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General Studies

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

Why Choose General Studies?

The General Studies Program is for students who are admissible to Ferris State University but do not meet all eligibility requirements for the specific program they have chosen. The General Studies Program allows them an opportunity to earn credits that will make them eligible. University College advisors work closely with students to assist them in transferring to the program of choice as soon as possible while taking general education courses required for all degrees.

The Academic Advisor

All GNST students enroll in the Ferris State University Seminar courses - FSUS 100 and 101. The instructor of this weekly seminar is also your advisor, selected from the many faculty and professional staff who specialize in helping to guide students who are not yet qualified to enter a program. 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. Students must consult their faculty advisor to develop a course sequence appropriate to their academic development and educational plans.

More Information

Developmental 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. One course must be 200 level or above. A maximum of 3 credit hours of music or theater activites may be used. 
*except HUMN 217
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 Elective:
2-3 minimum

Required Courses

Ferris State Univ Seminar
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.
Note: Specific courses required for eligibility in program of choice.