Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Interdepartmental and Interdisciplinary Programs

These programs are intended primarily for students whose principal interest is in a broad liberal education, as well as those who are interested in preprofessional preparation for careers in areas such as business or medicine.  


Interdisciplinary Humanities, Program in

The Interdisciplinary Humanities major is ideal for students who seek a broad liberal education with an emphasis on the disciplines represented by the departments and school of the College of Arts and Letters. It offers study in several fields of knowledge which have a close intellectual relationship and illuminate each other.

The Interdisciplinary Humanities program is a good choice for students planning to study the law or general business.  Many students also use this major to help prepare for graduate study or human services and government work.  A student majoring in Interdisciplinary Humanities cannot obtain a teaching certificate without taking additional work beyond degree requirements.

The Interdisciplinary Humanities major offers unusual flexibility in the choice of areas of concentration.  The program is most suitable for self–disciplined students with clearly defined  academic objectives.  The one basic criterion is that the student's education shall have intellectual coherence.  There are two ways of organizing the major.  Both require the completion of 6 credits of course work in quantitative reasoning and a concentration of courses to form the major:

The Triad Program:  The major consists of courses in three selected departments or programs.  All of the departments or programs may be within the College of Arts and Letters, or two may be from the College of Arts and Letters and one from another college.  With the flexibility of this program the student may pursue studies in related disciplines.  The requirements for the major are satisfied by a total of 50 to 64 credits from three designated departments or programs with a minimum of 15 credits in each. The student must also fulfill the 6 credit requirement in quantitative reasoning referenced in item 3.b. below.

Area or Period Studies:  The major consists of courses in one department in the College of Arts and Letters, with a minimum of 15 credits at the 300 and 400 levels.  This concentration provides a core; the remainder of the major may be selected from related interdepartmental combinations with a minimum of 20 additional credits in the College of Arts and Letters to bring the total to between 50 and 64 credits.  The student must also fulfill the 6 credit requirement in quantitative reasoning referenced in item 3.b. below.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Interdisciplinary Humanities major is met by completing AL 492A, the capstone seminar, referenced in item 3. a. (1) below. With approval of the college, a student may use the Tier II writing requirement for one of the departmental majors that is associated with one of the emphasis areas within the College of Arts and Letters that the student selects to satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Humanities.  Refer to the requirements referenced in items 3. a. (2) (a) (I) and 3. a. (2) (b) (I) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree, with the exception of the College's cognate requirement.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    1. The following courses related to Interdisciplinary Humanities (50 to 64 credits):
      1. Completion of AL 492A Capstone Seminar in Interdisciplinary Humanities (W) (3 credits). This course satisfies the Tier II writing requirement and the college capstone requirement. With the approval of the College, the student may substitute a capstone seminar course in one of the departmental majors associated with one of the emphasis areas in the College of Arts and Letters that the student selects to satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Interdisciplinary Humanities. The course used to satisfy this requirement may not also be used to satisfy requirement 3. a. (2) (a) below.
      2. The student must complete the requirements for either the Triad Program or the Area or Period Studies Program that  follow.  Both the program and the related courses must be approved by the student's advisor (47 to 61 credits).
        1. Triad Program:
          1. One of the following groups of courses (45 credits):
            At least 15 credits in each of three emphasis areas1, 2 within the College of Arts and Letters. At least 15 credits in each of three emphasis areas,1, 2 two within the College of Arts and Letters and one in another College.
          2. Additional credits in courses related to Interdisciplinary Humanities as needed to meet the requirement of at least 50, but not more than 64, credits in courses in the major (2 to 16 credits).
        2. Area or Period Studies Program:  Both of the following groups of courses:
          1. At least one emphasis area 1, 2 within the College of Arts and Letters with a minimum of 15 or 16 credits at the 300–400 level.
          2. Additional credits in courses related to Interdisciplinary Humanities, including a minimum of 20 credits in courses in the College of Arts and Letters 1, 2 as needed to meet the requirement of at least 50, but not more than 64, credits in courses in the major (32 to 45 credits). 
      3. At least 20 credits in 300–400 level courses in the student's emphasis areas.
    2. At least 6 credits in courses that involve quantitative reasoning skills selected from areas such as the following:  mathematics, computer science, economics, statistics and probability, logic, management, business, and research or creative methodology.  Both the area and the related courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor. Courses used to fulfill the University mathematics requirement may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

An emphasis area is associated with a departmental major or minor.

