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Each student works with an adviser to create a program that includes RCAH courses, general education courses, electives, language study, and community engagement activities.
The RCAH major has four levels.
In terms of credit hours, the RCAH major looks like this:
111 Writing in Transcultural Contexts (3 credits)
112 Writing, Research, and Technologies (3 credits)320 Topics in Art and Public Life (3 credits)
202 The Presence of the Past (4 credits)
203 Trancultural Relations through the Ages (4 credits, formerly RCAH 201)
192 Proseminar (3 credits)
291 Creative Workshop (4 credits)
292 A Civic Engagement Pro seminar (2 credits)
292B Civic Engagement (4 credits)
Additional 4 credits in EITHER RCAH 291 or RCAH 292B/C
380 Third-Year Tutorial (3 credits)
310 Topics in Childhood and Society (3 credits)
320 Topics in Art and Public Life (3 credits)
330 Topics in Nature and Culture (3 credits)
340 Topics in Technology and Creativity (3 credits)
Students take five courses outside of the college, but within Michigan State. This requirement encourages students to take advantage of the course options beyond the college while also helping students to create a cohesive combination of courses that will be marketable for future internships, careers and graduate schools. Often students pursue an additional major or specialization and these credits count for both the additional major or specialization and the elective pathway.
390 Language and Culture (4 credits)
World Language Proficiency can be met in one of three manners:
1. Pass the language proficiency test with an appropriate level.
2. Get approval to use a language intensive study abroad program to meet the requirement.
3. Take up to and complete one semester in a language at the 300 level.
Students need to attend 12 separate sessions of Wednesday Night Live to complete this requirement. We encourage all students to attend at least 6 sessions in their first year to connect with the artists, speakers, and performers, as well as other students across the college. These Wednesday Night Live session provide a great opportunity for the students to explore their path in the arts and humanities.
491 Senior Thesis
492 Senior Seminar
For students who entered the RCAH prior to Fall 2013, please feel free to contact Niki Rudolph to confirm your degree requirements based on the curriculum in place at the time you entered the college.
Find additional details for program completion by downloading the Degree Completion Checklist.