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Social and cultural studies

What sets MSU apart in social and cultural studies is a focus on inclusivity and equity, numerous service-learning and community engagement opportunities, and a unique path for each student’s social and cultural interests. Spartan graduates are human-focused leaders and collaborators prepared to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and make a true, positive difference in the world.

Students interested in social and cultural studies may choose majors in politics, history, psychology, languages and cultures, religion, gender studies and more. For those also interested in social justice, MSU offers many programs to become informed, active and dynamic problem solvers. Regardless of your chosen path, MSU’s course work emphasizes field experience through experiential learning opportunities. Spartans graduate as global citizens, working in settings like schools and universities, governments, health systems, nonprofits, media organizations, law firms, cultural organizations and more.

Overview of social and cultural studies


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Pursuing social and cultural studies at Michigan State University

There are countless ways to pursue the study of social and cultural studies at Michigan State. There is not one particular major or college at MSU that prepares students for careers in this field. The study of cultures, public policy and social justice are spread across many majors and colleges, which gives you the opportunity to dive deeper into the subjects that interest you most. 

Take a look at the academic opportunities below to see how you can customize your study of social and cultural studies at MSU to suit your goals and passions.

Take the social and cultural studies tour

Take a virtual social and cultural studies tour of MSU's campus. This tour showcases areas of campus relevant to students studying majors in social and cultural studies tour.

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