LSA Departments, Programs and Centers || Other U-M Units
African Studies Center || Department website
The African Studies Center is a unit of the International Institute within the University of Michigan. ASC supports and promotes the work of more than 120 faculty members engaged in scholarship related to Africa. The African Studies Center enriches and provides additional support for teaching and research by organizing lectures, workshops, conferences and outreach events and by serving as the focal point for U-M faculty and students engaged in African studies on campus and in Africa.
Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) provides students an opportunity to examine the histories, social organizations, cultures, and arts of people of African descent, particularly those of Africa, the United States, and the Caribbean. The department fosters a comprehensive program of study that enables students to focus within and across these areas, as well as to work within and across various disciplines, including history, literature, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, music, art, film, communications, and religion. The department offers both a major and an minor.
American Culture || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
One of the top American Studies departments in the world, the Program in American Culture offers Michigan students a chance to explore a range of topics from American history and literature to ethnic studies to pop culture. Our goal is to enrich the investigation of American culture by engaging in a refashioning of the more traditional areas of the field of American Studies, together with attentiveness to budding subjects of new study within disciplines across the social sciences and humanities. The Ethnic Studies Program enriches our curriculum in the areas of African American Studies, Arab American Studies, Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Native American Studies. The department offers majors in American Culture and Latina/o Studies, and minors in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Native American Studies.
Anthropology || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
Anthropology focuses on human biological and cultural variation in time and space, with four traditionally recognized subfields: anthropological archaeology, biological (or physical) anthropology, ethnology (cultural or sociocultural anthropology), and linguistic anthropology. The Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan has been and remains a four-field department. We teach, train students, and do research across the four subfields and have faculty in each. Our undergraduates and graduate students learn, at the appropriate level, the fundamentals of the four subfields, their interactions and links with one another, and their relation to other academic fields. Our mission is to advance, increase, and disseminate knowledge of anthropology through research (both scientific and humanistic), analysis and interpretation, teaching, writing, and other forms of outreach. The department offers majors in Anthropology and Evolutionary Anthropology, and minors in Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Medical Anthropology.
Anthropology and History (IDPAH), Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in || Department website
The Doctoral program in Anthropology and History, a collaborative effort of the two departments, offers simultaneous training and genuine professional certification in the two disciplines. The program is designed, further, to secure the intellectual and methodological rapprochement between the two disciplines.
Applied Physics || Department website || Faculty Listing
Applied Physics is a graduate intercollegiate program with participating faculty in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the College of Engineering, and the Medical School. No undergraduate major is offered, but students may concentrate in Physics or Interdisciplinary Physics within the Department of Physics, or in Biophysics within the Program in Biophysical Sciences.
Arab American Studies || Department website
Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan prioritizes to comparative approaches that place the understanding of Arab Americans in relation to other racial, ethnic, and immigrant groups and community based approaches that link universities with local Arab American communities from a social justice based perspective. Research and teaching highlight Arab American cultural expressions, the links between race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion, and the significance of media and art to Arab American individuals and communities. Courses in Arab American Studies provide an interdisciplinary study of Arab American histories, literatures, and cultures. The Program addresses the historical and current experiences of Arab Americans in the United States and the relevance of those experiences for understanding race and ethnicity in the U.S. and globally.
Armenian Studies (ASP) || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is a major center of Armenian Studies in the United States. In addition to language, literature and history instruction, the Armenian Studies Program offers courses on Armenian art and architecture, Armenian-American literature, the Modern Armenian Renaissance, and Armenian intellectual history. The Armenian Language Institute in Yerevan offers introductory courses in Classical, Eastern and Western Armenian during the summer. Students may elect Armenian as an option in the "Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies" offered by the Near Eastern Studies department.
Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies || Department website
The Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies program within American Culture offers interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate courses focusing on the Asian/Pacific American experience, serves as a focal point for university research and teaching on Asian/Pacific Americans, and provides resources for understanding Asian/Pacific American concerns and issues. Students may take a full range of courses examining the historical, political, economic, literary, artistic, cultural, and psychological forces which have shaped and continue to shape the lives and communities of Asian/Pacific Americans. An minor is offered by the Program in American Culture.
Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The department offers instruction in the languages, literatures, linguistics, and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, including courses in traditional and modern Chinese and Japanese literature, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean civilization, Chinese philosophy, courses in the literatures and cultures of South and Southeast Asia, and a sequence of courses on the religions of China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, South and Southeast Asia. The Department offers an undergraduate major in Asian Studies as well as minors in Asian Studies and Asian Languages and Cultures. Undergraduates are encouraged to consult department advisors about appropriate electives, about introducing an Asian component into a plan for the major focused in another department, as well as developing a plan of study leading to a major in Asian Studies.
Astronomy || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
Astronomy has been pursued at the University of Michigan since 1856, and the historic Detroit Observatory still stands in its original location on Observatory Street as a reminder of the department's longevity. The Astronomy curriculum is useful to students seeking a general knowledge of astronomy as part of a liberal arts education as well as to those preparing for a professional career in the field. The introductory sequences provide an understanding of the structure and evolution of the universe, introduce basic concepts of science, and acquaint students with scientific methods. The Department offers majors in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Interdisciplinary Astronomy and minors in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Interdisciplinary Astronomy.
Biological Station (UMBS) || Department website
The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS), founded in 1909, is the world's largest inland field station for education and research in biological science. Surrounded by coniferous and deciduous forests, the Biological Station occupies a 10,000-acre tract between Burt and Douglas Lakes in lower Northern Michigan. It is an ideal setting for studying topics related to the natural environment. The UMBS curriculum focuses on ecology, systematics, field biology, and environmental studies, and courses are taught during Spring and Summer half terms.
Biology, Interdepartmental Program in || Department website || MCDB Faculty Listing, with specializations | EEB Faculty Listing, with specializations
Biology is an Interdepartmental Program administered jointly by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB). The Program in Biology encompasses a breadth of disciplines spanning all levels of organization and includes the study of diversity of organisms. The study of biology opens a wide spectrum of career opportunities. Many life science majors go on to attend professional schools in the health sciences (medical, nursing, and dental school) or graduate study that leads to careers in academia, industry, or government. The Program administers majors in Biology, General Biology, and Plant Biology and minors in Biology and Plant Biology.
Biophysics, Program in || Department website || Faculty Listing
The biophysical sciences range in scope from modeling biomolecular function to understanding cellular mechanics or brain function through the rigorous use of physical methods and concepts. Research in Biophysics is highly interdisciplinary with strong ties to other disciplines in the natural sciences, the Medical School, and engineering. Biophysicists at Michigan are working in the fields of Structural Biology, Spectroscopy and Microscopy, Computational Biophysics and Bioinformatics, and Biophysical Chemistry. The program offers a major leading to a B.S. in Biophysics and an minor in Biophysics.
Chemistry || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The study of chemistry prepares individuals for the obvious real-life jobs in chemical industry, education and related fields. More fundamentally it develops the ability to solve problems and to think critically. The curricula in Chemistry serve those preparing for careers in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, chemical engineering, pharmacy, and allied fields as well as those seeking a general knowledge of chemistry as part of a liberal arts education. The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree (B.S. Chem.), a B.S. with major in Chemical Science, a B.S. with major in Biochemistry, and a joint degree with the College of Engineering leading to B.S.Chem. and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chemical Engineering). The department also offers majors in Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences (ICS) and in Biomolecular Science (B.A. or B.S.), and five minors: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Physics, Polymer Chemistry, and Chemical Measurement Science.
China Data Center || Department website
The China Data Center at the University of Michigan is an international Center designed to advance the study and understanding of China. A primary goal of the Center is the integration of historical, social and natural science data in a geographic information system, where spatial and temporal references are maintained through a relational database.
Chinese Studies (CCS) || Department website || Faculty Listing
The Center for Chinese Studies offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of China at the Master's Level. Undergraduates may pursue Chinese Studies through the Asian Studies major or minor in the Department of Asian Language and Cultures. Situated within the International Institute, the mission of the Center is to provide students, specialists and the public at large with expert resources and a deeper understanding of issues ranging from today's headlines to time-honored questions of value and meaning.
