V: Special Degrees and Pre-Professional Studies
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
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
Concurrent Undergraduate-Graduate Studies (CUGS) Program
Concurrent Undergraduate-Graduate Studies (CUGS) Program enables
a few students each year to enroll simultaneously in LS&A
and the Rackham Graduate School and to apply a maximum of 15
credits toward both an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree.
To be considered, a student must have at least 90 credits toward
an undergraduate degree, must have satisfied the distribution
requirements, and must have an overall grade point average of
at least 3.7. Admission to CUGS is limited and depends heavily
on the student's having exhausted the undergraduate resources
of his or her department so that graduate study is the appropriate
and logical next step in the student's program. The admissions
process begins with encouragement to proceed from the graduate
admissions committee of the department in which the student wishes
to do graduate work. The student must then receive the recommendation
of the chairperson of the undergraduate department/program, as
well as the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs for regular
LS&A Students, or one of the Directors of the Honors Program
for Honors students, or the Director (Director's representative)
in the Residential College for RC students. An admission application
is completed and submitted to the Graduate School for approval
of both the graduate admission committee and Rackham Associate
Dean of Admissions.
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