College of Liberal Arts

Office: 122 Briggs, McNichols Campus
Dean: Fr. John Staudenmaier
Telephone: (313) 993-3250
Fax: (313) 993-1266
E-mail:
staudejm@udmercy.edu

The mission of the College of Liberal Arts is to cultivate intellectual versatility and a moral foundation so that students act with understanding, integrity, and compassion in their personal and professional lives.

The College is primarily an undergraduate teaching college based on scholarship and a commitment to engaging students in their development in the liberal disciplines.

The College’s mission is realized primarily through its curriculum, which is also the heart of the University’s Core Curriculum. This curriculum focuses on critical thinking, communication skills and understanding values. These studies include the humanities as well as the social and behavioral sciences that define and distinguish learning and teaching at a university level.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA) is conferred upon candidates who have successfully completed any of the particular programs designed for this degree.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is conferred upon candidates who have successfully completed the requirements specified by the Theatre Department.

Advising

During the student’s freshman and sophomore years, an advisor helps prepare the student for the selection of a major. Students deciding on a departmental major are assigned an advisor by the department.

Those students desiring an interdepartmental major prepare their program under the guidance of an advisor. When this program is approved by the advisor, a copy must be submitted to the dean of the College of Liberal Arts for approval.

Transfer students will receive an evaluation of transfer credits from the College upon admission. After initial advising in the College office, new transfer students will be assigned an advisor in the department of the selected major program. Transfer students are expected to earn at least 15 hours in the major program at the University of Detroit Mercy unless otherwise specified by the department.

University Core Curriculum

All students who enter University of Detroit Mercy are required to complete the University Core Curriculum. The core curriculum consists of courses designed to meet objectives which ensure that students, in addition to pre-professional preparation, receive a liberal education of skills and content consistent with the Mercy and Jesuit traditions. See page 93 for more information on the University Core Curriculum.

Cooperative Education

Co-op is available for students in Liberal Arts. See Cooperative Education on page 96 for more information.

Academic Exploration Program

The Academic Exploration Program is designed to assist students who have not yet decided on a specific academic major and are exploring multiple program options. It provides the time and opportunity for students to explore their interests and test their aptitudes. It supports this exploration through academic advisors who are trained to assist students in making thoughtful academic decisions.

A large percentage of college students are undecided at some level. This conclusion is supported by national research and experience at University of Detroit Mercy. Between 55 and 65 percent of all college students change their majors at least once before the end of the sophomore year.

There are different levels and types of undecidedness. While some students enter college with no idea of the area in which they want to major, others are exploratory because they have interests and aptitudes in two or more academic areas. Still others have academic and career interests which have not been tested through their earlier academic experiences. These students need time to explore a variety of disciplines and trained advisors to help them make this exploration productive.

To support student explorations, the program offers two courses: AEP 100 — Academic Exploration and AEP 200 — Academic Alternatives. AEP 100 is designed for first semester freshmen. AEP 200 serves new transfer students and nonfreshmen who are undecided or in the process of changing majors. Through these courses students examine the academic programs available at UDM and they receive training in goal setting, decision-making, and academic planning. AEP advisors then assist students in scheduling courses term-by-term in order to keep selected program options open.

Participation in the Academic Exploration Program and its courses is voluntary. Students who are interested in the program should contact a UDM admissions counselor.

 

Arthur McGovern, S.J. Catholic Studies Program

Catholic Studies Committee:
Christian Koontz, RSM – Chairperson
Gerald Cavanagh, S.J.
Mary Lou Caspars
Justin Kelly, S.J.
Bridget Deegan Krause
Judith Mouch, RSM
Brian Nedwek
Brian O’Donnell, S.J.
Jennifer Rike
John Saliba, S.J.
Margaret Stack

The Arthur McGovern, S.J. Catholic Studies Certificate Program is guided by the principle that faith should inform life in the real world and awaken a responsibility to seek social justice. The Program requires the completion of 18 credit hours in courses from several disciplines that address six content areas:

– Traditions of Catholic Spirituality and Theology
– Christian Social Justice Traditions Diversity of Catholic Imagery
– Christian Perspectives on the Human Person and on Human Development
– Church History as It Informs Today’s Church
– The Impact of the Second Vatican Council

Core Courses

CAS 100         
CAS 200
CAS 300

CAS 400
Catholic Studies and the Self    
Spirit and Methods
Catholic Church History:
Crystallizing Moments
Senior Seminar
1 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.