Classical Art & Archaeology (IPCAA), Interdepartmental Program in || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The University of Michigan offers an Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program in Classical Art and Archaeology [IPCAA] which derives special strength from an innovative and inclusive approach to the study of antiquity, covering the arts and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds. Formally sponsored by the Departments of Classical Studies and of the History of Art, and located in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, IPCAA draws on a distinguished range of faculty in several disciplines and on the rich museum and library resources of the University of Michigan. Undergraduates may pursue Classical Archaeology minor or major of the Department of Classical Studies.
Classical Studies || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The Department of Classical Studies is concerned with every aspect of the worlds of the ancient Greeks and Romans - their languages and literatures, art and material cultures, philosophy, history, recreation, law and justice, political theory, and religion. An ideal liberal arts education, Classical Studies is an excellent way to develop analytical abilities, to learn to make careful arguments and express them lucidly, as well as come to a solid understanding of some of the greatest monuments of human thought and art. The Department offers:
- a number of Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilization courses which require no knowledge of Greek or Latin
- a small number of humanities courses (Great Books) that do not fit within traditional departments. These courses introduce significant and influential works of literature and philosophy from various traditions and cultures.
- majors in Greek, Latin, Classical Languages and Literatures, Classical Archaeology, Classical Civilization and Modern Greek
- Minors in Classical Archaeology; Classical Civilization; Language, Literature, and Culture of Ancient Greece; Language, Literature, and Culture of Ancient Rome; and Modern Greek
Cognitive Science || Department website || Faculty listing, with specialization
Cognitive Science is an Interdepartmental Program jointly administered by the Departments of Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology, and supervised by the Cognitive Science Executive Committee. The Program offers a major in Cognitive Science - a cross-disciplinary study of mind, brain, and behavior. The major has four tracks: Decision and Cognition Track; Computation and Cognition Track; Language and Cognition Track; Philosophy and Cognition Track
Communication Studies || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The mission of the Communication Studies department is to study and teach about the mass media and emerging media: their evolution, their effects, their uses by everyday people, and their regulation and industry practices. We are dedicated to cultivating thorough-going media literacy among our students, and to producing cutting-edge scholarship about the media’s impact on individuals and society.
Communication Studies focuses on history, content and impact of mass media and new, emerging media. Four crucial reasons for studying mass media:
- Enormous influence on our culture and those around the world
- Role in shaping our individual and collective identities (including our attitudes toward others)
- Centrality to every day life, politics, the economy, and public policy
- Impact on democratic institutions
The department offers a major in Communication Studies; it does not offer a minor.
Comparative Literature || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
Comparative Literature is a discipline which examines literature across national, historical, and linguistic boundaries. Literary movements, periods, genres, criticism, and theory are studied from an international viewpoint as are the relationships between literature and the other arts (e.g., film, painting, music) and literature and such disciplines as psychology, philosophy, anthropology, history, and women's studies. In existence since 1937, the Department of Comparative Literature is one of the oldest and best established centers for the study of comparative literature in the country. Our faculty are both specialists and explorers of problems; our classes, too, tend to focus on broad, transhistorical issues such as reading, translation, and value rather than on questions bound by chronology, language, culture, or method. The Department offers an undergraduate major in Comparative Literature and a minor in Translation Studies.
Complex Systems (CSCS) || Department website || Faculty Listing
The Center for the Study of Complex Systems (CSCS) is a broadly interdisciplinary graduate certificate program at the University of Michigan designed to encourage and facilitate research and education in the general area of nonlinear, dynamical, and adaptive systems. The Center does not offer a formal degree program at this time. At the undergraduate level, the center offers an minor in Complex Systems; A student can major in complex systems by arranging an "Individual Program of study in a major (IMP)"
Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) || Department website
The Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is an academic unit within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts that offers a variety of academic support services, including the Summer Bridge Program, academic year course instruction, academic advising and peer advising, tutoring, and freshmen interest groups.
Culture and Cognition || Department website
The Culture and Cognition Program is a collaboration between the University of Michigan's Psychology and Anthropology departments and the Institute for Social Research. Faculty and students from anthropology, psychology, and related disciplines are brought together for discussion, collaboration, and graduate student training. Major areas of interest in the program include: cross-cultural differences in reasoning, perception, and memory; culture and emotion; evolution and culture; domain-specific/modular approaches to cognitive architecture; culture and development; the epidemiology of representations.
Dutch and Flemish Studies || Department website
Dutch Studies has been an integral part of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures since the early 1970s. The program offers both language and literature courses. The first- and second-year courses satisfy the language requirement. Upper-level courses have ranged from the most modern literature to medieval genres, the literature of Rembrandt's time, and Vincent van Gogh's letters or Dutch colonial literature from The East Indies. Hovering between English and German, Dutch is easy to learn for English speakers. Tutorials in the closely-related South African language Africaans are available on request.
Earth and Environmental Sciences || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers outstanding students and faculty an extraordinarily rich educational environment. The foundations of this environment are twofold: a strong and innovative instructional curriculum in which students experience the satisfaction of learning and academic growth, and an engagement in research in which both faculty and students share the excitement of scientific discovery. The department offers majors in: Earth and Environmental Sciences and Earth Systems Science. Minors are offered in: Earth Sciences; Environmental Geology; Geology; Oceanography; Paleontology.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology embraces education and research on virtually all aspects of biodiversity, including the origins and history of species ranging from bacteria to humans, the processes by which this diversity has evolved, and the ecological context in which this evolution takes place. These basic sciences underlie some of the most important applied sciences in the world today, such as global climate change, sustainable agriculture, the emergence and spread of infectious diseases, invasive and exotic species, conservation biology, natural resource management, and evolution of pesticide and antibiotic resistance. The department offers the major and minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Economics || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
Economic problems are central to modern society. Consequently, a broad understanding of the modern world requires some knowledge of economic systems. An individual's intelligent understanding of and participation in the solution of problems which face society is aided by an understanding of the point of view and techniques of analysis which have been developed by economists. The Department offers both a major and an minor. In pursuing an economics major, students develop analytical skills, a strong quantitative background, and clarity and precision of thought and expression. Students also gain knowledge of economic institutions and an understanding of how a complex economic system works.
Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies || Department website
The Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies was founded in 2004 as an intellectual center where UM faculty, graduate students and outside visitors examine and discuss current analytical and methodological issues in the field of history.
Emerging Democracies (WCED), Weiser Center for || Department website
The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan studies how democracies emerge and the conditions necessary for assuring and extending political, social, and economic freedoms.
Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL), Center for || Department website
The Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) brings together faculty, students, staff and community partners in support of initiatives that bridge academic instruction with community-based learning in rigorous and meaningful ways. The Center enhances and supports engaged learning pedagogies and programs, facilitates coordination of existing partnerships, and promotes new synergies around engaged learning. CEAL provides resources for faculty seeking best practices, course models, guidance on developing authentic relationships with community members, and administrative support. In addition to supporting projects led by individual LSA faculty, the Center fosters collaboration on engaged learning throughout Central Campus.
English Language and Literature || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The University of Michigan's English department is dedicated to four related endeavors: surveying and analyzing the diverse range of texts in the English language; researching and teaching the rich history of that language; fostering exceptional creative as well as critical writing; and studying texts in relation to other cultural phenomena. Our mission as educators is to enable students to become the finest readers and writers of literary texts that they can be. Because those texts in their infinite variety take as their subjects our fellow humans, our histories, and our cultures, we aim in effect to equip our students both to read the world, and write the future, with subtlety, acumen and precision. The Department of English Language and Literature offers three main routes toward the major. (1) the General Program; (2) the Honors Program; and (3) the Creative Writing Program. Students electing any of these may work simultaneously toward a secondary school teaching certificate. The department also offers an minor in Creative Writing, designed for students to achieve proficiency in the writing of either poetry or prose fiction and an awareness of the history and range of literature as practiced by others.
