Academic Programs Catalog

Undergraduate Education

Academic Opportunities


Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Option

An Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Option (E&I) is a project consisting of original work that builds on the content of a course in which a student is enrolled but extends the experience of that course beyond the typical scope and content. E&I Experiences Options allow undergraduates the opportunity to add entrepreneurial content to courses already in the student’s program, thus providing a flexible alternative for those interested in exploring entrepreneurial ideas beyond the normal course requirements. An E&I Experiences Option can be in any course in any discipline. Students propose the E&I Experiences Option to the instructor of record for the course. E& I Experiences Option requests must be accompanied by the Application for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experiences Option form. E&I Experiences Options that are approved and completed will be designated on the student’s transcript.  For more information, students should contact the undergraduate advising office of their college.



 

Reserve Officers' Training Corps Army or Air Force

The Army and Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs provide preprofessional preparation for future Army and Air Force officers. They are designed to develop the skills of men and women who can apply their education to their initial assignments as commissioned officers. In order to receive a commission, ROTC cadets must complete all requirements for a degree in accordance with university requirements, as well as complete certain courses specified by the Department of Military Science or the Department of Aerospace Studies. Depending on the student's program of study, such courses may supplement or serve as electives with the approval of the appropriate academic unit.

For details on the Air Force or Army ROTC program, refer to Department of Aerospace Studies or Department of Military Science in the Other Departments and Offices for Research and Services section of this catalog.


Prelaw Study

The Prelaw Handbook, the official law school guide published by the Association of American Law Schools, emphasizes that there is not a prescribed course of study which can be recommended to all students seeking to enter law school.  The two most important law school admission criteria, according to the Prelaw Handbook, are the student's undergraduate grade–point average and their score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The admission policies of various law schools, and the degree to which they utilize other criteria as well as the above, are described in the Prelaw Handbook which may be examined in the University Library or purchased in most bookstores.  The prelaw student is urged to study this handbook carefully and to discuss it with an advisor in the college of their choice.

Although the Prelaw Handbook does not single out specific courses or majors as being especially suitable for prelaw studies, it does call attention to certain skills and insights which the student should seek to develop, and which the LSAT attempts to measure. These are the ability to think carefully and critically, to comprehend the thoughts of others and express one's own with accuracy and clarity, and to understand critically the human values and institutions with which the law deals.

The development of these abilities is not the monopoly of any one subject area, department, or school. While the  Prelaw Handbook does discuss specific areas of study and the potential contribution each can make to prelaw education, it prefaces its discussion by insisting on the importance of a prelegal education of the broadest scope. Thus, a prelaw student may major in virtually any discipline, provided that the major is made part of a rigorous and broad education.

The following colleges at Michigan State University have defined prelaw programs and advisors:  Arts and Letters, Business, James Madison, and Social Science. Page references to these programs may be found in the General Index.  Additional information may be obtained from the office of the associate dean of these and other colleges.

 


Education Abroad

Michigan State University is a national leader in education abroad, offering more than 275 programs, on all continents and in over 60 countries.  Programs are offered every session, including winter and spring break, and range from one week to two semesters.

Approximately 23 percent of current Michigan State University students participate in education abroad and the program continues to grow.  An increasingly common component of excellence in higher education today, education abroad is quickly becoming an integral part of the undergraduate experience at Michigan State University.

Programs are offered in many academic disciplines in all colleges.  Participating in education abroad helps students develop the academic/intellectual, personal, professional, and intercultural skills and attitudes required to become effective and competitive in the global environments they will encounter after graduation.

Students are encouraged to explore opportunities abroad early. They may start by visiting the Education Abroad Web site at www.educationabroad.msu.edu, by calling 1-517-353-8920, or by visiting the Education Abroad Advising Center in the International Center, 427 N. Shaw, Room 108, or email abroad@msu.edu.

For additional information, see the Guest Status at Another Institution section of this catalog.

 


Co-Sponsored Education Abroad Programs

Co-sponsored programs are education abroad programs which are proposed and sponsored by an academic unit at Michigan State University, implemented by a international host partner institution, and staffed by non-Michigan State University faculty. Co-sponsored education abroad programs may include exchange programs, direct enrollment in an international university, and consortial or other provider programs. Co-sponsored programs are comparable in quality to regular Michigan State University education abroad programs; they constitute an area or field of study that is encompassed as part of the sponsoring academic unit(s) at Michigan State University. Co-sponsored programs, upon approval, yield Michigan State University credit and grades. Although the "co-sponsored" designation and benefits do not automatically extend to all the academic offerings of a host institution, there may be multiple areas of study within the host institution that are recognized as Michigan State University co-sponsored programs. Multiple Michigan State University academic units may decide to pursue co-sponsored programs with selected high quality universities.

For advice on how to incorporate education abroad or co-sponsored education abroad into your undergraduate program, see your academic advisor.


Undergraduate Learning Assistants

UNDERGRADUATE LEARNING ASSISTANTS

Undergraduate Learning Assistant (ULA) is a term referring to any undergraduate student who assists the faculty-of-record in that faculty member’s assigned, for-credit course(s) at Michigan State University. An ULA can, under the mentorship and supervision of the faculty-of-record, assist in class preparation; objective grading; and active and collaborative learning exercises within lecture, laboratory, and discussion sections. No undergraduate student may perform activities requiring professional judgment such as determining course content, conducting lectures or seminars, performing subjective evaluations of student performance, or assigning grades for any for-credit course at Michigan State University.

Tutors, who are not part of the instructional team of a specific course, are not subject to this policy.

Selection Process

Individuals serving as an ULA must have demonstrated knowledge of subject content by either completing and excelling in the course or its equivalent in which they assist, or through a high level of performance in more advanced courses that depend upon knowledge of relevant course content.

Training

Each faculty-of-record utilizing ULAs must provide ULAs with appropriate guidelines and information necessary to carry out their assignments and responsibilities. These shall take the form of a written guide or handbook, which must reference relevant university policies.

Undergraduate Learning Assistant Responsibilities

Expectations and specific tasks necessary for the execution of ULA assignments and responsibilities must be provided in writing to the ULA. If ULAs are assigned to grade student work, it is the faculty-of-record’s responsibility to provide a framework for objective evaluation of student work, to train the ULA on the appropriate use of this framework, and to ensure that the ULA is using this framework correctly and reliably. The faculty-of-record also must inform ULAs about the importance of maintaining student confidentiality with regard to student work.

Evaluation of Undergraduate Learning Assistant Performance

The faculty-of-record has the responsibility for the performance and evaluation of ULAs serving in that course. ULAs must be systematically evaluated during and at the end of each semester. Feedback must be shared with the ULA with the goal of improving the learning experience, developing better ULA performance in the future, and ultimately in developing skill sets and attitudes needed in the workplace.

Stipends

The position of an ULA is typically a paid position. However, in some instances, following consultation with the course’s faculty-of-record, the ULA may exercise an option to enroll in course credit rather than receive pay. An ULA may not receive both course credit and pay for a single course to which they have been assigned. In no case may a student be enrolled in a course for which they serve as an ULA.

Administration and Oversight

Any questions concerning the administration of this policy should be referred to the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies.