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Core Curriculum

Below is an outline of University of Detroit Mercy core curriculum requirements. The mission statement of the University of Detroit Mercy describes an education that integrates "the intellectual, spiritual, moral and social development" of its students. The core curriculum consists of a set of requirements based on objectives that express, in fuller detail, this academic purpose. Each objective, and the requirements designed to fulfill that objective, is essential to achieve the mission of the University.

University of Detroit Mercy Core Curriculum

Objective 1 ­ Communication Skills 6 hours*
             CST 1010 Fundamentals of Speech
             ENL 1310 Academic Writing

Objective 2 - Mathematical and Computer Skills 6 hours*
             MTH 1010 or any higher level mathematics course.
             CIS 1000 or any higher level computer course.

*Some students may be able to place out of minimum requirements in Objectives 1 and 2. Contact the academic department or your college office for details.

Objective 3 ­ Scientific Literacy 9 hours 

A. Social Science (3 hours from the following):

             ECN 1000

Introduction to Economics

             ECN 2950

Microeconomic Principles

             ECN 2960

Macroeconomic Principles

             HIS 3600

History of American Technology

             POL 1000

Introduction to Political Science

             POL 2100

American Politics

             PYC 1000

Introductory Psychology

             SOC 1000

Introduction to Sociology

             SOC 2110

Social Interaction

B. Natural Science (3 hours from the following):

             BIO 1030

Environmental Science

             BIO 1080

The Science of Life

             CHM 1030

Chemistry in Society

             PHY 1080

History of the Universe

or choose from any of the following: BIO 1200, BIO 1220, BIO 2540, BIO 2550, CHM 1010, CHM 1020, CHM 1050, CHM 1070, PHY 1300, PHY 1600
C. Social Science or Natural Science (any additional 3 hour course from POL, PYC, SOC, ECN departments)

Objective 4 ­ Meaning and Value 9 hours

A.  Philosophy (3 hours)

             PHL 1000

Introduction to Philosophy

B. Religious Studies (3 hours from the following):

              Any 1000 or 2000 level Religious Studies course

C. Philosophy or Religious Studies (3 hours ­ any PHL or RELS course)

 

Objective 5 ­ Diverse Human Experience 12 hours

A. Historical Experiences (3 hours from the following):

              HIS 1500

Introduction to History

              HIS 2000

The Ancient Mediterranean World

              HIS 2100

Medieval Europe

              HIS 2300

Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries

              HIS 2500

The United States to 1877

              HIS 2510

The United States Since 1877

              HIS 2700

Modern China and Japan

              HIS 2800

Latin American History

              HIS 2900

Modern Africa

              HIS 3170

Social History of Art in Italy

              HIS 3480

African-American History

              HIS 3800

History of Mexico

              HIS 4480

Topics in African-American History

              RELS 4470

Jews and Judaism in the Modern World

B. Literary Experiences (3 hours from the following)

              ENL 2350

The Study of Fiction

              ENL 2450

the Study of Poetry

              ENL 2650

The Study of Drama

              ENL 2850

African-American Literature

              ENL 3700

Study of the Novel

C. Aesthetic Experiences (3 hours from the following):

              AR 2120/2220

Architectural History and Theory I / II

              CST 1120

Visual Communication

              CST 2500

Film Art

              ENL 2550

Studies in the Film

              ENL 3750

Film Genres

              FINA 2000

Introduction to the Arts

              MUS 2020

Survey of Our Music Heritage

              MUS 3060

Music of the Theatre

              MUS 3080

American Music

              PHL 3050

Aesthetics

              TRE 1310

Introduction to the Theatre

              TRE 1610

Fundamentals of Acting

D. Comparative Experiences (3 hours from the following)

              ** ADS 4950

Addictive Populations

              CST 3140

Intercultural Communication

              ** ECN 3850

Comparative Economic Systems

              ENL 2360

Diverse Voices in Fiction

              GEO 2110

World Regional Geography

              HIS 2640

Comparative Civilizations

              HIS 3650

Introduction to Gender History

              HUS 4410

Multicultural Understanding

             MUS 2090 African-American Women in Music

              PHL 3650

African Philosophy and Culture

              POL 2600

Introduction of Comparative Politics

              POL 3250

Comparative Administrative Systems

              POL 4530

Japanese Politics

              POL 4630

Third World Politics

              POL 4660

Chinese Politics

              POL 4670

Politics in Africa

              PYC 2750

Human Sexuality

              PYC 4400

Cross Cultural Socialization

              SOC 2100

Cultural Anthropology

              SOC 2120

The Black Americans in Social Relations and Social Institutions

              TRE 4050

Classic Drama

   
  Any languages including: FRE 1100, 1110, 1120, GER 1100, 1110, 1120, SPA 1100, 1110, 1120, 2100, 2110, etc.

