All students are required to complete a course (for 3 or more credits), which addresses issues arising from racial or ethnic intolerance and is not simply a course on diversity. A student may petition the Academic Standards Board to be allowed to satisfy the R&E requirement with a class that was either taken at another institution or that was taken in the College but has not been officially designated as R&E.

Typically a course will have more than 50% of a combination of all of the following:

  1. The meaning of race, ethnicity, and racism;
  2. Racial and ethnic intolerance and resulting inequality; and
  3. Comparisons of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, social class, and/or gender.

To request a substitution, you must submit a petition to the Academic Standards Board. The petition is an argument explaining how the course you wish to substitute for a course on the established LSA list will meet the above criteria, and attach a course syllabus indicating which readings emphasize issues of race and ethnicity. Petitions and all supporting documentation should be sent to the Advising Center in 1255 Angell Hall. (734-764-0332)

You will be notified by e-mail when a decision regarding your petition has been reached.

Petition for Race & Ethnicity Requirement Substitution (PDF)
Use this petition form to request a substitution to the R&E Requirement