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College of Arts and Letters


Shaping Meaningful Relationships and Creating Enriching Communities

The College of Arts and Letters (CAL) at Michigan State University aspires to be a national leader in arts and humanities research and education for the 21st century. This ambition requires resources to attract, recruit, support, and retain the best, most innovative and most diverse faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. Faculty research, teaching excellence, and enriching student experiences are at the heart of a leading-edge arts and humanities education in which the enduring strengths of the liberal arts—excellent communication, critical thinking, ethical imagination, and global engagement—combine with new and emerging scholarship committed to digital fluency, civic leadership, and innovation to deepen our understanding of the world and address the most complex challenges of our time.


The College of Arts and Letters has doubled its goal in the Empower Extraordinary campaign to $20.0 million. We will achieve this goal with a mix of endowment and annual funds.


To date we have raised $30.1 million, but more private support is needed to achieve our full potential and propel this great university forward.


Christine Radtke
Senior Director of Development
(517) 432-6693

“There is an aesthetic and humanistic dimension to everything we do. This is why the arts and humanities are at the heart of every research project and every classroom experience here at MSU. Our inclusive culture of academic excellence is rooted in the power of varied viewpoints and diverse backgrounds. By cultivating the capacities to think critically, imagine creatively, and respond ethically, we engage the world’s most challenging social, cultural, and ethical questions in order to create a more just and better world. That’s what great faculty do, and it’s what we empower our students to do as well.”

Christopher P. Long, Dean