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Chapter III: Degree Requirements and Graduation Procedures, and the Academic Minor Option

Common Requirements for the A.B., B.S., and B.G.S. Degrees

Race & Ethnicity: College Requirement

All 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.

Courses 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 statements:

  1. Required content. All 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.
  2. Required focus. (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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