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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

Fall 2023 | Arts and Resistance

This campus-wide theme semester will be co-sponsored by LSA, the U-M Museum of Art (UMMA), and the U-M Arts Initiative, and explore how the visual, performing, and literary arts play a central role in shaping cultural and political narratives. “Arts & Resistance” will generate public performances, courses, lectures, conferences, exhibitions, workshops, and mini-grants for students, creating an immersive experience that engages the U-M community and broader public in the power of the arts to shape society.

Events, programs, funding resources for project ideas, and more can be found on UMMA’s Theme Semester website:

You can also reach the organizers via email at:


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.