English Language Institute (ELI) || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The English Language Institute offers instruction in the English language to non-native speakers enrolled in the University. The main purpose of this instruction is to help non-native speakers to become effective and fully participating members of the academic community. For this reason, the majority of the ELI courses are primarily concerned with English for Academic Purposes. The ELI operates a Writing Clinic and a Speaking Clinic as one-on-one facilities for those who have taken or are taking ELI courses in the relevant areas or are deemed not to need regular classroom instruction.
The Environment || Department website || Faculty Associates Listing
The Program in the Environment is an undergraduate degree program offered by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) and the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). This collaborative venture includes courses taught by faculty in SNRE as well as courses taught by faculty in various departments of LSA and in other schools and colleges. The resulting curriculum presents an expanded range of opportunities for students interested in environmental careers. The The Environment major program emphasizes the natural sciences and social sciences but requires one course in the humanities, broadly construed, in recognition of the importance of humanistic and cultural perspectives in environmental education. It combines breadth, through exposing students to a variety of disciplines and methodological skills, and depth, through requiring a sequence of courses in one of three specialization areas: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Social Sciences, or Culture and Environment. The Environment minor allows students to sample environmental courses without committing to the in-depth major. The Sustainability minor has as its objective to educate students from across campus on interdisciplinary approaches of historic and emergent sustainability problems, to engage students in team projects examining real-world problems both on and off-campus, and to provide students practical experiences/leadership experiences that enable them to integrate their skills to address complex sustainability problems.
Europe and Eurasia (WCEE), Ronald and Eileen Weiser Center for || Department website
The Ronald and Eileen Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (WCEE) supports faculty and student research, teaching, collaboration, and public engagement in studying the institutions, cultures, and histories of these regions.
European Studies (CES), Center for || Department website || Faculty Affiliates
The Center for European Studies (CES) is a multi-disciplinary research, education, and outreach program that strengthens the understanding of modern, integrated Europe. The minor in Modern European Studies is open to students who wish to better understand the recent political, economic, and social transition taking place in Europe from the industrial revolution to the present day and/or gain insight into cultural and artistic developments in Europe during the same period. With the European Union now extending from Portugal to the Russian borderlands, and with global processes reconfiguring Europe's relationships with the rest of the world, the minor offers a unique opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with an enormously diverse continent that is constantly re-examining its roots and discussing its future.
Geography is concerned with analysis and explanation of the human use of the earth. Understanding and attempting to solve many of the problems of present and past societies and environments can be greatly aided by the geographic point of view. In addition to providing an intellectual foundation for liberal education, geography offers more specialized training in various aspects of the discipline.
Germanic Languages and Literatures || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures is home to German Studies, Scandinavian Studies, and Dutch and Flemish Studies programs. Minors are available in German Studies or Scandinavian Studies. The undergraduate major in German takes advantage of our outstanding faculty, who hold degrees in a wide range of fields. One of the largest German programs in the country both in numbers of majors and minors and the size of our faculty, we are able to offer courses not only in German language and literature, but also in Business German, Scientific German, German history, film, politics, music, and much more.
Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS), Center for || Department website
The Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) was created to provide a wide variety of global engagement and learning opportunities to the University of Michigan community. CGIS currently administers four core programs: Michigan Global Academic Programs, Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates, Spring/Summer Language Study, and Global Course Connections.
Global Change || Department website || Faculty Affiliates Listing
The University of Michigan's Global Change curriculum is a model approach in undergraduate natural and social science education, offering an interdisciplinary, introductory course sequence that investigates the causes and potential impacts of global change, from physical and human perspectives, using a combination of traditional lecture-based and modern computer-based teaching methodologies, and hands-on exercises. Theoretical background, case studies, and computer simulations are used to explore various conditions for sustainability. These courses are aimed at first- and second-year students who want to understand the historical and modern aspects of Global Change. The Global Change minor provides a broad understanding of the problems and challenges that humanity faces as it wrestles with the urgent need to develop a more sustainable relationship with the Earth and its resources, the complex issues involved in global change and global sustainability, as well as exposure to some of the approaches and strategies for effective economic development and resource management.
Global Scholars Program || Department website
The Global Scholars Program (GSP) prepares sophomore, junior, and senior University of Michigan students to be interculturally competent global citizens, champions for meaningful change, and innovative leaders of tomorrow.
Great Books is the heading for a small number of humanities courses that do not fit within traditional departments. These courses introduce significant and influential works of literature and philosophy from various traditions and cultures.
Greek and Roman History (IPGRH), Interdepartmental Program in || Department website
The Program in Greek and Roman History is an interdepartmental doctoral program jointly sponsored by the departments of History and Classical Studies. By requiring courses from both of the sponsoring departments the Program emphasizes both competence in the traditional disciplines of classical studies, including ancient languages, and familiarity with the interpretive perspectives and methodologies of historical studies.
Health Science Scholars Program (HSSP) || Department website
The Health Sciences Scholars Program (HSSP) is a University of Michigan Living/Learning community, offering first-year students interested in pursuing the health sciences and professions an excellent academic experience set in a supportive and focused residence hall community. The goal of the program is to enrich our students' preparation for study in the health sciences by fostering exploration of a wide range of health career opportunities, encouraging understanding of and engagement in UM's diverse community, and supporting students in their transition to the University of Michigan.
History || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
History is the study of the past and how we remember it. If it happened, historians deal with it — whether it happened yesterday or five thousand years ago. If you are interested in people and how they interact with the social and natural world, then you should be interested in history. Our courses cover everything: music, politics, family life, technology, war, gender relations, science, medicine, religion, ideologies, sports, and much, much more. Our students develop skills in critical thinking, writing, and thoughtful reading. Above all, we help students appreciate every aspect of life as part of a much broader and more complicated context, which not only enriches our students’ lives but allows them to become sophisticated decision-makers.
The department offers an undergraduate major and an minor in History; a minor in Religion; and a minor in the History of Medicine and Health.
History of Art || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The program in history of art at Michigan is recognized as one of the best and most diverse in the country. With over twenty permanent faculty, we offer a truly global and multi-cultural perspective, including specialist study of Asian, African, Middle Eastern, as well as European and American art and visual culture. Our program's main areas of historical focus are the modern and contemporary, the medieval and early modern in both Asia and Europe, and the ancient world. History of Art examines the wide range of things that humanity has made and looked at and endowed with meaning. A major in History of Art provides an excellent general foundation for work in a range of careers which rely on visual literacy as well as training in the humanities. Students become conversant with the world's cultures and develop skills in visual analysis in order to understand how images, objects and built environments communicate. The department also offers an minor.
Honors Program || Department website
The Honors Program is a four-year program that provides an especially rich and challenging set of academic offerings to talented and highly motivated students in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Through special courses, research relations with faculty, and a vigorous intellectual community, the Honors Program enables students to identify their intellectual interests and to pursue them as deeply and as far as they can. The Honors Program's curriculum offers a wide range of challenging courses in almost every department and Honors majors in every field in the College.
Humanities, Institute for the || Department website
The Institute for the Humanities is a center for innovative, collaborative study in the humanities and arts. The Institute offers a wide array of public and scholarly events including weekly brown bag talks, public lectures, conferences, art exhibits, and performances. Courses are offered at the discretion of faculty and visiting scholars, in their fields of expertise, and will vary from term to term.
Individual Program of study in a major (IMP) || Department website || Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies
The Individual Program of study in a major (IMP) is an option for innovative students who wish to undertake a rigorous program of study within the College of LSA that is not available either in an existing departmental major or interdepartmental program. ICPs are interdisciplinary and reflect the liberal arts perspective of LSA. Since an ICP leads to an A.B. or B.S. degree, students must meet A.B./B.S. requirements (first-year writing, upper-level writing, second language, race and ethnicity, and quantitative reasoning requirements, and an area distribution plan). The Residential College ICP is open to RC students; the Honors ICP is available to students in the Honors Program.
