Knowing the Expectations for Your Degree

The LSA degree is designed to give you maximum flexibility as you gain breadth and depth in areas of knowledge and a set of skills that will transfer to almost any career imaginable. 

Knowing the LSA Degree Requirements ahead of time will help you stay on track to graduate and help you make decisions about classes, paths of study, and making connections to post-graduation plans.

The first step in your education is exploration. As you take courses of interest and prerequisites to possible majors, you will find that some of your degree requirements are naturally fulfilled along the way.

Meet with an academic advisor regularly to discuss your ideas and how to make the most of your LSA requirements and elective credits. Once you decide on a major, your departmental advisor will guide you through the requirements for your major. 

What Requirements Do I Need to Fulfill to Graduate? +

Your LSA Degree Requirements

You are responsible for knowing and meeting the LSA degree requirements.  You can find the degree requirements by using the handy-dandy search bar at the LSA Academics and Requirements webpage, http://www.lsa.umich.edu/students/academicsrequirements/.  Remember that you graduate under the requirements in place the year you started, so if there is any change to degree requirements while you are here, they do not apply to you.   If you have any questions about the degree requirements, ask your academic advisor.

How Can I Plan to Get Everything Done?

Each semester, you will spend a lot of time in class and studying so you owe it to yourself to make the most efficient use of your time.  After selecting your classes, the next step is to develop a plan for how you are going manage your time to perform to the best of your ability in each class.  The more efficiently you plan and use your time, the easier it will be for you achieve the success for which you strive.   

Follow the tips on this page for an overview of making long-term plans.  Then follow the links to the right for more detailed information.  

Creating Your Time Management Plan

Understand the demands on your time

Start with a list of everything you have to do like classes, work, meals, studying, sleep, exercise, leisure time, research, student organizations, and volunteering.  

Develop Your Plan at the Beginning of the Semester 

After you have your list you can then create your time management plan for the semester.  Start by scheduling everything for which the time is non-negotiable, such as classes, work, and student organization meetings.  You will then know when you have blocks of time available for studying and other activities. 

Each week, schedule in details and make adjustments.

You will return to your plan each week to fill in details based on what assignments you have coming up and any changes to other demands.   

With your plan in place, you will then want to turn to the other pages on this website to learn strategies for the time you spend in class and studying.