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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

Individualized Joint Degree Programs

A student may be interested in a joint degree program with one other school or college, even though it has not been officially established by the College. Such joint degree programs are planned through the Academic Standards Board. The student is expected to present a written statement of the educational purpose of the joint degree. At least 150 credits are required for a joint degree, including at least 100 credits of LS&A courses. For a B.G.S. degree the 100 credits would have to include at least 40 upper-level credits.

A minimum of 30 hours of credit must have been completed on the Ann Arbor campus before a student may apply for a joint degree program, and the cumulative grade point average for work completed on the Ann Arbor campus must be 3.0 or better. Any exception to these requirements must be approved by the Academic Standards Board.

Students who have been admitted to the BBA program in the School of Business Administration and who have also completed significant LSA course work in a concentration may discuss an individualized joint degree program with the School of Business Administration.  Within specific guidelines of each school, it may be possible to be granted both degrees.


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