Informatics || Department website || Informatics Faculty Steering Committee
Informatics is the study of how human and technical information processing systems are used to gain meaning from data. Students in the informatics major learn to use computational and mathematical tools in a cognitive and social framework to analyze, represent, and communicate information. Upon completing the major, students will be able to critically analyze various approaches to processing information, and will have the skills to help design, implement, and evaluate information technology tools for specific scientific, business, and cultural needs.
Intergroup Relations, Program on || Department website
The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a social justice education program on the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus. As a joint venture of the College of Literature, Science, and Arts and the Division of Student Affairs, IGR works proactively to promote understanding of intergroup relations inside and outside of the classroom. Multidisciplinary courses offered by IGR are distinguished by their experiential focus, teaching philosophy, and incorporation of dialogical models of communication.
International and Comparative Studies (CICS) || Department website
The Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) is a unit of the International Institute within the University of Michigan. CISC provides a forum for international partnerships and interdisciplinary learning, bringing together scholars with practitioners and representatives of multilateral institutions to address emerging global problems and engage in dialogue related to the three themes of CICS: human rights, international development, and international security and cooperation. The Center offers a major in International Studies and an minor in International Studies. CICS is a unit of the International Institute within the University of Michigan
International Institute (II) || Department website
The University of Michigan International Institute houses 18 centers and programs focused on world regions and global themes. The institute develops and supports international teaching, research, and public affairs programs to promote global understanding across the campus and to build connections with intellectuals and institutions worldwide.
Islamic Studies Program || Department website || ISI Steering Committee
The ISP supports projects that enhance research and teaching related to Islam, Islamic societies, and Muslim diasporas in the West. In particular, it encourages collaborative, interdisciplinary work that explores interregional and global contexts in which Islam plays a dynamic role. The Islamic Studies Program offers an minor in Islamic Studies. The interdisciplinary minor in Islamic Studies will allow students with an interest in Islam and its historical and contemporary expressions in various world contexts to undertake a guided and coherent program that will explore these varied expressions of Islam in our world.
Japanese Studies (CJS) || Department website || Faculty Listing
The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) promotes and disseminates research on Japan, fosters communication among diverse disciplines, and encourages new approaches in the understanding of Japan and its place in the world. CJS offers an MA program in Japanese Studies. Undergraduates may pursue Japanese Studies through the Asian Studies major or minor in the Department of Asian Language and Cultures.
Judaic Studies || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Jewish civilizations and thought. The program explores the rich culture and historical experience of the Jewish people, their unique traditions, interactions with other cultures, and impact on world civilizations. The undergraduate curriculum aims to situate Jewish Studies within a broad-based liberal arts education and provides a framework for developing critical thinking and informed engagement. The program offers both a major and an minor in Judaic Studies. The inauguration of the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies in 2007 establishes the University of Michigan as a premiere site for Jewish Studies in the United States.
Korean Studies (NCKS), Nam Center for || Department website
The Nam Center for Korean Studies (NCKS) is a unit of the International Institute within the University of Michigan. The programs goal is to foster teaching and research across disciplines and to use the academic resources of the university to promote an economic, political, and cultural understanding of Korea. Undergraduates may pursue Korean Studies through the Asian Studies major or minor in the Department of Asian Language and Cultures.
Language Resource Center (LRC) || Department website
The mission of the Language Resource Center is to serve, support and promote the study and instruction of foreign languages, cultures, and literatures at all levels within the University of Michigan community. To fulfill this mission, the Language Resource Center provides leadership and excellence in the application, creation, and dissemination of innovations with respect to information, technology, media, and materials for all University individuals who utilize foreign languages in their studies, teaching, or research. In addition to supplying diverse resources and services to the University community, the LRC is dedicated to strengthening foreign language instruction at the University of Michigan by informing faculty and GSI's of theoretical and practical developments in the following fields: language pedagogy, teaching methods, educational research, language acquisition, instructional technology, evaluation and productivity.
Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) || Department website || Faculty Advisors
LACS works with departments all across LSA, including Anthropology, History, and Romance Languages, to offer students a wide perspective on the peoples, cultures, literatures, and histories of the countries of Latin American and the Caribbean. A LACS degree tells people that you have received a well-rounded, academically sound, interdisciplinary training in broad aspects of the region's society and culture. Most LSA classes on the region and the many countries that comprise it, whether offered by anthropology, economics, history, political science, screen arts and cultures, Spanish, or other departments, count towards a LACS degree. LACS offers three undergraduate degree options: the LACS minor, the LACS major program, and the LACS Honors major. Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese is an important requirement of the LACS major. The Program offers instruction in the Quechua language and sponsors an Intensive Summer Quechua Language Study in Cusco, Peru.
Latina/Latino Studies || Department website
Latina/o Studies is designed to give students an opportunity to develop cultural competence on the diverse groups that comprise the U.S. Latina/o populations, that is, Mexican-Americans or Chicano/as, Puerto Ricans, Cuban-Americans, Central Americans, and other peoples of Spanish, Indian and African descent. Both a major and minor are offered by the Program in American Culture.
Linguistics || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
Linguistics investigates all aspects of spoken and written human language. It is especially concerned with the general principles of language structure, with the structure and history of particular languages and groups of languages, with the role of language in human experience, and with the techniques employed in analyzing and describing language. The Department offers both a major and an minor.
Lloyd Hall Scholars Program (LHSP) || Department website
The Lloyd Hall Scholars Program is a diverse and creative living-learning community for students passionate about writing and the arts. Through our curriculum, programs, student leadership, faculty involvement, and cultural events, we hope to cultivate students' critical reading, writing, arts, and thinking skills, and promote the link between creativity and academic excellence. LHSP challenges students of all skill levels and academic disciplines to take initiative in shaping their intellectual talents, to work collaboratively with their peers, to make meaningful connections with faculty and staff, and to become leaders in their community.
Mathematics || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
Mathematics is the language and tool of the sciences, a cultural phenomenon with a rich historical tradition, and a model of abstract reasoning. Historically, mathematical methods and thinking have been extraordinarily successful in physics, and engineering. Today, they are used successfully in many new areas, from computer science to biology and finance. The study of mathematics is an excellent preparation for many careers; the patterns of careful logical reasoning and analytical problem solving essential to mathematics are also applicable in contexts where quantity and measurement play only minor roles. The Department offers both a major and minor. The department offers many different submajors with varying requirements:
- Pure Mathematics is designed to provide broad training in basic modern mathematics including an introduction to the methods of rigorous mathematical proof and exposure to the major areas: Algebra, Analysis, and Geometry/Topology;
- Mathematical Sciences is designed to provide broad training in basic mathematics together with some specialization in an area of application of mathematics
- Actuarial Mathematics — The Actuarial Mathematics Program is designed to provide broad training in the basic mathematics underlying the operations of private and social insurance and employee benefit plans.
- Mathematics of Finance and Risk Management (Financial Mathematics) — The program in Mathematics of Finance and Risk Management (or Financial Mathematics) is designed to provide a broad education in the quantitative aspects of risk management and finance.
- Honors Mathematics is for outstanding students.
- Secondary Mathematics Teaching Certificate program is designed to provide the broad training in mathematics necessary to be a successful teacher of mathematics at the secondary level, grades 6-12.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) || Department website || Faculty Affiliates
The increasing interconnectedness of our contemporary world puts a premium on broad cultural knowledge and effective communication across fields. MEMS offers a wealth of resources in history, art history, literature, music, and thought to help prepare you to enter this world. The program's interdisciplinary scope means that you can learn about the past anywhere on the globe in a fuller, more integrated way. The Program offers an minor and a graduate certificate.
Mediterranean Perspective on Global History and Culture || Department website
This initiative brings together faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to study the ways in which the sea has served over time as a medium of contact, exchange, and interaction.
Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP) || Department website
The Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP) is a residential learning community located in East Quad emphasizing deep learning, engaged community, meaningful civic engagement/community service learning and intercultural understanding and dialogue. Students, faculty, community partners and staff think critically about issues of community, seek to model a just, diverse, and democratic community, and wish to make a difference throughout their lives as participants and leaders involved in local, national and global communities.
