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DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE

THEATRE
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DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE

THEATRE
This major is designed for students who wish to gain a broad experience in theatre and its contributions to cultural development. Students in this major develop skills needed to create and appreciate new theatrical work, to understand the history of theatre, and to help navigate a professional life in the arts. The department offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Students in either version of the major must complete courses in acting; play analysis; scenery and lighting; costumes, props and make-up; production; directing; and history of theatre. Students have an opportunity to concentrate on their special interests, such as acting or stagecraft.

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DEPARTMENT OF ART, ART HISTORY AND DESIGN

APPAREL AND TEXTILE DESIGN


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DEPARTMENT OF ART, ART HISTORY AND DESIGN

APPAREL AND TEXTILE DESIGN


This major is designed to prepare students in both

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apparel and textile design, using a holistic approach to analysis, integration of knowledge, and problem-solving. Students are required to complete a broad array of courses that focus on aesthetics and creativity; twoand three-dimensional design skills; textile materials and design; the historical and cultural aspects of apparel design; and production in a global context. A state-ofthe-art CAD facility equipped with industry software facilitates instruction in design technology. Students often complete an internship as part of the major. Two new versions of the Apparel and Textile Design major are available, one leading to a BA and one leading to a BFA.

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DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

PHILOSOPHY
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DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

PHILOSOPHY
Students explore basic beliefs about the world and themselves in this dynamic major. Philosophy strives to develop the ability to reason clearly, to distinguish between good and bad arguments, to navigate through a complicated maze of issues, to clarify puzzling concepts, and to use intelligence and logic in situations where there are ercely opposing views and interests. The Philosophy major requires a minimum of 36 credits, including two survey courses, Ancient Greek Philosophy and Modern Philosophy, and a course in logic. Additional courses applicable to the major include courses in ethics and political philosophy, as well as advanced courses like Epistemology and Metaphysics.

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Philosophy provides an excellent foundation for study in the sciences, arts, literature, medicine, and law.

DEPARTMENT OF ART, ART HISTORY AND DESIGN

STUDIO ART
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DEPARTMENT OF ART, ART HISTORY AND DESIGN

STUDIO ART
Two versions of the studio art major are available, one leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA), and one leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA). Both programs start with the same foundation art classes in drawing, color and design, and threedimensional form. Both versions of the major also afford students the opportunity to complete a variety of advanced studio art classes in areas such as ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The BA is a liberal arts degree that requires credits in studio art with signicant electives outside the major. The BFA is a pre-professional degree that requires the majority of its courses in studio art.

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DEPARTMENT OF WRITING, RHETORIC AND AMERICAN CULTURES

PROFESSIONAL WRITING
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DEPARTMENT OF WRITING, RHETORIC AND AMERICAN CULTURES

PROFESSIONAL WRITING
This major is designed for students wishing to specialize

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in writing as an area of expertise. Students develop advanced writing skills with emphasis on writing in digital environments; writing for and in diverse public and disciplinary communities; and editing and publishing in a variety of professional contexts. The major includes four required foundation courses; an internship or portfolio seminar; an area of concentration of the students choice (Digital and Technical Writing, Writing in Communities and Cultures or Writing, Editing, and Publishing); and electives within the major. Courses applicable to this major include: Invention in Writing, Writing in the Public Interest, Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Argument, Advanced Web Authoring, Managing Large-Scale Publication Projects, and Grant and Proposal Writing.

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DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

RELIGIOUS STUDIES
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DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

RELIGIOUS STUDIES
This major is designed for students who wish to become acquainted with the essential teachings, beliefs, and ethical outlooks of one or more of the worlds major

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religious traditions. It offers students an opportunity to prepare for a profession for which knowledge of religious thought, practices, and traditions may be important, including elds like human services and international diplomacy. The major requires completion of an undergraduate thesis. Students enroll in a variety of courses including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism in Southeast Asia, Native American Religions, and African Religions. Electives within the major cover a wide range of topics, including: Religion in America, Shamanism, Trance, and Sacred Journey,

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Modern Jewish Thought, and The Ritual Process.

DEPARTMENT OF ART, ART HISTORY AND DESIGN

ART HISTORY AND VISUAL CULTURE


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DEPARTMENT OF ART, ART HISTORY AND DESIGN

ART HISTORY AND VISUAL CULTURE

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This major encourages students to investigate the production, form, and reception of images and objects, past and present, from a multi-cultural perspective. Through the close examination of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other examples of material culture, students learn about the many inuences affecting those who consumeas well as those who create images and objects. Students have considerable exibility to select courses from a wide range of topics, including Ancient Art, Baroque and Rococo Art, Renaissance Architecture and Sculpture,

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Roman Art and Archaeology, Twentieth-Century Art and Ideas, Contemporary Art, and The Arts of China.

