College and Academic Websites
Agriculture and Natural Resources
The first college established at the nation’s pioneer land-grant institution, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU has been pioneering advancements in agricultural and natural resources research, scholarship, and outreach for more than 160 years. The college provides innovative leadership in science, technology, design, management, biofuels, the bioeconomy, and global agriculture. Students learn to use the principles of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business, and creative design in tackling some of the world’s biggest problems related to food, energy, and the environment. The wide selection of academic programs and career pathways include food, nutrition, and their applications to health; community, family, and youth development; agricultural production; technology, management, and design; food processing; biofuels, the bioeconomy, globalization, international development, and sustainability.
Arts and Letters
Students in the College of Arts & Letters explore human expression, human experience, and human values through a wide variety of disciplinary subjects, as well as through interdisciplinary study. The college hosts many majors and minors in literatures, languages, global religions, cultures, philosophy, arts, design, digital media, and theatre. Faculty and students represent diverse backgrounds and cultures and work together to challenge past assumptions and set future directions in the arts and humanities. Beyond traditional course work, the college provides student and faculty collaboration, interdisciplinary course offerings in the liberal arts, and opportunities to engage the greater MSU community as well as those outside of campus. Engaged and forward-thinking faculty and scholars educate students and bring public focus to the arts and humanities as the threads that weave together numerous shared cultures and traditions.
Communication Arts and Sciences
The College of Communication Arts and Sciences, the first of its kind in the nation, pushes the boundaries of communication research and teaching to improve lives and promote democratic values. Working side by side, students and faculty discover and explore the next communication frontiers. Its work is vital to understanding how people communicate effectively with each other to increase productivity, reduce health and safety risks, and improve quality of life around the world. The college hosts international conferences, leads federally funded research projects and cross-college collaborations, and offers ever-expanding opportunities for students, including study abroad, internships, and participation in national competitions.
The College of Education has established a reputation for excellence and visionary thinking in its efforts to improve teaching and learning across the nation and world, particularly within the contexts of urban and global education. Faculty members in the college are committed to addressing the educational and physical needs of all learners and to working closely with educators, leaders, and policymakers in the field. With an intensive five-year teacher preparation program, rigorous undergraduate study in kinesiology and athletic training, and several nationally ranked graduate programs, the College of Education prepares leaders ready to make an impact on learning and human development around the world.
Eli Broad College of Business and Eli Broad Graduate School of Management
Among the largest business schools in the nation and consistently ranked among the top business schools in the country, the Eli Broad College of Business and the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, commonly referred to as the Broad College, have been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International since 1953. The Broad College offers seven undergraduate majors, a Full-Time and Executive MBA, seven specialized master’s programs, seven doctoral programs, as well as an array of executive education programs and online certificates for business professionals. Faculty in the college are award-winning teachers and researchers, editors and reviewers of top journals, and former executives whose efforts combine in numerous research centers targeting specific topics for focused inquiry and in experiential labs that provide real-world opportunities for students.
The College of Engineering prepares students to solve technical, as well as social, economic, and global problems while instilling the essence of engineering as the iterative process of designing, predicting performance, building, and testing. The college’s engineering programs provide future engineers with firm knowledge and understanding of the fundamental engineering sciences, engineering methods for the application of this knowledge, and the project management and communications skills to bring designs to fruition. Programs require a strong base in mathematics, computing, and the sciences as the tools of the engineer. An engineering education provides a teams-based, systems approach to societal problems and therefore prepares students for a wide range of career options, including those outside engineering.
The MSU Graduate School serves as an advocate for graduate education to the university and beyond, and works to enhance the quality of graduate education at Michigan State University in all its diverse dimensions.
The Honors College at Michigan State University is one of the nation’s most distinctive and extensive honors programs, serving talented, committed students who wish to pursue and achieve academic excellence. The college strives to ensure an enriched academic, social, and cultural experience for its members and create an environment that fosters active, innovative learning. It emphasizes individualized program planning rather than a tightly prescribed set of courses. Honors College members have the opportunity and are encouraged to design their own individualized programs of study; enroll in dynamic Honors classes, interactive seminars, and graduate courses; participate in faculty-led research projects; and join with other Honors College students who share their curiosity and enthusiasm to enjoy the intimacy of a small college along with the advantages of a major research university.
The College of Human Medicine is committed to educating exemplary physicians and scholars, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing critical health services at home and abroad. The college’s footprint spans the state of Michigan and beyond, enhancing communities by providing outstanding primary and specialty care, promoting the dignity and inclusion of all people, and responding to the needs of the medically underserved. Founded in 1964, the College of Human Medicine is nationally recognized as one of the nation's pioneers of community-based medical education. Clinical practice, research, and undergraduate and graduate medical education take place across seven campuses through affiliations with local hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers.
International Studies and Programs
International Studies and Programs (ISP) at Michigan State University is the hub for international research, teaching and outreach at MSU. ISP supports international activities throughout the institution and works with faculty across all 17 MSU colleges. ISP strives to mobilize MSU's research and scholarship, enhance study abroad and other educational programs, form and strengthen international partnerships, and welcome and support international visitors, scholars and students. ISP's efforts expand and deepen MSU's global research and help create the scientific knowledge needed for responding to the world's emerging opportunities and global goals. ISP works to position MSU as a leader in international research and scholarship, the internationalization of higher education, and as an indispensable partner in global collaborations.
