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University of Detroit Mercy Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

Below is an outline of the 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.

These are general University course options. Please see your specific College or School listing below for more detailed information. Some courses have departmental prerequisites. Check the catalog and the schedule of classes before registering.


Objective 1 Communication Skills 6 credits

  • CST 1010 Fundamentals of Speech
  • ENL 1310 Academic Writing

Objective 2 Mathematical and Computer Skills 6-8 credits

OB2A Mathematics (3-4 credits from the following):
  • MTH 1010 Algebra
  • MTH 1020 + 1030 + 1040 Algebra A + B + C
  • MTH 1110 Mathematical Analysis I
  • MTH 1400 Elementary Functions
  • MTH 1410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  • or any approved OB2A mathematics course
OB2B Computer Skills (3-4 credits from the following):
  • CIS 1000 Introduction to Computers
  • CIS 1020 Computers and Research
  • CIS 1030 Web Productivity Tools
  • CIS 2010 Secure Programming
  • CSSE 1710 + 1710 Introduction to Programming I + Lab
  • ENGR 2040 Introduction to Engineering Computing
  • or any approved OB2B computer skills course

Objective 3 Scientific Literacy 9 credits

OB3A Social Science (3 credits from the following):
  • ECN 1000 Introduction to Economics
  • ECN 2950 Microeconomic Principles
  • ECN 2960 Macroeconomic Principles
  • ECN 3050 Money and The Financial System
  • HIS 3600 History of American Technology
  • POL 1000 Introduction to Political Science
  • POL 2100 American Politics
  • PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology
  • PYC 2650 Psychology of Environment
  • SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 2110 Social Interaction
OB3B Natural Science (3 credits from the following):
  • BIO 1030 Environmental Science
  • BIO 1080 The Science of Life
  • BIO 1200 General Biology I
  • BIO 1220 General Biology II
  • BIO 2540 Principles of Human Anatomy
  • BIO 2550 Principles of Human Physiology
  • CHM 1010 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM 1020 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry
  • CHM 1030 Chemistry in Society
  • CHM 1050 Introduction to General Chemistry
  • CHM 1070 General Chemistry I
  • PHY 1080 History of the Universe
  • PHY 1300 General Physics I
  • PHY 1600 General Physics I
  • SCIE 1020 Energy and Society
OB3C Social Sciences or Natural Sciences (3 credits from the following):
  • Choose one additional course listed in OB3A or OB3B, any course in Economics (ECN), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PYC), or Sociology (SOC), or any other approved OB3C course.

Objective 4 Meaning and Value 9 credits

OB4A Philosophy (3 credits)
  • PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy
OB4B Religious Studies (3 credits)
  • Any 2000-level Religious Studies (RELS) or Catholic Studies (CAS) course
OB4C Philosophy or Religious Studies (3 credits)
  • Any additional Philosophy (PHL), Religious Studies (RELS), or Catholic Studies (CAS) course

