The College of Arts and Letters is the home of traditional liberal arts and humanities at Michigan State University. Students in the College of Arts and Letters explore human expression, experience, and values through a wide variety of subjects including the creative and performing arts, languages and literature, film, art history, philosophy, and religious studies, as well as the interdisciplinary fields of humanities, humanities-prelaw, global studies, and women’s and gender studies.
Undergraduate programs in Arts and Letters foster critical and creative thinking and communication skills, imagination, flexibility, cross-cultural awareness, and civic responsibility. Students learn to think independently and engage in active inquiry; they learn to ask questions and to pursue new ways of integrating multiple kinds of knowledge. In the process, they gain self-awareness and strengthen their understanding of their role as citizens of a global community. They become creative problem-solvers, prepared to tackle the challenges of the twenty-first century.