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The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters recognizes that the undergraduate student experience is about more than choosing a major and taking classes. So we provide hands-on experiences to undergraduates — seminars, engaging programs, and community experiences that go beyond or expand upon academic majors.

These experiences are known as High-Impact Practices (HIPs), and result in more successful outcomes for the students who engage with them.

Advantages of HIPs

  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social responsibility
  • Global awareness
  • Teamwork
  • Critical thinking

CASL HIPs

  • Academic Service Learning/ Community Engagement

    Through academic service learning (ASL), students gain a more intimate and deeper understanding of course content while engaging in the civic life of a community. ASL takes students beyond the classroom and into the community.

    Academic Service Learning/Community Engagement

  • Clubs & Organizations

    The campus is home to more than 145 student organizations, each one offering an opportunity to collaborate and connect ... Learn to lead — learn to listen — pursue your passion or explore new interests.

    Clubs & Organizations

  • Cooperative Education and Internships

    These programs provide you with direct experience in a work setting and give you the benefit of supervision and coaching from professionals in the field.

    Cooperative Education and Internships

  • First-Year Seminars

    First-Year Seminars are small classes designed to ease your transition to the University and help you develop a community of friends ... available in the Fall of your first semester at UM-Dearborn.

    First-Year Seminars

  • Honors Program

    The Honors Program teaches you to think critically and independently, and to express your thoughts clearly and effectively. Classes are small, enabling you to interact closely with the faculty and each other.

    Honors Program

  • Study Abroad/Study Away

    Take your learning experience to the next level and become globally literate by experiencing an in-depth study of another country and culture, while at the same time, getting credit towards your degree. 

    Study Abroad/Study Away

  • Undergraduate Research

    Virtually every CASL program offers you the opportunity to engage in research ... Students have the opportunity to present their projects.

    CASL Undergraduate Research Showcase

    Meeting of Minds

  • Writing/Capstone Projects

    These courses emphasize writing at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum. Capstone projects require you to create a project that integrates and applies what you’ve learned.

    Writing/Capstone Projects

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