Objective 5 Diverse Human Experience 12 credits

OB5A Historical Experiences (3 credits from the following):
  • HIS 1500 Introduction to History
  • HIS 2000 Ancient World
  • HIS 2100 Medieval Europe
  • HIS 2200 Early Modern Europe
  • HIS 2300 Europe in the 19th and 20th Century
  • HIS 2400 Modern Middle East
  • HIS 2500 United States to 1877
  • HIS 2510 United States Since 1877
  • HIS 2700 Modern China and Japan
  • HIS 2800 Modern Latin America
  • HIS 2900 Modern Africa
  • HIS 3170 Social History of Art in Italy
  • HIS 3480 African-American History
  • HIS 4480 Topics in African-American History
  • RELS 4470 Jews in the Modern World
OB5B Literary Experiences (3 credits from the following):
  • ENL 2350 Study of Fiction
  • ENL 2450 Study of Poetry
  • ENL 2650 Study of Drama
  • ENL 2850 African-American Literature
  • ENL 3700 The Novel
OB5C Aesthetic Experiences (3 credits from the following):
  • ARCH 2120 Architectural History and Theory I
  • ARCH 2220 Architectural History and Theory II
  • CST 1120 Visual Communications
  • CST 2500 Film Art
  • ENL 2550 Studies in Film
  • ENL 2950 Study of Folklore
  • ENL 3750 Film Genres
  • FINA 2000 Introduction to the Arts
  • HIS 3190 Introduction to World Art History
  • MUS 2020 Music Heritage
  • MUS 3060 Music of Theatre
  • MUS 3080 American Music
  • PHL 3050 Aesthetics
  • TRE 1310 Introduction to Theatre
  • TRE 1610 Fundamentals of Acting
OB5D Comparative Experiences (3 credits from the following):
  • ADS 4950 Addictive Populations
  • CST 3140 Intercultural Communication
  • ECN 3850 Comparative Economic Systems
  • ENL 2360 Fiction and Diversity
  • GEO 2110 World Regional Geography
  • HIS 2640 Comparative Civilization
  • HIS 3650 Gender History
  • HUS 4410 Multicultural Understanding
  • MUS 2090 African-American Women in Music
  • PHL 3650 African Philosophy and Culture
  • POL 2600 Introduction to 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 Black America Social Relations and Social Institutions
  • or choose from the following languages: Arabic (ARB), Aramaic (ARM), Chinese (CHI), Croatian (CRO), Czech (CZE), French (FRE), German (GER), Greek (GRK), Hebrew (HEB), Italian (ITL), Japanese (JPN), Latin (LAT), Polish (PLS), Portuguese (POR), Russian (RUS), or Spanish (SPA)

Objective 6 Social Responsibility 6 credits

OB6A Ethics (3 credits from the following):
  • ETH 2590 Business Ethics
  • ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics
  • ETH 3590 Ethics and Public Policy
  • ETH 3680 Catholic Health Care Ethics
  • HUS 4220 Ethics and Values in Health Service
  • PHL 2010 Ethics
  • PHL 2020 Person and Society
  • PHL 3200 Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • RELS 2340 Christian Ethics
  • RELS 2400 Social Ethics
  • RELS 2450 Sex, Race and Class: Feminist/Womanist Ethics
  • RELS 3480 Justice: Contemporary Issues and Theories
  • RELS 4450 Sex, Race and Class: Feminist/Womanist Ethics
OB6B Contemporary Social Problems (3 credits from the following):
  • ADS 4170 Chemical Dependence and Youth
  • BIO 4990 Biology and Social Issues
  • BUS 3190 Business and Society
  • CHM 4290 Industrial Chemistry/Societal Issues
  • CHM 4380 Recent Advances in Chemistry
  • CHM 4740 Recent Advances in Biochemistry
  • 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
  • ENGR 3010 Professional World of Work I
  • ENGR 3020 Professional World of Work II
  • ENGR 3030 Professional World of Work III
  • 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 Ethnic and Race Relations
  • SOC 4520 Contemporary Social Problems
  • SWK 2100 Social Welfare and Social Justice
  • WGS 2000 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
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School of Architecture

Objective 1 Communication Skills 6 credits

  • Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 1

Objective 2 Mathematical and Computer Skills 9 credits

OB2A Mathematics (3 credits):
  • MTH 1400 Elementary Functions
OB2B Computer Skills (6 credits):
  • ARCH 1160 Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • ARCH 2160 Computer Aided Design

Objective 3 Scientific Literacy 9 credits

OB3A Social Science (3 credits):
  • PYC 2650 Psychology of Environment
OB3B Natural Science (3 credits):
  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 3B
OB3C Social Sciences or Natural Sciences (3 credits from the following):
  • Choose one additional course listed in the general core outline OB3A or OB3B, or any course in Economics (ECN), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PYC), or Sociology (SOC), or any other approved OB3C course

Objective 4 Meaning and Value 9 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 4

Objective 5 Diverse Human Experience 12 credits

OB5A Historical Experiences (3 credits):
  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 5A
OB5B Literary Experiences (3 credits):
  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 5B
OB5C Aesthetic Experiences (3 credits):
  • Aesthetic Experience waived; instead student must take one additional, 3-credit, non-Architecture course from Objectives 3-6 of the general core outline
OB5D Comparative Experiences (3 credits):
  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 5D

