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Major Arts & Ideas in the Humanities

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

22541 USD
7537 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 75 USD
Residential College (RC)
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)88
TOEFL-PBT (min)560
SAT (avg)1350
ACT (avg)29

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About this course

Arts and Ideas Major offers students the ability to construct an interdisciplinary major in the arts and humanities. Majors can combine either two humanities disciplines or a humanities discipline with an artistic practice. Many courses focus on a specific historical moment or context, encouraging students to examine a particular culture through a broad range of different media. In these courses, students are asked to develop interpretive and analytical skills appropriate to the arts. Courses in visual studies, performance, and studio art provide training in the comparative analysis or practice of different art forms. By combining practice with the academic study of art, the Arts and Ideas curriculum encourages students to reflect on the origins of art, and to engage in its contexts, whether productive or historical.

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Eligibility Criteria

Specific Course Requirements:


General Requirements :

The University of Michigan requires a high level of proficiency in English, so that all students are able to participate fully in University life, both in and out of class. Applicants that do not speak English as their native language are required to provide proof of English proficiency.

Testing requirements
Who must take an English Proficiency test?
All transfer applicants that do not speak English as their native language must provide proof of English proficiency. The English proficiency requirement is not based on citizenship. Non-native speakers of English must submit current, official test scores from TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS to complete a transfer application.

Exceptions to the English proficiency tests include only lifetime residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States (other than Puerto Rico). Students who have recently and successfully completed at least 4 years of rigorous academic studies in one of the countries listedmight also be exempted if SAT critical reading scores are in the mid-600 range.

Applicants that meet the above criteria and wish to request an exemption from the English proficiency requirement must present SAT scores and send a written request containing full name, U-M ID and requested term of enrollment to:

University of Michigan
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
515 East Jefferson Street
1220 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Accepted English Proficiency tests
The University accepts the results of the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (IELTS). The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is not accepted.

Generally accepted minimum scores
English proficiency scores are one component in the overall review of an application. Generally accepted minimum scores for each of the accepted tests are:

  • MELAB: 80-85 range with section scores of at least 80
  • TOEFL (PBT): 570-600 range with section scores of at least 57
  • TOEFL (iBT): 88-100 range with section scores of at least 23 in listening and reading, and at least 21 in speaking and writing
  • IELTS: 6.5-7.0 range with section scores of at least 6.5

Sending test scores
Test scores are valid for two years from the date an application is received. Expired scores will not be accepted. Copies of test scores or scores submitted by applicants are not accepted. Only test scores received directly from the testing agency will be accepted. TOEFL scores are not accepted unless received directly from ETS. The U-M Ann Arbor TOEFL code is 1839.

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Course Modules

History and Theory: There are two areas: (A) Historical Perspectives and (B) Issues of Modernity. Students take two courses in one area and one in the remaining area:

  • Historical Perspectives
  • RCHUMS 309 Classical Sources of Modern Culture
  • RCHUMS 310 Pagans, Christians, Barbarians in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
  • RCHUMS 314 The Figure of Rome in Shakespeare and 16th-Century Painting
  • RCHUMS 315 Representations of History in the Literature and Visual Arts of Rome
  • RCHUMS 344 Reason and Passion in the 18th Century
  • RCHUMS 354 Race and Identity in Music
  • RCHUMS 373 The Performing Arts in South and Southeast Asia

Issues of Modernity

  • RCHUMS 290 Arts and Ideas of the 20th Century
  • RCHUMS 291 Arts and Ideas of the 19th Century
  • RCHUMS 305 Cultural Confrontations in the Arts
  • RCHUMS 308 Art and Culture: Arts and Ideas of South and Southeast Asia
  • RCHUMS 318 Critical Approaches to Literature
  • RCHUMS 342 Representing the Holocaust in Literature, Film and the Visual Arts
  • RCHUMS 356 The Symphonic Century; Music and Revolution in the 19th Century
  • RCHUMS 372 The Subject in the Aftermath of Revolution

Visual Studies, Performance, and Studio Arts: Two courses selected from one or more of the following areas.

  • RCHUMS 236 Art of the Film
  • RCHUMS 312 Central European Cinema
  • RCHUMS 313 Russian and Ukrainian Cinema


  • RCHUMS 235 Topics in World Dance
  • RCHUMS 260 The Art of Dance: An Introduction to American and European Dance History
  • RCHUMS 444 George Balanchine and the Transformation of American Dance

Studio Arts

  • RCARTS 268 Introduction to Visual Thinking and Creativity
  • RCARTS 269 Elements of Design
  • RCARTS 285 Photography
  • RCARTS 286 Sculpture
  • RCARTS 287 Printmaking
  • RCARTS 288 Introduction to Drawing
  • RCARTS 289 Ceramics


  • RCHUMS 249 Foundations of Music
  • RCHUMS 250 Chamber Music
  • RCHUMS 251 Topics in Music
  • RCHUMS 252 Topics in Musical Expression
  • RCHUMS 253 Choral Ensemble
  • RCHUMS 256 Studying and Playing Southeast Asian Music
  • RCHUMS 258 Afro Cuban Drumming and Styles
  • RCHUMS 259 Musical Improvisation
  • RCHUMS 350 Creative Musicianship
  • RCHUMS 351 Creative Musicianship: Theory Lab
  • RCHUMS 352 Found Instruments

Specialized Study: Seven upper-level courses (300 and above) distributed among two areas of focus. Four courses must be selected from one area and three in the remaining area. These areas and the specific courses considered appropriate for inclusion are determined by the student in consultation with the Arts and Ideas designated advisor. Possible areas of specialization include, for example: drama and anthropology; photography and history of art; literature and history; creative writing and African-American studies. However, no more than one of the two specializations may be in the practice of an art form.

