Fall 2019

US 101US: Place & Identity

University Studies First-Year Seminar (US 101US) is a discussion-based course designed to create a supportive environment to help students take an active role in their education, transition into the college academic atmosphere, and become a part of the Montana State University community of critical thinkers. It is a small, seminar class. This means that it is student-centered and student-driven. As an interdisciplinary course, US 101US is not about content-delivery. It is about offering opportunities for students to pursue meaningful answers to important questions related to how identity intersects with place, education, and justice:

  • Who am I?
  • Who am I becoming?
  • How do I engage in a just society?

In this inquiry-based course we will examine questions of place, education, and identity. Classical and contemporary philosophy will offer a guide to navigate issues of justice with a clear moral compass, and illuminate the questions that run through all course readings. In order to get the most out of the experience, we ask students to:

  • Ask meaningful questions, of themselves and their peers.
  • Be willing to learn from what challenges them.
  • Engage.


Convocation Text

Author of bestseller ‘Educated’ to deliver MSU’s 2019 Convocation lecture Aug. 22, 2019 


Supplied photo by Lorentz Gullachsen

Tara Westover, whose bestselling memoir “Educated” is about her transformation from the daughter of survivalists who was kept out of school into a Cambridge doctoral graduate, will speak at Montana State University’s 2019 Convocation at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Westover’s lecture is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. They will be available June 10. Supplied photo by Lorentz Gullachsen.


MSU News Release: Tara Westover's Educated

Reading List for Fall 2019 Curriculum - under construction check back soon!