Information for Prospective Students Information for First-Year Students Information for Transfer Students Information for International Students Learning Communities, Study Abroad, Theme Semester Calendars Quick Reference Forms Listings Table of Contents SAA Search Feature Academic Advising, Concentration Advising, How-tos, and Degree Requirements Academic Standards Board, Academic Discipline, Petitions, and Appeals SAA Advisors and Support Staff

02-03 LS&A Bulletin

Chapter III: Degree Requirements and Graduation Procedures

Requirements Particular to the A.B. and B.S. Degrees

By the end of the sophomore year, students should have met the language requirement, made substantial progress toward completing an area distribution plan, and completed prerequisites for a concentration.

Area Distribution

By means of this requirement the College seeks to instill an understanding and an appreciation of the major areas of learning. Students are not expected to master all areas in detail, but should develop a coherent view of essential concepts, structures, and intellectual methods that typify these disciplines.

Courses offered by the academic departments and programs of the College are divided into five area categories: the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, mathematics and symbolic analysis, and creative expression. Each of these divisions represents a different perspective on human knowledge and learning; some departments and programs overlap these divisions while others may stand outside them. Interdisciplinary courses combine the approaches of more than one area category in order to examine the differences and similarities between disciplines and explore alternative ways of discovering and organizing knowledge.

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from the College must fulfill the 30-credit Distribution Requirement.

This broad intellectual experience, which forms an essential part of a liberal arts education, is to be achieved in the following way:

  1. Students must complete 7 credits in each of the following three areas: Natural Science (NS), Social Science (SS), and Humanities (HU), for a total of 21 credits.
  2. Students must also complete 3 additional credits in three of the following five areas: (NS), (SS), (HU), Mathematical and Symbolic Analysis (MSA), and Creative Expression (CE), for a total of 9 credits. Credits in courses designated Interdisciplinary (ID) may be used to satisfy up to 9 credits of this part of the requirement.

General Policies for Area Distribution Plans

An area distribution plan may include:

  1. Prerequisites to a concentration elected outside the department of concentration
  2. Courses elected pass/fail, credit/no credit, or by any other non-graded pattern
  3. Courses elected to satisfy one of two concentration plans by students who elect a double concentration (see "Double Concentration" below in this chapter).
  4. Transfer credit from other schools and colleges of the University of Michigan and from other academic institutions
  5. A course elected outside the department of concentration or concentration requirements used to meet the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, the Race & Ethnicity Requirement, or the Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
  6. Courses in Non-LS&A Units offering courses with Creative Expression designation (Credits are counted as Non-LS&A):

Art and Design (ARTDES)

    100. Drawing Studio I: Line

    101. Drawing Studio II: Form

    110. Digital Studio I: Image

    111. Digital Studio II: Document

    120. Tools, Materials, and Processes I: Paint

    121. Tools, Materials, and Processes II: Clay

    122. Tools, Materials, and Processes III: Photo

    123. Tools, Materials, and Processes IV: Wood

Architecture (ARCH)

    201. Introduction to Communication Skills

    202. Graphic Communication

    218. Visual Studies

Performance -- Piano (PIANO)

    110. Performance

    111. Performance

Dance (DANCE)

    101. Introduction to Modern Dance

    102. Introduction to Modern Dance

    111. Introduction to Ballet

    112. Introduction to Ballet

    121. Introduction to Jazz Dance

    122. Introduction to Jazz Dance

    241. Afro-American Dance

Ensemble (ENS): All Courses 100-399

    Courses (100-399) in Music Performance SUBJECTS other than Piano Performance, may also be used for Creative Expression, but enrollment is restricted to students of advanced ability.

An area distribution plan may not include:

  1. Any course from the department of concentration
  2. Required cognates in a concentration plan
  3. Courses at the 400-level and above.
  4. Experiential courses, Independent Study, and University (UC) mini-courses
  5. Advanced Placement credits.


University of Michigan | College of LS&A | Student Academic Affairs | LS&A Bulletin Index

This page maintained by LS&A Academic Information and Publications, 1228 Angell Hall

Copyright © 2002 The Regents of the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA +1 734 764-1817

Trademarks of the University of Michigan may not be electronically or otherwise altered or separated from this document or used for any non-University purpose.