Academics in the College of Arts & Letters

In the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University, your passion, abilities, and desires take center stage. You are empowered to shape your education to take you on the intellectual and creative journey of a lifetime. Our world-class faculty and cutting-edge technology allow you to expand accomplishments and enrich experiences, as you take the first step to realizing your dreams.

Your Four-Year Plan

The College of Arts & Letters offers unmatched academic experiences for students in one of our 24 distinct programs. Our 4-year roadmap details the range of opportunities students have develop a path to EXPLORE options, to get the skills that PREPARE them for a life beyond college, and CONNECT students to future career possibilities.  Our undergraduate affairs staff throughout the College is committed to student achievement, learning, graduation and, ultimately, preparation for life after college.  By planning each year, you will get more out of your college experience.

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Discover Our Majors

The goal of the College of Arts & Letters is to offer you a high-quality liberal arts education for the 21st century. We educate actors, artists, designers, filmmakers, linguists, philosophers, poets, teachers, translators, writers. Our majors help to build, shape, and sustain the arts, culture and the humanities.

Click the options below to learn more about each of the majors in the College of Arts & Letters or browse our majors brochure.

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Apparel and Textile Design
Apparel and Textile Design The apparel and textiles program emphasizes…
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Arabic
Arabic An official language of the United Nations and in 22 countries, with…
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Art Education
Art Education Art education occupies the overlap between visual expression…
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Art History & Visual Culture
Art History & Visual Culture Students of art history and visual culture…
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Chinese
Chinese This four-year program develops students’ language competence…
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English
English The English major provides an ideal balance between creativity and…
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Experience Architecture
Experience Architecture Experience architecture is a cutting-edge,…
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Film Studies
Film Studies Film studies engages students in the history, theory and…
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French
French Designed for students who wish to develop excellent reading, writing,…
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German
German The German program embraces an inclusive model of that integrates the…
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Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities
Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities The global studies in the arts…
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Graphic Design
Graphic Design The graphic design major addresses the art of visual…
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Humanities — Prelaw
Humanities — Prelaw This interdisciplinary, liberal arts pre-law major…
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Interdisciplinary Humanities
Interdisciplinary Humanities This major is one of MSU’s most flexible…
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Japanese
Japanese The goal of the Japanese program is to equip students, both majors…
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Linguistics
Linguistics Linguistics is the scientific study of language, not simply the…
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Philosophy
Philosophy Philosophy critically examines the most basic beliefs about the…
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Professional Writing
Professional Writing The professional writing major prepares students to…
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Religious Studies
Religious Studies Knowledge of the world’s religious traditions is…
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Russian
Russian Recent world events have only reinforced the importance of studying…
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Spanish
Spanish The Spanish major encompasses the richness and diversity within the…
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Studio Art
Studio Art
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Theatre
Theatre The bachelor of arts in theatre is designed for students wishing to…
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Women's & Gender Studies
Women's and Gender Studies This interdisciplinary major is designed to…
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