2  If the student selects a foreign language as an emphasis area, the courses must be at the 300–400 level or above.
 


Humanities - Prelaw Program

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities—Prelaw is derived from the triad version of the Bachelor of Arts degree program in interdisciplinary humanities. In the prelaw program, one emphasis area consists of course work selected from an approved list of  relevant courses in a variety of disciplines both within and outside the College of Arts and Letters. At least one of the other two emphasis areas must be a discipline within the College of Arts and Letters.  The remaining emphasis area may be within the College of Arts and Letters.

Students with majors in departments within the College of Arts and Letters may add a prelaw component to their education by completing a cognate comprised of course work from the approved list of courses in item 3. a. (1) (c) below.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities—Prelaw

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities—Prelaw.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Humanities—Prelaw major is met by completing Arts and Letters 492B referenced in item 3. a. (2) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree, with the exception of the College's cognate requirement.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. The following courses that are related to Humanities—Prelaw (50 to 64 credits):
    (1) All of the following 3 emphasis areas; both the areas and the related courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor (45 credits):
    (a) At least 15 credits in a discipline within the College of Arts and Letters.1, 2
    (b) At least 15 additional credits in a discipline within or outside the College of Arts and Letters.1, 2
    (c) At least 15 additional credits selected from the following:
    AAAS 100 Race and Community in Local to Global Perspective 3
    CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
    CJ 220 Criminology 3
    CJ 275 Criminal Procedure 3
    GBL 323 Introduction to Business Law 3
    ENG 473B Law and Literature 3
    GSAH 230 Values, Experience, and Difference in Global Contexts  3
    GSAH 310 Conflict and Justice in a Global Setting 3
    HST 318A United States Constitutional History to 1890 3
    HST 318B United States Constitutional History from 1877  3
    PHL 130 Logic and Reasoning 3
    PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
    PHL 340 Ethics 3
    PHL 342 Environmental Ethics 3
    PHL 344 Ethical Issues in Health Care 4
    PHL 345 Business Ethics 4
    PHL 350 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy  3
    PHL 351 African Philosophy 3
    PHL 353 Core Themes in Peace and Justice Studies  3
    PHL 354 Philosophy of Law 3
    PHL 355 Philosophy of Technology (W) 3
    PHL 356 Philosophical Aspects of Feminism 4
    PHL 450 Liberal Theory and its Critics 3
    PHL 451 Philosophy and the Black Experience 3
    PHL 454 Topics in Philosophy of Law 3
    PHL 456 Topics in Feminist Philosophy 4
    PLS 320 Judicial Politics 3
    PLS 321 Constitutional Law 3
    PLS 322 Comparative Legal Systems 3
    PLS 324 Congress 3
    PLS 325 The Presidency 3
    PLS 377 American Political Thought 3
    REL 185 Nonprofits and Religion 3
    REL 210 Religion and the Environment 3
    REL 385 Religion, Health, and Health Care 3
    REL 485 Religion and Nonprofit Leadership (W) 3
    SOC 331 Political Sociology 3
    WS 201 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies  3
    WS 301 Sexual Violence Against Women and Children: Theory and Response  3
    WS 304 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and Sexuality Studies 3
    WS 404 Women and the Law in the United States 3
    (2) Completion of AL 492B, the capstone experience. With the permission of the college, a student may substitute a capstone seminar course in one of the department majors that is associated with one of the emphasis areas within the College of Arts and Letters that the student selects to satisfy the Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities-Prelaw.
    (3) Additional credits in courses related to Humanities—Prelaw as needed to meet the requirement of at least 50, but not more than 64, credits in courses in the major (2 to 16 credits).
    (4) At least 20 credits in 300–400 level courses in the student's 3 emphasis areas.
    b. At least 3 credits in courses that involve quantitative reasoning skills selected from areas such as the following: mathematics, computer science, economics, statistics and probability, management, business, and research or creative methodology. Both the area and the related courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor. Courses used to satisfy the University Mathematics requirement may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
     

1    A discipline is associated with a departmental major or minor.
2    If the student selects a foreign language as a discipline, the courses must be at the 300–400 level or above.


