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This section lists a number of programs and services which are available and may be of interest or use to undergraduate, professional and transfer students in any college.

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    American Language and Culture Program

    Director: Weihong Sun
    Office: Reno Hall, Room 16
    McNichols Campus
    Phone: (313) 993-3323
    Fax: (313) 993-1192
    Email: sunwe@udmercy.edu

    Through assessment, placement, and instruction, the American Language and Culture Program equips students with language skills and cultural understanding necessary for them to meet their educational and professional goals in an American university setting. The program collaborates with University partners, providing English language evaluation, consultation and intercultural exchange to foster a diverse international community.

    Assessment

    Assessment of language skills is made during the week prior to the first official class day.

    Placement

    After assessment testing, students are placed in one of the following courses of study:

    • Intensive English - 22 hours of instruction per week.
    • Intermediate English - 9 hours of instruction per week.
    • Academic Writing and Culture Seminar - 3 hours of instruction per week.
    • Full-time degree-directed study.

    Instruction

    Regular Detroit Mercy students are provided instruction on the McNichols campus. Students attending Detroit Mercy programs at the Macomb University Center may take ALCP 5201 or ALCP 5315 at the Macomb Center if there are sufficient numbers of registrants. Course schedules coincide with the regular University academic calendar which has three 15-week terms beginning the first week of September, January and May.

    Course Offerings

    • ALCP 1010 Intensive English (0 credits)

    An intensive course of 22 hours of concentrated study each week. Students study grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, pronunciation, conversation skills, listening, note-taking, writing and American culture.

    • ALCP 2010 Intermediate English (0 credits)

    Reading

    The main objectives of the intermediate reading course are vocabulary development, reading speed, and text analysis with emphasis on knowledge of facts, inference, and evaluation skills. Practice is given in test-taking, close techniques and context clues.

    Listening and Speaking

    Included in this intermediate level oral/aural course is training in the skills of lecture comprehension, note taking, oral presentation and group task-solving techniques.

    Academic Writing

    This class prepares students for the writing tasks they will be asked to perform in their academic programs. Academic writing involves summarizing information, writing descriptions, making observations and explaining processes.

    • ALCP 3150 Academic Writing and Culture Seminar (0 credits)

    This class provides an advanced ESL student with the composition skills necessary for undergraduate coursework. Cultural and anthropological topics provide integrated reading, speaking, thinking and writing practice.

    Note: Undergraduate students receive 4 credits for ALCP 2010 or 3150. These four credits are not counted toward graduation requirements. Students receive a letter grade on their transcripts. Points for the grade are factored into the grade-point averages of undergraduate students.

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    Black Abolitionist Archive

    Director: Roy E. Finkenbine, Ph.D.
    Office: Briggs Building, Room 318
    McNichols Campus
    Phone: (313) 993-1016
    Email: finkenre@udmercy.edu

    The Black Abolitionist Archive is an historical research center devoted to the study of African Americans involved in the transatlantic struggle against slavery—America's "first civil rights movement." The collection housed in the archives contains a wealth of materials that document the lives of some 300 black abolitionists, including some 14,000 documents, an extensive microfilm library, a clippings file, and a library of scholarly books, articles and dissertations. Dr. James O. Horton of the Smithsonian Institution's Afro-American Communities Project has called it "the most extensive primary source collection on antebellum black activism."

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    Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive

    Director: Gail Presbey, Ph.D.
    Office: Briggs Building 314
    McNichols Campus
    Phone: (313) 993-1124
    Email: presbegm@udmercy.edu

    The James Guadalupe Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive's purpose is to serve students, scholars and community members as a depository for materials on Latin American human rights and solidarity work. It offers students and scholars a place to conduct primary research on Latin American solidarity work, human rights and liberation theology through courses, programs and research materials. The archives, staffed by a director, students and volunteers is a community institute offering resource and referral information regarding local community and national groups that work on human rights issues in the United States and Latin America.

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    Catholic Studies

    The Arthur McGovern, S.J., Catholic Studies Certificate Program

    Gainful Employment Disclosure

    The Catholic Studies Program, recognizing the richness, depth and breadth of the Catholic tradition, seeks to help students understand the Catholic vision, its contributi on to various fields of study, and its influence on contemporary life. The course of studies aims at developing a thoughtful appreciation of the living tradition of the Catholic Faith in dialogue with social and personal experience. Students will earn a Certificate in Catholic Studies.

