Academic Programs Catalog

Other Departments and Offices for Research and Services

Office of the Provost

June Pierce Youatt, Provost

The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs provides leadership for matters that affect academic programs, research, and outreach. The Provost is the principal academic officer of the University with administrative responsibility for the colleges including the Michigan State University College of Law, academic programs, and all academic units including the Honors College, International Studies and Programs, and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.

The Office of the Provost also has administrative responsibility for academic support units: Undergraduate Education,  the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, International Studies and Programs, The Graduate School, Academic Human Resources,  Academic Services and Enrollment Management (including the Office of Admissions, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Office of the Registrar), Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives (jointly with the President), Academic Advancement Network, MSU Libraries, Information Technology Services (jointly with the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services), the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Olin Health Center, Office of Planning and Budgets (jointly with the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services), Student-Athlete Support Services, University Outreach and Engagement (including the Wharton Center for Performing Arts and Institute for Arts and Creativity, and the MSU Museum), the WorkLife Office, and the Office of the Secretary for Academic Governance.

In addition, the Office has university-wide responsibility for summer session programs, commencement, liaison with academic governance standing committees, and awards for faculty and graduate assistants.

The Office of the Provost has responsibility at the dean’s level for the Department of Aerospace Studies and the Department of Military Science. The two departmental units and selected administrative units are described in the statements which follow.

For more information visit www.provost.msu.edu, e-mail provost@msu.edu, or call 1-517-355-6550.


Department of Aerospace Studies

The United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United States Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously attending college. The program consists of three-year, four-year, or five-year academic programs depending on the student's major. The program is broken into two distinct segments, the General Military Corps (GMC) and the Professional Officer Corps (POC), both of which are taken on-campus. In addition, prior to admission into the POC, AFROTC students must complete a four-week field training encampment off-campus.

AFROTC classes are held on college campuses in the United States and Puerto Rico, and students register through normal course registration processes. AFROTC consists of Aerospace Studies classes (Foundations of the USAF, Evolution of USAF and Space Power, Air Force Leadership Studies, and National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty), and a corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year whereby students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies. College students enrolled in the AFROTC program are known as "cadets." Cadets who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college degree requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force.


 


Scholarships

The AFROTC program offers to qualified high school applicants the opportunity to compete for a 4-year scholarship.  The application may be submitted online from May 1st of the student’s junior year through December 1st of his/her senior year of high school.  Visit www.afrotc.com for more information and the application for the High School Scholarship program.

In-College Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis for 2 to 3.5 years.  Applicants competing for In-College Scholarships must be enrolled as a cadet and nominated by a member of the detachment cadre (instructors).  Enrollment in AFROTC courses alone does not constitute grounds for scholarship consideration.

Scholarships cover tuition, fees, a book allowance, and a monthly subsistence allowance referred to as a “stipend.”  Stipends range from $300-$500 monthly depending on the student’s academic classification (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior).

 


General Military Course

The GMC consists of four 1-credit courses, normally completed during the freshman and sophomore years.  The 100-level portion of the GMC examines the Air Force in the contemporary world.  The 200-level portion of the GMC focuses on a study of Air Power through the jet age, a historical review of the employment of air power in military and nonmilitary operations, and the evolution of air power concepts and doctrine.

Students in the three-year program must be concurrently enrolled in both the freshman (100-level) and the sophomore (200-level) courses each semester of their sophomore year.

Portions of the GMC may be waived for students with prior military experience or for students who transfer from another reserve officer training program.

 


Professional Officers Course

Students are accepted into the POC on a competitive basis provided they have at least two years of full-time undergraduate course work remaining. Performance in the GMC and the field training encampment are among the factors considered.

The POC consists of four 3-credit courses that extend over a two-year period. The 300-level portion of the POC emphasizes the concepts and skills required of a successful leader. The 400-level portion of the POC is designed to provide future Air Force officers with background information in national security policy issues while stressing responsibilities of the military officer and civil-military relations.

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the POC and their degree programs will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force and will enter active duty within one year. Delay of entry to active duty to study at the master’s or doctoral level may be permitted. There are many career opportunities individuals can qualify for, including but not limited to pilot, space and missile operations, cyberspace operations, engineering, medical and nursing career fields.
 

