98-99 LS&A Bulletin

A Greeting to the Students of LS&A

Patricia Gurin, Interim Dean of LS&AI am delighted to welcome you to the rich opportunities for learning and discovery available in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. You will find in the pages of this Bulletin a range of courses far exceeding any one person's ability to master, an endless variety of academic adventures. From anthropology to zoology, the scholarship and learning of the world's best minds are here for the taking. Your hardest task may will be choosing among the many exciting options, rather than finding courses that suit your interests. My advice to you is to be venturesome and bold in your selections. Think beyond the confines of career preparation to the interests and ideas that will enrich your entire life. Remember that what you do here is an investment in making a life as well as in making a living. Your years at Michigan are a time to build a treasury of learning that will provide a lifetime of riches on which to draw. I envy you the pleasure of paging through this Bulletin and selecting the choicest items from its vast smorgasbord. Enjoy your adventure in learning!

Patricia Y. Gurin
Interim Dean
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts


Comments from the Assistant Dean LS&A Student Academic Affairs

Welcome to the diverse and exciting world of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Every student who elects to enter this College is beginning a journey of unprecedented opportunity.

From quantitative reasoning to creative expression, from argumentative writing skills to the study of race and ethnicity, from courses in western and non-western cultures to astrophysics and biology, the College of LS&A offers you an opportunity to understand your own ideas and values better as well as those of others.

Whether you are about to embark on your journey or now catching sight of your final port, let me invite you to take full advantage of the many academic services, resources, and opportunities the College offers. Some of you will be connected with the Comprehensive Studies, Honors, or Residential College Programs which are responsible for providing academic advising for their own students.

Most of you will be in the main stream, and whether or not you have chosen to participate in one of the learning communities, you will receive academic advising in the new LS&A Advising Center. The Advising Center is the focal point within LS&A Student Academic Affairs for providing academic services, information, and supportive help to you. The Center exists to help assure that your journey through your undergraduate years is the most challenging, exciting, and rewarding one it can be.

Finally, since you as a student are accountable for your choices, be an informed decision maker. Think about your educational choices. Read this Bulletin. Read the LS&A Course Guides. Visit the LS&A Advising Center. Seek assistance as you negotiate your journey. And whether the waters you face seem rough or smooth, return as often as you like. We are here to support your intellectual and personal development. By your active involvement in your education you will understand the true meaning of a liberal arts education. Take advantage of the rich opportunities afforded by the College.

Assistant Dean Nurse

Esrold A. Nurse, Assistant Dean
LS&A Student Academic Affairs

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