2 cr.

Elective Courses

PHL 356         
PHL/RS 432

PYC 350
RS 230

RS 357
CAS 495
Peace and Social Justice    
Classical and Contemporary
Catholicism
Religion and Psychology
Roman Catholic Theology Since
Vatican II
Spiritual Autobiographies
Topics Seminar
3 cr.
3 cr.

3 cr.
3 cr.

3 cr.
3 cr.

Students are required to complete the nine-credit hour core and to select nine credit hours from approved elective courses. Students are encouraged to take CAS 400 as their last course in the program.

 

Communication Studies

Office: McNichols Campus
Faculty: B. Bolz; G. Curtsinger; C. Dause; V. Dicks; G. Garrett; C. Langham; T. Pawlick ; L. Slyker; A. Zolton
Telephone: (313) 993-1698
E-mail: bolzbj@udmercy.edu

The Communication Studies curriculum develops student understanding of functions and effects of multiple communication media through exposure to ethics, theory, and research. Media technology skills are learned in the context of creation and critical evaluation of mediated messages.

The CST Major is required to: (1) Complete a total of 36 credit hours in CST, excluding CST 101, and only 12 of which may be from independent studies (Transfer students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in CST at UDM); (2) Complete at least 15 of those 36 credit hours in courses at the 300/400 level; (3) Submit a portfolio in the senior year; (4) Include in the required 36 credit hours the following six courses:

CST 112         
CST 300
CST 499
Visual Communication   
Media Ethics
CST Capstone Seminar

One course from each of the following three categories:

Research:

CST 201         
CST 316
CST 401
CST 402
STA 225
Research Methods   
Rhetorical Criticism
Public Opinion
Audience Analysis
Statistics

Theory:

CST 204         
CST 209
CST 304
CST 305
CST 307
CST 317
Interpersonal Communication   
Persuasion
Small Group Communication
Theories of Listening Behavior
Organizational Communication
Argumentation

Writing:

CST 203         
CST 221
CST 223
CST 340
News Writing   
News Editing
Electronic Media Writing
Public Relations Writing

Economics

Office: 116 Briggs, McNichols Campus
Faculty: D. Byrne; J. Mosby; D. Pemberton; T. Schad; R. Shen, S.J.; Y. Song
Telephone: (313) 993-1238

The major in Economics prepares students for careers in business, government and law as well as providing an excellent foundation for further graduate study. The Economics major requires 33 credit hours. Half of the major is composed of required courses (ECN 295, 296, 305, 315, and 316). The other half is composed of electives in Economics. Among the elective courses are: money and capital markets, international trade and finance, economic history, economic development, comparative economic systems, labor economics, government finance and others. Economics majors are also required to take a course in applied statistics.

Graduates have been placed in banking, teaching, manufacturing firms and government agencies, to name a few. Many have gone on in graduate studies earning law degrees and advanced degrees in economics.

Economics Major 33 cr.

STA 225         
ECN 295
ECN 296
ECN 305
ECN 315
ECN 316
ECN
Statistics     
Microeconomic Principles
Macroeconomic Principles
Money and the Financial System
Intermediate Microeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Electives
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
15 cr.

Electronic Critique

Office: 245 Briggs, McNichols Campus
Faculty: Hugh Culik, Chris Gilliard, Marcel O’Gorman. This is an interdisciplinary program, so faculty will vary according to course selections
Telephone: (313) 993-1050
E-mail: ogormamm@udmercy.edu

New Information Technologies (IT) have had a deep impact on our culture. The most successful citizens in an IT based society will need to have advanced critical skills and creative problem solving abilities that permit them to sift through an overwhelming flow of digitally mediated information. Electronic Critique (E-Crit) responds to this need with a unique, multidisciplinary degree program that stresses critical thinking about our "Electronic Culture." E-Crit is designed for students who want to combine creativity, critical thinking, and technical expertise. Students who major in the Program take a core of IT related courses (12 Credits), a concentration in the Liberal Arts (18 Credits), and select from tracks in Web Development or Imagetext Design (15 Credits). All E-Crit Majors share their specialized knowledge in the E-Crit Design Laboratory, where they undertake real-world, digital projects (12 Credits). Majors must complete a Digital Media Portfolio in their final term to be eligible for graduation. The curriculum prepares students for careers in programming, design, advertising, marketing, business, teaching, media production, and journalism, among others; it also prepares them to be leaders in their fields and in their communities. A Certificate in Electronic Critique is available for non-E-Crit majors.

