Welcome! Online Student Handbook

Welcome to Social Science!

Welcome! From the dean and more Admission Social Science and Honors College Majors ...and more Scholarship Funding and research opportunities Experience Study abroad/away, internships and service learning Policies College and University links Calendar Academic deadlines and more Lead Student orgs and leadership opportunities Help! Where to go and when Careers Explore, prepare and connect



College of Social Science 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, internship, and service learning experiences.
  • Being an active learner.
  • Turning to your academic advisor as a primary resource for information and assistance.
  • Familiarizing yourself with the Office of Student Affairs and its resources.

 

WELCOME

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Welcome to the College of Social Science student handbook! Our science transforms the human experience and inspires leaders. Whether you are a social science major or minor, or are just exploring, your education in the social sciences will give you the skills to improve our society, at the individual, local, national or global level. As a future leader, you will be challenged, motivated, inspired and enabled to live up to the world-grant mission of Michigan State University Spartans, using your talents to make the world a better place for all.

To accomplish this, the College of Social Science offers you:

  • a wide variety of majors, minors and courses that allow you to create the best program for your interests;
  • a broad array of experiential learning opportunities through internships, study away and study abroad in lands near and far;
  • academic support through advising, help rooms and scholarships;
  • engagement and leadership opportunities in 24 student organizations; and
  • career planning, counseling and company visits whenever you’re ready.

We listen to our over 1,500 graduates each year to make sure that we think of everything you need to succeed and provide it to you as often and as accessibly as possible. My hope is that you will take advantage of all of the opportunities this tremendously diverse and energetic college has to offer. There are a lot of them, and this online handbook is a good place to start. Whether you venture more deeply into your area of study, broaden your educational experience, or prepare for your work life after college, the College of Social Science is always here for you.

Rachel Croson, Dean
College of Social Science

 

What is Social Science education?                                Student testimonials

 

 
Black_Ryan_PLS_231-175x250.jpg"Involving undergraduate students in my research is one of my favorite aspects of being a professor. I get to engage with students beyond the confines of essays and scantrons as we work together to create the next wave of scientific knowledge. Students get an unparalleled view of the work professors do when they're not in the classroom and learn what it means to "do" social science. And, along the way, they learn a variety of skills that they'll find useful in a wide array of job environments."

Ryan Black
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science

Pearson_Amber_GEO_crop.jpg"My favorite part of working with undergraduates is their creative approach to problem-solving. This becomes an essential part of scientific inquiry. Together, undergraduate students, graduate students and I have worked together to answer questions about health inequalities and social justice. Students learn valuable technical skills that will help them on their graduate school or job applications, all while fostering their creativity and critical thinking."

Amber Pearson
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences


 

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

 

*For students not yet admitted to the College of Social Science, more resources are available through Neighborhood 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. 

College of Social Science curriculum

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 of Social Science.

Spartan Code of Honor Academic Pledge

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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

As of Fall 2017, students in the College of Social Science must fulfill an approved experiential learning requirement in order to graduate. Follow the links below to discover which option is best for you!

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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.

College Policy Highlights
Important policies regarding student rights and responsibilities.

Spartan Life Online and the Office of the University Ombudsperson
Links to a wide range of university policies.

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CALENDAR

Deadlines and important dates for the academic year. 

Fall Semester 2017 

8/31/2017
Classes begin for Fall semester 2017: A MONDAY schedule is observed.

9/1/2017
Degree candidates for Fall should apply for graduation at the MSU Office of the Registrar.

9/4/2017
Holiday - University closed

9/6/2017
Fall 2017 Online open add period ends at 8 p.m.
Fall 2017 Last day to change to or from CR/NC or Visitor (must be done in the Registrar`s Office by 5 p.m.)

9/25/2017
End of tuition refund period for fall semester courses - no refund after this date. Refund dates can be found by clicking on the course section number in the Schedule of Courses.

10/18/2017
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). 

11/23/2017 - 11/24/2017
Holiday - University closed

12/8/2017
Classes end for Fall semester

12/11/2017-12/15/2017
Final Exams for Fall

12/15/2017-12/16/2017
Commencements

12/25/2017-12/26/2017
Holiday - University closed

1/1/2018-1/2/2018
Holiday - University closed

Spring Semester 2018 

1/8/2018
Classes begin for Spring semester 2018

1/12/2018

  • 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.)

1/15/2018
Martin Luther King Day (observed); University open, classes cancelled

2/2/2018
End of tuition refund period for Spring semester courses - no refund after this date. Refund dates can be found by clicking on the course section number in the Schedule of Courses.

2/28/2018
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).

3/5/2018-3/9/2018
Spring Break

4/27/2018
Classes end for Spring semester

4/30/2018-5/4/2018
Final Exams for Spring semester

5/4/2018-5/6/2018
Commencements

Summer Semester 2018 

5/14/2018
Classes begin for Summer Full Session and Session One 2018.

5/18/2018

  • Online open add period ends at 8 p.m. for full Summer Session courses.
     
  • Last day to change to or from CR/NC or Visitor (must be done in the Registrar`s Office by 5 p.m.)

5/28/2018
Holiday - University closed

6/6/2018
Middle of semester for Summer 2018, Session One (drop deadlines for courses with non-standard meeting dates are available in Schedule of Courses).

6/28/2018
Classes end for Summer 2018, Session One (final exams last class day).

6/29/2018
Middle of Semester for Summer 2018, Full Session (drop deadlines for courses with non-standard meeting dates are available in Schedule of Courses).

7/2/2018
Classes begin for Summer Session Two 2018.

7/4/2018
Holiday - University closed

7/25/2018
Middle of Semester for Summer 2018, Session Two (drop deadlines for courses with non-standard meeting dates are available in Schedule of Courses).

8/16/2018
Classes end for Summer 2018, Full Session and Session One (final exams last class day).

Click here to access the full 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.

 

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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.

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CAREERS

Did you know that the College of Social Science at Michigan State University has two full-time Career Consultants and a team of "Career Peer” interns to assist with all of your career development needs? The College of Social Science Career Services team is here to help connect you with important resources you'll need to explore your purpose and prepare for your career, including an expansive network of thousands of Social Science alumni. Click the logo below to learn more about MSU's Career Services Network and the wide range of incredible resources that can help get your career started on the right foot.

Choose your career path at the College of Social Science
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Your College of Social Science

Office of
Student Affairs

is here for you!

Berkey Hall, Room 201

(517) 355-6676

Open all year
(excluding university holidays)