Experience Architecture

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Experience Architecture is a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary field of study and practice, allowing students to develop theoretical knowledge and advanced skills in experience architecture with an emphasis on user experience in digital environments. Students are prepared for careers in user experience, interaction design, design research, usability, information architecture, project management, interface development, and web development. Students enrolled in this major will complete a research-based, team-focused capstone experience to develop an information and interactions Experience Architecture of "XA" that transforms, for the better, a social practice the students have observed.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Experience Architecture

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Experience Architecture.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Experience Architecture major is met by completing Arts and Letters 333 referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree, including a two-year competency in a foreign language. The cognate requirement is not required for the Experience Architecture major.
  3. The following requirements for the major (56 to 63 credits):
    a. All of the following courses (18 to 23 credits):  
      AL 150 Humanities and Computing Projects I 1
      AL 151 Humanities and Computing Projects II 1
      AL 242 Introduction to Experience Architecture 3
      AL 333 Researching Experience Architecture (W) 3
      AL 366 Managing Experience Architecture Projects 3
      AL 444 Prototyping Experience Architecture 3
      AL 466 Experience Architecture Capstone 3 to 6
      AL 482 Experience Architecture Internship 1 to 3
    b. All of the following courses (11 credits):  
      CSE 201 Fundamental of Information Technology 3
      CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
      CSE 232 Introduction to Programming II 4
    c. Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
      STA 303 Design Thinking 3
      STA 260 Concepts of Graphic Design 3
    d. All of the following courses (9 credits):  
      WRA 210 Introduction to Web Authoring 3
      WRA 260 Rhetoric, Persuasion and Culture 3
      WRA 410 Advanced Web Authoring 3
    e. The following course (3 credits):  
      PHL 130 Logic and Reasoning 3
    f. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
      STA 468 Interactive Web Design 4
      WRA 482 Information and Interaction Design 3
    g. Two of the following courses (6 or 7 credits):  
      STA 365 Typography I: Form and Meaning 3
      STA 467 Time and Motion Design 4
      WRA 320 Technical Writing (W) 3
      WRA 415 Digital Rhetoric 3


Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities provides students with the tools to encounter and understand the representations, values, concerns, and debates that shape human experience.  It focuses on scholarship related to experiences at the crossroads of cultures, the circulation of goods and services, and the tensions within and across global spaces, historically and in the present, as they are reflected upon through literary, philosophical, linguistic, and artistic practices. Students who select this major will study the local and global dynamics of  systems, governments, and cultures, and investigate the specific contributions, perceptions, and interventions offered by humanistic engagements with the issues affecting the peoples of the world.

The major will assist in the preparation of students for positions in government, business, or non-governmental organizations engaged in global activities as well as for graduate studies.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities major is met by completing Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities 450.  That course is referenced in items 3. a. below.
  2. The  requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree. 

    Proficiency in a second language as certified by the assessment coordinator in the Center for Language Teaching-Advancement or completion of a major or minor in a language other than English with a grade-point average of 3.0 in that language or successful completion of AFR 450, FRN 321, GRM 302, ITL 320, PRT 320, SPN 342. For other languages the student must complete at least one course at the 300-level or above as approved the program advisor.
     
