Minor in intergroup relations education

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The 15-credit minor in intergroup relations education will change your life forever. Students learn critical analytical skills, problem-solving in groups, intercultural leadership, and a synthesis of intellectual and practical skills to help them create a more just and equitable world. This minor combines with any major at the university to provide students with skills to bravely achieve change together. IGR minors will develop skills to:

  • Raise critical consciousness
  • Interrupt dominant narratives
  • Collaborate across difference

IGR students who pursue the intergroup relations education minor may also earn a certificate in dialogue for community change.

 

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.                    

- Kelly Maxwell, Ph.D., assistant dean for undergraduate education, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

 

Curriculum

Minor in intergroup relations education

Minimum 15 credits 

Choose either of the following classes

  • ALA/PSYCH/SOC 122: Intergroup Dialogues (2 credits), or
  • ALA 220/PSYCH213/SOC 218: Foundations of Intergroup Relations (3 credits) 

Choose ONE of the following tracks

Request to add an elective

If students are taking or would like to take a course that they believe qualifies as an LSA elective course for the IGR minor, please first reference the elective criteria:

  • The course must address social identities and intergroup relations in some way
  • The course should discuss issues of inequality, power, privilege, and oppression
  • Or the course should focus on leadership and social change
  • The elective must be at least a 200-level course

If you think a course may meet the requirements, email your advisor and include the following information: 

  • a brief write up of the course 
  •  why you believe it should be an IGR minor elective 
  •  a copy of the course syllabus


Certificate in dialogue for community change

Students with a declared minor in intergroup relations education are also eligible to participate a certificate in dialogue for social change, a joint undergraduate certificate with the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) program. Learn more about this certificate, criteria, and how to express interest.

 

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Minor FAQs

The 15-credit minor in intergroup relations education will change your life forever. Students learn critical analytical skills, problem-solving in groups, intercultural leadership, and a synthesis of intellectual and practical skills to help them create a more just and equitable world. This minor combines with any major at the university to provide students with skills to bravely achieve change together.

Preferred admittance into the MA in higher education program

Consider a career in higher education. Students who minor in IGR develop a valuable skill set and knowledge base around issues that shape higher education—so those who complete the minor in intergroup relations education qualify for preferred admittance into the Marsal Family School of Education's Master of Arts in higher education.


 

 


 

Have any questions? 

If you're ready to take the next step, please complete our minor interest form and an advisor will contact you. Or, check our frequently asked questions page, and reach out to us any other questions at IGRcourses@umich.edu.