Graduate Catalog 2010-2011
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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.

1100 Introductory I3 cr.
1110 Introductory II3 cr.
1120 Introductory III3 cr.
2100 Intermediate I3 cr.
2110 Intermediate II3 cr.
2120 Intermediate III3 cr.
3100 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.

International Services

Director: Claire Ofiara
Office: Reno 16
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, processes 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, 22 hours of instruction per week; Intermediate English, 9 hours of instruction per week; Advanced English, 3 hours per week or into full-time degree-directed study.

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

Intensive English
ALCP 51010 cr.

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.

Intermediate English
ALCP 52010 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.

Academic Writing and Culture Seminar
ALCP 53150 cr.

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

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