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Dean's Welcome

In the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, we leverage the strengths of one of the world’s leading public research institutions while simultaneously creating the close-knit academic experience that defines the nation’s best liberal arts colleges.

That starts with our commitment to academic excellence and our outstanding faculty. Throughout the College, we have world-class scholars who are doing state-of-the-art research, and 100 percent of our tenure-track faculty members teach undergraduates. LSA is at the heart of U-M’s undergraduate experience, so it brings me great pride that the University is consistently ranked among the best in the nation for undergraduate teaching.

We are also constantly exploring ways to enrich students’ academic pursuits across disciplines by tailoring our curricula and offering the chance for hands-on experiences. No matter where a student’s interest may lie, we have a tradition of innovative approaches to learning.

Our highly regarded Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, for instance, was one of the first of its kind in the country. It started in 1988 with 14 participants and now engages over 1,300 students with more than 800 faculty researchers annually on projects spanning the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The optiMize social challenge gives students a unique chance to hone their original ideas and provides funding to allow them to make meaningful, lasting contributions to local, national, and international communities. And our growing LSA Internship Network provides opportunities and scholarship support so that our undergraduates can demonstrate to world-class employers the skills and acumen that liberal arts students have to offer—and for our students to see that for themselves.

Access to an unparalleled education within the framework of the nation’s top public research university is what makes LSA unlike any other liberal arts college. As dean, I celebrate our ability to offer students such a wealth of academic possibilities, along with the support and guidance for them to make the experience their own. It’s an approach that prepares students for a lifetime, not just a living. And it provides them the skills to leave here and make a difference in ways both important and unexpected.

 

Andrew D. Martin

Professor of Political Science and Statistics, and Dean, College of LSA