Graduate Catalog 2013-2014

UDM Academic Policies Course Descriptions List of All Programs Faculty

Special Academic Programs and Courses


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 & 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 & 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 I 3 cr.
1110 Introductory II 3 cr.
1120 Introductory III 3 cr.
2100 Intermediate I 3 cr.
2110 Intermediate II 3 cr.
2120 Intermediate III 3 cr.
3100 and above 3 cr.
(Advanced levels)  

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

Weekend College

Coordinator: Lisa Zessin
Office: FAC 500
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1469
Fax: (313) 993-1534

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 of Science in Business Administration degree
  • Bachelor of Arts in Legal Administration degree
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration degree


  • Master of Health Services Administration degree

The Master of Health Services Administration degree 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 to 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

Assistant Director: Amanda McPherson
Office: Reno 16
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-3305
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. Students attending UDM programs at the Macomb University Center take ALCP 5201 or ALCP 5315 at the Macomb Center. 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 5101 0 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 5201 0 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, 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.

Academic Writing and Culture Seminar

ALCP 5315 0 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. 

Study Abroad Programs

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. Study abroad programs include:

International Experience in Brazil - The purpose of this program is to explore Brazil's society, culture, and history in the context of Africa's influences. Students who enroll in this program are required to attend all coursework on UDM's campus prior to departure, as well as travel to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, at the conclusion of the course. While there, students will apply key cultural, educational and/or social constructs, including Kluckholn & Strodbeck's Orientation Theory and Hofstede's Dimensions of Culture. Site lectures in Brazil will be delivered by UDM faculty and guest lecturers at the Federal University of Brazil's CEAFRO Center—located in the historic district of Pelhourino—where we learn about the impact of race on all aspects of society and explore social movements and strategies positively affecting issues related to race and poverty, food security, and that are helping to end bigotry in Brazil. Contact Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or to inquire about approved courses this program year.

The College of Business Administration offers students the opportunity to take courses in China. The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies (TBC)was established in 1998 to offer a premier comprehensive education about China. TBC exposes students both academically and experientially to China's language, culture, past and present. With TBC, you'll take classes with some of the best professors in China. Students will travel extensively, from China's endless grasslands and expansive desers to its cosmopolitan cities and sacred mountains. You'll see, experience, and understand China, This program is open to students of all majors. For more information on the Beijing Center program visit

International Experience in China - The purpose of this program is to explore China's society, culture, and history in context. Students who enroll in this program are required to travel to China, where we apply key cultural, educational and/or social theories, including Kluckholn & Strodbeck's Orientation Theory and Hofstede's Dimensions of Culture. UDM faculty deliver lectures both on UDM's campus and in China; predeparture sessions on UDM's main campus are mandatory, as is travel to China. Site lectures are also delivered by UDM faculty while in China -- where we explore the impact of China's megacities on all aspects of society. We speak with guest lecturers about life in a megacity and the impact of rapid modernization on China's institutions, infrastructure, family life, and culture. Contact Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or to inquire about approved courses this program year.
International Experience in Cuba -The purpose of this program is to explore Cuban society in context of its people, history, religion and culture. Students who enroll in this program are required to travel to Cuba, where we apply Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions and other key educational and/or social constructs. Much of the coursework takes place at UDM prior to departure; predeparture coursework is mandatory, as is travel to Cuba. While in Cuba, site lectures are delivered by UDM faculty in conjunction with guest lecturers. These occur at the Cuba Literacy Center -- where we learn about the global impact of Cuba's literacy program, as well as at the MLK Center where we regularly dialogue with students and community leaders about social change strategies positively affecting issues related to race and poverty, food security, and are helping to end homophobia. Other relevant site visits include Convento Belem and Conjunto Folklórico de Regla where we meet -- and learn more about -- the people of Havana. Contact Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or to inquire about approved courses this program year

United Kingdom
The College of Liberal Arts & Education offers students the opportunity to participate in international cyber security and intelligence
seminars in the United Kingdom (actual sites rotate yearly). Students will be exposed to international experts in cyber security and intelligence through presentations, activities, and field trips across the United Kingdom.Undergraduate and graduate students wishing to participate in the courses must meet all prerequisites established by the College and be approved by their program director. Please contact Jeffrey A. Ingalsbe at (313) 993-3337 or for registration information and fees or more program information.

