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The Wonder of Why

At LSA, we wonder. We wonder why we are here. We ask how the universe works, and how we organize societies. We all wonder—but the great professors and students use curiosity as a catalyst to find answers to the biggest questions. Wonder begins with a simple “why” and leads to discovery that advances science and society while shaping our world for the better.

Breakthroughs in understanding the human experience

Fundamental questions about nature, Earth, and the universe

Unraveling the mysteries of people, society, and relationships

What happens when technology and humanity collide? There can be significant ethical, identity, and inequality implications. The U-M Digital Studies Institute unites experts from across campus to explore how the digital world impacts the people in it—and those who are left out.




The projects mark the launch of LSA’s Meet the Moment Research Initiative, a new program that addresses today’s biggest challenges, including social justice and environmental issues, through liberal arts research and interdisciplinary collaboration.


It's an exciting time for social sciences research. More data and research methodologies are available than ever before. Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, or QMSS, offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to learn data-based research that is usually reserved for grad school.

Research STORIES




U-M is an R1 doctoral university, which indicates very high research activity

Public Research University in the U.S.

– National Science Foundation

Students involved in research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)