Welcome! Online Student Handbook

Welcome to Social Science!

Welcome! From current students and alumni Admission Social Science and Honors College Majors ...and more Scholarship Funds and research opportunities Experience Study abroad, away, intern and service-learn Policies Student status and important rules Calendar Academic deadlines Lead Student orgs and leadership opportunities Help! Where to go and when Careers Explore, prepare and connect



Online Student Handbook

We encourage you to utilize the resources found through the links above and to ensure your success by:

  • Cultivating good study habits and balanced structure in your life as a student from day one.
  • Becoming involved with campus and community activities.
  • Enriching your academic program with study abroad, study away, volunteer, research, and internship experiences.
  • Being an active learner.
  • And turning to your academic advisor as a primary resource for information and assistance.

 

WELCOME


We're glad you're here! Below are a few messages from people who have been in the MSU College of Social Science and know what it's like to be in your shoes.

But first... What is Social Science education?

Leslie Hannah, Human Development & Family Studies, 2015 graduateLeslie Hannah, Human Development & Family Studies, 2015 graduate
"I enjoy being a Social Science major because I've gained so much knowledge about working with diverse families and individuals. It has helped me learn about relationships and what it takes to provide services to different demographics of people. I know that with my degree I will be able to find a job almost anywhere doing what I love, which is helping people in some way or another. I've met so many new people and have had the opportunity to experience new things while pursuing my degree."

Robert Parsons, Political Science, 2016 graduate

Robert Parsons, Political Science, 2016 graduate
"The Social Sciences are amazing! As a student in this field I get to look at human nature and ask why. Why do we interact in the way that we do, why do we feel the things we do, and why do we make the choices that impact the world? As a political science major I get to look at the governments of the world and ask why and how and truly understand the systems in which our society works. Being able to question the world in which we live is why I love social science." 

Read more student testimonials 

Aimee Argel, alumna and president of the College of Social Science Board of Advisors

Aimee Argel, alumna and president of the College of Social Science Board of Advisors


 

ADMISSION

Admission to the College of Social Science

Sophomores (28-55 credits)

Students can choose to be admitted to the College of Social Science.

Juniors and Seniors (56 or more credits)

Students will automatically be admitted to the College of Social Science as long as they meet the following conditions:

1) Completion of at least 56 credits acceptable to the college.
2) An academic record which at least meets the requirements of Academic Standing of Undergraduate Students.
3) Acceptance as a major in a program of the college. Application is required for admission to the Urban and Regional Planning and Social Work programs. Space is limited; students should contact the appropriate advisor as soon as possible to discuss entry requirements. 

Benefits of being admitted to the College of Social Science

1) One location for student requests: adding an additional degree, second majors, minors, Honors Option requests, late add/drop of courses, credit hour adjustments, internship credit, etc.
2) Access to all College of Social Science resources.
3) College-specific scholarships. 

Honors College

A variety of opportunities exist within the College of Social Science for members of the Honors College. Honors sections of regular courses provide in-depth exposure to course materials, including class presentations and enhanced research and writing assignments. Students also may take honors options in non-honors-designated courses. Honors option courses usually involve working closely with a professor on a specific project. In addition, most units have some form of independent study available to honors-caliber students. Finally, suitably prepared honors students are permitted to enroll in some graduate courses. Visit the Honors College for more information.

The Honors College
Eustace-Cole Hall
468 E. Circle Drive Room 105
Office: 517-355-2326
Fax: 517-355-4721

 

MSU Academic Student Affairs Offices


 

MAJORS

About your College of Social Science

Majors, minors and specializations

Majors in the College of Social Science challenge you to think critically about the central questions facing society today and to foster the development of innovative problem-solving skills. The choice of majors ranges from specific social science disciplines and applied social science professions to interdisciplinary programs with a broad range of focused concentrations. Within each program, you will find options enabling you to pursue your particular interests and to prepare yourself for a meaningful and challenging career. 

Leadership
Links to the administrative leaders in the Office of the Dean.

Academic Integrity
Links to the offices that guide our university community of scholars.

Honor Code
Link to the Honor Code that applies to all citizens of the College.

 College of Social Science students enjoying their first day of school


 

SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The College of Social Science administers several scholarships for undergraduate students through the generous support of Social Science alumni and friends. Review the list of scholarships offered through the College, and be sure to check with your major advisor for additional scholarship opportunities. Click the links below for details on each scholarship opportunity. 

Provost Undergraduate Research Initiative

Designed to provide undergraduates with an opportunity to work closely with faculty on major research projects, usually as part of the faculty member’s own scholarly enterprises.

Andrew Undergraduate Fellowship

Encourages and challenges outstanding students by providing opportunities to practice social and behavioral science through innovative research with a faculty mentor. Must be an undergraduate major in the College of Social Science, minimum of 87 semester credits completed prior to commencement of the award, high academic achievement, and focused career goals.

Dean’s Assistantship

Designed to provide undergraduates with an opportunity to work closely with faculty on major research projects.

Ernest G. and Phyllis C. Green MSU Black Alumni Scholarship

Benefits talented students who enhance program diversity and reinforce the record of commitment by the College of Social Science to educating students who are representative of our larger society. Must be freshmen, sophomore, or junior majors in the College of Social Science.