Objective 6 Social Responsibility 6 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 6
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College of Business Administration

Objective 1 Communication Skills 9 credits

  • CST 1010 Fundamentals of Speech
  • ENL 1310 Academic Writing
  • ENL 2040 Introduction to Business Writing

Objective 2 Mathematical and Computer Skills 10-15 credits

OB2A Mathematics (7-11 credits):
  • MTH 1110 Mathematical Analysis I

    AND
  • MTH 1120 Mathematical Analysis II

    OR
  • MTH 1400 Elementary Functions

    AND
  • MTH 1410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

    OR
  • MTH 1410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

    AND
  • MTH 1420 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II

    AND
  • MTH 2140 Basic Statistics

    OR
  • STA 2250 Statistics
OB2B Computer Skills (3-4 credits):
  • CIS 1000 Introduction to Computers
  • CIS 1020 Computers and Research
  • CIS 1030 Web Productivity Tools
  • CSSE 1710 + 1710 Introduction to Programming I + Lab

Objective 3 Scientific Literacy 12 credits

  • ECN 2950 Microeconomic Principles
  • ECN 2960 Macroeconomic Principles
  • ECN 3050 Money and the Financial System
  • One additional course from the natural science list, Objective 3B

Objective 4 Meaning and Value 9 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 4

Objective 5 Diverse Human Experience 12 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 5

Objective 6 Social Responsibility 6 credits

OB6A Ethics (3 credits):
  • PHL 2010 Ethics
  • ETH 2590 Business Ethics
OB6B Contemporary Social Problems (3 credits):
  • BUS 3190 Business and Society
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School of Dentistry – Dental Hygiene Program

Objective 1 Communication Skills 6 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 1

Objective 2 Mathematical and Computer Skills 6 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 2

Objective 3 Scientific Literacy 15 credits

OB3A Social Science (6 credits):
  • PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology
OB3B Natural Science (9 credits):
  • BIO 2540 Principles of Human Anatomy
  • CHM 1010 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM 1020 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry

Objective 4 Meaning and Value 9 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 4

Objective 5 Diverse Human Experience 12 credits

OB5A Historical Experiences (3 credits):
  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 5A
OB5B Literary Experiences (3 credits):
  • ENL 2350 Study of Fiction
  • ENL 2450 Study of Poetry
  • ENL 2650 Study of Drama
OB5C Aesthetic Experiences (3 credits):
  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 5C
OB5D Comparative Experiences (3 credits):
  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 5D

Objective 6 Social Responsibility 12 credits

OB6A Ethics (6 credits):
  • DHY 8320 Introduction to Ethical and Legal Issues I
  • DHY 8240 Introduction to Ethical and Legal Issues II
OB6B Contemporary Social Problems (3 credits):
  • COM 8210 Concepts in Community Health
  • COM 8220 Community Oral Health Education
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College of Engineering and Science

Objective 1 Communication Skills 6 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 1

Objective 2 Mathematical and Computer Skills 6-8 credits

OB2A Mathematics

Biology majors (3-4 credits):

  • MTH 1400 Elementary Functions
    OR
  • MTH 1410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

All other majors (4 credits):

  • MTH 1410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

OB2B Computer Skills (3-4 credits):

Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry majors

  • CIS 1000 Introduction to Computers
    OR
  • CIS 1020 Computers and Research
    OR
  • CIS 1030 Web Productivity Tools
    OR
  • CSSE 1710 + 1711 Introduction to Programming + Lab

Mathematics and Computer Science majors (4 credits):

  • CSSE 1710 + 1711 Introduction to Programming + Lab

Engineering majors (3-4 credits):

  • ENGR 2040 Introduction to Engineering Computing
  • CSSE 1710 + 1711 Introduction to Programming + Lab
  • ARCH 1160 Introduction to Computer Graphics

Objective 3 Scientific Literacy 9 credits

OB3A Social Science

BA-Chemistry majors (3 credits):

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 3A

All other majors:

