Directed Studies Program (DIST)

Arts & Sciences Commons 1025, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI 49307

The Directed Studies Program is designed for students who do not meet the admission requirements of other Ferris State University programs to which they originally applied. All Directed Studies students, with the assistance of an academic advisor, are expected to develop an individualized program of study to reach eligible academic status.

Completion of courses linked to Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) workshops, foundation courses and General Education courses enable students to select a program leading to an associate or bachelor degree. Additional information on the Directed Studies Program is available from the Developmental Programs and Curriculum department.

Program Requirements Credit Hours
DIST 100/101
Directed Studies Seminars

General Education

Students may complete their class schedules by enrolling in courses from the College of Arts and Sciences 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). Students are advised to determine which general education courses also meet requirements for programs they are considering prior to enrollment.


Shelly VandePanne
Director of Student Academic Affairs