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

Spring 2021: January 11 - May 7, 2021

**Note: This schedule is not final, and is for planning purposes only!**

Spring 2021 Liberal Studies Online Course Offerings
Rubric # CORE CRN Course Title Instructor Credit Liberal Studies Requirement
AS 403  D   Monsoon Asian Civilizations Phil Williams  3  Humanities
ERTH 101  IN   Earth Science Systems Robyn Gotz  4  Natural Science
ERTH 303  IN    Weather and Climate Robyn Gotz   3  Natural Science
GH 327     Translating Global Cinema Nina Schweppe  3  Humanities
GRMN 101     Elementary German I    3  Language 
HSTA 322     Modern America, WWII to Present Janet Ore  3 Humanities 
LS 101  US   Interdisciplinary Ways of Knowing Jennifer Hill  3  
LS 301     Parks, People, & Places: Stories of Our Public Lands James Pritchard   3  Humanities
LS 350     Literature Review Star Bradley  3  Wild Card
LS 391     Ways of Storytelling James Joyce   3 Fine Arts 
LS 451     Films, Photos, Culture Heather Hardester   3  Fine Arts/Humanities
LS 490  R   Research Capstone      Research
MUSI 307  IA   World Music David Charles   3  Fine Arts
NRSM 421     Holistic Thought and Management

Lora Soderquist

Roland Kroos

 4  Natural Science
NUTR 221  CS   Human Nutrition Janet Gamble  3 Natural Science 
NUTR 351     Nutrition and Society Janet Gamble   3 Natural Science 
PSCI 491     Rural Politics Jessi Bennion  3   Social Science
RLST 206  IH   Origins of God Holly Grether   3   Humanities
RLST 410     What is Religion? Holly Grether  3  Humanities
SOCI 325     Social Stratification Steve Swinford  3  Social Science
SPNS 102  D   Elementary Spanish II Veronica Garcia Moreno  3 Language 



Fall 2020: August 17 - November 25, 2020

Rubric # CORE CRN  Course Instructor Credit Liberal
Studies Requirement
AMST 202 RA 22939 The Arts in America David Charles 3 Fine Arts
CHTH 435   22935 Human Response to Stress Katie Heiser 3 Natural Science
ERTH 101 IN 23311 Earth System Sciences Robyn Gotz 4 Natural Science
GRMN 102 D 24297 Elementary German II Liana McKelvy 3



GH 353   25569 The U.S.-Mexico Border: History, Politics, and Culture LaTrelle Sherffius 3


HSTR 346   23950 Modern India Holly Grether 3


LS 491   23860 Ways of Seeing Sarah Coletta-Flynn 3


Fine Arts

LS  391   25550 American Myth, Memory, and Monuments: How Americans Understand Their Past Cheryl Hendry 3


LS 402   24963 From the Closet to the Courts: Contraception in America Jennifer Hill 3

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

LS 452   23391 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 23601 Contemporary Mathematics Staff 3 Natural Science
NUTR 221 CS 22937 Human Nutrition Janet Gamble 3 Natural Science
NUTR 321   32289 Nutrition in the Life Cycle

Melody Anacker

3 Natural Science
PHL 103  D 25559 Philosophy and Popular Culture

Jeffrey Stephenson

3 Humanities
PSCI 491   25031 Political Crime

Kenneth Silvestri


Social Science

RLST 207 IH 23948 Myth and Belief Holly Grether 3 Humanities
SOCI 420   25263 Violence in America David Eitle 3 Social Science
SPNS 101   22936 Elementary Spanish I Veronica Garcia Moreno 3




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
Email Sarah

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