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General Studies

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

Why Choose General Studies? - Program Spotlight

The General Studies Program provides admitted university students who are still deciding or not yet eligible for admission into their preferred program of study the opportunity to (a) enroll in courses needed for degree completion, (b) explore majors, minors and program concentrations, and (c) qualify for entry into a preferred area of study. Admitted students receive structured support in demonstrating successful academic performance, exploring educational options, and refining career aspirations. The program also provides assistance to students with a probationary enrollment status. Students must meet the General Studies Program requirements to be eligible for transfer into another academic area of study.

FSUS and Advising Support

All first-year students in the General Studies Program enroll in the Ferris State University Seminar course - FSUS 100. The instructor of this weekly seminar is also the student's academic advisor allowing for weekly advising interactions.

General Education Requirements

Students may complete general education courses available through the College of Arts and Sciences. Students are advised to enroll in courses that fulfill the University's General Education requirements as well as program requirements for their chosen program of study. 

Students should review General Education Electives, the General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree (as applicable) and consult with their academic advisor to help ensure good academic progress toward timely graduation. 

All University General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree are here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives. 

Consult the Required Course above or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

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

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.