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Student Life

The Department of History is committed to supporting a learning environment that values balance in our academic and personal lives.

The student-run Graduate Organization for the Study of History (GOSH) meets regularly for workshops on professional development and career opportunities, peer mentoring, and simply unwinding with friends. With its own budget and elected officers, GOSH responds to the needs and interests of grad student participants in unique ways each year.

Our students are also active members of the community beyond campus. Whether visiting cultural institutions and events in the Detroit area, participating in individual and/or team sports, or simply taking a break from it all by camping on one of Lake Michigan’s pristine sandy beaches, our students take full advantage of the rich natural and cultural resources in and around Ann Arbor.

The city of Ann Arbor is a small but cosmopolitan place with a rich variety of restaurants, clubs, museums, galleries, and cultural opportunities.  Although it offers the variety of a metropolis many times its size, this city of 150,000 residents is child-friendly, mostly traffic free, and consistently ranks among the country’s very best places to study, work, and live.

In addition to student communities, Rackham Life covers a number of local resources supporting

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Living in Ann Arbor
  • Campus Services
  • Help and Support
A pick-up game on Argo Pond
Pleine air classroom