Frequently Asked Questions about Online Electives

1. When are these classes offered?

2. When do the summer sessions begin and end?

3. What classes can I enroll in?

4. How many credits can I earn with these classes?

5. How many credits of SW 290 and SW 491 courses are students permitted to take?

6. Are these classes entirely online?

7. Where can I find a description of the classes?

8. When can I enroll for these classes?

9. Do I have to be a current MSU student in order to enroll for these classes?

10. Are these courses open to graduate students as well?

11. Do I have to be a social work student in order to enroll for these classes?

12. Do non-social work majors need special permission to enroll in these courses?
If yes, what do they have to do to obtain special permission?

13. Are there any prerequisites for these classes?

14. How do I enroll for these classes?

15. How much does it cost to enroll in these classes?

16. Is financial aid available to me if I take any of these classes?

17. What can I work on before the course begins this summer?

18. What if I want to take the Zombie/Disasters course but do not want or need academic course credit?

Please send general inquiries to swonline@msu.edu. For specific questions about courses, email the instructor directly.

 


1. When are these classes offered?
Courses are offered during the first half of summer semester (Summer A), the second half of summer semester (Summer B), and full summer semester (Summer A and B). Check the course listing for the scheduling of each course.

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2. When do the summer sessions begin and end?
Summer session A (first half) begins on May 18 and ends on July 2, 2015. Summer session B (second half) begins on July 6 and ends on August 20, 2015. The full summer session (A and B) begins on May 18 and ends on August 20, 2015.

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3. What classes can I enroll in?
There are sixteen electives being offered in 2015 by the MSU School of Social Work. Click HERE for more detailed information. Or click HERE to download the current brochure.

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4. How many credits can I earn with these classes?
We are offering both 1-credit and 3-credit courses. Click HERE for more detailed information. Or click HERE to download the current brochure.

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5. How many credits of SW 290 and SW 491 courses are students permitted to take?
Students may take up to a total of 6 (six) credits of SW 290 during their entire undergraduate degree. For students enrolling in SW 491, the maximum is a total of 12 (twelve) credits.

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6. Are these classes entirely online?
Yes, all the available Social Work Electives are available online using MSU’s Desire to Learn (D2L) learning management system HERE. There are no face-to-face meetings or other components. There are excellent help resources available at D2L-Learner.

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7. Where can I find a description of the classes?
Course descriptions, information about when the class is available, and instructor details are available here. Also there is a pdf brochure available on the School of Social Work web site .

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8. When can I enroll for these classes?
The open enrollment for Summer 2015 begins on March 25, 2015. Enrollment by appointment begins on March 16, 2015. The registrar's list of important dates is HERE. Specific enrollment information is HERE.

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9. Do I have to be a current MSU student in order to enroll for these classes?
No, these courses are open to both MSU students and other students as well.

  • If you are not currently an MSU student you would enroll as a Lifelong Education student; specific information is HERE.
  • MSU students enroll through the normal procedure; specific information is HERE.
  • Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters, Catastrophes, and Human Behavior (SW 290 Section 730) is also offered on a non-credit basis. For more information click HERE.

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10. Are these courses open to graduate students as well?
Generally, 400-level courses are open to graduate students and may be accepted in their programs, but students must confirm this with their own advisers.

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11. Do I have to be a social work student in order to enroll for these classes?
No, these classes are offered to anyone of any major who has an interest in these topics and meets the requirements (e.g., at least junior status for 400-level courses).

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12. Do non-social work majors need special permission to enroll in these courses?

If yes, what do they have to do to obtain special permission?
All non-majors need to receive an override to have access to register, and overrides will be considered as long as there are seats available. Please email Debbie Vasicek or call 517-353-8616; she will need the course number, section, and your PID to complete the override.

Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters, Catastrophes, and Human Behavior (SW 290 Section 730) is also offered on a non-credit basis. For more information click HERE.

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13. Are there any prerequisites for these classes?
The only prerequisites are related to the minimum of freshman standing (or high school graduate for Lifelong Education students) for 200-level courses, and at least junior standing for 400-level courses.

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14. How do I enroll for these classes?
MSU students enroll through the normal procedure; specific information is HERE. Non-MSU students will have to apply as Lifelong Education students; specific information is here. Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters, Catastrophes, and Human Behavior (SW 290 Section 730) is also offered on a non-credit basis. For more information click HERE.

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15. How much does it cost to enroll in these classes?
All costs are based on per-credit-hour rates and are subject to change by the MSU Board of Trustees. For most current and accurate information, please check the MSU Controller's Tuition Calculator.

 

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16. Is financial aid available to me if I take any of these classes?
Financial aid for these classes may be available for MSU students. Go here for information about financial aid for the upcoming summer. Lifelong Education students are not eligible for most sources of financial assistance including federal financial assistance programs, graduate assistantships, and most fellowships.

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17. What can I work on before the course begins this summer?
The most important and best thing to do after enrolling in a course is to make sure your D2L skills are up to date. There are excellent resources available at D2L-Learner. You can expect an email from your instructor(s) the week before the course begins.

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18. What if I want to take the Zombie/Disasters course but do not want or need academic course credit?
Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse: Disasters, Catastrophes, and Human Behavior (SW 290 Section 730) is also offered on a non-credit basis. For more information click HERE.