  • Program courses satisfy Objective 3

OB3B Natural Science

Engineering, Biology, BS-Chemistry and BS-Biochemistry majors:

  • Program courses satisfy Objective 3B

Mathematics and Computer Science majors (3 credits):

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 3B

OB3C Social Sciences or Natural Sciences

Engineering, Biology, BS-Chemistry and BS-Biochemistry majors:

  • Program courses satisfy Objective 3C

Mathematics and Computer Science majors (3 credits):

  • Must select a Natural Science course, see Objective 3B in the general core outline

Objective 4 Meaning and Value 9 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 4

Objective 5 Diverse Human Experience 9 or 12 credits

BA-Chemistry majors (12 credits):

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 5

BS-Chemistry and BS-Biochemistry majors (9 credits):

  • Two courses from Objective 5A-5C, not from the same group, and one course from Objective 5D in the general core outline

All other majors (9 credits):

  • Any two courses from Objective 5A-5C and one course from Objective 5D in the general core outline

Objective 6 Social Responsibility 5-6 credits

OB6A Ethics

Engineering majors (2 credits):

  • ENGR 1000 Ethics and Politics of Engineering
BS Biology (3 credits):
  • ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics
    OR
  • PHL 2010 Ethics

BS Biology / Pre-PA (3 credits):

  • ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics

OB6B Contemporary Social Problems (3 credits):

Engineering majors (3 credits):

  • ENGR 3010 Professional World of Work I
  • ENGR 3020 Professional World of Work II
  • ENGR 3030 Professional World of Work III
Biology majors (3 credits):
  • BIO 4990 Biology and Social Issues
Biology / Pre-PA:
  • HSA 4610 Health Economics

BS-Chemistry (3 credits):

  • CHM 4380 Recent Advances in Chemistry
BS-Biochemistry (3 credits):
  • CHM 4740 Recent Advances in Biochemistry
BA-Mathematics
  • EDU 4400 School and Society
All other majors (3 credits):
  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 6B
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College of Health Professions

Objective 1 Communication Skills 6 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 1

Objective 2 Mathematical and Computer Skills 6 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 2

Objective 3 Scientific Literacy 9 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 3

Objective 4 Meaning and Value 9 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 4

Objective 5 Diverse Human Experience 12 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 5

Objective 6 Social Responsibility 6 credits

OB6A Ethics
  • ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics
OB6B Contemporary Social Problems
  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 6B
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McAuley School of Nursing

Objective 1 Communication Skills 6 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 1

Objective 2 Mathematical and Computer Skills 6 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 2

Objective 3 Scientific Literacy 9 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 3

Objective 4 Meaning and Value 9 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 4

Objective 5 Diverse Human Experience 12 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 5

Objective 6 Social Responsibility 6 credits

OB6A Ethics
  • ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics
OB6B Contemporary Social Problems
  • NUR 4200 Families in Crisis

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

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College of Liberal Arts and Education

Objective 1 Communication Skills 6 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 1

Objective 2 Mathematical and Computer Skills 6 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 2

Objective 3 Scientific Literacy 9 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 3

Objective 4 Meaning and Value 9 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 4

Objective 5 Diverse Human Experience 18 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 5, plus two additional courses from Objective 5A-5D

    OR
  • If a CLAE student wishes to satisfy his/her two additional Objective 5 courses with courses which fulfill 5A, 5B, or 5C, any UDM History, Literature, Art, or Music course at the 2000-level or higher may be used. Any Additional 5D course(s) must, however, come from the courses listed under 5D.

Objective 6 Social Responsibility 6 credits

  • Same requirements as the general core outline, Objective 6, except that one of the following capstone seminars (inside the major or interdisciplinary seminar) may be used for completing three of the six credits in this Objective: CST 4990; ECN 4990; HIS 4990; HUS 4990; LST 4990; POL 4990.
Note: Students seeking degrees from the College of Liberal Arts and Education must complete the following Core Curriculum requirements prior to participating in Commencement: CST 1010, ENL 1310, MTH 1010 or MTH 1020, 1030, 1040 and PHL 1000
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Last updated 7/5/2011 - Office of the Registrar


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