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Chapter V: Special Degrees and Pre-Professional Studies

Several special degree programs are offered by the joint cooperation of LS&A and some other college or school within the University. Admission to some of these programs is highly competitive. Because many of these programs require specific courses for admission, it is important for students to identify program interests early in their undergraduate careers, and often at the freshman level. Although the basic requirements are summarized in this chapter, students should consult academic advisors associated with the various programs.

Many LS&A students are interested in applying for admission to a professional school either after two years of liberal arts studies or after completing an LS&A degree. The second half of this chapter describes several pre-professional courses of study. Pre-professional advising is available at both the Academic Advising Center and the Office of Career Planning and Placement.

Special Joint Degree Programs

Architecture (Joint Program in Liberal Arts and Architecture)

Students enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts wishing to consider joint degree programs, in which the B.S. or M.Arch. degree is awarded by the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and a second degree is awarded by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, are advised to contact the architecture program chairman in A&UP and the concentration advisor in LS&A. (This program is distinct from the Pre-Professional Program in Architecture described later in this chapter.)

Liberal Arts Study for Professional Undergraduate Programs

Several schools, colleges, and programs (e.g., A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Business Administration, Dental Hygiene, Education, and Pharmacy) within the University admit only students who have completed two years of liberal arts study. The following information is for students interested in planning the freshman and sophomore years in LS&A and then applying to one of the schools below.

Architecture (Pre-Professional Program in Architecture)

Because architecture is truly interdisciplinary, it is important that prospective students acquire a liberal arts background. Students are not admitted to the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning until they have completed at least 60 credits. A number of introductory architecture courses are open to all freshmen and sophomores. The College of Architecture and Urban Planning looks for evidence of interest and strong commitment demonstrated in any number of ways: coursework, attending Taubman College lectures, familiarity with architectural literature, travels, visiting our changing exhibits, or work experience. For additional information, contact Sheri Samaha in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

The pre-professional program consists of a minimum 60 credits. Students are urged to obtain and read the Architecture leaflet - available at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (1220 Student Activities Building), the Academic Advising Center (1255 Angell Hall), or the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (2150 Art and Architecture Building) for specific requirements. A visit to the college is also encouraged.

Since admission to the Bachelor of Science program is competitive, students are urged to develop program alternatives within LS&A.


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