Special Academic Programs

These programs provide special academic opportunities for students:

Academic Service Learning: Supports the incorporation into academic courses and programs of volunteer activities with such groups as community organizations and social service agencies.

First Year Seminars: Small classes on special topics designed exclusively for first-year students. First Year Seminars ease the academic and the social transition to college while engaging students intellectually and fulfilling one of their distribution requirements.

Honors Program: Provides qualified, highly-motivated students an opportunity both to meet basic requirement and to obtain a well-balanced education through small, rigorous classes and extensive interaction with faculty and other students.

Inside Out Program: The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program increases opportunities for men and women, inside and outside of prison, to have transformative learning experiences that emphasize collaboration and dialogue, inviting participants to take leadership in addressing crime, justice, and other issues of social concern.

Institute for Local Government: The mission of the Institute for Local Government is to improve the capacity of local elected officials to govern effectively and address local problems from a regional perspective.

Pre-Med Program: Provides guidance and support for those students interested in applying to medical school after completing their degree at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Retired Persons Scholarship Program: Offers retirees the opportunity to attend classes alongside traditional-aged undergraduates.

SOAR Program: Provides a wide range of support for non-traditionally aged individuals experiencing socioeconomic challenges who wish to begin or resume their post-secondary education. SOAR students receive reduced tuition and text book subsidy in their first year as well as academic and personal support that continues throughout their tenure as UM-Dearborn students.

Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL): Develops the analytical abilities and skills of undergraduate women and promotes their desire to become community leaders.

Writing Program: Offers a range of courses, academic support, and co-curricular activities--including the Campus Writing Centers, the campus Writing Awards competition, and the Composition Placement E/xamination--to undergraduate and graduate students across the university.