Academic Programs Catalog

General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations

Campus Activities

Michigan State University is a community which provides diverse co-curricular opportunities. There are excellent professional programs provided through seminar series sponsored by departments and schools and supplemented by open lectures on a variety of current topics. Lectures, music, theatre, art, recreation, athletics and the programs of student organizations offer opportunities for pursuing individual interests.




The Department of Art, Art History, and Design organizes exhibitions featuring undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and work resulting from national and international juried exhibition calls in the Kresge Art Center Galleries 101 and 114, MSU Union Art Gallery, and off-campus at (SCENE) Metrospace. Each academic year, the department hosts 15 to 20 free public visiting artist and scholar lectures. Annually the department features undergraduate research in the Art History and Visual Culture Symposium, the Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show, and the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition. Students completing their M.F.A. present their graduate student research each spring in the Master of Fine Arts Exhibition at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. All students are welcome to view exhibitions, attend lecture series events, and join in activities offered by the department. For additional information call 1-517-355-7610, email or visit


Theatre and Dance

The Department of Theatre sponsors a wide variety of productions including dance-related events. Productions occur at the Pasant Theatre stage in the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, the Fairchild Theatre, Arena Theatre, and Studio 60 Theatre in the Auditorium, the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Auditorium, and site-specific locations. Graduate and undergraduate talent is featured in these productions, and all students of the university are invited to participate.

Student theatrical productions occur throughout the year in the Arena Theatre. Dance performances are also sponsored by the Michigan State University student dance association, ORCHESIS. Summer Circle Theatre offers students the opportunity to be involved in theatre production during the months of May and June. For additional information, call 1-517-355-6690, e-mail:, or visit


The College of Music offers many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to hear and participate in a variety of musical ensembles. All qualified students are welcome to audition regardless of their fields of study.

Vocal groups include the MSU Chorale, State Singers, Campus Choir, Women's Glee Club, Choral Union, Women's Chamber Ensemble, and Men's Glee Club. The University Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Orchestra present numerous concerts throughout the year. The University Bands  include the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Campus Band, several Jazz Bands and combos, the 300-member Spartan Marching Band, and three Spartan Brass Bands that perform at basketball and hockey games. Additionally, there are several chamber music groups including Musique 21, Percussion Ensemble, Trombone Choir, and Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. For additional information call 1-517-353-5340 or visit


Michigan State University and its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is a proud member of the Big Ten Conference and sponsors 25 varsity sport programs, 12 for men (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and wrestling) and 13 for women (basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball).

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to operating an athletics program that pursues excellence with integrity, produces a positive public identity for the university and surrounding community, promotes sportslike and ethical conduct and demonstrates a commitment to compliance with all pertinent regulatory agencies.

In addition, the department's mission statement is student-athlete focused as it states "we gather and engage our community to teach, support and celebrate our student-athletes in their quest for excellence" and is committed to core values that emphasize integrity, respect, accountability, positive attitude, continuous improvement and one focus.

Programming Organizations

Class Councils

The Class Councils (senior, junior, sophomore, and freshman) consists of up to twenty-five students each chosen to represent the views of and initiate activities for  Michigan State University. During the year, the Class Councils are involved in sponsoring workshops, hosting events pertinent to their class and coordinating special projects. For more information, contact ASMSU at 1-517-355-8266, or

University Activities Board

The University Activities Board (UAB) programs events for students, by students, to enhance the Spartan experience at Michigan State University.  UAB strives to provide unique, high quality experiences that contribute to student growth. Involving the diverse student body, we aspire to have a substantial impact on campus life and for every student to graduate with a UAB memory. Our core values are: Inclusion, Collaboration, Student Voice, Flexibility, Accessibility, and Development. Our events include live music, comedians, craft nights, open mic nights and so much more. UAB membership is free and open to all MSU undergraduate students.  Visit or@UABatMSU on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, phone 1-517-355-3354 or e-mail:

Recreational Sports and Fitness Services

Recreational Sports and Fitness Services are dedicated to promoting learning experiences by engaging the university community in healthy lifestyles through sport, fitness and recreational opportunities.

Programs are facilitated through three indoor intramural facilities, one multipurpose arena, 27 acres of outdoor recreational field space, an offsite sailing center and shared campus facilities including tennis courts, golf courses, and an ice arena.  Program- specific functions include informal or drop-in recreation at any of these facilities; structured competitive intramural sports; programs dedicated for health, wellness and fitness; club sport opportunities; non-credit instruction for acquiring new skills such as sailing and learn to swim; and unique opportunities targeted for persons with disabilities; and many adaptive recreation and sport opportunities for persons with all levels of mobility.