Charles Hayden Kelley Scholarship

Benefits talented students in the College of Social Science who have unusual financial need but may not normally be qualified for financial aid. Preference is given to students from single parent households. Must be freshmen, sophomore, or junior majors in the College of Social Science.

Richard B. Gerisch Scholarship

Benefits worthy and capable students in the College of Social Science majoring in either Public Policy in the Department of Political Science or in Community Governance and Advocacy in Interdisciplinary Studies. Must be preparing for careers in public policy or public administration in government, the non-profit sector, public interest associations, or private sector organizations that deal with the interrelationship between private enterprise and public policy.

College of Social Science Study Abroad Scholarships

These scholarships are designed for students participating in one of the many Study Abroad programs through the College of Social Science. For more information, please contact Oumatie Marajh or Joanne Delamar, or visit the Study Abroad Office in 221 Berkey Hall.

College of Social Science Study Away Scholarships

These scholarships are designed for students participating in Washington DC, New Orleans or Hawaii Study Away Programs through the College of Social Science.  For more information, please contact Vicki Shaver or Joanne Delamar, or visit the Study Abroad Office in 221 Berkey Hall.


 

EXPERIENCE

Discover everything you need to know to create experiences that will last a lifetime and enhance your preparation for a rewarding career.

Student looking out at the mountains on her study abroad trip.


 

POLICIES

Here you will find links to all of the important policies and rules that govern various student statuses.  Included on this page is information and links related to enrollment, withdrawals, refunds, final exams, academic standing, academic progress, readmission, the STAR program, FERPA and academic dishonesty.

Click here to be redirected to the Policies page.

Berkey Hall. Location of the College of Social Science


 

CALENDAR

Deadlines and Important dates for the upcoming academic year. 

Fall Semester 2016 

8/31/2016
Classes begin for Fall semester 2016: A MONDAY schedule is observed.

9/1/2016
A THURSDAY schedule is observed.

9/2/2016
A FRIDAY schedule is observed.

9/2/2016 
Degree candidates for Fall should apply for graduation at the MSU Office of the Registrar.

9/5/2016 
Holiday - University closed

9/7/2016
Fall 2016 Online open add period ends at 8 p.m.
Fall 2016 Last day to change to or from CR/NC or Visitor (must be done in the Registrar`s Office by 5 p.m.)

9/22/2016 
Refund dates can be found by clicking on the course section number in the Schedule of Courses.

10/19/2016
Middle of Semester; 8 p.m. – deadline to drop full-semester courses for the fall semester with no grade reported (drop deadlines for courses with non-standard meeting dates are available in Schedule Of Courses). 

11/19/2016
Marathon of Majors – 5-7pm, Union Bldg. (Ballroom)

11/24/2016 - 11/25/2016
Holiday - University closed

12/9/2016
Classes end for Fall semester

12/12/2016-12/16/2016
Final Exams for Fall

12/14/2016 
Deadline for graduate degree candidates to turn in theses/dissertations to The Graduate School for Fall 2016.

12/16/2016-12/17/2016
Commencements

12/23/2016-12/26/2016
Holiday - University closed

12/30/2016-1/2/2017
Holiday - University closed

Spring Semester 2017 

1/9/2017
Classes begin for Spring semester 2017

1/13/2017

  • Degree candidates for Spring and Summer should apply for graduation through the MSU Office of the Registrar.
     
  • Online open add period ends at 8 p.m.
     
  • Last day to change to or from CR/NC or Visitor (must be done in the Registrar`s Office by 5 p.m.)

1/16/2017
Martin Luther King Day (observed); University open, classes cancelled

2/3/2017
Refund dates can be found by clicking on the course section number in the Schedule of Courses.

3/1/2017
Middle of Semester; 8 p.m. deadline to drop full-semester courses for the spring semester with no grade reported (drop deadlines for courses with non-standard meeting dates are available in Schedule Of Courses).

3/6/2017-3/10/2016
Spring Break

3/15/2017
Marathon of Majors – 5-7pm, Union Bldg. (Ballroom)

4/28/2017
Classes end for Spring semester

5/1/2017-5/5/2017
Final Exams for Spring semester

5/5/2017-5/7/2017
Commencements

5/10/2017
Deadline for graduate degree candidates to turn in theses/dissertations to The Graduate School for Spring 2017.

Click here to access the 2017-2018 academic calendar.


 

LEAD

Find ways to get involved through student groups and/or applying to participate in leadership programs.

Student Organizations

A list of Social Science student organizations you can join.

Dean's Student Advisory Council

A standing committee of the college comprised by a diverse group of undergraduate students, two from each major unit.

Social Science Ambassadors

An opportunity to build your professional network.

Alumni Board Student Representatives

An opportunity to network with alumni.

College of Social Science MSU Alumni


 

HELP

Here you will find links to the most important areas of the College of Social Science where you'll find the help you need.

College of Social Science student tutoring.


 

CAREERS

The College of Social Science at Michigan State University has a full-time career services consultant on staff to assist you with all of your career preparation needs. Utilizing the vast career services program on campus and network of thousands of alumni, the College of Social Science will connect you with the resources and advice you'll need. Click the logo below to find overview and contact information that will get you started on the right path. 

Choose your career path at the College of Social Science
Yoo Jin_Chang teaches at the College of Social Science

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