DEPARTMENT OF ART, ART HISTORY AND DESIGN

ART EDUCATION
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DEPARTMENT OF ART, ART HISTORY AND DESIGN

ART EDUCATION
The art education major leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts

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with art teacher certication by the State of Michigan in grades K-12. Students who plan to earn teacher certication must satisfy the Department of Teacher Education admission requirements for the internship program (student teaching) as well as all departmental requirements for the major in art education. This major requires a broad array of studio classes, including drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, and photography. In addition, students must complete at least four classes from an approved list of history of art selections. Required courses in professional art education include the Saturday Morning Art Program pre-teaching internship experience and active learning

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experiences in art classrooms. Students who wish to earn teacher certication may apply to the Teacher Education program during their sophomore year.

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

ENGLISH
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DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

ENGLISH
The English major features courses across the entire historical range of literatures written in English, including courses in period, genre, cultural studies, and literary theory. Students in this major have considerable choice in shaping their own program of study and may also select concentrations in creative writing and lm. The English major requires a number of core courses, including a foundation seminar; two historically-based classes in literature; and at least one class in ethnic, non-western, or womens literature. Students who wish to earn teacher certication may apply to the Teacher Education program during their sophomore year.

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DEPARTMENT OF WRITING, RHETORIC AND AMERICAN CULTURES

EXPERIENCE ARCHITECTURE
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EXPERIENCE ARCHITECTURE
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Experience Architecture

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is designed for students who want to develop advanced skills in and a theoretical understanding of user experience in digital environments. The major prepares students for careers in web development, user experience, interaction design, design research, usability, information architecture, project management, and interface development. This program can also prepare students for extensive graduate work in rhetoric, writing, information studies, and design. Experience Architecture majors will complete comprehensive coursework in humanities, computer programming, professional writing, and design. An experiential capstone experience is also required.

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DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS & GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

ARABIC
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DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS & GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

ARABIC
This major is designed for students who want to develop

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both the linguistic and intercultural skills associated with an advanced level of language competency. Students will learn modern standard Arabic and examine culture and literature. Like all students earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Letters, Arabic majors also have opportunities to build secondary areas of concentration that complement the major. The major focuses on creating procient speakers of Arabic who can apply their language skills in a variety of disciplines and careers. Major courses include Special Topics in Arabic Culture, Introduction to Arabic Literature, and Arabic Dialects. Students who wish to earn teacher certication may apply to the Teacher Education program during their sophomore year.

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DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS & GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

CHINESE
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DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS & GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

CHINESE
The undergraduate major in Chinese provides students

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with a quality program that emphasizes language competence and a rich knowledge of Chinese culture and society through a combined approach of prociencyoriented, communicative, situational and study abroad activities. Students need to complete required and elective courses from both inside and outside the department that focus on various aspects of Chinese language, culture, literature, history, arts, and humanities. A senior capstone requirement can be fullled by an approved study abroad experience or by a senior thesis. Graduates of this program may be employed in business, public service and non-prot settings. Students who wish to earn teacher certication may apply to the Teacher Education program during their sophomore year.

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DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS & GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

FRENCH
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FRENCH
Designed for students who wish to develop excellent

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reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in the French language, the French major also allows students to build a strong understanding of the history and culture of French communities throughout the world. Major courses focus on formal study of language and literature as well as linguistics and cultural study; topics in philosophy, religion, political theory, and gender or Diaspora studies are incorporated in the content. Many French majors choose to study abroad or complete internships abroad. Students who wish to earn teacher certication may apply to the Teacher Education program during their sophomore year.

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DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS & GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

GERMAN
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GERMAN
This major is designed for students who wish to focus in depth on the study of German language, culture,

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and literature. The major is designed to produce wellrounded language and literature graduates who combine traditional training with the skills needed in modern school systems, colleges, and universities or government and diplomatic settings. Selected courses within the major also build the specialized communication skills necessary for business settings. Courses applicable to the major include Business German I and II, German Literature and Culture Since 1918, Major Themes in German Cultural History, and Special Topics in German Studies. Students who wish to earn teacher certication

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may apply to the Teacher Education program during their sophomore year. Students are encouraged to study abroad or complete an internship abroad.

DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS & GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

JAPANESE
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DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS & GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

JAPANESE
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese is designed

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to equip students with functional prociency in the language, as well as cultural sensitivity to, and factual knowledge about, Japan. The major requires completion of fourth-year college prociency in Japanese language, as well as courses from both inside and outside the department that focus on various aspects of Asian cultures, including electives in East Asian history, arts, literature, and humanities. Study abroad is encouraged to provide students with rsthand experience of cultures supercially different from those to which they are accustomed, but similar in many ways at the level of human interaction. Students who wish to earn teacher certication may apply to the Teacher Education program during their sophomore year.

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DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS & GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

LINGUISTICS
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African languages

ChineseJapanese

Swahili Korean

Hebrew

Russian

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DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS & GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

LINGUISTICS
This major is the scientic study of the nature of human

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language and the characteristics of particular languages. It is a eld with close ties to many areas of study, such as English, foreign languages, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, history, mathematics, and speech and language pathology; majors may emphasize any one or more of these areas. The major requires a minimum of 32 credits, including Introduction to Linguistics or Introduction to Language, as well as Phonology, Morphology and Syntactic Phenomena, Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics, Historical Linguistics, and a senior thesis.

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DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS & GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

RUSSIAN
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DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS & GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

RUSSIAN
The Russian major is designed to provide well-rounded

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language and literature skills through courses and seminars in which individual research is encouraged. Students in this major complete the equivalent of four years of language study, including a capstone experience, such as a thesis or study abroad program. The following courses are required for the major: Second-Year Russian I and II, Russian Life and Culture before World War I, Russian Life and Culture in the 20th Century, Contemporary Russian Life and Culture, and Russian Literature. Students who wish to earn teacher certication may apply to the Teacher Education program during their sophomore year.

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DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS & GERMANIC, SLAVIC, ASIAN AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES

SPANISH
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SPANISH
The Spanish major encompasses the richness and

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diversity within the Spanish language, literatures and cultures. The major provides opportunities for immersion in Hispanic cultures through extensive study abroad programs in Latin America and Spain. Students who have studied Spanish in high school must take a placement exam before enrolling for Spanish classes. Required courses include: Basic Spanish Grammar, Cultural Readings and Composition, Phonetics and Pronunciation, Media and Conversation, and selections from a variety of advanced courses in Spanish literature, linguistics, and culture. Students who wish to earn teacher certication may apply to the Teacher Education program during their sophomore year.

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INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAMS

GLOBAL STUDIES IN THE ARTS & HUMANITIES


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GLOBAL STUDIES IN THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES


This interdisciplinary major is designed for students who want to study systems, social and political issues or cultures with the goal of understanding the values, concerns and debates that shape human experience. Students in this major examine literary, philosophical, linguistic, and artistic practices as they reect experiences at the crossroads of cultures, the tensions within and across global spaces. In addition to developing prociency in a second language, students complete courses on topics like Global Interactions and Identities, Values, Experience, and Difference in Global Contexts, Conict and Justice in a Global Setting, and Media Mobility: Change, Access, Representation.

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HUMANITIES PRE-LAW
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HUMANITIES PRE-LAW
This interdisciplinary, liberal arts pre-law major is particularly appropriate for students who plan to attend law school or work in government or corporate settings.

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Students work closely with their academic adviser to design a major with three core areas of ve or more classes eachone within Arts and Letters, one from an approved list of pre-law courses throughout the University, and one additional area of the students choice. Students hone research, writing and presentation skills as they focus on areas of particular interest to them. Popular courses applicable include United States Constitutional History, Philosophy of Law, Ethical Issues in Health Care, Classical Political Philosophy, and Criminology. Internships are strongly encouraged.

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WOMENS & GENDER STUDIES


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INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAMS

WOMENS & GENDER STUDIES


This interdisciplinary major is designed to provide up-to-date knowledge about women and gender in comparative, transnational, historical, and global perspectives. Students in this major also select a concentration within the major in one of the following areas: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and History; Sexuality and Conict/Violence; Gender and the Arts and Humanities; or Gender Applied: Health, Urban, and Public Policy. Graduates nd career options in both the private and public sector.

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INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAMS

HUMANITIES

INTERDISCIPLINARY

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INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAMS

INTERDISCIPLINARY HUMANITIES
This major is one of the most exible liberal arts majors offered at Michigan State. Students work closely with their academic adviser to craft a self-designed major based on either a triad or area studies model. Most students select three areas of focus; two of these areas are selected from Arts and Letters disciplines. Individual students have used this major to develop personal programs of study related to particular cultures or regions of the world, to focus on specic time periods, or to develop broad liberal arts skills relevant to career objectives in public relations, human services, arts management, medicine, international diplomacy and business. Internships and study abroad experiences further complement coursework.

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