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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.

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.


Several paths are open to students who wish to obtain certification in elementary school teaching (kindergarten through the eighth grade) or secondary school teaching (grades seven through twelve).

Students can simultaneously satisfy degree requirements for an A.B., B.S., or B.G.S. degree and the requirements for a teaching certificate. Some students complete teaching certificate requirements by enrolling as special students in the School of Education after completing an undergraduate degree. Alternatively, students can transfer to the School of Education, usually at the beginning of the junior year, and complete requirements for an Education degree with a teaching certificate. Students interested in earning an elementary school teaching certificate usually transfer to the School of Education for both a bachelor's degree and certification in order to avoid complexities in program planning and to take full advantage of the variety of choices offered within elementary education.

Interested students should study the Teacher Certification Program in Chapter VI of this Bulletin and contact the School of Education Office of Student Services (1033 SEB) regarding current information and procedures for admission to the Teacher Certification Program.


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