Leadership Laboratory

Leadership Laboratory consists of a series of 1-credit hour labs that accompany the academic class each semester throughout the program.  As part of the GMC and POC, the student is a member of an organized cadet corps that conducts a leadership laboratory.  Instruction is conducted within the framework of the cadet corps with a progression of experiences designed to develop each student’s leadership potential. 


Field Training

Students in the program compete to attend a four-week field training encampment at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.  Students attend this encampment the summer between their sophomore and junior years.  Encampment expenses are paid for by the U.S. Air Force.  For more information, visit www.msu.edu/~airforce; email airforce@msu.edu; or call 1-517-355-2168. 


Department of Military Science

The U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Program offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to qualify as commissioned officers in the United States Army. The ROTC program provides preparation for leadership in any profession, military or civilian.

 


General Eligibility Requirements

To enroll in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program, the student must:

  1. Be of good moral character.
  2. Be a citizen of the United States. (Foreign nationals may enroll by special request.)
  3. Be enrolled as a full–time student at Michigan State University.
  4. Execute an oath of loyalty to the United States.
  5. Not be a conscientious objector.

Additional requirements exist for Advanced Course participation. Contact the Department of Military Science for specific information.



Uniforms and Textbooks

The department provides students with Army uniforms and equipment required for military training. Students also receive all textbooks required for Military Science classes from the department. Upon graduation or dis-enrollment, students must return all materials and equipment to the department.

ROTC Scholarships

The ROTC program offers four-year, three-year, and two-year scholarships to qualified students. An Army ROTC scholarship can provide all or most of the tuition and fees at Michigan State University.  The scholarship also provides an allowance for text books. Scholarship students also receive a monthly allowance for up to ten months per year ranging from $300 to $500. Scholarship students must meet university admissions criteria.

 


ROTC Basic Course

The Basic Course, normally completed in the freshman and sophomore years, provides the student with a general knowledge of the military's role in our society, and the missions of the Army.  It is possible for a sophomore to complete the Basic Course in one year through prior arrangement with the department. Non-scholarship students incur no military obligation for participating in or completing the Basic Course. Successful completion of the Basic Course is a prerequisite for enrollment in the ROTC Advanced course.  Additionally, selected sophomores and juniors can also qualify for the Basic Course by completing ROTC Leadership Trainers Course at Fort Knox, KY in the summer, or through prior military service, either active or reserve.


ROTC Advanced Course

The Advanced Course is the professional phase of the ROTC program. The Advanced Course includes courses in leadership skills, training and personnel management, ethics, military justice, and military tactics. Students must complete a military history course through the Department of Military Science or through another approved list of MSU approved courses. Military Science IV students must complete a department approved staff ride during their final year of studies. Finally, all Advanced Course cadets must meet the Army standards for physical fitness and height/weight requirements. All Advanced Course students must attend a four–week long Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, KY.  Students normally attend the Advanced Camp the summer between their junior and senior years.

Upon satisfactory completion of the Advanced Course requirements and the awarding of the bachelor's degree, the student is eligible for a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, the U.S. Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard.

 


Special Opportunities

Selected students participating in the ROTC program may attend Airborne, Air Assault, Mountain Warfare, or Northern Warfare training. Additionally, selected students have the opportunity to participate in a Cultural Awareness program, Foreign Language Program, Nurse Summer Training Program, or Cadet Troop Leadership Training in which they perform the duties of an officer at an Army installation. Non–scholarship students in the Advanced Course may elect to serve as officer trainees in local National Guard and Army Reserve units, thereby receiving additional training, experience, and financial support while attending college.


Credit for Previous Military Training

Students with previous collegiate military training may received transfer credit for corresponding Military Science courses completed satisfactorily in a senior division ROTC unit in another college or university. Students with prior military service may enroll for Advanced Course training. See www.armyrotc.msu.edu.


Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is an engaged public institution that reflects through art the longstanding global focus of Michigan State University. Expressly dedicated to exploring contemporary culture and ideas through the probing gaze of international artists, the Broad MSU is a place where artists’ ideas, words, and actions create a vibrant center for questioning and understanding the world. Committed to education, experimentation, and study, the Broad MSU is a laboratory for the new, grounded in a deep appreciation for the historical. The Broad MSU is committed to  expanding, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting its collection of artwork from ancient cultures to the present day.

