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Core Curriculum

University of Detroit Mercy's mission statement describes an education that integrates “the intellectual, spiritual, moral and social development” of its students.  As the shared academic experience of all Detroit Mercy undergraduates, the Core Curriculum is the foundation for achieving this mission, and for ensuring that each of its graduates will understand, pursue, and live out that mission. 

This page contains an outline of the University of Detroit Mercy Core Curriculum requirements.

Below are the course options for the Core Curriculum - Knowledge Areas and Integrating Themes. Some Detroit Mercy programs have courses that will fulfill both a Core and a program requirement, so college/school information is provided directly below. Always consult with your advisor. Note that some courses have prerequisites.  Check the catalog and class schedule before registering. 

For more details, select your specific college or school from the following list:

If students are following the Old Core due to an approved situation, please refer to the 2016-2017 catalog or the class schedule.

List of University Core Curriculum approved courses

Additional approved classes may exist and will be noted in the TitanConnect course catalog and class schedule.

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    Knowledge Area A: Communication Skills

    A1: Oral Communication
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • CST 1010 Fundamentals of Speech

    A2: Written Communication
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • ENL 1310 Academic Writing
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    Knowledge Area B: Mathematical & Statistical Knowledge

    B1: Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • MTH 1010 Algebra
    • MTH 1020 and MTH 1030 and MTH 1040 Algebra
    • MTH 1110 Mathematical Analysis I
    • MTH 1120 Mathematical Analysis II
    • MTH 1400 Elementary Functions
    • MTH 1410 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
    • MTH 1420 Analytic Geometry & Calculus II

    B2: Statistical and Probabilistic Reasoning
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • BIO 2900 Biostatistics
    • BUS 3300 Fundamentals of Investments
    • DHY 8280 and DHY 8350 Scientific Lit; Scientific Presentation
    • MED 4850 Probability & Statistics for Teachers
    • MTH 2140 Basic Statistics
    • MTH 4270 Applied Probability & Statistics
    • NUR 4226 Applied Statistics for Nursing
    • SOC 4700 Research Methods
    • STA 2250 Statistics
    • SWK 3700 Social Research Methods
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    Knowledge Area C: Scientific Knowledge

    C1: Physical Sciences
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • BIO 1030/SCIE 1030: Environmental Science
    • BIO 1090 Current Topics in Biology
    • BIO 1200 and BIO 1210 General Biology I + Lab
    • BIO 2300 and BIO 2310 Hum Anat & Phys I + Lab
    • BIO 4990 Biology and Social Issues (2)
    • CHM 1015 Chemical Principles (2)
    • CHM 1025 Intro Chem for the Health Sciences
    • CHM 1030 Chemistry in Society (2)
    • CHM 1070 General Chemistry I
    • CHM 1080 General Chemistry II
    • PHY 1080 History of the Universe
    • PHY 1600 and PHY 1610 Gen Physics I + Lab (2)
    • SCIE 1020 Energy and Society

    C2: Social Sciences
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • AAS 3100: Science, Technology, and Race (3)
    • ECN 2950: Microeconomic Principles
    • ECN 2960: Macroeconomic Principles
    • ECN 3050: Money and The Financial System
    • ECN 4355: Comparative Economic Systems (2)
    • ECN 4705: Economic Development (2)
    • EDU 4400: School and Society
    • ENGR 3110: Professional Practice of Engineering (2)
    • GEO 2110: World Regional Geography (2)
    • HSA 4610: Health Economics
    • PYC 1000: Introduction to Psychology
    • PYC 2500: Developmental Psychology (3)
    • PYC 2600: Social Psychology
    • PYC 2650: Psychology of Environment (2)
    • SOC 1000: Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 2100: Cultural Anthropology (2)
    • SOC 4520: Contemporary Social Problems (2)

    (2) - Fulfills two core requirements
    (3) - Fulfills three core requirements

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    Knowledge Area D: Religious & Philosophical Knowledge

    D1: Philosophical Knowledge
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy

