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Integrative Studies and FSA Programs

Freshman seminars abroad are approved as substitutions for specific university requirements. This webpage provides an overview of these requirements, details the approved substitutions, and informs students and advisers how to handle the substitutions. If you have questions, please call (517) 884-8977 or e-mail fsabroad@msu.edu.

Integrative Studies at MSU

Integrative studies courses are part of the broader general education requirements at Michigan State University, which include courses in writing, mathematics, and integrative studies. In general, students at MSU complete 24 credits of integrative studies in the following manner:

Alternatives to Integrative Studies

Although the information provided above is generally true, it is not uniformly applied. Certain majors use alternative courses to fulfill integrative studies. Due to this fact, you should consult with your academic adviser about the best substitution for you. Some special cases to be aware of are listed below:

Approved Substitutions

The Directors of the Integrative Studies Centers approve substitutions based on the course outline provided by the seminar instructor. At this time, your UGS 102 class can substitute as your 200-level ISS course, ISB course, or second-level IAH course (IAH 211–241). Current and pending approvals are listed below. Please note that Honors College and Academic Scholars students must complete an honor's option, or enroll in the Costa Rica program, to obtain a substitution.

Location
Thematic Tracks ISS IAH
ISB
 
GERMANY Track 1 - Folklore and Fairy Tales: Values and Ethics of European Cultures
P
Track 2 – Human Rights in Times of Conflict
P
P
 
 
IRELAND Track 1 – Pride, Patriotism and Power: Exploring Liberty and Freedom in Ireland
P
P
Track 2 – Great Craic: Ireland in Fiction and Film
P
P
 
ITALY Track 1 – Italian Food and Health
P
P
Track 2 – Globalization of Crime in Italy: Art, Antiquities and People
P
P
 
JAPAN Track 1 – Gozilla, Gatchaman and Gaijin – Environmentalism in Japanese Pop Culture
P
P
 
 
NEW ZEALAND Track 1 – The Science Behind New Zealand's Sustainability and Economic Success
P
P
 
Track 2 – Indigeneity and Immigration: History, Culture and Politics in New Zealand
P
P
P
 
SPAIN Track 1 – Popular Youth Culture in Spain
P
P
 
Track 2 – Who Do They Think You Are? Exploring Global Citizenship through Culture and the Arts
P
P


X = Approved; P = Pending



Making the Substitution

During the summer orientation or in the early fall, you should talk with your academic adviser about how you want to use your UGS 102 course credit. The three credits for this course will be counted toward the integrative studies class you select, but you need to communicate a selection to the FSA office first as some programs are approved for multiple integrative studies options. In other words, if you go on a program to Italy that can count as either IAH or ISB, you need to talk with your adviser about which course to pick.

Once you have talked with your adviser, you should complete the selection process outlined in D2L. We will share substitution requests with advisers in November/December. Students who do not submit a substitution request will have UGS 102 selected for them.

Once the substitution has been entered, you will have a notation in your electronic student academic folder (ESAF) that says that your "UGS 102 course will count as XXX course." You will also have a waiver in Degree Navigator that allows you to use the three-credit course to count toward the four-credit IAH or ISS class. You DO NOT need to make that credit up elsewhere. You are approved to use the three-credit course to count as the four-credit course. Also, please note that your UGS course will count toward your selection: it will not turn into the other course on your transcript.