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses (11 credits):
    GSAH 220 Global Interactions and Identities 3
    GSAH 230 Values, Experience, and Difference in Global Contexts 3
    GSAH 450 Global Concepts and Theories Seminar (W) 3
    GSAH 499 Senior Thesis in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities (W) 2
    b. Complete 9 or 10 credits from the following courses:
    GSAH 310 Conflict and Justice in a Global Setting 3
    GSAH 311 Crossing Boundaries/Changing Worlds 3
    GSAH 312 Media Mobility: Change, Access, Representation 3
    GSAH 391 Special Topics in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities 1 to 4
    No more than 4 credits in GSAH 391 may be used to fulfill this requirement.
    c. Complete 12 to 16 credits in courses selected in areas such as history of the arts, philosophy, literature and other cultural media, gender and ethnicity studies, and religious studies, in consultation with the student's advisor from a list maintained by the program.
    d. Participate in an international experience through study abroad, study away, or internship. This experience must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.

Additional Major in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities

This opportunity is designed to encourage students to combine a major in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities with a major in another field such as business, economics, history, international relations, political science, or another foreign language.  Students electing this option must meet the requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree and must complete the requirements 3. a., 3. b., and 3. c. in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities above to fulfill the requirement of 32 to 36 semester credits. Students will also be required to pass an oral proficiency test administered by the assessment coordinator for the Center for the Support of Language Teaching.

 


Minor in Arts and Cultural Management

The Minor in Arts and Cultural Management, which is administered by the College of Arts and Letters, provides students with a theoretical and practical training platform related to the management and advocacy of arts and cultural organizations and to dimensions of the industry known as artistic and humanistic entrepreneurship. Students will engage with promotion, leadership, budgeting and e-strategies through participation in course work, experiential opportunities such as internships and volunteer positions, and other co-curricular activities that allow them to participate in critical analyses and production of arts and cultural management projects.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the College of Arts and Letters.

Requirements for the Minor in Arts and Cultural Management

Students must complete a minimum of 17 credits from the following:

               
1. All of the following courses (12 credits):
ACM 271 Introduction to Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 461 Strategies of Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 462 Promotional and e-Commerce in Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 463 Event Production and Planning for Arts and Culture 3
2. A minimum of 2 credits from the following courses as approved by the minor advisor:
DAN 390 Special Topics in Dance 1 to 4
DAN 455 Dance Studies: Traditions
3
MUSM 492 Special Topics in Museum Studies 1 to 3
MUSM 485 Foundations of Museum Studies 3
MUSM 498 Learning in Museums 3
STA 110 Drawing I 3
STA 491 Selected Topics in Studio Art 1 to 3
STA 492 Senior Seminar and Professional Practice (W) 2
STA 492A Exhibition Practicum 1
THR 204 Topics in Acting/Directing I 3
THR 304 Topics in Acting/Directing II 3
THR 404 Topics in Acting/Directing III 3
THR 316 Stage Management 3
THR 390 Special Topics in Theatre 1 to 4
THR 492 Senior Seminar (W) 3
THR 870 Collaborative Studio in Theatre 3
WRA 202 Introduction to Professional Writing 3
WRA 453 Grant and Proposal Writing 3
WRA 491 Special Topics 1 to 4
Other management-focused, arts and humanities courses including independent study, as approved by the minor advisor.
3. The following course (3 credits):
ACM 471 Arts and Cultural Management Seminar 3
4. Completion of a 40-hour volunteer or paid experiential learning opportunity. The goal of the experiential learning component is to provide an environment for students to apply their management skills and to provide them practical field experience. This opportunity may include engaging in performing, visual and media arts in nonprofit and for-profit arts and cultural organizations or transferable management areas including hospitals, social service agencies, educational institutions, advertising and design firms, commercial arts industries, and video and film companies. On campus opportunities are available at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the College of Arts and Letters Creativity Exploratory, Language Learning Center, Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) Research Center, the MSU Museum, the Writing Center, and the Visual Resources Library.


Minor in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities

The Minor in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, which is administered by the College of Arts and Letters is designed to provide students the opportunity to acquire a core of basic knowledge of global studies in the arts and humanities.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate advisor in the program for global studies in the College of Arts and Letters. 