    D2: Religious Knowledge
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • CAS 2000/RELS 2000 Catholicism:Spirit & Methods (3)
    • RELS 2001 The Study of Religions
    • RELS 2020 Asian Religions (2)
    • RELS 2030 Western Religions (2)
    • RELS 2120 Introduction to Judaism
    • RELS 2150 The Rise of Christianity
    • RELS 2170 Religion in the United States of America
    • RELS 2180 Black Religion in America (2)
    • RELS 2200 Intro to Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) (2)
    • RELS 2230 Prophets and Visionaries (2)
    • RELS 2240 Jesus and Gospels (2)
    • RELS 2245 Introduction to the New Testament (2)

    D3: Additional PHL/RELS Elective
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • CAS 3000/RELS 4320/HIS 3090 Classical & Contemp Cath (3)
    • CAS 3530/RELS 3530 Dynamics of Spiritual Growth (3)
    • PHL 2500 Symbolic Logic
    • PHL 3010 Social & Political Philosophy
    • PHL 3030 Philosophy of God
    • PHL 3050 Aesthetics (3)
    • PHL 3060 Ancient Philosophy
    • PHL 3070 Medieval Philosophy
    • PHL 3080 Early Modern Philosophy
    • PHL 3081 Philosophy of Feminism (3)
    • PHL 3120 Contemporary Moral Issues
    • PHL 3410 Philosophy of the Human Person
    • PHL 4060 Metaphysics (2)
    • PHL 4091 Existentialism
    • PHL 4240 Philosophy of Law
    • PHL 4400 Contemporary Philosophy
    • RELS 3060 Buddhism (3)
    • RELS 3061 Buddhisms in America (2)
    • RELS 4132 Religions and Global Wellbeing
    • RELS 4140 Gender and Religion (2)
    • RELS 4141 Gender in Asian Traditions (2)
    • RELS 4440 Sexuality & Love in Contemp Christian Thought

    (2) - Fulfills two core requirements
    (3) - Fulfills three core requirements

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    Knowledge Area E: Essential Humanities

    E1: Historical Experiences
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • HIS 1500 Introduction to History
    • HIS 2000 Ancient Mediterranean World
    • HIS 2300 Europe in the 19th & 20th Cent.
    • HIS 2400 Modern Middle East
    • HIS 2500 United States to 1877
    • HIS 2510 United States Since 1877 (2)
    • HIS 2640 Comparative Civilizations
    • HIS 2900 Modern Africa (2)
    • HIS 3170/ARCH 3175 Social Hist of Art in Italy (2)
    • HIS 3480 African-American History (3)

    E2: Literary Experiences
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • ENL 2350 Study of Fiction
    • ENL 2450 Study of Poetry
    • ENL 2650 Study of Drama

    E3: Aesthetic Experiences
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • ARCH 2220 Architectural History & Theory II (2)
    • CST 1120 Visual Communication
    • CST 4120 Documentary Film Production
    • DMS 1710 Introduction to Design
    • ENL 2550 Studies in the Film
    • ENL 3750 Film Genres
    • FINA 2000 Introduction to the Arts
    • HIS 3170/ARCH 3175 Social History of Art in Italy (2)
    • HIS 3190 Introduction to World Art History
    • MUS 2020 Survey of Our Music Heritage
    • MUS 2060 Music of the Theatre
    • MUS 2080 American Music
    • MUS 2090 African-American Women in Music (2)
    • PHL 3050 Aesthetics (3)
    • TRE 1310 Introduction to the Theatre
    • TRE 1610 Fundamentals of Acting

    (2) - Fulfills two core requirements
    (3) - Fulfills three core requirements

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    Knowledge Area F: Ethics and Social Responsibility

    F1: Ethics
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • ENGR 1000 Engineering Ethics (2)
    • ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics
    • ETH 3590 Ethics and Public Policy
    • PHL 2010 Foundations of Ethics
    • RELS 2340 Introduction to Christian Ethics (2)
    • RELS 3480 Justice: Contemp Issues and Theories (2)
    • RELS 4340 Christian Ethics

    (2) - Fulfills two core requirements
    (3) - Fulfills three core requirements

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    Integrating Theme 1: Reading, Writing, and Research across the Curriculum