Michigan in Washington (MIW) Program || Department website
The MIW program offers undergraduates an opportunity to intern and live in Washington DC for a semester. The core component of the program is the Research Seminar, where students learn to develop and produce a major paper on a topic of their choosing. Credit for the research course can be earned in Political Science or in other departments with faculty oversight and prior arrangements.
Michigan Research Community (MRC) || Department website
The Michigan Research Community is a residential affiliate of UROP. MRC offers first-year students all of the benefits of UROP, including a research partnership with a faculty member from one of many disciplines and colleges across campus, as well as a small diverse and supportive community to aid in the transition to college life. Approximately 150 students from a number of different disciplines and a range of cultural and national backgrounds reside in the MRC.
Microbiology Program || Department website || Microbiology Major Committee
The Interdepartmental Microbiology Program offers a major in Microbiology, supervised by the Microbiology Major Committee, with academic support provided by the Program in Biology. A major in microbiology prepares students for graduate study in microbiology, biochemistry, agricultural science, and food science as well as for study in other areas of biology which emphasize cellular structures and their function. A bachelor's degree in microbiology may qualify students for entry-level positions in medical, industrial, or governmental laboratories.
Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) || Department website || Faculty Listing
The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies is a unit of the International Institute within the University of Michigan. The mission of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies is to enhance awareness of the peoples, cultures, and languages in this vitally important region of the world. The Center offers a multidisciplinary area major program to students who want to obtain a broad background on the modern Middle East and North Africa. It also offers an minor. The Center posts a Middle Eastern and North African area course list on our web site each term.
Modern Greek Studies || Department website || Faculty Listing
The Modern Greek Program consists in the University's offering of courses on modern Hellenism: the language, literature, culture, history, and politics of modern Greece and Greeks, Greek-American Culture, as well as transformations of Hellenic ideas in modern times. The Modern Greek Studies program offers both a major and an minor through the Department of Classical Studies.
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology strives to develop new knowledge through basic research about the function of living organisms with focus on the molecular and cellular levels of all branches of life - bacteria, plants, and animals. The department offers majors in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) and a CMB-Biomedical Engineering joint B.S. and M.S. program. Neuroscience is a major that is offered jointly by the MCDB Department and the Department of Psychology. Microbiology is offered jointly with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Museum Methods || faculty listing
The College of LSA offers through the Exhibit Museum of Natural History a laboratory/discussion/lecture course for students interested in natural science museum exhibits. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. The course focuses mainly on the principles, methods, and techniques used by professional exhibit designers. Some basic concepts in educational design and theory, as related to museums, are also covered.
Museum Studies || Department website || Program Core Faculty and MSP Faculty Steering Committee
The Museum Studies Program was established in 2002. The program offers an undergraduate minor through the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and a graduate certificate through the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The field of museum studies is inherently interdisciplinary in nature. The curriculum is organized thematically, balancing history and theory with opportunities for practical engagement. This applied theory emphasis will feature ongoing exposure to the rich resources of the University of Michigan including museums, museum collections, and engaging museum professionals in the classroom as an integral part of student learning. Students will learn the value of bridging theory and practice .
Museums, Field Stations, and Observatories
- Biological Station || Department website
- Camp Davis || Department website
- Herbarium || Department website || Curators Listing, with specializations
- Museum of Anthropology || Department website || Curators Listing, with specializations
- Museum of Archaeology || Department website || Curators Listing, with specializations
- Museum of Natural History || Department website || Museum Methods faculty listing
- Museum of Paleontology || Department website || Curators Listing, with specializations
- Museum of Zoology || Department website || Curators Listing, with specializations
Native American Studies || Department website
The Program in Native American Studies was established within American Culture in 1995. The Program places American Indians at the center of broader inquiries into the nature of the human confrontation with intrusive power. Faculty and students work together to explore, through the humanities and the social sciences, varieties of the Native American experience and the importance of Indians to American history, literature, religion, social sciences, politics, and law The Program offers a minor through the American Culture Program.
Near Eastern Studies || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The Department of Near Eastern Studies offers instruction in the languages, literatures, histories, and cultures of the ancient Near East and the medieval and modern Middle East. The department's language offerings provide the foundation for the academic study of the literatures, histories, and cultures of the region. The ancient language offerings include Sumerian, Egyptian, Akkadian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Avestan, Aramaic, and Classical Hebrew. The medieval and modern language offerings include Armenian, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. Undergraduate majors include Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS) with four options Ancient Mesopotamia, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, New Testament and Early Christianity, or Ancient Egypt; Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS); Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS); Near Eastern Civilizations (NEC). Minors include: Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Early Christian Studies.
Neuroscience (UPiN), Interdepartmental Undergraduate Program in || Faculty Steering Committee
Neuroscience is an interdepartmental program administered by the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience (with oversight by the Neuroscience Steering Committee) and represents a collaboration between the Department of Psychology and the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB). The major provides a course of study in the discipline of Neuroscience that integrates cell/molecular and behavioral components of the field, and it prepares students for graduate training in the field of Neuroscience.
Organizational Studies, Interdisciplinary Program in || Department website || Faculty Listing
The Organizational Studies interdisciplinary major program emphasizes the influence of economic, psychological, sociological, political, and other factors on individuals and complex organizational systems. The field is concerned with how organizational systems function, their effects on individuals and the larger society, and with the processes of organizational change. Application of knowledge in intensive field research experiences specially designed for our students builds practical knowledge and problem-solving expertise.
Philosophy || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
Philosophy is a discipline based on reflection about puzzles arising at the most fundamental level from all areas of our thought and practice, from language, science, everyday inquire, politics, and morals to education, art, music, and literature. Philosophy is the systematic study of questions any thoughtful human being faces concerning the nature of knowledge, reality, thought, and value. The main value of philosophy lies in its contribution to a liberal arts education. It can, however, also provide excellent preparation for a wide variety of professions (notably, law), because of the training it provides in rigorous thinking and incisive and clear writing. Philosophy cuts across other academic disciplines by examining their concepts, methods, and presuppositions. So a major or minor in Philosophy (General Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral and Political Philosophy, Mind and Meaning, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science) can also be a superb complement to a major in another field. The department also is the administrative home of the interdepartmental program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) || Department website || Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Interdepartmental Steering Committee
The Department of Philosophy, in conjunction with the Department of Economics and the Department of Political Science, offers PPE as an interdisciplinary major program in political economy. The major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) aims to offer rigorous, integrated, interdisciplinary training for students who are interested in exploring questions the lie at the intersection of philosophy, political science, and economics. Because it demands cultivation of expertise in three disciplines, including considerable training in formal methods, students must meet high standards of academic achievement. For this reason, the major will require an application. The program is also intended to be small, to provide extensive opportunities for discussion and cooperative learning in small-group settings.
Physics || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The University of Michigan has one of the country's premier programs for the training of undergraduate and graduate students in physics. The Physics Department has abundant facilities for instruction in physics and offers a wide variety of experimental and theoretical research programs open to undergraduate and graduate students. The Department offers undergraduate majors in Physics and Interdisciplinary Physics and an minor in Physics. Completing an undergraduate degree in physics will give you a rich understanding of how the world works It will also prepare you either for continued study in graduate or professional school, or for careers in industry, education, medicine, and finance.
Political Science || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
Political science is the systematic study of governmental and political structures, processes, and policies. This study uses institutional, quantitative, and philosophical approaches. The field is highly diverse, ranging across political theory, comparative government, international relations, American government, public policy, and research methods. The field addresses both normative and empirical concerns. An education in political science exposes students to issues of public policy over which people struggle and disagree not only at home in the United States, but also around the globe. Students study classic texts as well as the latest research findings on city government and urban development, parties and elections, the legislative and judicial systems, international organizations, conflict, war and other aspects of the political interactions. The department offers both a major and an minor.
