2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

General Studies

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

Program Requirements

General Studies, AA Program Checksheet


  • General Education Courses, Elective Courses and Concentration Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose General Studies? - Program Spotlight

The General Studies Program provides admitted university students who are deciding, or working toward acceptance into a desired program of study the opportunity to (a) enroll in courses needed for degree completion, (b) explore majors, minors and program concentrations, and/or (c) qualify for entry into a preferred area of study. Admitted students receive structured support. The program also assists students with a probationary enrollment status. Students meeting General Studies Program requirements are eligible for transfer to another academic program at Ferris State University.

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.

More Information

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.