    The program is guided by the principle that faith should inform life in the real world and awaken a responsibility to seek social justice. The certificate program requires the completion of 18 credit hours in courses from several disciplines that address six content areas:

    • Traditions of Catholic Spirituality and Theology
    • Christian Social Justice Traditions
    • The Catholic Imagination and the Diversity of Its Expression
    • Christian Perspectives on the Human Person and on Human Development
    • Church History as It Informs Today's Church and Society
    • The Meaning and Importance of Vatican Council II

    Core Courses (9 credits)

    • CAS 1000 Catholic Studies and the Self (1 credit)
    • CAS 2000 Catholicism: Spirit & Methods (3 credits)
    • CAS 3000 Catholic Church History: Crystallizing Moments (3 credits)
    • CAS 4000 Senior Seminar (2 credits)

    Electives (9 credits)

    The other nine hours of the program are drawn from courses throughout the university that meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • Are taught from a Catholic perspective;
    • Have a Catholic content or a content consistent with Catholic theology, spirituality, or social thought;
    • Cover a topic in which there is considerable Catholic contribution;
    • Are interdisciplinary with a Catholic component;
    • Raise issues that impinge on religious faith;
    • Deal with topics and issues that have a variety of competing understandings and interpretations, one or more of which are consistent with a Catholic perspective;
    • Have a content that could be augmented by reading and reflection to develop a Catholic content or perspective;
    • Put into practice a Catholic vision, involving spirituality and a concern for social justice;
    • Put into practice a professional skill with a dimension that includes a Catholic vision, involving spirituality and a concern for social justice; and
    • Develop a Catholic imagination
    A Sampling of Courses that May Be Taken for Catholic Studies Credit:
    • ARCH 2120 Architectural History and Theory I
    • BUS 3110 Organizational Design and Structure
    • BUS 3190 Ethics, Business Leadership, and Social Responsibility
    • CHM 4740 Recent Advances in Biochemistry
    • CST 3040 Small Group Communication
    • ENL 2350 Study of Fiction
    • ENL 2450 Study of Poetry
    • ENL 2650 Study of Drama
    • ETH 3680 Catholic Health Care Ethics
    • HIS 2000 The Ancient Mediterranean World
    • HIS 2100 Medieval Europe
    • HIS 2200 Early Modern Europe
    • PHL 2020 Person and Society
    • PHL 3020 Philosophy of Religion
    • PHL 3030 Philosophy of God
    • PHL 3040 Aquinas: First University Masterpieces
    • PHL 3070 Medieval Philosophy
    • PHL 3560 Peace and Social Justice
    • PYC 3500 Psychology of Religion
    • RELS 2150 The Rise of Christianity
    • RELS 2300 Catholic Theology Today
    • RELS 2310 Introduction to Theology
    • RELS 2350 Christ in Faith Fiction and Film
    • RELS 2360 Religion and Film
    • RELS 2420 Religion and Science in the West
    • RELS 2500 The Quest For God today
    • RELS 2510 Theology and Literature
    • RELS 2560 God and The Human Condition
    • RELS 3310 The Christian God
    • RELS 3330 Theology of Karl Rahner
    • RELS 3340 Theology of Death and Resurrection

    Program Contact Information

    Program Director: Si Hendry, S.J.
    Telephone: 313-578-0352
    Email: hendrysi@udmercy.edu

    Arthur McGovern, S.J., Catholic Studies Program
    University of Detroit Mercy
    4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221

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    Disability Support Services

    Director: Emilie Wetherington
    Office: Library, 3rd Floor, Room 328 McNichols Campus
    McNichols Campus
    Phone: (313) 993-1158
    Email: gallegem@udmercy.edu

    Disability Support Services Disability support services are available to any currently enrolled student with a documented disability requiring accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Students should contact Emilie Wetherington, Director of the Student Success Center, at (313) 993-1158 or by email at gallegem@udmercy.edu upon admission to the University. Students must complete the intake and disability documentation verification process to receive accommodations.

