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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

GSAH is offering scholarships to support three students majoring in GSAH to support participation in a study abroad program, study away program, or international internship for credit.  Deadline for applications is February 16, 2015  The application can be found here.

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.

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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.

New York Study Away: The Immigrant Experience

This program is open to ALL majors. 

June 7-July 5,  International House, 500 Riverside Dr, NYC

Students will enroll in 8 credits including course options in IAH, GSAH and ENG.

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Upcoming Events


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

2/27/15 - Syria and ISIS, 3:00-5:00, 303 International Center

3/22/15 - 3/23/15 - Israeli Film Festival, B-122 Wells Hall

3/27/15 - 3/28/2015 - GSAH Symposium Directions in Global Studies: Where to?, with Keynote Address by Hilary Kahn, Indiana University

3/30/15-4/20/15 - Taiwan Film Festival, 7 pm, Wells B122

4/8/15 - Hmong Memory at the Crossroads 

4/17/15 Subalternity in the Romance World: (In) Equality of Speech? 

Past Events