James Madison College
James Madison College provides a liberal education in public affairs for undergraduates. The college is dedicated to the highest standards of excellence, both for students and for faculty and staff. The curriculum and individual courses are multidisciplinary, cultivating in students the skills of rigorous thought, lucid prose writing, and articulate speech. The residential environment nurtures a collegium of scholars among students, faculty, and staff. The world-class resources of the wider university enrich the program as a whole. James Madison College was established in 1967. Since then the college has graduated numerous Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholars, National Science Foundation Fellows, MSU’s first Mitchell Scholar, and regularly represents a high percentage of Michigan State University's Phi Beta Kappa class.
The MSU College of Law, formerly the Detroit College of Law, leads cutting-edge initiatives focused on ethics, human rights, and entrepreneurial lawyering that provide rich learning opportunities and fuel the college’s upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law offers a comprehensive curriculum that is constantly evaluated with an eye toward emerging trends to ensure graduates are ready to take on the latest challenges in the field of law. Students can customize their education from among 14 focus areas, 10 clinical programs, hundreds of externship locations, five study abroad programs, and more. MSU Law’s integration with Michigan State University also allows students to complement legal studies with a variety of cross-disciplinary courses and dual-degree programs.
Lyman Briggs College
The Lyman Briggs College is a residential college that bridges the gap between science and the humanities through interdisciplinary teaching and research. It provides students with a fundamental core science education in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics. The core program also addresses historical, philosophical, and societal concerns and consequences of modern science, technology, the environment, and medicine. The majority of Lyman Briggs students pursue programs leading to advanced graduate study in the natural sciences or professional programs related to medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, allied health, education, or law. The philosophy of inclusion and innovative teaching methods at Lyman Briggs College have attracted internationally recognized faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines.
The College of Music is recognized as a leader for its innovative approach to nurturing musical excellence, training musicians who perform on the world’s most prestigious concert stages and developing outstanding educators and scholars who make a difference across the nation and around the globe. The college is a training ground for composers, conductors, educators, performers, and scholars who build on its record of international accomplishments in performance and national reputation of innovative music education. Students study with world-renowned musicians, scholars, educators, and composers who bring exceptional skill and experience to their art. The faculty’s numerous awards, publications, and outstanding performances around the globe reflect their commitment to musical excellence.
The College of Natural Science promotes excellence in research, teaching, and public service across the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences. Its innovative undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students to be leaders in an increasingly sophisticated scientific and technological society. These programs grow and evolve in an environment that values multidisciplinary and cross-college collaborations and builds on the advantages that a diverse student body brings to a dynamic community of scholars. Steadfast in its land-grant mission, the college strives to enhance student learning, promote basic scientific understanding of nature, and develop the technical and human resources necessary to address the current and future needs of society.
The mission of Michigan State University’s College of Nursing is to enhance the health of communities by providing excellence in nursing education, research, and practice. Spartan nurses worldwide improve outcomes in chronic illness, healthy lifestyles, and the health and wellbeing of individuals and their families. Across all ranks, faculty in the college receive support for their research from several NIH institutes. Current scientific and interdisciplinary research strengths include cancer, gerontology, physical activity, and obesity and associated conditions. The college offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD).
The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) is committed to excellence in osteopathic education, research, international outreach, and service. Faculty researchers explore treatments and cures for some of the most pressing health challenges facing humankind while preparing future physicians to respond to public need in a dynamic health care environment. The college provides a professional osteopathic physician educational program leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree, as well as Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programs. The college also offers a dual-degree program that allows students who wish to become medical scientists to pursue a DO and a PhD simultaneously. MSUCOM is integrated with 47 Michigan community hospitals and 31 federally qualified health centers in the Statewide Campus System for pre- and postdoctoral education.
Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) is an interdisciplinary college offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in arts and humanities for students interested in the growing global connections between literature, history, ethics, culture, world languages, the visual and performing arts, and civic engagement. Its faculty, staff, and visiting artists are committed to teaching and to scholarship that enhances the collaborative learning process. RCAH students live and learn together in the historic Snyder-Phillips Hall. From this home base, students can explore the diverse resources of one of the nation’s most distinguished public research universities. They also learn to communicate and navigate within the evolving cultures of the contemporary world through study abroad and study away programs.
The College of Social Science at Michigan State University is a community of scholars committed to creating, disseminating, and applying knowledge in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. The college is the largest and among the most diverse at MSU and offers 13 major disciplines. Nearly 400 tenured and tenure-stream faculty provide instructional, research, and outreach services within its eight departments, three schools, and seven centers and institutes. Scholars in the college are diverse and dynamic intellectual leaders who seek to understand and address the myriad challenges facing our world at local and global scales through collaborative learning and responsive engagement with people and communities.
The Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (APUE) and Dean of Undergraduate Studies oversees undergraduate academic policies and facilitates institutional wide initiatives focused on enhancing undergraduate learning. The APUE is involved in everything from the orientation and welcome of first-year students to the enhancement and oversight of selected academic programs and co-curricular initiatives.
One of the oldest veterinary colleges in the nation, the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine serves as an essential resource for the state of Michigan and the world. It provides unparalleled training for future veterinarians, world-class care for animals, and groundbreaking research aimed at attaining better health for animal and human populations. The college is organized into six departments: Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physiology, and Small Animal Clinical Sciences. The Veterinary Medical Center provides expert care to animals in need, treating more than 20,000 small animal patients per year and more than 2,000 large animals. The college also is home to the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health—one of the leading veterinary diagnostic labs in the world—and several research centers.
Directory of Academic Websites
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Academic Program Descriptions
To view descriptions of each academic program, please visit The Office of the Registrar's Academic Programs Catalog.