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Arts and Humanities

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Interested in an arts and humanities major?

The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) is an innovative, residential, four-year degree for students who want to combine the advantages of a small college experience with the opportunities of a Big Ten research university. RCAH is home to individuals pursuing an arts and humanities major with diverse interests, skills and talents who:

  • have a passion for community engagement.
  • engage in the visual and performing arts, literature, writing, history, ethics and world cultures.
  • chart their own path with ongoing advising and career support.
  • value individual expression, exploration and achievement.
Students engage in experiential learning, focus attention on critical issues, and work to build communities within and beyond MSU.
Whether they step directly into the workforce or pursue an advanced degree, our grads are part of an impressive group of alumni positioned for influence in the world. The unique residential learning community — a rigorous curriculum, meaningful engagement with community partners, personal interaction with inspiring professors — helps develop skills that lead to success after graduation.


RCAH graduates with an arts and humanities major perfect the skills sought by employers and graduate schools: thinking critically, communicating clearly, solving problems and collaborating. RCAH graduates have had a 100% placement rate into jobs or graduate school for the last six years.

Alumni work at: 

  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Fiat Chrysler
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
  • National Public Radio
  • New York City Mayor’s Office
  • Nike, Inc.
  • Peace Corps and AmeriCorps
  • Skywalker Sound
  • Smithsonian Institution

Alumni work as: 

  • Advocates
  • Communications managers
  • Community leaders
  • Engineers
  • Finance associates
  • Legislative directors
  • Multimedia artists and communicators
  • Policy collaborators
  • Social workers
  • Youth organizers

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