Graduate Catalog 2008-2009
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Special Academic Programs
Special Academic Programs

Director: Lara Wasner
Office: Reno Hall 040
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1191
Fax: (313) 993-1003

Language Coordinator: Jean Krystyniak
Office: Reno Hall 044
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1102
Fax: (313) 993-1003

Language and Cross-Cultural Training Programs for Businesspersons and Professionals
One-on-one or group instruction in any major world language, English as a Second Language, as well as cross-cultural training. Anytime—Anyplace: courses are designed with client’s needs, schedules and class locations in mind. Undergraduate academic credit or Continuing Education Units are awarded upon completion of specified instructional contact hours.

Certificate in Language Studies
The University of Detroit Mercy offers a Certificate in Language Studies in both its Continuing Studies Department and College of Liberal Arts and Education curricula: Based on their entry level, students will be awarded an "Introductory/ Intermediate" or "Intermediate/ Advanced" Certificate when they complete 12 semester hours of foreign language study with a grade of a B or better in either of the following curricula.

  • a) Continuing Studies. The Certificate may be earned by students enrolling in group or one-on-one classes.
  • b) College of Liberal Arts and Education. The Certificate is available as ancillary recognition to all degree-seeking students pursuing foreign languages offered in the regularly scheduled day or evening classes.

The following courses are offered through the Continuing Studies Division in any major language including: Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, English as a Second Language, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and others.

110 Introductory I3 cr.
111 Introductory II3 cr.
112 Introductory III3 cr.
210 Intermediate I3 cr.
211 Intermediate II3 cr.
212 Intermediate III3 cr.
310 and above3 cr.
(Advanced levels)

A concentration on business and technical themes and vocabulary can be incorporated into any courses described above.

Weekend College

Coordinator: Ms. Lisa Zessin
Office: FAC 500
McNichols Campus

Weekend College is a special educational opportunity and delivery system for adults whose employment and/or family schedules make attending classes difficult. By attending classes on the weekends and evenings, students may earn these degrees:


  • Bachelor Degree in Business Administration
  • Bachelor Degree in Legal Administration
  • Bachelor Degree in Health Services Administration


  • Master's Degree in Health Services Administration

The Master of Science in Health Services Administration can be completed in five terms by attending classes just one night each week plus Saturdays. This program prepares health care professionals for leadership and administrative roles in diverse health care settings.

The UDM Weekend College features a 10- or 11-week term in fall and winter semesters. Classes are held Friday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition, three-week intensive classes are held on three consecutive weekends with class hours on three Fridays from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. and three Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The delivery option permits students to take up to three courses in the 11-week term and another intensive class at the term end.

Weekend College students also have the option of supplementing their weekend courses with day and/or evening classes. Each course in Weekend College addresses the same learning objectives as day and evening courses. Degree requirements, grading procedures, tuition costs and fees are consistent with day and evening programs.

Career Education Center

Dean: Sheryl McGriff
Office: 143 Reno Hall
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1017
Fax: (313) 993-1029

The Career Education Center offers many services to assist graduate students in making career choices appropriate to their personal goals. Participation in the Center’s services can help graduate students advance or change their career. Services include career advising, cooperative education, placement services and student employment.

Career Advising
Career advising clarifies the relationship between academic programs and career objectives. This service includes:

  • Consultation with an experienced career advisor
  • Individual and computerized career assessments
  • Career Development/Management courses
  • Career workshops and seminars

Cooperative Education
The UDM co-op program, in existence since 1911, is the third oldest continuous program in the United States. Cooperative Education (Co-op) links academic learning with workplace experience to provide students with an education that has career relevance. Co-op gives students a chance to obtain practical work experience relative to their major and career goals before graduation. Students augment their academic programs with terms of paid training in business, industry and government.

All UDM students are eligible to participate in co-op. Co-op assignments normally run concurrent with the University academic term beginning in January, May and September. Work assignments are career specific. Students either "ALTERNATE" a full-time academic term with full-time co-op work assignments or "PARALLEL" part-time academic studies with part-time co-op work assignments.

Cooperative Education Preparation (CEC 500), a one credit, tuition free class is the prerequisite for graduate students to participate in the cooperative education program. Interested students should contact the Center to enroll in the program.

Placement Services
Placement assistance is offered to UDM students and alumni. Placement assistance includes workshops and seminars, campus interviewing, and opportunities to participate in local and regional job fairs. A computerized resume referral service is available in addition to job search reference materials and the opportunity to schedule individual consultation meetings with a career or placement advisor.

Student Employment Service
All UDM students and alumni may utilize the CEC student employment service which provides a computerized listing of part-time and full-time off-campus employment opportunities.

International Services

Director: Sharon Messinger
Office: University Center 208-210
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1205
Fax: (313) 993-1192

International Services recruits international students for, and integrates international students into, the University’s programs of study. To do this, it functions in the areas of admissions, immigration, orientation and English language assessment and instruction. International Services advises the University in matters of international education and instruction in American language and culture.

The Admissions Office recruits, accepts requests for information, sends and receives applications, issues certificates of eligibility, and keeps records of student academic and immigration status.

The advising office processes employment applications and continuing Immigration/ Naturalization Service papers, conducts orientation programs, teaches career preparation classes, supervises health insurance, advises international faculty and students, and keeps records of student academic and immigration status.

American Language and Culture Program
The American Language and Culture Program has two objectives:

  • 1. To assess the English language proficiency of international students;
  • 2. To teach the language and culture skills necessary for degree directed study;

Assessment of language skills is ordinarily made during the week which precedes the first official class day. Placement after testing is into Intensive English, 23 hours of instruction per week; Intermediate English, 9 hours of instruction per week; Advanced English, 3-6 hours per week or into full-time degree-directed study.

Because some programs of study demand more intensive or specific language skills, special courses in accent reduction, abstract concept development and research writing also are offered as electives to students.

Instruction is held on the McNichols campus. Course schedules coincide with the regular University schedule which has three 15-week terms beginning the first week of September, January and May.

American Language and Culture Course Offerings

Beginning English
AL 101Intensive English0 cr.

An intensive course of 23 hours of concentrated study each week. Students study grammar, vocabulary, speed-reading, comprehension, pronunciation, conversation skills, listening, note taking, writing and American culture.

Special Course for New International Students

AL 400American Studies0 cr.

This class functions as an extension of the orientation program by offering new international students an opportunity to explore the American culture. In addition, the student is exposed to a variety of subject areas chosen to assist in adjustment to his/her new environment. American Studies is required of all international students studying in the United States for the first time who are not placed in full-time English.

Intermediate English
AL 201Fluency Enhancement0 cr.

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, cloze 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.

Advanced English
AL 315American Language and Culture Seminar0 cr.

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

AL 316Accent Reduction0 cr.

This elective class is designed for students who need to improve their speaking and listening skills. Instruction focuses on subject matter comprehension, discussion and the improvement of speech articulation and pronunciation. Where a need is indicated, academic presentations are included. Students who wish to improve their oral presentation skills to qualify for teaching assistantships may elect this class.

AL 317Writing Laboratory0 cr.

Instruction focuses on the steps for developing a well organized and properly developed term or thesis paper. These include an introduction to library resources, choosing and limiting topics, reading, note taking, paraphrasing, summarizing sources, organizing and documentation. The writing process of idea generation, writing, rewriting, editing and proofreading is also stressed.

AL 318World of Ideas0 cr.

Current topics and controversies of interest to the University community are explored through attendance at and participation in lectures, seminars and workshops. Reading, discussion and written reports develop background and understanding of the topics. This course provides for fuller participation in the intellectual life of the University.

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