For more information, visit www.broadmuseum.msu.edu, e-mail eebam@msu.edu, or call 1-517-884-4800. 


Selected Administrative Units


Office of Financial Aid

Richard L. Shipman, Director

The core mission of the Office of Financial Aid is to assist Michigan State University students fund their educational costs through federal, state, private, and institutional financial assistance that includes grants, scholarships, work programs, and loans.  Approximately 65% of all MSU students receive some form of financial aid through this office.

Most funding is awarded based upon financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is completed annually by students and parents online at www.fafsa.gov.

Staff members advise students via individual meetings, phone calls, and email regarding both short-and long-term financial assistance.  Additionally, they provide general college financing information for students, parents, faculty, staff, high school counselors, and prospective students through a variety of workshops, presentations, and events.

For information on available aid and the application process, visit the Office of Financial Aid Web site at www.finaid.msu.edu, e-mail finaid@msu.edu, or call 1-517-353-5940.


Office of the Secretary for Academic Governance

Gary Hoppenstand, Secretary

The Secretary for Academic Governance is secretary to the Academic Congress, University Council,  Steering Committee, and Faculty Senate and serves as ex-officio member on the University Committee on Academic Governance.  The Office of the Secretary provides staff support to University Council and its committees, and provides assistance to colleges, departments, and schools in the preparation and interpretation of unit bylaws for academic governance. For more information, visit http://acadgov.msu.edu, e-mail acadgov@msu.edu, or call 1-517-355-2337.


Student-Athlete Support Services

James R. Pignataro, Director

Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS) helps student-athletes reach their full potential. Its mission is to provide each student-athlete with guidance, resources and support that will enhance their development both academically and personally.  This is accomplished within a proactive success driven environment which delivers quality academic services and diverse programming.

The SASS philosophy is to offer an academic support program, integrated with the university, that will assist all student-athletes with their transition into college. This all-encompassing support continues throughout each student-athlete’s collegiate career until the day he or she receives a diploma, obtains employment, or enters graduate school.

The SASS academic coordinators have expert knowledge in NCAA and Big Ten regulations and the Learning Specialist and subject tutors are trained to work proactively with student-athletes from 25 varsity sports throughout their college careers.

SASS is housed in a nationally recognized facility, the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, where a wide range of services and facilities are available, including academic counseling, computer labs with instruction, tutoring in all subject areas, career planning, community-service opportunities, personal-development workshops, and informing student-athletes about athletic eligibility, course registration, and current NCAA, Big Ten and university rules and regulations. Visit www.sass.msu.edu or call 1-517-355-2204.

 


University Archives and Historical Collections

The Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections (UAHC) is a place of discovery. More than 150 years of campus history can be explored using photograph collections, student publications, alumni and faculty papers, and records from university presidents and administrative units. Collection highlights of non-university related material include Civil War collections, lumbering industry collections, photographs of the Lansing/East Lansing community, and environmental collections. UAHC staff work closely with teaching faculty to incorporate original historical materials into the learning process. Materials in the University Archives and Historical Collections are available for use in the reading room by all MSU faculty, staff, students, and members of the public.

The University Archives is also responsible for the management of the university’s inactive business records, including the preparation of retention schedules for its administrative, fiscal, personnel, and academic records. UAHC assists university units in the efficient administration and management of official paper and electronic records of the university. The UAHC staff provides ongoing support and training to the university community in records management, storage, and retrieval in order to ensure compliance with all relevant state and federal laws and regulations. UAHC provides guidance on records topics, including management of electronic records, email, research data, and scanned documents.

For further information, call 1-517-355-2330 e-mail archives@msu.edu, or visit www.archives.msu.edu.


WorkLife Office

Dr. Barbara Roberts, Executive Director

The WorkLife Office supports faculty and staff with family care needs, career transitions, workplace challenges and relocation needs, along with research into best practices for flexible work arrangements in a contemporary employment setting. Education and support around workplace dynamics, resources and climate are provided. 

The Office collaborates with partners across campus. Through consultation, education, resources and referrals, the staff of the WorkLife Office coordinates services to provide support to faculty and staff at MSU to ensure more satisfying and productive careers.