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Q. How I can get an override into a full course?

A. 100/200 level courses:

It is department policy NOT to provide overrides for 100/200 level courses. Space tends to open in these course as students make adjustments to their schedules so make sure to have the course on your planned schedule with an alert so you can enroll if space becomes available. If you have any question please contact the appropriate language coordinator.

A. 300/400 level courses:

It is departmental policy not to grant overrides for these courses until the drop/add period is over at the beginning of each semester. Keep an eye on the enrollment. Put an alert on the course and add the course if someone drops it. If you are unable to add the course before the semester begins, attend the section that you would prefer to enroll in, do the work, and speak with the instructor.  Only the course instructor can provide the authorization for the override.


Q. How can I make an appointment with the undergraduate adviser?

A. Click to make an advising appointment.  Walk-in advising hours are held most Fridays throughout Fall and Spring Semesters. Hours are posted weekly on the advising appointment system.


Q. How do I add or drop a minor or major?

A. Please contact the undergraduate adviser. Teaching minors must go through the College of Education.


Q. I graduate in the Fall semester, and I have not yet fulfilled the FRN 415 (or FRN 416) requirement. However, this course is only offered in every other semester. Can I take it as an Independent study so I can graduate in time?

A. Yes, if you never took an independent study before.


Q . I have chemistry as a first major and I took several biology and physics courses as requirements for my chemistry major. Can I use chemistry as one of my cognates? And Can I use biology and physics courses as substitutes for ISB and ISP requirements?

A. Yes, if you have a double major and chemistry is one of the majors, you can use it for both ISP and ISB requirements as well as the cognate requirement. Other possibilities for a cognate accepted by CLA can be a combination of math and physics (as one cognate since they’re closely related, by taking two of each), since it is standard for double majors to use one of their majors as a cognate, as long as they're able to demonstrate a thematic or disciplinary link with the French major.


Q. Can my PHY and BS classes replace ISB and ISP requirements?

A. CAL honors approved "alternate track" science courses like PHY and BS if they were taken when the student was a major in the college approved for an alternate track. So you can use the PHY course for ISP if you used to be in Natural Science or Engineering--but if you are now in CAL, you must complete the remainder of your science Requirement with regular ISB or whatever is lacking.


Q. Can I use my courses from a different college to count as an IAH course?

A. Once you have matriculated at MSU, ONLY regular IAH classes can be used to meet the requirement. Students who took IAH-like courses BEFORE coming to MSU are allowed to use approved transfer options to satisfy some of the IAH requirement.


Q. Can I use credits from my other major or minor to fulfill my cognate requirements?

A. If you are doing two majors within the College of Arts and Letters, each major can serve as a cognate for the other major. For example, a French major doing an additional major or degree in English can use English for a cognate with French and advanced French for a cognate with English. However, the student must also have a cognate outside our college; one outside cognate (such as journalism or psychology) can function as the outside cognate for both majors.

Students doing a minor--such as philosophy--can use the minor to replace one cognate (but again must have an outside cognate as well). Students admitted to the teacher certification program are not required to do cognates; instead, they do an approved teaching minor plus required teacher certification courses.


Q. Can I sit in a language course without enrollment?

A. According to university policy, “A person may be permitted to enroll in credit courses as a visitor on a non-credit basis. Credit may not be earned in courses taken as a visitor except by re-enrollment for credit in the course and completion of the course with a satisfactory grade. To be enrolled as a visitor, a student must enroll in the same manner as for credit courses and pay the same tuition and fees as for a credit registration.

"Choice of enrollment in a credit course as a visitor on a non-credit basis must be made by the fifth day of the term of instruction and may not be subsequently changed. Arrange visitor enrollment in the Registrar’s Office in 150 Administration Building or by calling the office at 3-4678. 

"Students enrolled as visitors are expected to attend classes regularly. Those so enrolled who do not attend regularly may be dropped from the classes at the request of the instructor.” – see website:




 Jennifer Gansler   B-341 Wells Hall   884-6318   gansler@msu.edu 

Make an advising appointment here.

Language Coordination Levels 100-200

 Matt Kanefsky   French  B-480 Wells Hall   884-6319   kanefsky@msu.edu 
 Walter Hopkins   Spanish  B-480 Wells Hall  884-6342    wph@msu.edu
 Joseph Francese   Italian  B-450 Wells Hall  884-6310  francese@msu.edu
 Saulo Gouveia  Portuguese   B-458 Wells Hall  884-6328  gouveias@msu.edu