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On-Campus and Off-Campus Academic Programs

A superior LSA undergraduate education involves learning inside and outside the classroom. LSA offers many programs and opportunities both on and off campus that will stimulate your imagination and expand your expectations. Take advantage of on-campus opportunities such as undergraduate research or LSA’s theme semesters, or spend time off campus participating in programs such as the University of Michigan Biological Station, Camp DavisSemester in Detroit, the New England Literature Program, or one of hundreds of study abroad programs.

On-Campus Programs

Project Community (SOC 225)

Project Community offers you the opportunity to engage in community service and active learning, grow in social responsibility, develop critical thinking skills, and examine your  personal values. The program connects students to individuals in the community who experience social inequalities and encourages students to learn with, from, and about those people.

Project Outreach (PSYCH 211)

Project Outreach gives you the opportunity to learn about psychology in action, explore your interests, and provide meaningful service to people in the Ann Arbor community and beyond.

Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR)

The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is a social justice education program. IGR blends theory and experiential learning to facilitate a deeper understanding of social group identity, social inequality, and intergroup relations. The program will prepare you to live and work in our diverse world and to make choices that advance equity, justice, and peace.

The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

The Ginsberg Center provides you with an opportunity to engage in positive change through social justice education, leadership, and meaningful service experiences in your community. You will partner with faculty and staff to create learning opportunities that connect socially just community engagement experiences to coursework, research, and academic programs.

Theme Semesters

Theme semesters provide intellectual and cultural immersion in a particular topic. You can combine coursework with related activities like lectures, museum exhibits, music or theater performances, and film series. And true to U-M’s public mission, theme-semester events are generally open to the public and are done frequently in collaboration with community organizations.

Undergraduate Research

In the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, research is the driving force behind exploration, new discoveries, and a deeper understanding of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Partnering with a faculty member researching a topic of interest to you is a powerful way to learn about a particular academic subject or discipline and to understand the issues and practices that define academic inquiry. While most interested students undertake research in the department of their major, there are also campus-wide programs that permit students, including those who haven’t declared a major, to pursue research.

Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL)

The mission of the Center for Engaged Academic Learning is to support, enhance, and help generate learning initiatives that bridge academic and community-based learning. It is a place where students, faculty, staff, and community members come together to learn, collaborate, and co-create. The Center offers workshops and program-specific training for students working in local and global communities.

Off-Campus Programs

Semester in Detroit

The Semester in Detroit Program will engage you in substantive, sustained, and reciprocal relationships with the people and communities of the City of Detroit. Combining a semester-long residence in the city with rigorous academic study and a comprehensive community-based internship, you will become deeply involved in – and committed to – the life, challenges, and promise of this important American city.

Biological Station

The Bio Station will allow you to use the northern Great Lakes region as your classroom. You will learn about the world by visiting habitats, collecting samples, and observing interactions and challenges a lab can’t begin to replicate. You and the other researchers will spend each day talking, dining, and relaxing with each other. Through these interactions, you and your fellow participants will become flexible thinkers and creative analysts – just the kind of people the world needs to address our most pressing global problems.

Camp Davis Rocky Mountain Field Station

Camp Davis is a research and teaching facility located approximately 30 miles south of Jackson, Wyoming, near the village of Hoback Junction. It is owned and operated by the University of Michigan and managed by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Each summer Camp Davis offers courses in geology, environmental science, and the humanities, and is open to students from all majors.

New England Literature Program (NELP)

The New England Literature Program takes place at Camp Kabeyun on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. For six and a half weeks, you and 39 other students and 13 instructors will live and work together, reading New England authors, writing, and exploring the New England countryside as well as its people, culture, and history. The intellectual experience of the program includes art, camping, nature study, canoeing, music, cooking, and trips to places of natural and cultural interest, including hiking and camping trips in White Mountain National Forest.

Michigan in Washington (MIW)

The Michigan in Washington Program admits 45-50 University of Michigan undergraduates from all majors to spend a semester (Fall or Winter) in Washington, D.C., where students combine coursework with an internship to earn a full semester of credits.

Internships

An internship can be an important opportunity for you to explore potential careers. Exploring internships will not only give you insight into the job search process, but you will also earn valuable professional experience and, if your internship is connected to your major or pursued through LSA’s ALA 225 course, academic credit.

Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates Program (GIEU)

GIEUs (Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates) 
are project-based service-learning programs. You will earn 3 credits taking a semester-long pre-departure course on intercultural learning, conducting fieldwork abroad for 3–4 weeks during the summer at the project site, and completing a community education project in the Fall term with your fellow program participants.

Study Abroad

Carefully planned and structured into your academic career, just about any student in any major can study abroad. Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer term, you can find an opportunity to study abroad. Here are some useful links to conduct your search for the right study abroad opportunity.

Michigan Programs (CGIS)

Non-Michigan Programs (Institute of International Education)