Psychology || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The curriculum in psychology is intended to enhance one's understanding of behavioral science and of oneself and others in terms of concepts developed by study. Undergraduate courses in psychology give students an opportunity to learn what research has shown about how behavior is motivated; how we perceive, learn, and think; how individuals differ from one another; how the personality develops from infancy to maturity and is expressed by behavior; and how interpersonal factors affect human relationships in the home, on the job, and in the community. The undergraduate major program in Psychology is not intended to prepare students for any specific vocational objective; to become a professional psychologist requires from two to four years (or more) of graduate study. The Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) major is to provide a course of study that integrates the natural science components of the study of behavior and prepares students for graduate study in a number of related fields. The program integrates neuroscience, cognitive science, and evolutionary approaches to the study of behavior. The Neuroscience major is offered jointly by the MCDB Department and the Department of Psychology and provides a course of study in the discipline of Neuroscience that integrates cell/molecular and behavioral components of the field
Religion, Studies in
Studies in Religion provides students with a basic knowledge of the history, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology of religion; promotes an understanding of diverse religious traditions; and examines religious questions which arise in all cultures. The concern is not to inculcate a particular doctrine or faith but rather to broaden and deepen a student's knowledge and understanding of religious traditions. A Religion minor is offered through the History Department.
Residential College (RC) || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The Residential College is a four year program within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. The RC offers courses and majors of its own. Students in the RC elect a substantial number of courses within LSA and often complete LSA majors. Honors students are eligible to join the RC. The College opened in 1967 and presently has over 900 students. The faculty consists of over fifty full or part-time lecturers and professors, most of the latter on joint appointment with LSA departments or other schools and colleges of the University. Residential College students are required to live in East Quadrangle for the first two years of the undergraduate program. RC Majors open to LSA students include: Drama, Creative Writing, Arts and Ideas in the Humanities, and Social Theory and Practice; the RC Individualized Major is open exclusively to RC students. The RC offers the following minors: Crime and Justice (C&J), Peace and Social Justice (PSJ), Science, Technology, and Society (STS), Drama: Text-to-Performance(T-t-P), Urban Studies
Romance Languages and Literatures (RLL) || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The Department offers courses in French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Romance linguistics, and Romance languages and cultures; Undergraduate majors in French and Francophone Studies, Italian, Spanish, and Romance Languages and Literatures; and Minors Programs in French and Francophone Studies, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture. The primary goals of the undergraduate program are: (1) mastery of the language; (2) an understanding and interpretation of Romance literatures and cultures; and (3) preparation for teaching or other careers requiring specialized linguistic knowledge and skill.
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) || Department website || Faculty Listing
The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies is dedicated to advancing and disseminating interdisciplinary knowledge about the peoples, nations, and cultures of Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, past and present. The undergraduate curriculum in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies offers broad, interdisciplinary training for students who wish to acquire extensive knowledge of a country or countries of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe. Courses in anthropology, economics, history, political science, screen arts and cultures, Slavic languages and literatures, and sociology provide many options for focusing on the region with an undergraduate major in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and minors in Russian Studies, East European Studies, and Central Eurasian Studies. Proficiency in a language of the region is an important component of the REES major.
Scandinavian Studies || Department website
The Scandinavian program offers courses that take the pan-Scandinavian view in literature, history, culture, society, architecture, and the arts, plus courses that focus in depth on Swedish language and literature. The Program offers an minor in Scandinavian Studies. Opportunities to study at the University of Uppsala during a junior year abroad program and to secure a summer internship in a Scandinavian country further enhance students career options for graduate study, teaching, international business, or non-profit work. Students enrolled in the fourth-term Swedish course have the opportunity to travel to Sweden as a group over Spring Break each year.
Science Learning Center (SLC) || Department website
The Science Learning Center (SLC) is sponsored by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) to support teaching and learning in the natural sciences of astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics. The SLC is a vibrant center where study groups meet, GSIs hold office hours, students complete computer-based labs, and a great deal of studying and learning happens. The SLC houses computer labs, meeting alcoves, study space and a loan desk for reserve and study materials.
Science, Technology, and Society (STS) || Department website || Faculty Affiliates and STS Steering Committee Listing
The U-M Science, Technology & Society Program promotes education and scholarship on the social, political, and cultural dynamics of scientific knowledge, technological change, and medical research and practice. The STS Program features an emphasis on international and global STS issues. The Program offers an minor (administered by the Residential College) and an STS graduate certificate. It features a lecture series on a variety of STS topics: the STeMS Colloquium (Science, Technology, Medicine & Society).
Screen Arts and Cultures || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The curriculum in Screen Arts and Cultures provides an integrated program of courses in the history, aesthetics, theory, and techniques of film and moving image electronic media (television, single-camera video, digital). Emphasis is placed on a liberal arts sequence that provides students with a solid foundation for understanding how film and electronic-based visual media arise out of varied cultural, historical, social, and technological circumstances. The Department offers a major in Screen Arts and Cultures, a submajor in Screenwriting, and an minor in Global Media Studies.
Semester in Detroit || Department website
Spend a Semester in Detroit!
Live in vibrant Midtown, on Wayne State University's Campus.
Learn from UM faculty who teach in the heart of the city.
Work as an intern with Detroit community and cultural arts organizations.
Engage with this great American city - its people, places and potential.
And earn credit toward an minor in Urban Studies.
Learn more at: www.lsa.umich.edu/sid.
Slavic Languages and Literatures || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The Department teaches the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Slavic nations. The Russian language is spoken by more people than any other language except Chinese and English; in addition there are some one hundred and fifty million speakers of Czech, Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and Ukrainian. These are vehicles of some of the world's great cultures and are of increasing importance as a key to communication in trade and technology. Courses are offered in Slavic languages, literatures, and cultures, and Slavic linguistics. The undergraduate curriculum is designed primarily to provide competence in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian along with knowledge of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian,Czech, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian literature and cultures. A major is offered in Polish and Russian, minors in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, and Cultures and Literatures of Eastern Europe.
Sociology || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
Sociology is about people and their patterns; it seeks to understand and account for the complexities of human interaction and patterns of social life. It focuses on relations among people, groups, organizations, classes, cultures, and society. Sociology scientifically explores and analyzes issues vital to our personal lives, our communities, our society, and the world. In short, it involves all aspects of human experience and activity. Almost any aspect of how human beings gather together in groups, organizations, and societies can be studied within sociology. The study of sociology provides fascinating and distinctive perspectives on the social world. The field also offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life: crime and delinquency, family dynamics, corporate downsizing, how people express emotions, welfare or education reform, or global issues of peace and war. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field with broad implications. The department offers a major in sociology.
South Asian Studies (CSAS) || Department website
The Center for South Asian Studies is a unit of the International Institute within the University of Michigan. CSAS offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of South Asia at the Master's and Graduate Certificate levels. Undergraduates may pursue South Asian Studies through the Asian Studies major or minor in the Department of Asian Language and Cultures. In addition to the courses offered by the Center, students can find courses on South Asia offered by the various disciplinary departments, such as History, Anthropology, Political Science, etc. The Center posts a South Asia area course list on our web site each term.
Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) || Department website
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies is a unit of the International Institute within the University of Michigan. CSEAS offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of Southeast Asia at the Master's and Graduate Certificate level. Undergraduates may pursue Southeast Asian Studies through the Asian Studies major or minor in the Department of Asian Language and Cultures. In addition to the courses offered by the Center, students can find courses on Southeast Asia offered by the various disciplinary departments, such as History, Anthropology, Political Science, etc. The Center posts a Southeast Asia area course list on our web site each term.
Statistics || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
Statistics deals with methods for the collection, visualization, modeling and analysis of data. Massive amounts of data are now routinely collected in business, health, environment, engineering and social sciences. Statistics is the science that transforms these data into information that is critical for decision making. The Department of Statistics offers an undergraduate major program that consists of courses in applied and theoretical statistics, mathematics and computer science. Two undergraduate minor programs are also available: Applied Statistics and Statistics. These provide specialized training for students interested in careers in Statistics or in pursuing graduate programs in Statistics or related fields; students develop a strong quantitative background in statistics and data analysis. The department also is the administrative home of the interdepartmental program in Informatics.