Requirements for the Minor in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities

Students must complete at least 18 credits from the following:

1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
GSAH 220 Global Interactions and Identities 3
GSAH 230 Values, Experience, and Difference in Global Contexts 3
2. Complete 9 or 10 credits from the following courses:
GSAH 310 Conflict and Justice in a Global Setting 3
GSAH 311 Crossing Boundaries/Changing Worlds 3
GSAH 312 Media Mobility: Change, Access, Representation 3
GSAH 391 Special Topics in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities 1 to 4
No more than 4 credits in GSAH 391 may be used to fulfill this requirement.
3. Complete 3 to 4 credits in courses selected from areas such as history of the arts, philosophy, literature and other cultural media, gender and ethnicity studies and religious studies, in consultation with the student's advisor from a list maintained by the program.


Minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies

The Minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, which is administered by the College of Arts and Letters, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University. The minor is designed to help students understand American Indian and Indigenous cultures and identities and the place of Indigenous peoples and knowledge, historically and contemporarily, as well as to pursue cross-cultural diversity. It draws on interdisciplinary research, teaching, and community engagement to examine these complex concepts and to respond to them thoughtfully. Students who plan graduate study related to the humanities and social sciences or wish to pursue careers in education, social work, government, public health, law, non-profit management, museums, and cultural organizations that serve diverse populations, will find the minor engaging. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the Minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies must contact the director of the American Indian Studies Program.  The director must approve each student’s program of study in advance of enrollment and in writing.

Requirements for the Minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies

The student must complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following:

1. The following course (3 credits):
AIIS 201 Introduction to American Indian and Indigenous Studies 3
2. Complete at least three of the courses from two colleges (9 credits):
College of Arts and Letters
AIIS 491 Topics in American Indian and Indigenous Studies 3
ENG 354 Readings in Native American Literature 3
HA 253 Native North American Art 3
HA 254 Latin American Art 3
LL 151 First-Year Less Commonly Taught Language I 4
LL 152 First-Year Less Commonly Taught Language II 4
LL 251 Second-Year Less Commonly Taught Language I 4
LL 252 Second-Year Less Commonly Taught Language II 4
REL 306 Native American Religions 3
LL 151, LL 152, LL 251, and LL 252 must be approved in advance by the program director to ensure appropriate content. LL 151 and LL 152 may be used for this requirement only if they are not also being used to satisfy a college or departmental language requirement.
College of Social Science
ANP 411 North American Indian Ethnography 3
ANP 432 American Indian Women 3
ANP 433 Contemporary American Indian Communities 3
ANP 452 North American Archaeology 3
HST 378 Native Americans in North American History to 1830 3
HST 379 Native Americans in North American History from 1830 3
Other courses may be used to satisfy this requirement with approval of the Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program.
3. Complete one of the following, either a. or b. (3 credits):
a. A 3-credit internship by enrollment in AIIS 493 American Indian and Indigenous Studies Internship. Students will work on a semester project with or for a tribal community, with an off-reservation Indigenous organization, or engage in an approved activity in consultation with a supervising faculty member.
b. A 3-credit independent study by enrollment in AIIS 490 Independent Study. Students will complete a capstone project through directed readings, or research with a supervising faculty member.

 

Minor in African American and African Studies

The Minor in African American and African Studies, administered by the College of Arts and Letters provides students with an interdisciplinary study of the historical and contemporary lived experiences of African descendants in the United States and elsewhere in the northern hemispheric African Diaspora, as well as continental African nations and peoples. Students in the minor will select a concentration in either Politics and Society or Humanities and Culture.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, 6 of the 18 credits in courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The 12 credit core curriculum requirement comprised of AAAS 100, 300, 390, and 495 are unique credits that may not be used to satisfy the requirements for the student’s bachelor’s degree program.