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    Extended Off-Campus Instructional Sites

    To meet the learning needs of employed adults wishing to pursue a degree, the University offers certain degree programs at a number of off-campus sites. Degree and major requirements, content of the coursework and faculty are the same as provided in the major courses on the main campuses. Undergraduate programs offered at off-campus sites are:

    • B.S.N. Degree Completion program in Grand Rapids
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Aquinas College
    • Legal Administration, R.N. Degree Completion, Economics, Financial Economics and Health Services Administration programs at University Center, Macomb
    • Bachelor of Social Work and Health Information Management at WCCCD University Center in Harper Woods
    • Various hospital locations in southeastern Michigan, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids
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    International Services

    Director: Weihong Sun
    Office: Reno Hall, Room 16
    McNichols Campus
    Phone: (313) 993-3323
    Fax: (313) 993-1192
    Email: sunwe@udmercy.edu

    The International Services Office is the University’s immigration compliance and risk management center and serves as the liaison between the University and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program and other government agencies. In alignment with the greater Detroit Mercy mission, the ISO also serves the Detroit Mercy community and the Detroit area by enriching the quality of life of all Detroit Mercy students, providing immigration and academic support to non-immigrant students and faculty, fostering cultural understanding and awareness through practical and creative experiences, and advancing a campus culture that admires and celebrates Detroit Mercy’s rich global diversity.

    • We provide admitted and current students as well as scholars and University Departments with information, advice and assistance in matters of immigration.
    • We provide current non-immigrant students with ongoing orientation to the University and American society.
    • We administer the University’s health insurance program for international students.
    • We work with other areas of the University to ensure that the academic and social needs of non-immigrant students are met.
    • We sponsor a broad range of on- and off-campus recreational, educational, and cross-cultural programs and events for both international and domestic students.
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    Languages

    Director: Lara Wasner, M.A., MATESOL
    Office: Reno Hall, Room 40
    McNichols Campus
    Phone: (313) 993-1191
    Email: wasnerle@udmercy.edu

    Through its offerings in more than 10 languages and ESL, the Language and Cultural Training Department seeks to imbue students with linguistic and cultural knowledge of modern foreign countries. Because today's students live in a multicultural and multilingual world, the curriculum provides the tools, competence, and cultural orientation to enable them to do so successfully. Certificates in Language Studies are available at two levels: Certificate I (Introductory - Intermediate) includes 4 semesters of study in the target language: 1100, 1110, 1120 or 1150, 2100. Certificate II (Intermediate - Advanced) consists of 4 more courses in the target language: 2110, 2120, 3100, and 3110 or higher. Placement test determines entry. However, no placement test is required to take introductory-level coursework at the 1100 level. Coursework is available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and more.

    University of Detroit Mercy's language courses are also available for dual high school and college credit. Please visit Detroit Mercy's High School Dual Enrollment Program page for more information.

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    Leadership

    Description

    The largest minor on campus, all undergraduate students are eligible to add a Leadership Minor to their major. The minor is a total of 18 credits. This minor is a perfect complement to any field of study at the University.

    • First LEAD 2000 / PYC 2620 - Exploring Leadership: Yourself, Your Profession and Your Community (3 credits)
    • Then one course from approved list in each area below:
      • Individual Leadership Skills (3 credits)
      • Group Skills (3 credits)
      • Organizational Mgmt. & HR Skills (3 credits)
      • Community Engagement Skills (3 credits)
    • Final LEAD 4000 / PYC 4620 / PYC 4950 - Leadership Capstone (3 credits)
    Program Requirements

    Introductory Course

    • LEAD 2000/PYC 2620
    • Students choose one course from each of the four Leadership Skills areas below: (12 cr.)
    • Three of the six courses used for the minor must be at 3000 or above.

    1. Individual Leadership Skills

    • self awareness
    • character and integrity
    • ethics and values

    • CAS 2000 Catholicism: Spirit & Methods*
    • CAS 3530 Dynamics of Spiritual Growth*
    • CST 3000 Mass Media Ethics
    • ENGR 1000 Ethics and Politics of Engineering*
    • ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics*
    • ETH 3680 Catholic Health Care Ethics*
    • PHL 2010 Foundations of Ethics*
    • RELS 2000 Catholicism: Spirit and Methods*
    • RELS 3570 Spiritual Autobiographies*
    • RELS 4340 Christian Ethics*

