Intergroup Relations

Can I receive retroactive LSA Race & Ethnicity credit for the 122 Dialogues course that I took prior to the Winter 2015 semester?

Courses must be at least three credits in order to be eligible to count towards the LSA Race & Ethnicity requirement. Since our 122 Dialogues course was only two credits prior to W15, students who took dialogue before W15 will not be eligible for retroactive R&E credit for the course.

The IGR Facilitator Practicum Course (UC/SOC 321, PSYCH 311) counts for four credits, but has six hours of class time. Why don’t I receive six credits for Practicum?

Unfortunately, we are only able to offer students four credits for the Practicum course, which includes three hours of in-class time on Mondays and three hours of practice or “lab” on Wednesdays (three hours for Practicum and three hours for facilitating Dialogue). This Practicum is comparable to other U-M research practicums where each in-class hour per week counts as one credit hour and additional lab hours count as a single (fourth) credit hour. As such it is similar to other research practicum opportunities in terms of time commitment and credit hours.

When is Foundations of Intergroup Relations (UC/PSYCH/SOC 218) offered?

Currently, the Foundations of Intergroup Relations course is only offered during the fall term. As demand for the class (and the Minor as a whole) grows, we will request to offer the course during both the fall and winter terms.

When is the IGR Capstone Course (UC/SOC 471, PSYCH 411) offered?

Currently, the IGR Capstone Course: Social Justice in the Real World is only offered during the fall term. As demand for the class (and the Minor as a whole) grows, we will request to offer the course during both the fall and winter terms.

Can I count courses toward the IGR Minor that I am using towards a different major(s) or minor(s)?

Students may have one course overlap between a major and a minor. If a student has a double-major, you may still count only one course as overlap between majors and a minor. Students may not have any overlapping courses between two or more minors.

Can I choose my own elective(s), if they are relevant to the IGR Minor course work, or do I have to stick to the IGR Minor Electives sheet?

If you are taking, or would like to take, a course that you believe would be a good elective for the IGR Minor, please first reference the elective criteria:

“The course must address social identities and intergroup relations in some way. Additionally, the course should discuss issues of inequality, power, privilege, and oppression or should focus on leadership and social change.”

If you think a course meets these requirements, please send a message to Kelly Maxwell (kmax@umich.edu) and Adrienne Dessel (adessel@umich.edu) and include the following:

(1) A brief write up of the course and why you believe it should be an IGR Minor Elective

(2) A copy of the course syllabus

Do I have to take the Minor courses in a particular order?

No. Students must declare a major/concentration before they are eligible to declare a minor. This is a University policy.

What is the process for declaring the Intergroup Relations Education Minor? Who do I need to contact or meet with?

In order to declare the IGR Minor, you must meet in person with Kelly Maxwell and/or Adrienne Dessel. In this meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss the requirements for the minor, what praxis track you might consider, how this may be different than other minors, how this minor may help you in your future career or endeavors, etc. You will complete a declaration sheet, and our staff will process the Declaration of Minor with the Newnan Academic Advising Center, to update your student records. It may be helpful to come to this meeting with a printed copy of the Minor Requirements Checklist that you have reviewed ahead of time.

Can I meet with an advisor about the minor, even if I won’t be going through the process of declaring in the meeting?

Absolutely! We strongly encourage our students, including interested students who may not be enrolled in IGR course(s), to come in and meet with our advisors. We offer walk-in advising hours during the times listed on the Advising Hours page. You may also schedule an advising appointment with either Kelly Maxwell (kmax@umich.edu) or Adrienne Dessel (adessel@umich.edu). Please contact them directly by email to set up a time to meet. Additionally, we will be starting a peer advising program at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, with more flexible walk-in advising hours.

I'm interested in doing research AND facilitating a dialogue. Is that possible?

Yes! We have many students who do both research and facilitate with us. However, you will only be able to count either research or facilitation towards the Minor, and not both. There are a few exceptions so check with Kelly Maxwell or Adrienne Dessel if you have questions.

If I am enrolled (or will be enrolling) in research, can I spread my research credits over multiple semesters?

Yes! Research credits may be completed over multiple semesters. For example, students will likely complete two research credits during one semester, and one reserach credit during the following semester. 

I’ve completed a majority of the required classes for the IGR Minor, but I’m graduating soon and won’t have time to complete all the requirements. Am I able to “back into the IGR Minor”?

Maybe! We will work with students to help you meet the necessary requirements in the next year or so. You must meet with Kelly Maxwell or Adrienne Dessel in person to discuss your options.

I am a senior graduating in Spring 2015, am I eligible to declare the IGR Minor?

Unfortunately, current seniors graduating in Spring 2015 are not permitted to declare the Intergroup Relations Education Minor.

I have more questions about the Minor, the declaration process, required courses, the Program in general, etc. – whom should I contact?

Please email IGR.info@umich.edu, and we will direct your question(s) to the appropriate person(s).