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Great Things at UDM

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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.

Cyber Security Programs Support Homeland Security

The Cybersecurity Center services include everything from the development of digitally literate citizens to the production of experts in the practices of protecting our Nation's virtual infrastructure. The academic program is built around Michigan's oldest National Security Agency (NSA)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE). However, the research and public service offerings extend into all areas of our society, from law enforcement and private security to advanced mobile security and malware protection.  

Online Education Takes Graduate Learning Nationwide

The College of Liberal Arts & Education makes its accredited programs accessible across the country with four graduate degrees available entirely online:

  • Master of Arts in Economics
  • Master of Arts in Financial Economics
  • Master of Science in Computer & Information Systems
  • 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.

Psychology Provides Summer Enrichment Program

The Doctoral Program was awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Health Career Opportunities Program (HCOP) to provide an educational experience for economically and educationally disadvantaged undergraduates. The grant assisted these students in developing skills to apply for and be accepted into graduate school in a behavioral health profession. 

“ASK the Professor” Broadcasts 64th Year

UDM's own radio-style quiz show—and one of the oldest quiz shows still broadcasting in the U.S.— recently began its 64th 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.

Education Professor Named Deputy Mayor of Detroit

Associate Professor of Education Isaiah McKinnon was appointed to Mayor Mike Duggan’s Transition Team in Fall 2013 and named deputy mayor of Detroit.

Dean Mark Denham Leads CLAE

Mark E. Denham serves as dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education. Previously, he was on the faculty of University of Toledo's Political Science and Public Administration department for 18 years. Find out more about the new dean in the UDM news release.

Education Chair Receives Fulbright Award

Lorri MacDonald, chair of the Department of Education at University of Detroit Mercy, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant in 2014 to work with Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia (Russia) to collaborate and develop teacher and school leadership preparation programs for the institution.

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.’ Watch a preview of “Stealing Home” on YouTube.


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.

Economic Symposium

More than 100 people attended "The State of the Economy" Symposium at the Macomb University Center in April 2014. The event offered a series of unique perspectives on various aspects of the economy.

Original Multimedia Play Brings Awareness and Inspiration about Slavery

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Theatre Company of University of Detroit Mercy announced the world premiere of the multimedia docudrama production Jordan Anderson Writes a Letter by Dr. Arthur J. Beer. Based on actual events, this original play followed the life a slave who, freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, fled with his family from Ohio to Tennessee to bring home a lesson in compassion, defiance and dignity. This production was sponsored by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment of the Arts, Michigan’s Humanities Council, the National Humanities Endowment, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Chrysler Group LLC.

Ethics Team Represents UDM in Championship Competition

The UDM Ethics Bowl team participated in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl International Championships competition, held in February by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in Jacksonville, Fla. UDM achieved the best record of all the teams from the State of Michigan, which included the University of Michigan, Oakland University and Western Michigan University. 

CLAE Hosts First Sports Journalism Conference

The Communication Studies Department hosted its first sports journalism conference for high school students to highlight careers in sports communication. Students had the opportunity to speak with experts, including Tom Leyden, Channel 7 sports anchor; Lynn Henning, The Detroit News Tigers beat reporter; Joanne Gherstner, former espnW editor; Perry Farrell, Detroit Free Press sports reporter and Michael Happy, Fox Sports Detroit.

Great Alumni

CLAE alums are known for doing 'Great Things':

•  Thomas Page ‘71,’76, a member of the Dean's Advisory Board, organized the bike route for Handlebars for the Homeless, and streamed riders through UDM's campus.

• Deonte Osayande '11, '13, rocked the national poetry slam competition in California as part of the Detroit Poetry Slam Team. Watch Deonte deliver an outstanding performance on this clip from WDIV's Live in the D.

• The following alumni spoke to students in designated classes during CLAE’s Alumni Week: Michael Martinez ’12, The Detroit News reporter and former editor of The Varsity News, visited the “Academic Writing” course; David Sampson ’96, CEO of Mariners Inn, visited the “Social Welfare Policy” class; and Bob Sadler ’88, public relations director for the Detroit Historical Society, spoke to a journalism class.