III: Degree Requirements and Graduation Procedures, and the Academic
Common Requirements for the A.B., B.S., and B.G.S.
Race & Ethnicity:
students admitted to the College for the Fall Term of 1991 and
all terms thereafter must meet the Race and Ethnicity requirement.
The requirement is met when, at some point before graduation,
the student has received credit for one course from a list of
approved courses published each term on the Student
Academic Affairs website (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/saa/).
The Curriculum Committee of the College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts is the approving agency for courses, and the expectation
is that a wide variety of courses offered by departments and
programs throughout the College will be approved each term. Credits
transferred from another college or university do not meet the
requirement, except by successful petition to the Academic Standards
Board. Students who are working toward an A.B. or B.S. degree
may elect a course to meet the Race and Ethnicity Requirement
that also counts toward meeting the Area Distribution or the
Concentration or Composition requirements. Likewise, students
who are working towards a B.G.S. degree may elect a course to
meet the Race and Ethnicity requirement that also counts among
their 60 credits of courses numbered 300 or above, or toward
the Composition requirement.
approved to meet the Race and Ethnicity requirement will address
issues arising from racial or ethnic intolerance. In approving
the requirement, the faculty of the College made the following
courses satisfying the requirement must provide discussion, consistent
with disciplinary approaches, of: (1) the meaning of race, ethnicity,
and racism; (2) racial and ethnic intolerance and resulting inequality
as it occurs in the United States or elsewhere; (3) comparisons
of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, social
class, or gender.
(1) Every course satisfying the requirement must devote substantial
but not necessarily exclusive attention to the required content.
Courses may meet this requirement by various means consistent
with disciplines or fields of study, and faculty members from
all departments are urged to think creatively about how their
fields might contribute to the requirement. (2) Although it is
hoped that many of these courses will focus on the United States,
it is not required that they do so. Courses that deal with these
issues in other societies, or that study them comparatively,
may also meet the requirement.
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