    *Courses that may satisfy core university objectives

    2. Group Skills

    • communication
    • team building
    • developing relationships

    • CIVE 4820 Civil Engineering Senior Design Project
    • CJS 4160 Gangs and Juvenile Delinquent Groups
    • CSSE 4951 Senior Design Project 1
    • CST 2040 Interpersonal Communications
    • CST 3040 Small Group Communication
    • ELEE 4011/4012 Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Senior Capstone Design I/Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Senior Capstone Design I Laboratory
    • ENL 2360 Diverse Voices in Literature
    • MTH 3060 Mathematical Thinking
    • MENG 4950 Prototype Design II
    • PYC 2600 Social Psychology*
    • PYC 2650 Psychology of Environment
    • PYC 3330 Human Relationships and Parenting
    • PYC 3540 Sex Differences and Sex Roles*
    • PYC 4400 Cross-Cultural Socialization*
    • PYC 4890 Group Dynamics

    *Courses that may satisfy core university objectives

    3.Organizational Management and Human Relations Skills

    • organizational management
    • project management
    • human relations
    • public relations

    • BUS 3110 Organizational Design and Structure
    • BUS 3180 Behavior and Leadership in Organizations
    • CIVE 4850 Project Management and Costing
    • CJS 2500 Introduction to Police Administration
    • CSSE 4570 Software Project Management
    • CST 2400 Principles of Public Relations
    • CST 4070 Professional Seminar: Public Relations and Advertising (see advisor, not all seminar topics may apply)
    • ENGR 3110 Professional Practice of Engineering
    • ENT 3000 Interdisciplinary Design Entrepreneurship and Service
    • HIM 4600 Leadership and Strategic Planning for Health Professionals
    • HSA 3010 Overview of the U.S. Health Care System
    • HSA 3200 Health Services Planning and Marketing
    • HSA 3585 Health Services Organization Management
    • 4625 Nursing Leadership
    • POL 3200 Public Administration*
    • PYC 3700 Industrial and Organizational Psychology*

    *Courses that may satisfy core university objectives

    4. Community Engagement Skills

    • social change
    • social justice
    • partnerships for the common good
    • mission and vision in broad context

    • AAS 2000 Critical Perspectives in African-American Studies
    • ARCH 2100 Architectural Design V
    • BIO 4990 Biology and Social Issues
    • BUS 3190 Ethics, Business Leadership, and Social Responsibility
    • CHM 4740 Recent Advances in Biochemistry
    • CJS 1310 Introduction to Corrections
    • CJS 4510 Criminology and Penology
    • CST 4070 Professional Seminar: Public Relations and Advertising (see advisor, not all seminar topics may apply)
    • EDU 4400 School and Society*
    • ETH 3590 Ethics and Public Policy
    • HSA 3100 Health Care Law and Regulations
    • HSA 3300 Health in the Community
    • NUR 4300 Community Health Nursing
    • NUR 4755 Professional Practice from a Mercy and Jesuit Perspective
    • PHL 3560 Peace and Social Justice*
    • POL 2600 Introduction to Comparative Politics*
    • POL 3100 Women and Politics*
    • POL 3220 Public Policy Analysis*
    • POL 3460 Civil Liberties and Equality*
    • RELS 3470 Catholic Social Thought*
    • RELS 3480 Justice: Contemporary Issues and Theories*
    • SOC 2120 Black America Social Relations and Social Institutions*
    • SWK 2100 Social Welfare and Social Justice*
    • WGS 2000 Gender, Sex, and Justice*

    *Courses that may satisfy core university objectives

    Final Course

    • LEAD 4000/PYC 4620/PYC 4950
    Program Contact
    • Leadership Minor Coordinator: Donald DiPaolo, Ph.D.
    • Reno Hall, Room 201
    • McNichols Campus
    • Text: 734-502-0224
    • Email: don.dipaolo@udmercy.edu
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    Student Success Center

    Contact: Susan Trudeau
    Office: Library, 3rd Floor, Room 319
    McNichols Campus
    Phone: (313) 993-3383
    Email: trudeasm@udmercy.edu

    The Student Success Center (SSC) provides student-centered services to the University community with the goal of supporting the retention and academic success of undergraduate students. The SSC provides services to the University community in the following areas:

    Admissions Services: Academic Interest & Major Exploration (AIME) program

    SSC sponsors the Academic Interest & Major Exploration (AIME)program. AIME's specialized advisors are familiar with the requirements for all degrees and programs offered at Detroit Mercy. AIME is designed to help students explore majors by offering developmental advising and individualized academic plans.

    University College (UC) program

    SSC sponsors the readmission program, University College (UC). Students are selected for participation in UC through review and interviews with the SSC staff. Students admitted through this process sign a contract agreeing to specific conditions, and are linked to necessary support services, developmental advising, and individualized academic plans of action.

