ALA 101 - A User's Guide to the Liberal Arts
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Applied Liberal Arts (ALA)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
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Enforced Prerequisites:
Students cannot enroll if they have completed UC 270, Topic Title "A User's Guide to Liberal Arts".
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
For information on drop/add deadlines, see the Office of the Registrar and search Registration Deadlines.


The liberal arts is one of those phrases that everyone uses, but few people actually feel comfortable defining. This course is designed to help students understand why their college education looks the way it does and to help them speak confidently about how their liberal arts education is preparing them for success in a wide range of possible careers. Find out what LSA graduates from the University of Michigan do with their degrees, what employers are looking for in recent college grads, and how important your major really is. You'll learn how to navigate the university better, debate current issues in higher education, and expand your network at U-M and beyond.

    Section 001 is a 1-credit, traditional version of ALA 101.

    Section 002 is a 2-credit, community-based-learning version of ALA 101. This section has an ongoing partnership with the non-profit Mentor2Youth in Ypsilanti. Class members will use what they learn to create resources that help participants in Mentor2Youth's teen program prepare for their own college experiences.

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ALA 101 - A User's Guide to the Liberal Arts
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
M 6:00PM - 7:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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