Individual tournaments include tennis, golf, table tennis, badminton, and the all-campus swim meet.

Special activities include group fitness classes, sailing lessons at the MSU Sailing Center where canoe, kayak and stand up paddle board rentals are offered. Self defense classes are also available upon request.

For more information, visit us at  or like us on Facebook at MSU-Recreational-Sports-And-Fitness-Services.


Religious Activities

Michigan State University considers that one of its responsibilities is to maintain an atmosphere of religious freedom for the individual.

There are many student religious centers in East Lansing, devoting their facilities to meeting student needs. These have staffs of ministers, priests, rabbis, and directors of student activities. The groups provide Michigan State University students with the chance to participate in programs of religious worship and the opportunity to meet other students through social activities. See Student Organizations for the current list of student religious groups.

The Alumni Memorial Chapel, on campus, is available for public services of a religious nature. It is also made available to students wishing to enter the sanctuary for private devotions. For scheduling, contact the MSU Union, 1-517-884-8127. For more information, visit A list of the members of the Religious Advisors Association can be found at


Reflection Room

The MSU Reflection Room, located in 1277 Anthony Hall, provides a quiet space for individual reflection, meditation, and prayer. The ecumenical environment welcomes all and embraces understanding and the furthering of knowledge associated with differing perspectives. We believe the MSU value of inclusion is evident in the unity of spiritual reflection and connection that can occur in this space. The harmony of the MSU community allows us to personify co-existence in the Reflection Room, which is open during regular building hours as posted.


Student Governing Groups

Many campus activities are the responsibility of the various student governing groups. These groups include:


Associated Students of Michigan State University

As the All-University undergraduate student governing body, the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) provides representation through the General Assembly. The work of ASMSU is conducted through its boards and committees. Offices are maintained in the Student Services Building. The Web site is

The General Assembly (GA) is composed of proportional representation elected from each college and one representative selected by each of the following groups:  MSU Student Housing Cooperative, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, National Panhellenic Council, Independent Greek Council, Jewish Student Union, Residence Halls Association, University Apartments Council of Residents, Arab Cultural Society, Black Student Alliance, Cultural de las Razas, Muslim Student Organization, North American Indigenous Student Organization, Asian Pacific American Student Organization, International Student Association, Alliance of Queer and Ally Student (AQAS), Women’s Council, and Student Veterans of America. The GA represents students on relevant issues; provides a forum for discussion of these issues; provides free legal services, bluebooks, free printing and copying, and interest free loans; approves appointments of undergraduates to various University committees, provides the free Readership Program and special student services, and acts as the official representative for the welfare and rights of undergraduate students. ASMSU also provides a free iClicker, calculator rental program, and a safe ride program.

ASMSU Student Allocations Board provides funding for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) as well as groups part of the Council of Racial and Ethnic Students (CORES) and Council of Progressive Students (COPS). RSOs are eligible to receive up to $4500 in funding through a reimbursement process once each academic year. Groups can apply for funding for a wide variety of projects including speakers, conferences, and educational programming events.

Council of Graduate Students

 The Council of Graduate Students represents all registered Michigan State University graduate and graduate-professional students. COGS is composed of one representative from each degree-granting unit and seven officers. COGS exists to promote the academic, social, and economic aims of graduate and graduate-professional students; to establish effective communication among these students; and to create channels of communication with other student organizations and with the academic and administrative units of the University. COGS maintains an office at 120 Chittenden Hall where it provides a copy service and a thesis and dissertation printing service. A loan program sponsored by COGS is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. ASMSU/COGS Legal Services provides graduate students a prepaid legal services plan.


Greek Community

Since 1872, Michigan State University students have had the choice of participating in a nationally affiliated Greek letter organization.  Today, the Greek community is comprised of more than 60 internationally affiliated social Greek letter organizations with a combined membership of over 4,000 students.  Greek letter organizations merge almost every segment of the campus community into their chapters-leadership development, community service, athletics, social life, housing, management and business functions, alumni relations, accountability, and responsibility. Through quality educational experiences, fraternities and sororities support the Guiding Principles of the institution, as well as provide an avenue whereby all students experience active learning through self-governance.

The 62 fraternities and sororities are governed by governing councils responsible for representing constituents to the greater campus and East Lansing communities, providing programs and services to chapters and their members, and creating and enforcing standards and policies throughout the Greek community.  Through mutual interdependence, the governing councils assist all 62 member organizations in providing a quality Greek experience for their members. The governing councils include:

  • Interfraternity Council (IFC), governing 31 internationally affiliated men's Greek letter organizations.
  • Panhellenic Council (Panhell), governing 14 National Panhellenic Council Greek letter organizations
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), governing 9 historically African-American men's and women's Greek letter organizations.
  • Multicultural Greek Council, governing 8 multicultural men’s and women’s Greek letter organizations.

