Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Undergraduate Programs

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Arts and Letters

1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of the catalog.
2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree that are listed below:
a. Courses used to satisfy the University Integrative Studies requirement cannot be counted in the fulfillment of any other requirement.
b. The specific requirements, including a capstone experience, of a major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in the college.
c. Second–year competency in a foreign language.  This  requirement may be satisfied by placing into a 300–level foreign language course based on a MSU placement test. 
d. Cognate requirement:
(1) Students must complete two cognates of 12 credits each or an approved alternative noted below.  Both the cognates and the related courses must be approved by the department of the student’s major.
(2) Each cognate may be completed inside or outside the College.
(3) The courses in each cognate shall be in a single discipline or thematic area. With departmental approval, a secondary or additional major or a minor may serve as an approved substitute for both cognates.  Some majors have specific cognate requirements. Consult Academic Programs or the department advisor for current requirements.
(4) For students who are seeking a teaching certificate, an approved teaching minor may be substituted for the two cognates with the approval of the student’s academic advisor.
(5) With department approval a specialization may substitute for one cognate. Twelve credits used to fulfill the requirements of the specialization cannot count toward the major.
(6) One 300 or 400-level course of at least 3 credits must be included in one of the cognates or alternatives.
(7) Courses at the 300 or 400-level in the same language that was used to satisfy the college’s foreign language requirement, or courses at the 100 or 200-level in another foreign language, may be counted toward the cognate requirement.
(8) The two cognates are not required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities-Prelaw, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Experience Architecture, or for Bachelor of Fine Arts majors.
e. Credit requirement.
(1) No more than 9 credits that are used to satisfy the departmental or interdepartmental credit requirement for a primary major, second degree, or additional major in the College of Arts and Letters may also be used to satisfy the departmental or interdepartmental credit requirement for another primary major, second degree, or additional major in the College of Arts and Letters.
(2) For students with a department major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree:
(a) At least 30 credits in courses at the 300 level and above.
(b) At least 30, but not more than 40, credits in courses in the major that count toward the degree with the following exceptions. For example, a student with a major in German must earn at least 30, but not more than 40, credits in German courses.
(i) A student with a Bachelor of Arts major in Theatre may earn a maximum of 50 credits in Theatre and Dance courses.
(ii) A student with a major in a foreign language may earn a maximum of 40 credits in courses above the 100-level in that language.
(iii) A student who combines a major in Japanese with a major in another field is required to earn a minimum of 28 credits in Japanese courses.
(iv) A student who combines a major in Chinese with a major in another field is required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in Chinese courses.
(v) A student who combines a major in German with a major in another field is required to earn a minimum of 28 credits in German courses.
(vi) A student who combines a major in Russian with a major in another field is required to earn a minimum of 26 credits in Russian courses.
(vii) A student who combines a major in Arabic with a major in another field is required to earn a minimum of 27 credits in Arabic courses.
(c) A minimum grade–point average of 2.00 in courses in the major that count toward the degree. For example, a student with a major in German must earn a minimum grade–point average of 2.00 in the German courses that count toward the degree.
(3) For students with an interdepartmental or interdisciplinary major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree:
(a) At least 30 credits in courses at the 300 level and above. 
(b) At least 50, but not more than 68, credits in courses in the major that count toward the degree. For example, a student with a major in Interdisciplinary Humanities must earn at least 50, but not more than 68, credits in courses related to Interdisciplinary Humanities.
(c) A minimum grade–point average of 2.00 in courses in the major that count toward the degree. For example, a student with a major in Interdisciplinary Humanities must earn a minimum grade–point average of 2.00 in the courses related to Interdisciplinary Humanities that count toward the degree.