Michigan State University

Be the change you want to see – be a Citizen Scholar.

Citizen Scholars put their arts and humanities values, knowledge, skills, and practices into action, leading us toward a more just, inclusive, and open society.

Citizen Scholars is open to ALL first-year students with a major in the College of Arts and Letters

Program Phases

Citizen Scholars students move through three program phases as they complete their major.




The Student Experience

Individualized Attention

Small classes with award-winning faculty, personalized mentoring from program academic staff and advisers

Learning, Service, & Research

Classes and projects organized around service learning, creative practice, research opportunities, and community engagement

Career Connections

Networking opportunities with mentors, guest speakers, and community partners

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A Family Commitment to Spartans

MSU alumni Phillip and Tonya Collier believe in giving back and one way they are doing that is by supporting the College of Arts & Letters Citizen Scholars program, which is designed to prepare the next generation of diverse, high-achieving, and engaged citizen leaders.

MSU Citizen Scholars Showcase

The Citizen Scholars Annual Showcase provides an opportunity for our students to share their research, creative activities, and experiences with their peers, our faculty, and the public.
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Interested in becoming a Citizen Scholar?

Support the Program

Fund Learning

Support student enrichment experiences such as study abroad, study away, internships, and community projects

Become a Mentor

Provide professional opportunities and community project mentorship to students

Create Community Connections

Become a community partner and support collaborative projects


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Dr. CaEsar’s AL 110 Class


“My self portrait represents my awareness of the world around me, my mistakes, and my connection to my own self.” – Taylor Kaigler, first year Citizen Scholar

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Alia Jones


“My internship experience gave me a glimpse into what life may potentially look like upon graduation and has prepared me to step out into the “real world” with tangible experience.”

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“Most of our donations came from the students in our community, which was surprising. It was amazing to see students contacting me so eager to help out.”   – Tiffanie Quinn, Citizen Scholar

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