    IT1: Reading, Writing, and Research across the Curriculum 
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • ARCH 2220 Architectural History and Theory II (2)
    • BIO 4990 Biology and Social Issues (2)
    • BUS 2310 Business Law (2)
    • CHM 1015 Chemical Principles (2)
    • CHM 1030 Chemistry in Society (2)
    • CHM 2300 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
    • CHM 4740 Recent Advances in Biochemistry (2)
    • ENGR 1080 Fundamentals of Engineering Design
    • ENL 2040 Introduction to Business Writing
    • ENL 2060 Intro to Professional Writing (2)
    • ENL 3030 Technical Writing
    • ENL 3260 History of the English Language
    • NUR 3275 and NUR 4230 and NUR 4245 Proj Dev Phases 2, 3, 4 Implementation Plan
    • NUR 4500 Nursing Research & Evidenced-Based Practice
    • PHL 4060 Metaphysics (2)
    • PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology (3)
    • PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology (2)
    • PYC 3430 Health Psychology (2)
    • PYC 3540 Sex Differences and Sex Roles (2)
    • SOC 4520 Contemporary Social Problems (2)
    • SWK 2050 Critical Thinking & Writing for Social Workers (2)
    • WGS 3300 The Complexity of Gender: Applied Approaches for Inquiry and Social Change (2)

    (2) - Fulfills two core requirements
    (3) - Fulfills three core requirements

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    Integrating Theme 2: Critical Thinking

    IT2: Critical Thinking 
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • ARCH 2520 Architectural History & Theory III
    • BIO 4490 Ecology Laboratory
    • BUS 2310 Business Law (2)
    • CSSE 4150 Introduction to Software Engineering
    • ENGR 3150 Thermodynamics I
    • ENL 2060 Introduction to Professional Writing (2)
    • HIS 2510 United States Since 1877 (2)
    • NUR 2500 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice
    • PHL 1500 Critical Thinking
    • PHY 1600 and PHY 1610 Gen Physics I + Lab (2)
    • RELS 2340 Introduction to Christian Ethics (2)
    • RELS 3060 Buddhism (3)
    • RELS 4130 Christianity and World Religions
    • SWK 2050 Critical Thinking & Writing for Social Workers (2)
    • WGS 3300 The Complexity of Gender: Applied Approaches for Inquiry and Social Change (2)

    (2) - Fulfills two core requirements
    (3) - Fulfills three core requirements

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    Integrating Theme 3: Cultural Diversity

    IT3: Cultural Diversity 
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • AAS 2000/SOC 2120 Black America Social Relations and Social Institutions (2)
    • ADS 4950 Multicultural Competence in Treating Substance-Related Disorders
    • ARB 1100 Introduction to Arabic I
    • ARB 1110 Introduction to Arabic II
    • ARB 1120 Introduction to Arabic III
    • ARB 2100 Intermediate Arabic I
    • CHI 1100 Introductory Chinese I
    • CST 3140 Intercultural Communication
    • ECN 4355 Comparative Economic Systems (2)
    • ECN 4705 Economic Development (2)
    • EDU 3200 Comparative Education (2)
    • ENGR 3110 Professional Practice of Engineering (2)
    • FRE 1100 Introduction to French I
    • FRE 1110 Introduction to French II
    • FRE 1120 Introduction to French III
    • FRE 2100 Intermediate French I
    • GER 1100 Introduction to German I
    • GER 1110 Introduction to German II
    • GER 1120 Introduction to German III
    • GER 2100 Intermediate German I
    • HIS 3480 African-American History (3)
    • HLH 2550 Population Health and Epidemiology
    • HSA 3300 Health in the Community 
    • HUS 4410 Multicultural Understanding (2)
    • ITL 1100 Introduction to Italian I
    • ITL 1110 Introduction to Italian II
    • PHL 3050 Aesthetic (3)
    • PHL 3081 Philosophy of Feminism (3)
    • PLS 1100 Introduction to Polish I
    • PYC 3430 Health Psychology (2)
    • PYC 4400 Cross-Cultural Socialization
    • RELS 2020 Asian Religions (2)
    • RELS 2030 Western Religions (2)
    • RELS 3060 Buddhism (3)
    • RELS 3061 Buddhisms in American (2)
    • RELS 4132 Religions and Global Wellbeing (2)
    • SOC 2100 Cultural Anthropology (2)
    • SPA 1100 Introduction to Spanish I
    • SPA 1110 Introduction to Spanish II
    • SPA 1120 Introduction to Spanish III
    • SPA 2100 Intermediate Spanish I

