 101  US 32493 Interdisciplinary Ways of Knowing: Curiosity Killed the Cat Jennifer Hill  3 Humanities
LS 301   32608 Parks, People, & Places: Stories of Our Public Lands **NOTE: this course is in-person**  3 Humanities
LS 301   33709 Big Ideas in Comics John Townsend-Mehler 1  
LS 301   34802 Food, War & Migration Jennifer Hill 3 Humanities
LS 350   32607 Literature Review Theory/Practice Star Bradley  3  Wild Card
LS 411   34803 Sustainable Cities Daniel Short 3 Humanities
LS 451   32485 Film, Photos, Culture Heather Hardester 3 Humanities/Fine Arts
LS 490  R contact Jaclyn Denny Research Capstone Jennifer Hill 4  Research
MUSI 307  IA 32101 World Music David Charles   3  Fine Arts
NUTR 221  CS 32099 Human Nutrition Janet Gamble  3 Natural Science 
NUTR 351   32626 Nutrition and Society Janet Gamble   3 Natural Science 
PSCI 348   35247 Multicultural Politics in the US Jessi Bennion  3   Social Science
RLST 223  IH 34030 Sacrifice, Rite, Ritual Holly Grether   3   Humanities
RLST 321   32610 Religion and Gender Holly Grether  3  Humanities
SOCI 359   34678 Crime, Justice and Media Johnson-Palomaki, Sarah Robin  3  Social Science
SPNS 102  D 34108 Elementary Spanish II Cleary, Gillian Goodrich  3 Language 


Past Liberal Studies Distance Course Offerings


Additional Information

Course Pre-requisits

Many of the courses have prerequisites that must be satisfied.  Prerequisites will be detailed in the course descriptions.

Undergraduate Program Prerequisites and Policy

Online Course Format

Montana State University offers a series of fully online undergraduate courses. Courses in this program are delivered using Desire2Learn (D2L), which is MSU’s online learning management system. Most courses in this program adhere to the traditional campus calendar and will have due dates for homework, quizzes, exams, etc. Exams are taken through D2L, although some online courses may require you to find a proctor or testing center in your area to take exams. The online courses are often the same courses and taught by the same faculty as the on-campus versions.

You can watch an overview video describing the basics of Desire2Learn:


MSU Smarty Cats may offer distance tutoring for select courses for a minimal fee.

Academic Advisement

Academic advisement is provided to each student to tailor a program of study based on individual academic background.

Schedule Appointment

For More Information

Bridget Kevane
Interim Academic Advisor
Contact Bridget
Schedule Appointment

Jennifer Storment
Interim Program Manager
(406) 994-7805
Email Jennifer

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