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General Studies Program (GNST)

Move Forward with General Studies

The General Studies Program is for students who meet one or both of the minimum University standards for admission but are not eligible for the degree program of choice.

The purpose of the GNST program is to facilitate students' academic development by enabling them to enroll in courses at the University and work toward meeting requirements for entrance into their chosen program. The Ferris State University Seminar course, FSUS 100, and General Education courses are requirements for the program. The FSUS 100 instructor is the GNST student's advisor and provides guidance for a smooth transition into the program of choice.

Students in the General Studies Program must meet with their assigned academic advisor prior to scheduling classes. Completion of eligibility requirements for the student's program of choice will allow them to make a program change.

Program Requirements


Program Requirements: By Placement
Credit Hours: 3 - 7


Program Requirements: By Placement
Credit Hours: 3 - 8

READ 106 or 176

Program Requirements: By Placement
Credit Hours: 3 or 6

FSUS 100

Program Requirements: FSU Seminar
Credit Hours: 1

UNIV 101

Program Requirements: Study Skills
Credit Hours: 2

General Education

Students may complete their class schedules by enrolling in courses from the College of Arts, Sciences and Education which will meet the University-wide general education requirements of Communication Competence (9 credit hours), Scientific Understanding (7 credit hours), Quantitative Skills (3-4 credit hours), Cultural Enrichment (9 credit hours), and Social Awareness (9 credit hours).

Program Curriculum Information

Dr. Jason Bentley
Dean of University College
(231) 591-2428
[email protected]

Application, Registration and Orientation Questions

Shelly VandePanne
Director of Academic Student Success
(231) 591-2360
[email protected]