 

Objective 6 ­ Social Responsibility 6 hours
A. Ethics (choose one course from the following)
               Any ETH course

               HUS 4220

Ethics and Values in Human Services

               PHL 2010

Ethics

               PHL 2020

Person and Society

               PHL 3200

Contemporary Ethical Theory

               RELS 2340

Christian Ethics

               RELS 2400

Christian Social Ethics

               RELS 2450

Sex, Race, and Class: Feminist/Womanist Ethics

               RELS 3480

Justice: Contemporary Issues and Theories

B. Contemporary Social Problems** (choose one course from the following)  

               ** ADS 4170

Chemical Dependence and Youth

               ** BIO 4990

Biology and Social Issues

               ** BUS 3190

Business and Society

               ** CHM 4290

Industrial Chemistry and its Relation to Societal Issues

               ** CHM 4740 

Recent Advances in Biochemistry Related to Societal Issues

                CJS 4520

Organized Crime

                CJS 4540

Sociology of Deviant Behavior

                CST 3000

Mass Media Ethics

                ** CST 4020

Audience Analysis

                ** ECN 4510

Urban Regional Economics and Planning

                EDU 4400

School and Society

                HIS 4560

Detroit in the Twentieth Century

                HSA 4610

Health Economics

                 ** NUR 4200

Intervening with Families and Aggregates at Risk

                 PHL 3560

Peace and Social Justice

                 POL 3390

Issues in Public Policy

                 POL 3460

Civil Liberties and Equality

                 POL 3800

Elements of Political Thought

                 POL 3860

Politics and the Media

                 PYC 3420

Abnormal Psychology

                 PYC 3540

Sex Differences and Sex Roles

                 RELS 3430

Ethics and Economic Theories

                 RELS 3480

Justice: Contemporary Issues and Theories

                 SOC 3350

Urban Issues and Problems

                 SOC 4300

Ethnics and Race Relations

                 SOC 4520

Contemporary Social Problems

                 ** SWK 2100

Social Welfare and Social Justice

                 WGS 2000

Introduction to Women’s Studies

   
  ** Some courses have departmental prerequisites. Check the catalog and the schedule of classes before registering.

School of Architecture

Objective 1

6 Hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 1

Objective 2   

 9 hours

                  MTH 1400

Elementary Functions

                  ARCH 1160

Introduction to Computer Graphics

                  ARCH 2160

Computer Aided Design

 Objective 3

 9 hours

A.              PYC 2650

Psychology of Environment

B.              Natural Science

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 3b

C.              Social Science or Natural Science (one additional course)

 

Objective 4

 

9 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 4

 

Objective 5

 

12 hours

A.              Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 5a

B.              Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 5b

C.              "Cultural Experience" waived ­ instead, student must take

                  one 3 credit hour non-architecture course from

                  Objectives 3-6 of the Liberal Arts core.          

D.              Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 5d

 

Objective 6

 

                 Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 6

 

 

College of Business Administration

Objective 1

9 hours

                  CST 1010

Fundamentals of Speech

                  ENL 1310

Academic Writing

                  ENL 2040

Introduction to Business Writing

 

Objective 2

 

12-14 hours

                  CIS 1000 or CIS 1020 or CIS 1030 or CSC 1710

                  MTH 1110 and 1120; or MTH 1400 and MTH 1410; or MTH 1410 and MTH 1420

                  MTH 2140 or STA 2250

 

Objective 3

 

12 hours

                  ECN 2950

Microeconomic Principles

                  ECN 2960

Macroeconomic Principles

                  ECN 3050

Money and the Financial System

                  One course from natural science list, general core outline

 

Objective 4

 

9 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 4

 

Objective 5

 

12 hours

                  Same requirements as 5A, 5B, 5C & 5D in general core outline, Objective 5

 

Objective 6

 

6 hours

A.              Ethics

 

                  PHL 2010/ETH 2590                Ethics/Business Ethics

B.               Contemporary Socio-Political Problems

                  BUS 3190                         Business & Society

 

 

 

School of Dentistry - Dental Hygiene Program

 

 

Objective 1

 

6 hours

 

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 1

 

 

Objective 2

 

6 hours

 

                  MTH 1010 (or any higher level mathematics course)

 

                  CIS 1000 (or any higher level computer course)

 

 

Objective 3

 