    (2) - Fulfills two core requirements
    (3) - Fulfills three core requirements

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    Integrating Theme 4: Human Difference

    IT4: Human Difference 
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • AAS 2000/SOC 2120 Black America Social Relations and Social Institutions (2)
    • AAS 3100 Science, Technology, and Race (3)
    • CJS 4540 Sociology of Deviant Behavior
    • EDU 3200 Comparative Education (2)
    • ENL 2360 Diverse Voices in Literature (2)
    • ENL 2850 African American Literature
    • GEO 2110 World Regional Geography (2)
    • HIS 2900 Modern Africa (2)
    • HIS 3480 African-American History (3)
    • HUS 4410 Multicultural Understanding (2)
    • MUS 2090 African-American Women in Music (2)
    • NUR 2100 Introduction to Nursing Practice in Mercy and Jesuit Traditions (2)
    • PHL 3081 Philosophy of Feminism (3)
    • PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology (3)
    • PYC 2650 Psychology of Environment (2)
    • PYC 2750 Human Sexuality
    • PYC 3410 Psychology of Personality
    • PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology (2)
    • PYC 3540 Sex Differences and Sex Roles (2)
    • RELS 2180 Black Religion in America (2)
    • RELS 2440 Love & Sexuality in Modern Christian Thought
    • RELS 4140 Gender and Religions (2)
    • RELS 4141 Gender in Asian Traditions (2)
    • WGS 2000 Gender, Sex, and Justice (2)

    (2) - Fulfills two core requirements
    (3) - Fulfills three core requirements

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    Integrating Theme 5: Personal Spiritual Development

    IT5: Personal Spiritual Development 
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • CAS 2000/RELS 2000 Catholicism:Spirit & Methods (3)
    • CAS 3000/RELS 4320/HIS 3090 Classical and Contemporary Catholicism (3)
    • CAS 3530/RELS 3530 Dynamics of Spiritual Growth (3)
    • CTA 3010 and CTA 3020 and ENGR 3000 Engr Co-op I, II; Intro Co-op E&S
    • NUR 2100 Introduction to Nursing Practice in Mercy and Jesuit Traditions (2)
    • NUR 3251 Transitions Into Professional Practice in the Mercy and Jesuit Traditions (2)
    • PHL 3020/RELS 3000 Philosophy of Religion (2)
    • PYC 2620/LEAD 2000 Exploring Leadership (2)

    (2) - Fulfills two core requirements
    (3) - Fulfills three core requirements

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    Integrating Theme 6: Spirituality and Social Justice

    IT6: Spirituality and Social Justice 
    (see College/School specific page for program requirements)

    • AAS 3100 Science, Technology, and Race (3)
    • ARCH 1290 Introduction to Architecture II
    • BUS 3190 Ethics, Bus. Leadership and Social Resp.
    • CAS 2000/RELS 2000 Catholicism:Spirit & Methods (3)
    • CAS 3000/RELS 4320/HIS 3090 Classical and Contemporary Catholicism (3)
    • CAS 3470/RELS 3470 Catholic Social Thought
    • CAS 3530/RELS 3530 Dynamics of Spiritual Growth (3)
    • CHM 4740 Recent Advances in Biochemistry (2)
    • EDU 4000 Introduction to Education
    • ENGR 1000 Engineering Ethics (2)
    • ENL 2360 Diverse Voices in Literature (2)
    • NUR 3251 Transitions Into Professional Practice in the Mercy and Jesuit Traditions (2)
    • NUR 4755 Professional Practice from a Mercy and Jesuit Perspective
    • PHL 3020/RELS 3000 Philosophy of Religion (2)
    • PHL 3560 Peace & Social Justice
    • PYC 2620/LEAD 2000 Exploring Leadership (2)
    • RELS 2200 Intro to Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) (2)
    • RELS 2230 Prophets and Visionaries (2)
    • RELS 2240 Jesus and the Gospels (2)
    • RELS 2245 Introduction to the New Testament (2)
    • RELS 3430 Ethics and Economic Theories
    • RELS 3480 Justice: Contemporary Issues/Theories (2)
    • RELS 4132 Religions and Global Wellbeing (2)
    • WGS 2000 Gender, Sex, and Justice (2)

    (2) - Fulfills two core requirements
    (3) - Fulfills three core requirements

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