Intergroup Relations

Training and Practicum Students Discuss Their IGR Experiences

As of Winter 2015, undergraduate students have the ability to earn a Minor in Intergroup Relations Education. The minor formalizes a sequence of courses already offered to U-M students, and builds on 60+ years of intergroup relations theory and research.

The Minor in Intergroup Relations Education offers students opportunities to explore social identities in the context of understanding social inequality while becoming critical thinkers and creative, adaptive problem-solvers. The coursework will assist students in focusing on multiple issues in intergroup relations, such as:

  • Social identity
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Inequalities of opportunity
  • Understanding context and social inequalities
  • Skills to work effectively across different identities
  • Leadership in social justice-oriented change

Says IGR Co-Director Kelly Maxwell:

Intergroup education focuses on intergroup contact across social identities, the examination of inequality and conflict, and how groups build coalitions in the face of power inequities. The IGR minor is a valuable complement to any major. Now more than ever, it is crucial for students to become competent national and global citizens who are prepared to understand this nation's history and to work across social divisions and conflict toward a more just and peaceful world. Students who earn a minor in intergroup relations education will develop the insight and skills to lead diverse organizations and work effectively across difference.

Please visit the following links for more information about the Minor in Intergroup Relations Education.