The Department of Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts (LPA) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn offers courses and programs in English and American literature, philosophy, art history, applied art, music, and music history.

These courses and programs examine the legacy of the human experience and stress the traditions of free intellectual inquiry, critical thinking and ethical behavior. The department seeks to develop students' ability to engage in analysis and evaluation of texts and artifacts and to articulate their opinions effectively in oral and written form. Students receive personal supervision from senior faculty who are recognized experts in their fields.

Internships & Co-ops

Internships provide students with valuable work experience in their field for academic credit. The opportunities help determine if they have an interest in a particular career.

For more information about internship opportunities within the Literature, Philosophy and the Arts disciplines, please visit the Humanities/History Internship Office in 3028 CB or call at (313)593-5136.

Research Opportunities

The following disciplines in the Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts department have research opportunities available:

  • Every Art History major is required to complete research projects in two capstone seminars: Art History 400 (Senior Seminar in art-historical research methods), and Art History 410 (Museum Practice Seminar I), where students write essays on works of art for an exhibition catalog that accompanies an exhibition put on by students in the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery at UM-D. Independent Study projects guided by faculty members and term papers prepared in upper-level classes may be presented at the annual Meeting of Minds conference, the Michigan Undergraduate Research Forum, and at the conference of the Michigan Academy of Arts & Sciences. All of these opportunities are extremely valuable for students interested in attending graduate school.

  • Every English major is required to complete a research requirement, either by taking an upper-level English course designated “research intensive” or by conducting an Independent Study (ENGL 398/399) under the direction of a faculty member. Independent Study projects can be especially valuable for students interested in attending graduate or professional school. Opportunities for students to present the results of their research are available each year at the Meeting of Minds conference, the Michigan Undergraduate Research Forum, and at the annual conference of the Michigan Academy of Arts & Sciences.

  • Close faculty-student contact is an important feature of the Humanities Program. In their senior year, under the supervision of one or more faculty members with whom they have already worked, students write a thesis or research project that explores the connections and crosscurrents between their chosen fields.

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