Requirements for the Minor in African American and African Studies

                 
Students must complete 18 credits from the following:  
1.   All of the following core courses (12 credits):  
    AAAS 100 Race and Community in Local to Global Perspective 3
    AAAS 300 Survey in Africana Studies 3
    AAAS 390 Special Topics in Black/Africana Studies 3
    AAAS 495 Advanced Research in African American and African Studies 3
2.   Complete a minimum of 6 credits in courses from one of the following concentrations:  
    Politics and Society      
    ANP 330 Race, Ethnicity, and Nation: Anthropological Approaches to Collective Identity 3
    EC 414 Economic Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa (W) 3
    HST 312 African American Women 3
    HST 360 African History to 1800 3
    HST 361 African History since 1800 3
    HST 480 Seminar in American History (W) 3
    MC 324B Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in Sub Saharan Africa 4
    MC 372 Comparative Black Political Thought 4
    MC 377 Culture, Politics, and Post-Colonialism 4
    MC 383 African American Politics 4
    PHL 350 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3
    PLS 304 Minority Politics 3
    PLS 351 African Politics 3
    PLS 377 American Political Thought 3
    SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity 3
    SOC 330 Social Stratification 3
    SOC 375 Urban Sociology 3
    History 480 must have a significant focus on African American and African Studies subject matter and have prior approval by the Director of the Minor prior to enrollment.  
    Humanities and Culture    
    ENG 350 Readings in African, African-American, or African Diaspora Literature 3
    ENG 353 Readings in Women Writers 3
    ENG 360 African History to 1800 3
    ENG 420 Language and Culture 3
    HST 310 African American History to 1876 3
    HST 311 African American History since 1876 3
    HST 360 African History to 1800 3
    HST 361 African History since 1800 3
    HST 383 The Caribbean 3
    HST 480 Seminar in American History (W) 3
    IAH 211C Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: The Americas (D) 4
    IAH 231B Themes and Issues: Moral Issues and the Arts and Humanities (D) 4
    IAH 241A Creative Arts and Humanities: Music and Society in the Modern World (D) 4
    MC 395 Cultural Dimensions of Public Affairs 4
    MUS 426 Music of Africa 4
    MUS 491 Special Topics in Music 1 to 4
    PHL 350 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3
    WRA 125 Writing: The American Ethnic and Racial Experience 4
    History 480 must have a significant focus on African American and African Studies subject matter and have prior approval by the Director of the Minor prior to enrollment.  
 

 

 


Minor in Digital Humanities

The Minor in Digital Humanities is administered by the College of Arts and Letters and is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University.

The minor provides students an opportunity to engage with technology in classrooms and in professional environments while focusing on how technology has and is changing humanist thought and work. Students will engage with digital humanities through participation in course work, experiential opportunities such as internships and volunteer positions, and other co-curricular activities.

The minor complements the experiences of undergraduate students and enable them to draw on intellectual, practical, and technical skills to engage in critical analysis and production of rich, multimedia and digital work. Students interrogate, analyze, critique, and also create, produce, and share digital media products.  The required capstone engages students in professional practice in technology work and explore related technological and workplace issues such as deadlines, task negotiation, project management, and collaboration.

Students interested in completing the requirements for the Minor in Digital Humanities must consult with the minor advisor, and may also wish to contact their academic advisor in their primary major.

Requirements for the Minor in Digital Humanities

The student must complete a minimum of 15 credits from the following:

1. The following core courses (6 credits):
DH 285 Introduction to Digital Humanities 3
DH 340 Digital Humanities Seminar 3
2. Complete a minimum of 6 credits in digital humanities courses approved in advance by the Digital Humanities undergraduate advisor.
3. A capstone course or experiential activity (3 credits):
DH 491 Special Topics in Digital Humanities 3
DH 493 Digital Humanities Internship 3
Another internship or portfolio seminar with a significant digital component or documented configuration of experiential activities such as volunteering, participating in workshops, or attending seminars may be used to fulfill this requirement if approved in advance by the Digital Humanities undergraduate advisor.

Minor in Jewish Studies

The Minor in Jewish Studies, which is administered by the College of Arts and Letters, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University.  With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

The Minor in Jewish Studies introduces students to the history, religion, culture, and civilization of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present.  The minor focuses on Jewish people in the Middle East, Europe, and America.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the Minor in Jewish Studies should consult the undergraduate advisor for Jewish studies in the College of Arts and Letters.

Requirements for the Minor in Jewish Studies

The student must complete a minimum of 20 credits from the following. Eight or more credits may be in Hebrew 201 and 202 or higher. Students enrolled in study abroad Israeli institutions may use appropriate courses towards the minor if approved in advance by the Jewish Studies advisor.