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How to Apply

Freshmen Applicants :

All students follow the same basic steps to apply to U-M (although there are variations for transfer and international students). First, you must fill out and submit The Common Application as well as theUniversity of Michigan Questions, along with the $75 application fee (or fee waiver request*). A completed application also includes each of the items below submitted by our deadline:

  • High School Transcript
  • School Report
  • One Teacher Evaluation
  • Counselor Recommendation (encouraged, but not required)
  • SAT with writing or ACT with writing test scores
  • TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores (for non-native speakers of English)
  • Official college transcripts (for high school students dual enrolled in a college or university)

Do not submit any extra documents unless specifically requested, as this may only delay your decision.

  • Your SAT/ACT test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency and received in the office before the deadline. Please plan ahead— rush paper scores are not accepted.
  • Also note that if you plan to take the ACT or SAT in October, those scores will not arrive in time to complete your application for Early Action.

Note : There are additional instructions and requirements when applying to several schools.

International Students :

International students are valued members of the University of Michigan campus community. The wealth of global and cultural experience they bring adds significantly to the rich and varied tapestry of backgrounds they will find here.

The University has a long history of engaging the world on many levels — as an international student, you help maintain and further our standing and deep connection with the global community.

How to Apply ?

The application process for international students at the University of Michigan is the same process all undergraduate students undertake, with a few key differences. The requirements may vary depending on your country of origin and specific educational history, particularly the type of transcript you will need to submit.

Important Application Steps

  • You must apply via The Common Application, and submit the University of Michigan Questions. International students are not eligible for application fee waivers.
  • All undergraduate first-year applicants are required to submit test results from either the SAT with writing or the ACT with writing.
  • Submit the School Report.
  • Submit one Teacher Evaluation.
  • Submit a Counselor Recommendation (encouraged, but not required).
  • Submit your high school transcript. An official English translation is required to accompany the transcript if the transcript is not issued in English by the school. 
  • If you are a speaker of English as a second language, you will need to submit your MELAB, TOEFL, or IELTS scores.

Please note that international students on temporary visas are not eligible for financial aid, and should expect to pay the full cost of attendance. Scholarships are generally not available.   

Do not submit any extra documents unless specifically requested, as this may only delay your decision.


As one who lives a great distance from Michigan and the United States, it’s important to submit your application, test scores, and related materials as soon as possible — ideally, long before you plan on attending the U-M. Your application materials will be reviewed once all of them have been received. Although deadlines vary by school, college, or program, some general deadlines to keep in mind include:

  • Fall—February 1
  • Early Action—November 1
  • Winter—October 1
  • Spring—February 1
  • Summer—February 1

Transfer Students :

The U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions handles transfers for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the College of Engineering.

A successful U-M transfer student to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts:

  • Is in good academic and social standing at his/her prior institution.
  • Has a distinguished record of college work, earning a cumulative GPA of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.
  • Has earned sophomore or junior standing (preferably) with transferable credit earned at a community college or another two- or four-year college or university.
  • A successful U-M transfer student to the College of Engineering will have completed prerequisite courses at their current school with a minimum GPA. 
  • GPA requirements vary by department and may change at any time. Non-native speakers of English must provide proof of English proficiency.

Required Tests

If you took the ACT or SAT as a high school student, we require that you send those scores to the University so they can be evaluated as part of your transfer application; please have the scores sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the testing agency. If you have not yet had your scores reported to the University of Michigan, you may request to have them sent online using these U-M codes:

  • ACT(U-M code is 2062)
  • SAT(U-M code is 1839)

Rush paper scores are not accepted.

If you did not take the ACT or SAT as a high school student, these scores will not be required as part of your transfer application to the University of Michigan and you should not sit for the exams as a college student.

MELAB, TOEFL, or IELTS test scores are required of all speakers of English as a second language.

Application Materials

All transfer students are required to submit the following prior to the deadline date:

  • Completed application (The Common Application and University of Michigan Questions, with the $75 application fee or fee waiver request*.)
  • Final official secondary school record, including 9th-12th grades, test data, and graduation date
  • GED results, if applicable
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Academic Evaluator/Instructor recommendation (note this is not required of transfer applicants to the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, but may enhance the application during the review process)
  • Application fee
  • Required test scores: ACT with writing or SAT with writing if taken as a high school student; and MELAB, TOEFL, IELTS if English is not your first language
  • Requirements for specific schools and colleges (i.e., portfolio, audition request, etc.), if applicable

Mailing address :

University of Michigan

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

515 East Jefferson Street

1220 Student Activities Building

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

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