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College of Arts and Letters | Michigan State University

GSAH uses literature, film, history, visual arts, drama and other media to understand:

  • Diverse values, ethics and perspectives
  • Similarities and differences between peoples
  • Political, social, economic and cultural change
  • How changing conditions affect people and societies


The GSAH program trains you in skills that are in high demand and open paths to a variety of careers: 

  • Creative, critical and analytical thinking
  • Intercultural understanding
  • International experience
  • Language proficiency
  • Group problem solving
  • Global awareness and concern


GSAH Student Stories

Terence Gipson

The 2015 GSAH graduate was named one of the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows. This year's class honors a record 201 community-engaged students hailing from 36 states and Washington, DC. Nominated by college and university presidents, these student leaders represent the next generation of civic leaders. Through service, research, and advocacy, these Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

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Michael Robinson

The 2015 GSAH and Chinese graduate 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.

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Charla Burnett

The 2013 GSAH graduate discusses her work making a documentary for the Refugee Development Center of Lansing.

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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


The GSAH Scholarship is open to all MSU students with a primary or secondary major in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities. Its purpose is to support your participation in a study abroad program, study away program, or international internship for credit.

Download and print the application form here

Applications are due February 15, 2016.  

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.


Information Sessions

Quito, Equador
11/19/15, 4pm,
Wells B443

Dubai (UAE), Detroit, and Dearborn
12/2/15, 4:15pm,
Wells B342 

Upcoming Events

Griselda Gambaro’s Antígona Furiosa

Tuesday, November 17, 6:00pm, Snyder Hall C20 

Purdah,Poet, Parody:The Image of The Muslim in Amar Akbar Anthony
William Elison*
Thursday, December 3, A108 Wells
Part of the Muslim Communities in India and South Asia Colloquium