                   
English  
ENG 356 Readings in Jewish Literature 3
Hebrew  
HEB 201 Second-Year Hebrew I 4
HEB 202 Second-Year Hebrew II 4
HEB 290 Independent Study 1 to 8
HEB 490 Independent Study 1 to 8
History  
HST 201 Historical Methods and Skills 3
HST 317 American Jewish History 3
HST 392 History of the Holocaust 3
HST 490 Independent Study 1 to 4
HST 499H Senior Honors Thesis 3
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of HST 201, 490, and 499H must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor.  
Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities  
IAH 211C Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: The Americas (D) 4
IAH 211D Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: The Middle East (D) 4
IAH 221A Great Ages: The Ancient World (I) 4
IAH 241F Creative Arts and Humanities: Traditions in World Art (I) 4
Integrative Studies in the Social Sciences  
ISS 315 Global Diversity and Interdependence (I) 4
ISS 330B Asia: Social Science Perspectives (I) 4
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of these courses must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor. The courses may be used to satisfy the requirements for the minor and University requirements.  
James Madison College  
MC 220 International Relations I: World Politics and International Security 4
MC 281 Immigrants and Minorities 4
MC 290 Special Topics 4
MC 324A Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in the Middle East 4
MC 325 State and Society in Comparative Perspective 4
MC 335 Israeli Politics, Cultures and Society 4
MC 387 Jews and Anti–Semitism 4
MC 390 Advanced Topics in Public Affairs 4
MC 391 Selected Topics in Public Affairs 4
MC 395 Cultural Dimensions of Public Affairs 4
MC 399 Advanced Independent Study 1 to 4
MC 490H Honors Independent Study 1 to 4
MC 492 Senior Seminar in International Relations (W) 5
MC 498 Senior Seminar in Social Relations (W) 5
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of MC 220, 281, 290, 324A, 325, 390, 391, 395, 399, 490H, 492, and 498 must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor.   
Jewish Studies  
JS 390 Special Topics in Jewish Studies 4
JS 399 Independent Study (W) 1 to 4
JS 400 Study Abroad in Jewish Studies (W) 2 to 4
JS 490H Honors Independent Study (W) 2 to 4
JS 495 Seminar in Jewish Studies (W) 3 or 4
Political Science  
PLS 323 Religion and Politics 4
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of PLS 323 must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor.  
Religious Studies  
REL 301 Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion 3
REL 310 Judaism 3
REL 412 Jewish Mysticism 3
REL 413 Jewish Philosophy 3
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of REL 301 must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor.  
Residential College of Arts and Humanities  
RCAH 391 Independent Study 1 to 4
RCAH 395 Special Topics in Arts and Humanities 3
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of RCAH 391 and 395 must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor.   
Women’s Studies  
WS 302 Jewish Women’s Experiences and Writings 3
WS 490 Independent Study 1 to 4
To be counted toward the requirements for the minor, the content of WS 490 must have sufficient Jewish studies content and be approved by the Jewish Studies advisor.  


Minor in Museum Studies

The Minor in Museum Studies, an interdisciplinary and intercollegiate program, is administered by the College of Arts and Letters and is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. The minor provides an opportunity for study focused on the development, interpretation, management, preservation, and access of collections of art, cultural history, and natural history. This minor complements a number of major fields of study: art history, anthropology, apparel, textile and design, botany, business, history, park, recreation and tourism resources, studio art, and zoology. Students who plan graduate study or who wish to pursue careers in museums, other educational institutions, or corporate collections may find this minor particularly appealing.

With the approval of the department and the college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

The Minor in Museum Studies includes course work and an internship experience. Courses are planned to provide a broad overview of museum history as well as knowledge of museum theory, methodology and practice consistent with contemporary national and international standards. Multiculturalism, cultural and demographic change, scholarly directions, and varied types of collections are studied. Campus and regional museums, collections, and exhibitions provide active learning experiences. The Broad Art Museum, the Michigan State University Museum, Beal-Darlington Herbarium, Michigan State University Library Special Collections, MSU Archives, Anthropology, Apparel, Textile and Design, are among the relevant campus sites.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult the MSU undergraduate advisor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.

