Great Things at UDM

liberal arts educationGreat Things at the College of Liberal Arts and Education

More than 20 Majors and 20 Minors

The College of Liberal Arts & Education offers more than 20 majors and minors to help give students the edge in today’s job market. A UDM liberal arts education helps students gain skills employers want by creating graduates who are flexible and relevant in a rapidly changing workplace.

New Group Supports First-Generation College Students at UDM

1stGen@UDM works to support first-generation college students across the University of Detroit Mercy community.  Founded by Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison, one of the group’s first initiatives was partnering with the national Center for Student Opportunity and spearheading UDM's “I’m First” video project.   Jason Roche, associate professor of Communication Studies, has filmed 19 videos with UDM students, professors, staff members and administrators talking about their first-generation college experience.

“ASK the Professor” Broadcasts 65th Year

atpUDM's own radio-style quiz show—and one of the oldest quiz shows still broadcasting in the U.S.— began its 65th year on the air. Produced by CLAE’s Communication Studies Department, the show creates opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience as radio show producers.

Cyber Security Programs Support Homeland Security

The Center for Cyber Security & Intelligence Studies (Center) focuses on the production of experts in the practices of protecting our Nation's cyber-dependent infrastructure. The academic program is built around the National Security Agency (NSA)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (NIETP/CAE). The research and public service offerings range from supporting cyber competitions in the middle and high schools to working with law enforcement and private industry.  

Online Education Takes Graduate Learning Nationwide

The College of Liberal Arts & Education offers three degree programs that can be completed entirely online in one academic year:

  • Master of Arts in Economics
  • Master of Arts in Financial Economics
  • Master of Science in Information Assurance

Professional Education Program Is Nationally Certified

University of Detroit Mercy’s Teacher Education Program, designed to develop effective educators in today’s world, is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) through 2017.

New Education Partnership with Archdiocese of Detroit

UDM’s Education Department has partnered with the Archdiocese of Detroit (AOD). The program provides needs-based professional development for educators and administrators who are part of AOD schools. UDM has been working with AOD schools for many years with placements for its Education Program students as fieldwork students, student teachers and administrative interns as well as providing workshops.

NBC Mini-series Finds Research at UDM

Members of the writing and research team for "Freedom Run," an eight-part, NBC mini-series based on the Betty DeRamus' novel, Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad, met with Professor of History and Director of the Black Abolitionist Archives Roy Finkenbine to gather research for the production. Motown legend Stevie Wonder is executive producer for the mini-series.

Positive Employment Trend for Psychology School Specialists

The Psychology Department’s School Specialist Program passed its eighth consecutive year of graduating a class with full employment.

Professor Creates Award-Winning Documentary

"Stealing Home," a documentary created by Associate Professor of Communication Studies Jason Roche, chronicles a group of determined Detroiters who have fought the blight and restored the grounds where Detroit's historic Tiger Stadium once stood. The film has won several awards, including the Detroit Free Press ‘Best of the Fest.’ 

English Professor Awarded 2015 Bookwoman Award

Mary-Catherine Harrison, associate professor of English, was honored with the 2015 Bookwoman Award, a biannual award that honors women who have made significant contributions to libraries, literacy or publishing, by the Detroit Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.

Internships Prepare Communication Studies Students with Great Experience

The Communications Studies Program consistently places its students in media internships at newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations around metro Detroit, which is one of the major media markets in the nation.

Psychology Clinic Partners with UDM Athletics Department

The Psychology Clinic Sport Psychology program along with UDM’s Athletics Department provides workshops and individual coaching for teams, coaches and student athletes. Together, they launched the first orientation session for parents of new student athletes. 

CLAE Recognized for Addiction Studies Program

The Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies program has been recognized by the online blog Best Psychology Degrees as one of the “30 great small colleges for a counseling degree.”

Grants awarded to College

Fulbright Grant for Brazil

Director of Language & Culture Training Lara Wasner received a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant of $84,707 from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the project, "African Contributions and Contemporary Issues in Northeast Brazil: A Curriculum Development Project Integrating Social Sciences and the Arts."

Grants to Enhance Counselor Education and Community Wellbeing

Nancy Calleja, professor and department chair of Counseling and Addiction Studies, received a $700,000 grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration to provide enhanced training and preparation to master's level students in UDM’s Counseling Program who are pursuing careers specializing in the treatment of at- and high-risk adolescents.  The three-year project (2014-2017) will train more than 40 graduate level counselors to specifically work with youth with the most complex needs in Detroit and southeast Michigan.

Sheri Pickover, associate professor of Counseling, has been awarded a grant of $50,000 by the Flinn Foundation to support the project, "Program Evaluation of the Emotional Skills Building Curriculum." Kimberly Childers, adjunct professor of Counseling, will collaborate on the project.

Nancy Calleja, professor and department chair of Counseling and Addiction Studies, received a $780,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to lead a three-year project (2015-2018) to train more than 1,000 dentists, psychologists, physicians' assistants, nurses and counselors in the assessment and referral to treatment for addiction who will be working in Detroit and across Southeast Michigan. UDM project collaborators include Daniel Duryea (Addiction Studies), E. J. Newness (Dentistry), Elizabeth Rodems (Dentistry), Carla Groh (Nursing), Sharon Moser (Physician’s Assistant), Sheri Pickover (Counseling), and Cheryl Munday (Psychology). 

Mental Illness and Health Care

Kristen Abraham and Cheryl Munday, both from UDM's Department of Psychology, along with collaborators from UDM's McAuley School of Nursing (Carla Groh) and Wayne State University (Heather Dillaway) received a $417,827 Academic Research Enhancement grant from the National Institutes of Health to study factors associated with primary care utilization among individuals with serious mental illness. When completed, the research will shed light on barriers to care and will provide information regarding avenues for increased access to health care services among this population. The study runs from 2015-2018.

Grant Supports The Theatre Company

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded a $27,000 grant to support The Theatre Company's "Low Hanging Fruit" project, a multi-phase effort focused on assisting female veterans and victims of post-traumatic stress disorder.