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

Fall 2021: August 25 - December 16, 2021

*CRN's are for Liberal Studies Online Students only

Rubric # CORE CRN  Course Instructor Credit Liberal
Studies Requirement
AMST 202 RA 22636 The Arts in America David Charles 3 Fine Arts
BIOO 262   25540 Introduction to Entomology Kevin O'Neill 3 Natural Science
CHTH 435   22632 Human Response to Stress Katie Heiser 3 Natural Science
ERTH 101 IN 22976 Earth System Sciences Robyn Gotz 4 Natural Science
GRMN 102 D 23819 Elementary German II Liana McKelvy 3



GH 353   24765 The U.S.-Mexico Border: History, Politics, and Culture LaTrelle Sherffius 3


HSTR 346   23545 Modern India Holly Grether 3


HSTA 334   TBA American Myth, Memory, and Monuments Sarah Coletta-Flynn 3


LS 301   25456 Environmental Law Laurel Angell 1

Humanities /

Social Science



  25461 Science & Cinema John Townsend-Mehler 1

Fine Arts / Humantites / Natural Science

LS 305   25538 Ways of Seeing Sarah Coletta-Flynn 3

Humanities or

Fine Arts

LS 391   24749 Love, Hell, and Betrayal in French Theater Brigitte Morris 3


LS 402   24292 From the Closet to the Courts: Contraception in America Jennifer Hill 3

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

LS 452   23056 This is Your Brain on Art and Music Heather Hardester 3

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

LS 490   contact John to register Senior Project John Townsend-Mehler 4 Senior Project
M 105 Q 25536 Contemporary Mathematics Sarah Bennett 3 Natural Science
NRSM 421   25544 Holistic Thought and Management Lora Soderquist 4 Natural Science
NUTR 221 CS 22634 Human Nutrition Janet Gamble 3 Natural Science
NUTR 321   23054 Nutrition in the Life Cycle

Melody Anacker

3 Natural Science
PHL 103  D 24755 Philosophy and Popular Culture

Jeffrey Stephenson

3 Humanities
PSCI 302   25459 Media and Politics

Jessi Bennion


Social Science

RLST 207 IH 23543 Myth and Belief Holly Grether 3 Humanities
SOCI 420   24507 Violence in America David Eitle 3 Social Science
SPNS 101   22633 Elementary Spanish I Veronica Garcia Moreno 3



Summer 2021

First Session: May 10 - June 18

Second Session: June 21 - July 30

Summer 2021 Liberal Studies Online Course Offerings
Session Rubric # CORE CRN Course Title Instructor Credit

Liberal Studies Requirement

First Session                
  LS 402   11436 Contraception in America Jennifer Hill 3  
Second Session                
  CHTH 414   11356 Health and Culture: A Global Perspective Michelle Grocke 3  

Spring 2021: January 11 - May 7, 2021

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

Spring 2021 Liberal Studies Online Course Offerings
Rubric # CORE CRN Course Title Instructor Credit Liberal Studies Requirement
AS 403  D 34477 Monsoon Asian Civilizations Phil Williams  3  Humanities
ANTY 375   34813  Anthropology of Humans and the Environment Nancy Mahoney 3  
ERTH 101  IN 33259  Earth Science Systems Robyn Gotz  4  Natural Science
ERTH 303  IN  35488  Weather and Climate Robyn Gotz   3  Natural Science
GH 327   35539 Translating Global Cinema Nina Schweppe  3  Humanities
GRMN 101   33945  Elementary German I Liana McKelvy   3  Language 
HSTA 322   34681  Modern America, WWII to Present Janet Ore  3 Humanities 
LS 101  US 33261  Interdisciplinary Ways of Knowing Jennifer Hill  3  
LS 301   TBA  Parks, People, & Places: Stories of Our Public Lands James Pritchard   3  Humanities
LS 350   33417  Literature Review Star Bradley  3  Wild Card
LS 391   35417  Ways of Storytelling James Joyce   3 Fine Arts 
LS 451   33251  Films, Photos, Culture Heather Hardester   3  Fine Arts/Humanities
LS 490  R contact John Research Capstone      Research
LS 491   35485 Power, Knowledge, and Bodies Natalie Scheidler 3 Humanities 
MUSI 307  IA 32740  World Music David Charles   3  Fine Arts
NRSM 421   32759  Holistic Thought and Management

Lora Soderquist

Roland Kroos

 4  Natural Science
NUTR 221  CS 32737  Human Nutrition Janet Gamble  3 Natural Science 
NUTR 351   33442  Nutrition and Society Janet Gamble   3 Natural Science 
PSCI 470   35679  Rural Politics Jessi Bennion  3   Social Science
RLST 206  IH 33422  Origins of God Holly Grether   3   Humanities
RLST 321   33420 Religion and Gender Holly Grether  3  Humanities
SOCI 325   35428  Social Stratification Steve Swinford  3  Social Science
SPNS 102  D 33613  Elementary Spanish II Veronica Garcia Moreno  3 Language 





Course Prerequisites

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

John Townsend-Mehler
Academic Advisor
(406) 994-3102
Contact John
Schedule Appointment

Sarah Coletta-Flynn
Program Manager
(406) 994-7441
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