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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.


Dubai (UAE), Detroit, and Dearborn

Quito, Equador

Upcoming Events

Munjulika Rahman, “Danced Pluralities: Performance of Muslim Identities in Asia
Friday, January 29, 3:00 pm, Snyder Hall C20

Michael Götting, Reading from Contrapunctus
Monday, February 1,
5:30 pm, Wells Hall B210

Michael Götting, Sound and Rhythm Workshop
Tuesday, February 2,
3 pm, Auditorium 60 (Studio Theatre)

Hmong Memory at the Crossroads premiere screening
Monday, February 15, 4 pm, Kellogg Center

Global Perspectives on Political Violence Part I, GSAH Faculty Panel
Thursday, February 18, 2:30 pm, 304 Bessey Hall

Erin Thompson, “The Destruction of Art During War: History, Consequences, and How We Can Stop It”
Monday, March 14, 7:00 pm, 107 S Kedzie Hall

Them Damned Pictures:” Explorations in African and Middle Eastern Political Cartoon Art roundtable
Friday, March 25

Elena Past, “Giov vs. the Volcano: Itinerant Cinema, Gendered Ecologies, and the Aeolian Islands”
Friday, March 25, 4:00 pm, Wells Hall B243

Global Digital Humanities Symposium
Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, MSU Union, Room 55 

Global Perspectives on Political Violence Part II, GSAH Faculty Panel
Wednesday, April 13, 12:30 pm, Wells Hall B210

GSAH Senior Research Showcase
Wednesday April 20, 3