Summer Language Institute || Department website
The University has long been recognized as a center of excellence for the study of teaching languages and cultures. SLI offers courses in Asian, Classical, Germanic, Near Eastern, Romance, and Slavic Languages, as well as Teaching English as a Second Language. Courses vary in length from seven and one half weeks to ten weeks, and are supplemented by extra-curricular activities such as lectures, films, language tables, and excursions.
Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing || Department website || Faculty Listing
The Sweetland Center for Writing exists to support student writing at all levels and in all forms and modes, including writing for multilingual and international undergraduate student writers To accomplish this mission, Sweetland administers LSA's writing requirements, offers Writing Workshop which provides one-to-one writing support for undergraduate and graduate students as well as international and multilingual undergraduates; operates four Peer Tutoring Centers, the Synchronous Online Writing Lab (SyncOWL) and the Online Writing Lab (OWL) for undergraduates; and teaches a range of writing courses. Sweetland offers a minor in Writing to complement students' primary course of study by promoting discipline-specific writing competence, expertise in new media, and rhetorical awareness across a range of genres and modes.
University Courses (UC)
The University Courses Division is a small academic unit that is administered by the LSA Dean's Office and used to house undergraduate courses that do not readily fit under any specific departmental banner. Sponsored by the college rather than by individual departments or programs, these courses may be taught by members of the faculty in any academic unit on the Ann Arbor campus, including colleges outside of LSA. The LSA Dean's office administers the First-Year Seminars and the Sophomore Year Initiative, and many are housed in the UC division. First-Year Seminars (taught by emeriti and non-LSA faculty) are unique low enrollment classes (maximum of 20 students) open to all first-year students. They are intended to facilitate deeper learning through more active participation and increased opportunities for interaction between student and teacher as well as dialogue among students. Sophomore Year Initiative are a set of courses and activities whose goal is to help sophomores map the College curriculum and explore the terrain of the liberal arts. Sophomore Initiative courses focus on the analytical skills and competencies essential to success in any career. They provide discipline-specific and multi-disciplinary investigations of natural science, social science, and humanities approaches to issues, and offer students rich opportunities to discover their intellectual passions while developing mastery in critical thinking and problem solving.
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) || Department website
As one of several campus initiatives created in the late 1980s to improve the retention and academic achievement of under-represented students on the University of Michigan campus, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) has developed into a nationally award winning program that enhances the undergraduate educational experience through the integration of teaching and research. UROP provides a hands-on learning experience for first and second year students through research partnerships with faculty in all academic fields and disciplines. Students develop research and academic skills through faculty mentors, research work, research seminars, skill building workshops and peer advising.
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) || Department website
The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program aims to recruit and retain women in the sciences, mathematics and engineering majors at the University of Michigan. A nationally recognized model, WISE realizes its mission through programming at the middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. Activities include summer science camps and other programs for middle and high school students, the WISE residential program for freshmen, and lectures, workshops and networking dinners for graduate and undergraduate students.
Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program || Department website
The Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program (WISE RP) is an academically supportive living-learning community for students who are interested in academic majors and careers in the sciences, technology, engineering and/or mathematics. WISE RP students live together in Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall and have an abundance of academic and social opportunities available to them.
Women's Studies || Department website || Faculty Listing, with specializations
The Women's Studies Department is a diverse intellectual community dedicated to excellence through feminist research, teaching, and activism. It seeks to build interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty and students that bridge gender, ethnic, economic, and national divides; create new knowledge about women, gender, race, and sexuality; challenge unequal distributions of power; and improve the lives of all women and men. The department offers a major in Women's Studies and minors in: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and Sexuality Studies; Gender, Race, and Nation; and Gender and Health.
World Performance Studies || Department website
The Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) at the University of Michigan International Institute was established in 2000 to serve the needs of faculty and a student body with an interest in the discipline of performance studies
Museums, Field Stations, and Observatories
Herbarium || Department website || Curators Listing, with specializations
Museum of Anthropology || Department website || Curators Listing, with specializations
Museum of Archaeology || Department website || Curators Listing, with specializations
Museum of Natural History || Department website || Museum Methods faculty listing
Museum of Paleontology || Department website || Curators Listing, with specializations
Museum of Zoology || Department website || Curators Listing, with specializations
Art & Design(School of) || College Website
The School of Art & Design offers an innovative media-rich and intellectually challenging bachelor of fine arts degree that integrates traditional techniques with contemporary technologies and provides extensive opportunities for exhibition, community engagement, and international study. Joint degree programs with LSA provide opportunities for students whose educational goals include undergraduate degrees in both LSA and A&D.
Architecture Urban Planning (Taubman College) || College Website
Architectural education at the University of Michigan prepares students to participate actively in the design of buildings and the physical environment. To effect change, an architect must understand the nature of the human problem in its environmental context, have knowledge of the techniques and technology of building, and possess the intellectual and aesthetic skills necessary for a creative synthesis of that information into meaningful and expressive design solutions. A Pre-Professional program exists for student who enter LSA and then plan to transfer to the Taubman College.
Joint degree programs with LSA provide opportunities for students whose educational goals include :
- undergraduate degrees in both LSA and Architecture: "Architecture (Joint Program in Liberal Arts and B.S. in Architecture)"
- an undergraduate degree in LSA and a Masters in Architecture: "Architecture (Joint Program in Liberal Arts and M.Arch. in Architecture)"
Business (Ross School of) || College Website
The Ross Business School offers a minor in Business to LSA students. Students may also apply to transfer to the School of Business' BBA proram.
Dental Hygiene || Department website
Dental Hygiene Pre-Professional Undergraduate Program: The B.S. degree program in Dental Hygiene consists of a year of prescribed college courses in liberal arts followed by the three-year curriculum in dental hygiene in the School of Dentistry. The School of Dentistry also offers two B.S. Degree Completion Programs for students with a certificate or associate degree in Dental Hygiene. The two options are on-campus and E-Learning (online).
Education (School of) || College Website
Teacher Education Programs. Students who are interested in teaching at the elementary level (grades K-8) complete all requirements for graduation while they are enrolled in the School of Education. Successful completion of the program results in a State of Michigan provisional teaching certificate.
Students who are interested in teaching at the secondary level (grades 6-12) complete all requirements for graduation for one of the schools or colleges of the University of Michigan while at the same time satisfying School of Education requirements for a secondary-level teaching certificate. Successful completion of the program results in a State of Michigan provisional teaching certificate.
Engineering, College of || College Website
The College of Engineering offers fourteen undergraduate programs of study, all leading to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree. Twelve of these programs have specialized accreditation by ABET. Each of the undergraduate degree programs has core requirements that are common to all programs. The College of Engineering welcomes applications from U-M students enrolled in another school or college. Student enrolled in LSA may pursue the Joint Program in Liberal Arts and Engineering. This program is designed to enable students to develop a course of study that offers broader academic opportunities than those offered by either college. The program is intended for students who wish to develop a depth of understanding in the technical studies associated with the College of Engineering and in the physical and natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences (AOSS) || Department website
AOSS, a department in the College of Engineering, is the only one that combines science and engineering, offering an integrated view of Earth and space. The blending of atmospheric and space sciences with engineering puts AOSS at the forefront of the movement to understand the Earth, atmosphere, planets, solar system and space weather in a whole systemic view, rather than individual components. AOSS participates with the Department of Geological Sciences to sponsor the major in Earth Systems Science. Some courses in AOSS are approved by LSA to earn LSA credits and some may be used to meet distribution requirements.
Biomedical Engineering (BME) || Department website
U-M BME is becoming one of the premier biomedical engineering departments in the country. Our faculty lead a wide range of programs in biofluid mechanics, microfluidics, biologic micro and nanotechnology, BioMEMS, biomaterials, biomolecular machines, tissue engineering, biomedical optics, biotechnology, biomechanics, and biomedical imaging. U-M BME is one of the largest BME graduate program in the U.S. and has awarded more graduate degrees than any other BME department in the country. The BME program at the University of Michigan also offers an undergraduate program for students in the College of Engineering. Students in LSA can elect the major in Cell and Molecular Biology and Biomedical Engineering, through a five-year joint program between the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.