Today's global economy demands graduates with global perspective. The Study Abroad Program at University College Dublin Quinn School of Business, an AACSB and Equis accredited school, provides you with challenging international experience in a uniquely stimulating location -Ireland. Established in 1994, the study abroad program is open to undergraduate students outside the European Union and offers a complete range of over fifty course options from their world renowned Bachelor of Commerce degree. Student abroad program students have the option to attend UCD Quinn School of Business during either the Fall or Winter semesters, or alternatively students can enroll for a full academic year. When students arrive at UCD Quinn School of Business they join the largest and most vibrant business school in Ireland, taking part in all aspects of academic and social life on an extensive campus while experiencing life in the thriving modern city of Dublin. The cultural/social program is specifically designed to involve both Irish and International students in a series of cultural trips, excursions and just good fun activities, In addition UCD offer a Summer Internship program which provides you with a challenging international business experience in the modern European city of Dublin. This eight week program consists of a six week internship placement at a leading Irish/International company in a choice of-Banking and Finance, Business Management and International Business, Human Resources Management, Information Systems/Information Technology and Marketing. On completion of studies at UCD Quinn School students will also become a member of their dynamic alumni program. For information visit

Summer Study in Volterra, Italy. End of June through mid-August. The city of Volterra is an unspoiled medieval city in the Tuscan countryside that has rich resources for the study of history, art history, archaeology and the fine arts. Unlike the great tourist cities of Italy, Volterra is not overrun in the summer, and students have the opportunity to meet Italians and to be introduced to Italian life and culture. Beginning Italian is taught with an emphasis on conversation.

All courses include visits to the museums and archeological sites in Volterra as well as in neighboring cities. A course is offered in the art history of the Etruscan, classical, medieval and Renaissance periods in Volterra, Tuscany and Italy. There are field trips to nearby Florence, Siena and San Gimignano. In addition, students have the opportunity for independent travel on weekends. The program opens with a trip to Venice, Padua and Vicenza. Since pre-Roman times, Volterra has been a center for sculpture. Students may take the sculpture studio; no previous fine arts experience is necessary.

Courses include FA 2100: Art and Architecture in Italy, the study of art and architecture from ancient to modern times. Visits to museums, archeological sites and surrounding historic cities—Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano—are included. FA 3910: Alabaster Sculpture Studio introduces students to basic issues in the creation of sculpture. ITL 1150: Beginning Italian provides an introduction to the Italian language for everyday conversation. Students will be introduced to Italians who will participate in classes and with whom they may practice their language skills.

For further information, contact Dr. Sarah Stever, History Department, (313) 993-1099 or through e-mail at Beginning in 1984, the School of Architecture has offered a full term of study in Florence and Volterra, Italy during the summer/term III. Four weeks are spent in travel, four weeks in Florence, and six weeks in Volterra. In Volterra, Architecture students are joined by College of Liberal Arts students studying language, history and alabaster sculpture.

The College of Business Administration recognizes the valuable cross cultural experience of the Mexican AmericanPartnership establishing the program for Business students at the world class university Monterrey tech in the city of Monterrey, Mexico. Monterrey was named by Fortune Magazine as on the the top five cities for business in the world. Monterrey Tech was the first business program in Mexico to be accredited by AACSB International and its international studies program is recognized world-wide. This program enables business students to spend one semester studying in Mexico and also to co-op there.


International Experience in Paris, France - the purpose  of this program is devoted to practicing the French language while we explore French history and culture firsthand. Students who enroll in this program are required to travel to France for 10 days, where Paris becomes our interactive classroom and where museum studies abound -- and where we learn about France's resistance to Fascism during the Second World War. Much of the coursework takes place at UDM prior to departure; all predeparture courses are mandatory, as is travel to France. Site lectures in France are delivered by UDM faculty in conjunction with guest lecturers at museums such as the Louvre, Musee D'Orsey and Musee Cluny, and preservation sites observing key battles of the 20th century. Museum pass is included in the program feel. Contact Lara Wasner at or 313-993-1191 or Gregory Sumner at for more information about the program and coursework.

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