15 hours

 

A.              Social Science (6 hours from the following):

 

                  PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology

 

                  SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology

 

B.               Natural Sciences (9 hours from the following):

 

                  BIO 2540 Principles of Human Anatomy

 

                  CHM 1010 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry

 

                  CHM 1020 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry

 

 

Objective 4

 

9 hours

 

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 4

 

 

Objective 5

 

12 hours

 

A.               ENL 2350, 2450, 2650 (Choice of one)

 

B.               One course each from 5A, 5C and 5D in the general core outline.

 

 

Objective 6

 

12 hours

 

A.               DHY 8240 Intro to Ethical and Legal Issues

                  DHY 8320 Intro to Ethical and Legal Issues II

 

B.               COM 8210 Concepts in Community Health

                  COM 8220 Community Oral Health Education

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 6

 

 

College of Engineering and Science*

Objective 1

6 hours

                  CST 1010

Fundamentals of Speech

                  ENL1310

Academic Writing

 

Objective 2

 

6 hours

                  Mathematics - Biology Students

                  MTH 1400 Elementary Functions OR

                  MTH 1410 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I

 

                  Mathematics - All others in College

                  MTH 1410 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I

 

                  Computers - Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry

                  CIS 1000 Introduction to Computers OR

                  CIS 1020 Computers and Research OR

                  CIS 1030 Web Productivity Tools OR

                  CSC 1710 Introduction to Programming

 

                  Computers - Mathematics and Computer Science

                  CSC 1710 Introduction to Programming

 

                  Computers - Engineering

                  ENGR 2040 Introduction to Engineering Computing OR

                  CSC 1710 Introduction to Programming

 

Objective 3

 

9 hours

                 

                 Engineering, Biology, BS-Chemistry and BS-Biochemistry

                 Program courses satisfy this Objective

                  BA-Chemistry

                 In addition to program requirements, must take one 3A course from the general listing.

                  Mathematics and Computer Science

                 Same as general Core requirements.

 

Objective 4

 

9 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 4*

 

Objective 5

 

9 hours

A.              Two courses from 5A, 5B, 5C, in general core outline* (For BS-Chemistry and BA-Chemistry there can only be one from 5A, 5B or 5C; BA-Chemistry must have 12 credit hours - one each from 5A, 5B, 5C and 5D)

B.              One course from 5D (Comparative Experiences) in general core outline

 

Objective 6

 

5-6 hours

A.

                  Engineering

                  ENGR 1000 Ethics and Politics of Engineering

 

                  All others

                  Any course under 6A of the General Core

 

B.

                  Contemporary Socio-Politocal Problems

 

                  Engineering

                  ENGR 3010 Professional World of Work I and

                  ENGR 3020 Professional World of Work II and

                  ENGR 3030 Professional World of Work III

 

                  Biology

                  BIO 4990 Biology and Social Issues

                  BS-Chemistry

                  CHM 4380 Recent Adv in Chem Related to Social Issues

                  BS-Biochemistry

                  CHM 4740 Recent Adv in Biochem Related to Social Issues

                  BA-Chemistry

                  Any 6B course from the general listing

                  Mathematics and Computer Science

                  Any course from Objective 6B of the General Core Curricilum

 

 

College of Health Professions

Objective 1

6 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 1

 

Objective 2

 

6 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 2

 

Objective 3

 

9 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 3

 

Objective 4

 

9 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 4

 

Objective 5

 

12 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 5

 

Objective 6

 

6 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 6

 

 

McAuley School of Nursing

Objective 1

6 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 1

 

Objective 2

 

6 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 2

 

Objective 3

 

9 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 3

 

Objective 4

 

9 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 4

 

Objective 5

 

12 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 5

 

Objective 6

 

6 hours

                  ETH 3380

Health Care Ethics

                  NUR 4200

Families in Crisis

 

Note: PYC 2500, CHM 1010, STA 2250, BIO 2410 and 2420, BIO 2540 and BIO 2550, HSA 4610, and ETH 3580 are supportive core for BSN completion students.

 

 

College of Liberal Arts and Education

Objective 1

6 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 1

 

Objective 2

 

6 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 2

 

Objective 3

 

9 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 3

 

Objective 4

 

9 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 4

 

Objective 5

 

18 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline for Objective 5,

                  plus two additional courses in history, literature,

                  aesthetic experiences, or comparative experiences.

 

Objective 6

 

6 hours

                  Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 6

                  except that a capstone seminar (inside the major or

                  interdisciplinary seminar) is another option for

                  completing three of the six credits in this objective.