Chemical Engineering || Department website
The Department of Chemistry offers a joint degree with the College of Engineering leading to B.S.Chem. and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) || Department website
The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department is among the leading departments in the nation, with a diverse program of nearly 100 courses per semester, 90 faculty, 800 undergraduate and 700 graduate students. Housed within the College of Engineering, it offers LSA students both a major and minor in Computer Science, and a minor in Electrical Engineering. The computer science major program requires students to have a solid foundation in computer software, hardware, and theory, but also gives a student ample opportunity to take advanced electives in areas of computer science such as databases, architecture, networks, and artificial intelligence, or in emerging interdisciplinary areas such as electronic commerce, web information systems, and computer game design. The minor in Computer Science is intended to provide students with a foundational grounding in the discipline of software construction, along with an in-depth experience in at least one advanced area. The minor in Electrical Engineering is designed to provide an avenue for a diverse education for students outside of the EECS department. Path options include Applied Electromagnetics, Circuits, Communications, Control Systems, Optics, Signal Processing, and Solid State.
Entrepreneurship, Center for || Department website
The Program in Entrepreneurship (PIE) is a nine-credit academic certificate program sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and designed to expose University of Michigan students to the entrepreneurial process and mindset. Although the CFE is part of the College of Engineering (COE), the PIE and related entrepreneurship courses are open to all University of Michigan students, regardless of school or major.
Macromolecular Science and Engineering || Department website || Faculty Listing
Macromolecular Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary graduate program that provides the academic and research basis for studies in the science and technology of synthetic and natural macromolecules. Such large molecules exhibit unusual and specific properties as compared to small molecules and a large field has developed in unraveling the scientific foundations of this behavior, both in the synthetic and the biological areas.
Multidisciplinary Design Program || Department website
The Multidisciplinary Design (MD) minor offers student the opportunity to use engineering knowledge to design, build, test and implement new and interesting projects working with a team of students who bring a variety of academic backgrounds and ways of approaching a problem.
Graham Institute is a collaborative partnership of schools, colleges and units across the U-M. The Graham Institute fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration to create and disseminate knowledge and to offer solutions related to complex sustainability issues. The Institute sponsors a University-wide Certificate Program in Sustainability.
Information(SI), School of || College Website
The School of Information offers an accelerated program for exceptional undergraduates at the University of Michigan. The program enables students in the Department of Linguistics to complete both a bachelor's degree and the two-year Master of Science in Information (MSI) degree in five years of study.
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Biological Chemistry || Department website
The Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan Medical School has played a prominent role in the development of the subject of biochemistry. A unit of the UM Medical School, it participates in the interdepartmental major in Biochemistry administered by the Department of Chemistry. Biological Chemistry faculty pursue research in diverse areas of Biochemistry, Cell, Molecular, Developmental, Chemical and Structural Biology, and Neurobiology. The common theme in our research is an interest in understanding biological phenomena at the molecular and mechanistic level.
Microbiology and Immunology || Department website
Microbiologists study the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites colonize a host, evade the immune response, and elicit damage to the host. Immunologists study the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms by which the immune response defends the host using innate and adaptive immunity. The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is a department in the U-M Medical School, and is a participating unit in the interdepartmental oncentration in Microbiology.
Molecular & Integrative Physiology || Department website
The essential concern of physiology is how living things work and, as physiology relates to man, it is the study of the normal functioning of the human body. The methods and tools of physiology are those used in the experimental sciences, and its range cuts across many different scientific disciplines. Physiology emphasizes the basic functions of organs, the interactions and coordination of these diverse functions, and attempts to analyze these functions in terms of physical and chemical processes. A knowledge and understanding of the functioning of the body and its component parts is an essential part of a general education. The Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, housed within the Medical School, offers physiology courses for undergraduate, graduate, medical and dental students.
Neuroscience Graduate Program || Department website
The Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Michigan offers graduate training which leads to a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience. This training prepares students for research and teaching careers in both academia and industry. Although not a participant in the the undergraduate major program, the Program offers courses in Neuroscience.
LSA offers a set of programs in music, theatre, and dance that provide a liberal arts alternative to the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Musical Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the Bachelor of Theatre Arts degrees offered within the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. LSA students may elect a non-professional Music major or minor or an minor in African American Theatre and a minor in Performing Arts Management. Joint degree programs also exist, and are intended for students who seek to combine LSA's technical or academic studies in combination with the professional training in performance-based or academic music studies of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
Music || Department website
The Music Major provides students with broad experience in the study of music (both creative expression and critical analysis), through musicology and music theory, along with introductions to musical composition and performance. The Music Minor offers students the opportunity to explore music to enrich their studies and receive formal recognition on their diploma. The minor also makes music studies more accessible to students with already demanding majors, such as engineering.
Theatre and Drama || Department website || faculty listing
Theatre and Drama is a department in the U-M School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. The program's curriculum is designed primarily for those looking for a liberal arts education, one which could also lead to further academic study of theatre and drama. The Department offers a minor in African American Theatre and a minor in Performing Arts Management, and participates in the Drama major offered through the Residential College of LSA
Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) || College Website
The School of Natural Resources and Environment and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts jointly offer an undergraduate degree program in the Environment. This collaborative venture includes courses taught by faculty in SNRE as well as courses taught by faculty in various departments of LSA and in other schools and colleges. The resulting curriculum presents an expanded range of opportunities for students interested in environmental literacy and environmental careers. It draws upon SNRE's history as a leader in environmental and natural resource.
Nursing (School of) || College Website
The University of Michigan School of Nursing offers a direct-entry nursing program; students immediately begin a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum that balances humanities, social and biological science courses. Student enrolled in LSA may apply for cross-campus transfer to the sophomore-level of the four-year BSN curriculum.
The School of Public Health offers LSA students an accelerated degree program through the departments of Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, or Health Behavior and Health Education that leads to a bachelor's degree from LSA and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the School of Public Health.
Public Policy (Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy) || College Website
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) program in public policy. Students apply to the program during their sophomore year and are admitted to the Ford School for their final two years. The program admits approximately 55 students per year.
Social Work (School of) || College Website
The University of Michigan School of Social Work is a community of internationally recognized faculty, gifted students, and dedicated alumni who share a common objective: to create social change and promote social justice through excellence in research, education, and practice. Students who are completing a Community Action and Social Change minor may apply to the Office of Student Services in the School of Social Work for the Preferred Admission Program leading to a Master of Social Work (MSW) during the fall of their junior year.
Community Action and Social Change || Department website
The School of Social Work offers a minor in Community Action and Social Change (CASC). The CASC minor uses critical structural thinking to engage students in analyzing types, levels and sources of power to better understand how inequities are manifested, maintained and reinforced in society and how these inequities can be addressed through community action and social change efforts.
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Population Studies Center (PSC) || Department website
The Population Studies Center (PSC) is a research and training center within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. The Center administers a large training program for both predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars in which PSC training faculty teach a broad range of specialized demographic courses. The Center administers a large training program for both predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars in which PSC training faculty teach a broad range of specialized demographic courses
Survey Methodology || Department website
The Michigan Program in Survey Methodology is an interdepartmental program that brings together faculty and scientists from social and behavioral science departments in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, two professional schools, and the Institute for Social Research (ISR). The Program draws on the quantitative strengths of individual departments such as Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Statistics, Biostatistics, Political Science, Education and Communications, combined collaboratively with the research units of the Institute for Social Research (ISR), the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. The Michigan Program in Survey Methodology offers doctorate and masters of science degrees and a certificate.
The University in cooperation with the armed services of the United States provides an opportunity for all eligible male and female students to earn a commission in any of the three services (Army; Navy, including Marine Corps; and Air Force) upon completion of the degree requirements. This opportunity is available through enrollment in the Military Officer Education Program (MOEP) which is nationally known as the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). All three Officer Education Programs (Army, Navy, and Air Force) offer the same general program options, financial benefits, and scholarship opportunities. Minor variations, however, do exist among the programs, and students should note the specifics under each program.
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