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College of Arts and Letters | Michigan State University


Connects you to past, present, and future social and political issues, using creative and critical approaches

Uses literature, film, history, visual arts, drama, and other media to understand political and social change, similarities and differences between people, diverse values, ethics, and perspectives, changing conditions and their effects on people and societies

Provides a sustained concentration on issues and methods most important to employers in many fields: creative and analytical thinking; group problem solving; global awareness and concern; breadth of knowledge and experience; language fluency

Director's Welcome
GSAH is an exciting, flexible major in the College of Arts and Letters. It makes a great option as a Major, Second Major, Minor, or Cognate. Explore your options here on the website, or contact us for more information!

2015 GSAH Scholarship for Study Abroad

Congratulations to this year's recipients:

Kristen Gmerek

Kaylah Jetton

Kaitlin Lenhard

GSAH offers scholarships to support students majoring in GSAH to support participation in a study abroad program, study away program, or international internship for credit.  

The announcement for 2016 awards will be available in the Fall.

Student Story

Michael Robinson, a Chinese and GSAH major, received a prestigious nomination to attend a G20 youth summit in Germany.  Michael talks about this journey and the importance of internships and studying abroad here at MSU.

Article | Video

Faculty News

Prof. Karin Zitzewitz’s book, The Art of Secularism:  The Cultural Politics of Modernist Art in Contemporary India, was named by the New Republic magazine as one of the ten best in 2014 global non-fiction books.

Upcoming Events


1/19/15 - 8/30/15 Seeing China Exhibition, MSU Museum 

3/16/15 - 4/17/15In the Shadow of Cortés: From Veracruz to Mexico City, Exhibition, RCAH LookOut Art Gallery

3/30/15-4/20/15 - Taiwan Film Festival

3/30/15-3/31/15Germany, Otherness, and the Legacy of Race 

4/1/15 - Caroline Jones, "The Blindman, or, how to see a world exhibition," 7pm, Broad Art Musem

4/3/15 - GSAH Student Workshop:  "Increasing Your Language Proficiency," 3:00, Wells B342

4/9/15 - GSAH Student Research Showcase, 3:00-4:30, Wells B210

4/15/15 - Arabic Hefla, 10:00-1:00, International Center 303

4/16/15 - Krista Hegburg, "The Trace of the War Years; Gypsiology, Testimony, and the Romani Holocaust” 7:00,  W449 MSU Main Library

4/17/15 Subalternity in the Romance World: (In) Equality of Speech?, 1:00-3:30, Wells B100

4/17/15Mala Mala screening and Q&A with the directors Dan Stickles and Antonio Santini, 5:30, Wells B122