    Assessment and Orientation Services

    The Student Success Center conducts placement testing for all new and transfer undergraduate students.The SSC coordinates the placement testing, academic advising and registration components of summer orientation for traditional age full-time freshmen.

    Academic Support Services

    The Student Success Center provides free tutorial services through the Learning Center, including one-on-one tutoring sessions and study groups, for all registered Detroit Mercy students. Study groups are part of Supplemental Instruction (SI), a national, participatory academic support program in which tutors sit in on specific sections of targeted courses throughout the term and then guide study sessions each week. Any student in the course may attend these sessions; the schedule is posted each term in the SSC office.

    An appointment is recommended for individual tutoring sessions, although a limited number of walk-ins is available each day. Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available during each term. Students should call (313) 993-1143, make and appointment online at udmercy.accudemia.edu or visit the SSC/Learning Center on the 3rd floor of the Library to make an appointment. No appointment is necessary for the study groups.

    The tutorial staff, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, is available for appointments by the second week of each term. The Learning Center supports freshman level coursework, focusing on basic core curriculum and beginning major-specific courses. Some upper-division tutoring is available, primarily in the sciences.

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    Study Abroad Programs

    Director: Lara Wasner, M.A., MATESOL
    Office: Reno Hall, Room 40
    McNichols Campus
    Phone: (313) 993-1191
    Email: wasnerle@udmercy.edu

    University of Detroit Mercy provides students with opportunities to gain global perspective and experience by encouraging them to study abroad. Through its various schools and colleges, the University expands its curricula through study programs in other parts of the world. Interested students should consult with the departments sponsoring the programs for more information. Please refer to the University's Study Abroad Program page for the many opportunities available as semester-study and short-term programs.

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    University Honors Program

    Co-Director: Mary-Catherine Harrison, Ph.D.
    Office: Briggs Building, Room 218
    McNichols Campus
    Phone: (313) 993-1081
    Fax: (313) 993-1166
    Email: mc.harrison@udmercy.edu
              Co-Director: Todd Hibbard, Ph.D.
    Office: Briggs Building, Room 332
    McNichols Campus
    Phone: (313) 993-1088
    Fax: (313) 993-1166
    Email: hibbarja@udmercy.edu

    The University Honors Program (UHP) at University of Detroit Mercy integrates the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of its members by fostering a community of scholarly excellence, encouraging exploration of the larger world beyond the classroom, and promoting compassionate service to society at large and persons in need. The program directors administer UHP with the advice and consent of the Honors Leadership Council, the general student membership of the program. Each member of UHP must fulfill the Honors curriculum and complete 125 hours of community-engaged service as members of Detroit Mercy's Emerging Leaders Program.

    Curriculum

    University Honors Program students must fulfill 22 required Honors credits during their university careers by taking:

    • University Honors Freshman Seminar (HON 1000) (Fall semester, freshman year)
    • Eighteen (18) hours of Honors courses (one per semester for the first three academic years)
    • Three (3) hours devoted to writing a Senior Thesis or developing a Senior Project under the guidance of a faculty member (This takes place over the course of three or more semesters.)

    Membership Requirements - Incoming Freshmen:

    • High school GPA of 3.5 or better
    • Minimum ACT score of 28 or a minimum SAT score of 1860
    • Involvement in high school extra-curricular activities
    • Participation in the University Honors Program is by invitation only

    Graduation Requirements

    • Fulfillment of University Honors curriculum
    • Fulfillment of 125 hours total of community-engaged service
    • A minimum GPA of 3.3 at time of graduation*

    Students who complete all the graduation requirements will have the Honors distinction printed on their diplomas and transcripts as part of their degree name when they graduate and will wear golden honors stoles at the commencement ceremony.

    *Note: The required 3.3 GPA policy was approved for Fall 2017 and will include those students who started their program in Fall 2016 and beyond.

    Honors Courses

    UHP students take six Honors courses taught by outstanding faculty members who are committed to students' academic, personal and professional success. In their junior and senior year, UHP students write an Honors Thesis in the discipline of their choice under the guidance and mentorship of a faculty thesis advisor.

    Honors Handbook

    Click here for a PDF of the Honors handbook.

    Honors Study Abroad Option

    Members of the University Honors Program may take up to two accredited study abroad courses in lieu of required Honors courses. Students who choose this option should select study abroad courses in consultation with the UHP co-directors.

