Eccentricities abound with MSU's professors, making their classes a great source of entertainment along with education. Though not all professors share their oddities with their class, all professors do seem dedicated to their teaching. While MSU is gaining a (some say, bad) reputation as a research school, many professors still choose to put their students before personal glory. Beyond the classroom, most teachers are generally accessible and are willing to meet with students in a local coffee shop or in their office to discuss class material or grading policies. This willingness to work with students, mixed with the fact that nearly all classes are taught by professors rather than TAs, makes the classroom a welcoming place at MSU.
For students who thrive in smaller, more intense settings, the Honors College may be an appropriate option. The best professors throughout the school come together to teach honors seminars. Anyone interested in the Honors College must take two semesters of seminars called "Texts and Critics." The classes focus on reading classic and modern works of literature, then delving into their themes through discussion and papers. Each seminar has a class enrollment of 15, maximum. Many incoming students find their classes require little of their time, but once they reach the 200 levels, the workload increases significantly, and they are forced to develop good study habits in a short amount of time.