About RCAH

Change Lives Here.

The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) at Michigan State University is where students live their passions while changing the world. In RCAH, students prepare for meaningful careers by examining critical issues through the lens of culture, the visual and performing arts, community engagement, literature, philosophy, history, writing, and social justice. RCAH features a media center, an art studio and gallery, artists-in-residence, music practice rooms, a theater, unique education abroad programs, community engagement opportunities, and the Center for Poetry. Each semester, students meet and learn with some of the world’s leading writers, artists, performers, and activists. RCAH is situated in historic Snyder-Phillips Hall, where students learn and live together in a small-college setting, with all the advantages of a major university. Learn more by exploring this website.

Mission

Students in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University are committed to building a better world. Through interdisciplinary study, imagination, and community partnerships, RCAH inspires and prepares graduates to be collaborative learners and visionary change-makers.

Values

We value engagement. We live this value by collaborating with students, faculty, staff and community partners to respond to real world problems.

We value critical thinking. We live this value by challenging ourselves—and others—to constantly explore new ideas and critically examine familiar ones.

We value creativity. We live this value by providing dedicated creative space, nurturing multiple forms of expression, encouraging students to solve problems in innovative ways.

We value the human experience. We live this value by exploring our past to understand present commonalities and differences.

We value a common set of ethics. We live this value by treating our students, faculty, staff and community partners with care, respect and integrity, and by offering a curriculum committed social justice and inclusion.