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Directed Studies

Degree Type: Associate in Arts
College(s): Retention and Student Success

Why Choose Directed Studies?

The Directed Studies Program is designed for transfer or former FSU students who do not qualify for regular admission. These students are expected to develop, with the assistance of their faculty advisor, and individualized program of study to strengthen their academic performance. In some cases, enrollment in foundation courses is necessary to enhance the student's potential for academic success.

The Course

DIST 100 - Students will develop strategies to enhance their opportunity for college success. Course will include, but not be limited to, discussions on academic advising, FSU program offerings and the FLITE library. The course will also deal with issues of wellness and personal responsibility and how to improve basic study habits. Directed Studies students are required to sign a DIST Performance Contract and to abide by the conditions of the contract for continued enrollment. The goal of this course is to enable each student to become eligible to make a program change to the college of their choice.

The Academic Advisor

All DIST students enroll in the Directed Studies Program courses: DIST 100 and 101. The instructor of this weekly seminar is also your advisor, selected from the many faculty and professional staff who are very concerned about the student's success in college. Academic Advisors can help you define and develop realistic goals, identify special needs, match the student to available resources, monitor progress toward educational and career goals, and discuss linkages between academic preparation and the world of work.

More Information

Developmental Programs and Curriculum
Retention and Student Success
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 1017
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Shelly VandePanne
Director of Student Academic Affairs
Phone: 231-591-2360
Required Courses
Credit Hours

General Education Requirements

Communication Competence:
English 1
English 2
Choose One:
Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
Scientific Understanding Electives:
Two courses from the following (one must be a lab): ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOG 111 or GEOG 121, GEOL, PHSC, PHYS
Quantitative Skills: 
This requirement can be fulfilled by ONE of the following options:
MATH 115 or higher
Intermediate Algebra
MATH 115 or proficiency
Intermediate Algebra
MATH 115 ACT Subtest Score 24 or higher
Intermediate Algebra
Cultural Enrichment Electives:
At least 3 courses from the following: ARCH 244, ARTH, ARTS, COMM 231, ENGL 322, FREN, GERM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, MUSI, SPAN, THTR. Courses must include: 1) One course must be 200+ level, 2) Maximum 3 credit hours music or theater activities may be used.
Social Awareness Electives:
Three courses totaling 9 credit hours from the following: ANTH, ECON, GEOG (Except GEOG 111 or GEOG 121), PLSC, PSYC, SOCY, SSCI (Except SSCI 100). Must include 2 different subject areas and one Social Awareness Foundation Course.
Additional Cultural Enrichment/Social Awareness Electives:
Directed Electives:
Credits necessary to meet the total requirement of 60 sem. Credits.
  Electives may be any 100 level or above course offered through Allied Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Optometry, Technology or University College. Exploratory Course list is available. Courses should be selected with an advisor.
Directed Studies Seminar 1
Directed Studies Seminar 2