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Theme Semester

Imagine the U-M community collectively exploring ideas around a common theme. Water, for example. Or the universe. Or language.

Theme Semesters provide exactly this opportunity. Anchored in the College of LSA, Theme Semesters provide intellectual and cultural immersion in a particular topic across U-M. Students combine coursework with lectures, museum exhibits, music or theater performances, film series, and more.

This exploration doesn’t just stay inside the academy, either. Theme Semester events are generally open to the public and are done frequently in collaboration with community organizations.

Theme Semesters have been an integral part of the teaching and learning experience on campus for more than two decades, connecting the great intellectual and cultural strengths of the University of Michigan to the issues defining our world today.

Upcoming Theme Semester

Winter and Fall 2024 Semesters | Year of Sustainability

2024 has been named LSA’s Year of Sustainability. Our goal: to bring the LSA community together on key topics related to sustainability in general and the climate crisis in particular, evaluate our progress towards broad goals so far, and to launch new initiatives. The Year of Sustainability will be a launchpad for work that continues well into the future. 

A key part of the Year of Sustainability are these two theme semesters, a time when you can find a multitude of classes that address these issues through the lenses of the natural and socials sciences and even the humanities. For theme semester course information, visit the Special Offerings section of the LSA Course Guide.


LSA offers a large number of courses in support of theme semesters. These can be found in the special offerings section of the LSA Course Guide.