    Honors Community

    The scholarly excellence of the University Honors Program is complemented by a vibrant Honors community. All members of UHP are also members of the Honors Leadership Council, which plays an active role in planning the program. The Council meets regularly throughout the academic year to help plan social events, lectures, forums and film nights. Members of the University Honors Program in good standing have the privilege of using the Gardella Honors House.

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    Women's and Gender Studies

    Description

    Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) is a diversity and social-justice-focused area of study that examines how our beliefs about gender and sexuality shape our personal identities and the world we live in. The program also examines how gender and sexuality intersect with other facets of our identities such as race, class, nationality, ability, and age. As an interdisciplinary and multicultural field, WGS offers courses in a wide variety of disciplines including business, communication studies, criminal justice studies, English, history, nursing, philosophy, political science, psychology, and religious studies.

    The WGS minor provides an expertise in diversity issues that is highly valued in many professions and offers strong preparation for further study in a variety of postgraduate fields. In addition, Women's and Gender Studies courses often combine practice with theory, supplying students with a strong foundation for involvement in social justice issues. The Women's and Gender Studies minor is open to all undergraduates enrolled at the University.

    Women's and Gender Studies Minor Requirements

    The Women's and Gender Studies minor will be granted to students completing a minimum of 18 credit hours in courses approved for Women's and Gender Studies credit and a WGS minor portfolio. Courses meeting Women's and Gender Studies criteria are listed each semester. Students should refer to the schedule of classes or visit the WGS Program website.

    Required (18 credits)

    1. WGS 2000 Gender, Sex, and Justice (3 credits)

    2. Courses in other disciplines approved for WGS (15 credits)

    No more than 6 elective credits (2 courses) in any one department can be counted toward the minor. At least 9 credits (3 courses) within the minor must be upper division courses (3000 or 4000 level).

    3. A Women's and Gender Studies Minor Portfolio

    No later than the seventh week of his or her final semester, each student must submit a Women's and Gender Studies minor portfolio to his/her WGS advisor for evaluation by the Women's and Gender Studies Steering Committee. The minor portfolio consists of:

    A) Cover Page

    This must include the student's name, date of portfolio submission, date of expected graduation, titles of essays/project included in portfolio and the instructor and course for which the work was completed.

    B) Submitted Work

    Five representative pieces of work from four or more different WGS courses. Pieces should be arranged in chronological order. No more than two pieces of work may be submitted from the same department. Submitted pieces should include instructors' comments and grades as well as copies of the original assignment sheets/prompts. The following must be included:

    1. WGS 2000 Capstone Essay
    2. Three to four additional analytic essays or research papers of at least three pages. If they wish, students may include ONE project that is not an analytic essay or research paper, such as the following:
      • Narrative or personal essays
      • Creative writing
      • Audio and/or visual compositions (including videos)
      • PowerPoint presentations
      • Research posters

    At least one essay/project should directly address the WGS program outcome being assessed the year the student completes his or her minor requirements.

    C) Self-Reflection Essay (4-5 pages)

    Along with selected pieces of work, students must write a self-reflection essay in which they:

    1. Discuss their reasons for considering the essays/project they have chosen to be reflective of their intellectual exploration and achievements as Women’s and Gender Studies minors, and
    2. Explain—with reference to the applicable essays/project contained in the portfolio—how their work as WGS minors has helped them to analyze specific issues of gender in connection with two or more disciplines other than WGS. One of these disciplines should be the student’s major.

      Completed portfolios are required for graduation with a Women’s and Gender Studies minor. However, they are graded on a pass/fail basis. Contents of the portfolios will not be used to evaluate individual student competence; rather, they will be used by WGS faculty to assess the minor program as a whole. Students who have demonstrated particular excellence in the WGS minor will be recognized as “passing with distinction.” This distinction will be conferred by the WGS Steering Committee, based on an exceptional level of engagement, sophistication and intellectual exploration by a WGS student. This distinction will be noted on the student’s WGS minor certificate.

    Program Contact Information

    Rosemary Weatherston, Ph.D., Women's and Gender Studies Program Director
    Telephone: (313) 993-1083
    Email: weatherr@udmercy.edu

    Patricia Rouen, Ph.D., Women's and Gender Studies Program Curriculum Committee Chair
    Telephone: (313) 993-1739
    Email: rouenpa@udmercy.edu

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