Other community-wide organizations that are collaboratively coordinated by the governing councils include Greek Week and the Order of Omega National Greek Leadership Honorary.

For more information on the Greek community, contact the Department of Student Life, 101 Student Services Building, 1-517-355-8286 or


Student Housing Cooperative

The Student Housing Cooperative (SHC) is the governing group for cooperative living units. Cooperatives are student owned and managed organizations that contribute to the living experiences, social benefits, and economic savings of the members. The SHC meets regularly to discuss problems and coordinate activities of cooperative living and is represented on the ASMSU General Assembly. The primary goal of the SHC is to provide affordable housing for the East Lansing area. Additional purposes and goals are: democratic control, open and voluntary membership, continuous education, improvement of services, and cooperation and communication among cooperatives.

Information about cooperatives is available at the MSU Student Housing Cooperative office, 541 E. Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823, telephone 1-517-355-8313.


University Apartments Council of Residents

The University Apartments Council of Residents (UACOR) is recognized by the university as a governing group with authority to govern the affairs of the residents of MSU Spartan Village Apartments, University Village, and 1855 Place.

UACOR provides activities and services to residents. They also represent students' views to University Residence Education and Housing Services, and other institutional partners.

The Executive Board, along with Village Representatives, are elected by the general membership. Voting privileges are extended to the aforementioned. Residents are encouraged to participate in monthly Town Meetings and bring their ideas, interests, and concerns to the attention of UACOR. A tax is assessed every semester. For further information contact UACOR at the University Apartments Residence Education office at 1-517-353-9499. The UACOR office is located in Room 138B, Spartan Village Community Center.

Residence Halls Association

Residence Halls Association (RHA) represents the highest level of undergraduate residence hall government and is the governing body for all undergraduate residence halls. Membership is composed of an elected representative from each hall on campus and from:  Black Student Alliance, Cultural de las Razas Unidas, North American Indian Student Organization, Asian Pacific American Student Organization, Alliance of Queer and Ally Students, Women’s Council, Arab Cultural Society, and Council of Students with Disabilities and area based caucus groups. RHA is recognized as a legitimate part of the university decision-making process and its purposes include:  developing communication between individual halls and the university community; sponsoring and coordinating all-university activities for students living in residence halls; formulating policy and regulations pertaining to residence halls students; and representing areas of interest and concern to such students. In addition, RHA also sponsors workshops, the Campus Center Cinemas, Movie Rental offices, Spartan Leadership Conference, RHA-TV (channels 11 and 12), RHA Karaoke, concerts, and special events. All residents of Michigan State University undergraduate residence halls are members of RHA and may exercise their voting rights and opinions through the representatives of their respective halls. A tax is collected during registration for fall and spring semesters from each undergraduate and graduate student living in a residence hall to support the activities listed above. The fall and spring only tax also supports the functions of each hall government. Contact RHA at:

Owen Graduate Association

Owen Graduate Association OGA) represents the interests of Owen Graduate Hall residents and functions as the major governing body for that hall. OGA provides a program of information and services for Owen Graduate Hall residents and participates in the formulation of policies and regulations pertaining to residents of that hall. All residents of Owen Graduate Hall are members of OGA and pay a tax to support the activities of the OGA.


Student Publications

Michigan State University's yearbook, The Red Cedar Log, is published by students under the auspices of the Associated Students of Michigan State University. The yearbook is free to MSU students and is supported through the ASMSU student tax. Other student publications include those maintained independently, or within colleges, departments, schools, living units, and student organizations. The State News, a daily newspaper distributed widely to students, faculty, and staff, is published by The State News, Inc. The corporation is separate and independent from the university; however, its staff is composed largely of Michigan State University students.

Student Radio

The Mission Statement of MSU Student Radio is Diversity in Programming, Professionalism in Presentation and Education.  WDBM-FM, better known as IMPACT 89FM, is an FCC licensed non-commercial educational station that operates 24/7/365 and covers the mid-Michigan area around Lansing.  It may also be heard via streaming audio and video at  WFIX, the training station, streams online at  A fee collected from all students each semester supports the stations.

Any student, regardless of major, may apply to work at the station either as a volunteer or paid Director.  Positions range from disk jockey to producers, engineers and promotion people.  The offices and studios are located in G-4 Holden Hall, 1-517-884-8900, and are accessible for persons with disabilities.