The Center for Global and Intercultural Study, known around campus simply as “CGIS” (see-jihs), provides undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds a wide variety of global engagement and learning opportunities around the world. CGIS currently offers more than 90 programs in 40 countries around the globe. CGIS programming features semester-long study abroad options, 3–10 week programs during spring and summer, and academic- and calendar-year programs.
CEAL promotes engaged academic learning through a series of initiatives and offers workshops and program-specific training for students working in local and global communities. CEAL also offers pedagogical workshops and one-on-one and group consultations for graduate students, faculty, and staff interested in establishing or enhancing courses that bridge academic and community-centered learning, whether domestically or abroad.
optiMize is a supportive community for student innovators working toward a just and sustainable world. optiMize programs are designed to help students get started and keep going, and to create a future where every student has a chance to identify challenges they’re passionate about and take action to make an impact.
The ALA curriculum provides opportunities for big-picture learning, professional development, and community engagement that complement the specialization students get from departments. It was created as a nondepartmental home for courses on essential skills for college success and other curricular and co-curricular opportunities, especially for first- and second-year students as they explore majors, minors, internships, and other options for education, leadership, and personal growth. ALA is a space for broadly integrative, multi-disciplinary teaching and learning.
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The International Institute (II) stimulates research and teaching on critical areas of the world and on international issues that cut across world regions and disciplines. The institute fosters cooperation among the university’s departments, schools, and colleges. The II houses 17 centers and programs focused on specific world regions and global themes. II centers rank among the nation’s finest in their respective fields of study and bring together faculty experts from across the U-M campus.
The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) is the focal point for the new multidisciplinary area of data science at the University of Michigan. This area covers a wide spectrum of scientific pursuits (development of concepts, methods, and technology) for data collection, management, analysis, and interpretation as well as their innovative use to address important problems in science, engineering, business, and other areas.
The Michigan Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics (MCAIM) has the broad aim of serving as the focal point for activities that integrate mathematics with the sciences across the University of Michigan. The Department of Mathematics is its administrative home.
The Center for the Study of Complex Systems (CSCS) is a multi- and interdisciplinary program at the University of Michigan designed to encourage and facilitate research and education in the general area of nonlinear, dynamical and adaptive systems. Researchers at the Center recognize that many difference types of systems that include self regulation, feedback or adaptation in their dynamics possess similar underlying structure despite their apparent differences. Their goal is to exploit these deep structural similarities to transfer methods of analysis and understanding from one field to another.
The Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context (CSBYC) at the University of Michigan focuses on research and action related to the social, psychological, and educational development of African-American children and youth. A primary mission of the CSBYC is to better understand the many assets and resources of Black youth: the strengths they possess, as well as those they draw on from family, school, and communities to support their positive development and protect them against risks and challenges they may experience.
The Interdisciplinary Program in Organizational Studies at the University of Michigan provides multiple perspectives on how we create and influence organizations, and how we are in turn influenced by them. Organizational Studies is an intensive interdisciplinary major for select undergraduate students, designed to train the future leaders of an organizational world.
The Barger Leadership Institute (BLI) is a student-powered, faculty-guided community dedicated to developing leadership learning through engaged liberal arts education. Future generations of Michigan leaders will face a complex, volatile, and ambiguous world where problems of global scope affect even the most local decisions and effective solutions require collaborations that span competing interests, sectors, and nations. Making a difference will require versatile leadership skills, cosmopolitan sensibilities, innovative mindsets, and the ability to embrace, evaluate, and act in challenging new situations.
The interdisciplinary nature of cognitive science fosters students’ exploration of complex issues concerning how the brain and mind work. Faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students all interact in unique interdisciplinary collaborations, inside and out of the classroom. Graduate students from the supporting disciplines work with undergraduates in teaching and laboratory settings.
The English Language Institute (ELI) is an independent unit of LSA which provides language, academic, and intercultural support to members of the University of Michigan community. ELI offerings include credit-bearing English for Academic Purposes courses and non-credit workshops for international graduate students; language and pedagogy courses for prospective and current graduate student instructors (GSIs); ESL/EFL teacher training courses for undergraduates; one-one one language support; courses for visiting scholars, researchers, faculty, staff, and post-docs; and a Conversation Circles program which connects international students with U-M volunteer facilitators for informal language practice and cultural exchange.