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Undergraduate Opportunities

The Institute for the Humanities has many exciting opportunities for Michigan undergraduates. Students can receive support for self-organized interest groups on topics related to the humanities. An undergraduate engagement group assists the institute in developing programming of relevance to the undergraduate population. We also offer opportunities for students to develop professional skills and experience through internships and fellowships.

Inside the classroom, we continue to offer innovative, interdisciplinary courses. Visiting artists and fellows offer mini-courses as part of their residencies, and staff regularly offer courses designed to appeal to humanities majors and non-majors alike.

Undergraduate Student Academic Interest Groups

For the second year, the Institute for the Humanities invites proposals from undergraduate students for interest groups on humanities-related topics. Have you and your friends been inspired by a discussion in one of your courses about a period in history, a philosophical tradition, a particular theorist, an artist’s political stance, a cultural phenomenon, or a particular way of reading a novel? Have you found yourselves continuing the discussion outside of class? Do you know other students with similar interests who want to gather regularly to discuss ideas and readings? The Institute for the Humanities will provide support for a group based around your interests.

The topic of the group’s discussion may or may not relate to your major or minor, or to your plans after graduation. These are not pre-professional groups; rather, this is an opportunity to take advantage of the amazing intellectual community a university like Michigan makes possible.

These undergraduate interest groups should be self-organized by student members and maintain a core membership through the academic year. To be considered active, a group should meet at least six times through the academic year. Funding will be provided for one year, though groups may apply to continue the group into the following year.

To have your group considered for this program, we ask that you submit the following:

  •    a title for your group (e.g. “Occupy Derrida,” or “The Seventeenth-century Collective”)
  •    the primary contact for the group; i.e. the student who will serve as coordinator
  •    a statement of no more than 500 words describing the idea for the group
  •    a budget

The support for these groups generally consists of funding for food and supplies (for example readings) for the group’s meetings, as well as a stipend of $250 for the year for the group’s primary undergraduate student coordinator (contingent on the group’s remaining active through the year).

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


Support for Undergraduate Abroad Experiences

The Institute for the Humanities has established a partnership with the Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) to provide scholarship support to international studies majors and minors for internships and study abroad opportunities as well as research grants. Scholarships range from $500 to $3,500 for a total of $20,000 in annual scholarship support.  Applications are accepted through PICS.

The Institute for the Humanities has also supported the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) to fund one Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates site each summer. In 2012, the institute provided funding support for a project in Indonesia with the topic of "Preserving Ecology and Local Culture in a Global World."  For additional information see the CGIS website.

Undergraduate Courses

The Institute for the Humanities frequently offers interdisciplinary undergraduate courses taught by U-M and visiting fellows. Check the LSA Course Guide for current and past offerings.