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Your Arts & Letters Journey


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.


in Arts & Letters Scholarships Awarded Annually

TOP 7%

Nationwide “Best Colleges” Value Ranking




Graduate, Majors, & Minors

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Humanities Prelaw & Interdisciplinary Studies Virtual Visit

Tuesday, April 19th

4:30 PM EST


Philosophy Virtual Visit

Tuesday, April 19th

5:00 PM EST


Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities Virtual Visit

wednesday, April 20th

7:30 PM EST

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Virtual Visit Days

Join us for a virtual visit day to get an overview of the College, hear a student panel, and talk with an advisor or faculty member.


The goal of the MSU 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.


Minoring in an area of study within the College of Arts & Letters sets you apart from other students and professionals. A minor allows you to explore an additional area of interest, improve your resume by taking courses in a field employers are always interested in, and give you an edge when applying to jobs and graduate school.


MSU awards a number of scholarships, many of which are made possible by alumni and friends of the university. Scholarship selection criteria vary. Academic performance, standardized test scores, class rank, and a student’s personal statement are often used to determine eligibility.

Financial Aid

The MSU Office of Financial Aid provides several cost calculators to assist students in personalizing costs and financial aid estimates. Students and parents may also want to familiarize themselves with the Office of Financial Aid’s publication, Financing Your Education.

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Arts & Letters’ students have a huge variety of experiential learning available to them.


Meet Sean - An Internship in NYC

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Meet Sean - An Internship in NYC

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Meet Margo - Study Abroad in China

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Meet Margo - Study Abroad in China

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Meet Chantel - At New York Fashion Week


Meet Chantel - At New York Fashion Week


Meet Erin - Working at Tasty

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Meet Erin - Working at Tasty

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Explore the Arts & Letters Difference

Undergraduate programs in Arts and Letters foster critical and creative thinking and communication skills, imagination, flexibility, cross-cultural awareness, and civic responsibility.

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Study Abroad

We offer ample opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty, alumni, and other students in the largest university study abroad program in the world. These study abroad programs give students the ability to compete in a global economy following graduation.







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Gain an understanding and perspective on complex global issues


Advance your foreign language skills and proficiency


Expand your research methods through cultural analysis


Build lasting relationships that will enrich your life forever

Study away

We offer 9 Study Away programs to cities that include New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. These programs allow you to get out of the classroom and into the real world.

the excel network

Your hub for Career services, study abroad/away,
and networking opportunities

excel network

The Excel Network establishes and supports a holistic approach to experiential learning, career education, student advising, and alumni networking in the College of Arts & Letters to chart successful paths to meaningful careers.

Connect with Alumni

Exposure to alumni as mentors, panelists, guest speakers, and networking event hosts

Internship Opportunities

International internships offered in over 12 countries; Study away internship programs offered in NYC, DC, and San Francisco

Service Learning & Research

Program offerings and resources for service learning and undergraduate research opportunities

Advising for Careers & Internships

A dedicated team of staff and peer advisors to provide students a competitive advantage in the marketplace



Liberal arts majors have a variety of career options but may need help navigating through their interests and how their degrees apply to the workforce. The Excel Network created Career Communities to assist students with exploring career paths and connecting to opportunities to prepare them for the future.

Informed by industries and fields where College of Arts & Letters graduates work, each Career Community offers highlighted events, internship and career options, alumni spotlights, and experiential learning opportunities.

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From a career standpoint, internships are one of the most important parts of your college experience. Completing an internship offers the opportunity to make connections between your major, interests, and career communities. Combining classroom skills and theories with real life situations and hands on practice, internships are a necessary piece to any undergraduate experience.

our students have interned at

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Become more attractive to employers with ‘real world’ experience


Enhance your academic experience and performance through professional engagement


Learn the value of networking with industry leaders


‘Get your foot in the door’ for future opportunities
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The internship experience

Completing an internship provides numerous benefits and ways to grow as a young professional and offers much more than work experience for the resume.
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Student Stories: Shannon Gillespie

Shannon Gillespie, a Apparel & Textile Design major, tells her story about the connections she made through her internships and how it prepared her for success.

citizen scholars

Co-curricular program for high-achieving students

citizen scholars

The Arts & Letters Citizen Scholars program is designed to prepare students for a lifetime of social justice, human rights, global awareness, and equity work in the arts and humanities by guiding them through intentional study to connect their academic work with the transforming experience of community engagement.

Aspire to be a Citizen Scholar

Students will build upon the strengths of an arts and humanities education, mobilizing their knowledge and skills to connect to the community and to the world.

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Ready to Learn More?

We’re excited you’re interested in becoming a Spartan! Below are ways you can learn even more. If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us.