Requirements for the Minor in Museum Studies

1. The student must complete the following (15 credits):
a. Both of the following courses:
MUSM 485 Foundations of Museum Studies 3
MUSM 496 Museum Studies Internship 3
b. At least three of the following courses:
MUSM 488 Museum Curatorial Practices 3
MUSM 492 Special Topics in Museum Studies 1 to 3
MUSM 494 Museum Exhibitions: Theory and Development 3
MUSM 497 Practicum in Museum Studies 1 to 3
MUSM 498 Learning in Museums 3

With approval of the undergraduate advisor for Museum Studies, a course selected from a wide range of disciplines may be counted toward the requirements for the Minor in Museum Studies including ACM 271 and relevant CSUS courses.


Minor in Russian and Eurasian Studies

The Minor in Russian and Eurasian Studies, which is administered by the College of Arts and Letters, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University.  With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

The Minor in Russian and Eurasian Studies is designed to enhance the student's understanding of and appreciation for the regions of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The minor offers an interdisciplinary, as well as a comparative and cross–cultural, approach to the study of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Requirements for the Minor in Russian and Eurasian Studies

The student must meet the requirements specified below:

               
1. Foreign Language Proficiency  
  The student must demonstrate proficiency in Russian or in a relevant Eurasian language at a level equivalent to the completion of four semesters of study at the university level. Proficiency may be demonstrated either by completing the appropriate courses or by passing a proficiency examination.  
2. Completion of a minimum of 15 credits of course work which includes courses from at least three of the following areas listed below:  
  Economics  
  EC 306 Comparative Economic Systems 3
  EC 406 Economic Analysis of Russian and the Commonwealth of Independent States (W) 3
  Geography  
  GEO 336 Geography of Europe 3
  History of Art  
  HA 410 Selected Topics in Medieval Art 4
  History  
  HST 342 Modern East-Central Europe 3
  HST 343 Russia from Peter the Great to Lenin 3
  HST 344 Russia in the Twentieth Century 3
  HST 483 Seminar in Modern European History (W) 3
  HST 490 Independent Study 1 to 4
  James Madison College  
  MC 321 The Cold War: Culture, Politics, and Foreign Policy 4
  MC 324E Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in Europe 4
  MC 325 State and Society in Comparative Perspective 4
  MC 328 Russian Foreign Policy 4
  MC 329 European Security: Challenges and Strategies 4
  MC 386 Women and Power in comparative Perspective 4
  MC 492 Senior Seminar in International Relations (W) 5
  Philosophy  
  PHL 357 Philosophy of Karl Marx 3
  PHL 416 Hegel Seminar 4
  PHL 421 Topics in European and Continental Philosophy 3
  Political Science  
  PLS 358 Politics of the U.S.S.R. and Its Successor States 3
  Russian            
  LL 250D Topics in National Cinemas: Russian and Soviet Cinema 3
  RUS 231 19th-Century Russian Literature in Translation 3
  RUS 232 20th-Century Russian Literature in Translation 3
  RUS 242 Russian and Eastern European Science Fiction 3
  RUS 311 Advanced Russian: Oral Communication 3
  RUS 341 Russian Life and Culture of the 20th Century 3
  RUS 420 Russian Life and Culture Before World War I 3
  RUS 421 Russian Life and Culture in the 20th Century 3
  RUS 440 Contemporary Russian Life and Culture (W) 3
  RUS 441 Russian Literature (W) 3
  RUS 491 Special Topics in Russian Studies 1 to 6
  RUS 493 Overseas Internship 1 to 12
  Sociology  
  SOC 490 Special Topics in Sociology 3
  In order for EC 306, HST 482, HST 490, MC 386, MC 492, PHL 421, or SOC 490 to be counted toward the requirements for the Minor in Russian and Eurasian Studies, the topic of the course must be specifically related to the regions of the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe and be approved by the Director of the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies or the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. Students are encouraged to take independent study courses that may be helpful to students who are planning to study in the regions of the former Soviet Union or in the East European countries.