E-Crit Majors must complete the following:

E-Crit Core   12 cr.
 All E-Crit Majors must complete the following courses:
CIS 103          

ENL 305

HIS 336

PHL 140

Web Productivity Tools   
(See CIS Description)
Freelance Writing: Print and Web
(See ENL Description)
History of American Technology
(See HIS Description)
Topics in Critical Thinking: Media
(See PHL Description)
3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.

 

Disciplinary Concentration   18 cr.

E-Crit is rooted in a traditional Liberal Arts education. Therefore, all majors must pursue a disciplinary concentration from a department in the College of Liberal Arts. Each Department will recommend courses suitable for E-Crit majors.

 

E-Crit Design Laboratory   12 cr.
ECR 491           E-Crit Design Laboratory         3 cr.

 

Digital Media Portfolio   3 cr.
ECR 499           Digital Media Portfolio              3 cr.

 

E-Crit Tracks   15 cr.

Students in E-Crit must select from one of 2 specialized tracks—Web Development or Imagetext Design—in order to develop an area of expertise related to information technology. Recommended courses are listed below, and substitutions may be made with the approval of the Program Director. In keeping with the cross-disciplinary commitment of E-Crit, majors are encouraged to combine these tracks with certificate programs in other Colleges (see below).

 

Web Development   15 cr.

Students must select from the following three-credit courses:

CIS 104         
CIS 115
CIS 220
CIS 335
CIS 382
CIS 460
CST 210
CST 311
ENL 280
ENL 375
ENL 467
Introduction to Programming: C++ or Java  
Visual Basic
Internet Programming (Prerequisite CIS 104 or 115)
Interface Design (Prerequisite CIS 220)
Database Design (Prerequisite CIS 297)
E-Commerce (Instructor Permission Required)
Video Production
Single Camera Video Production
Introduction to Media Studies
Film Genres
Topics in Cultural Studies

 

Imagetext Design   15 cr.

Students must select from the following 3-credit courses:

CIS 102         
CIS 220
CIS 335
ENL 280
ENL 335
ENL 375
ENL 480
CST 210
CST 241
CST 311
CST 441
PHL 305
Personal Productivity Tools 
Internet Programming (Prerequisite CIS 104 or 115)
Interface Design (Prerequisite CIS 220)
Introduction to Media Studies
Post-1945 Literature
Film Genres
Literary Criticism
Video Production
Principles of Advertising
Single Camera Video Production
Advertising Campaigns (Prerequisite CST 241)
Aesthetics

Certificate in Electronic Critique

This is a special certification program available to non-E-Crit Majors. Students in this Program must successfully complete the courses below (for a total of 30 credit hours), and assemble a Digital Media Portfolio (ECR 499) in their final term of study.

CIS 103         
ECR 491
ECR 499
ENL 280
ENL 305
HIS 360
PHL 140
Web Productivity Tools
E-Crit Design Laboratory       
Digital Media Portfolio
Introduction to Media Studies
Freelance Writing: Print and Web
History of American Technology
Topics in Critical Thinking
  3 cr.
12 cr.
  3 cr.
  3 cr.
  3 cr.
  3 cr.
  3 cr.

 

Other Certificate Programs

Electronic Critique provides students with the opportunity to engage in a unique, cross-disciplinary program of study. Students enrolled in the program may maximize this opportunity by combining a degree in E-Crit with Certificate Programs in other departments (e.g., Business Administration Certificate). This is best accomplished by a careful selection of electives and core curriculum courses.

 

English

Office: 219 Briggs, McNichols Campus
Faculty: M. Barry; C. Crabtree; H. Culik;J. Freeman; C. Gilliard; C. Hirst; J. Isbey; C. Koontz, RSM; R. Kowalczyk; S. Latta; N. McKendrick, S.J.; N. Rombes; L. Wedberg; E. Wolff
Telephone: (313) 993-1080
E-mail:culikh@udmercy.edu

Intelligent living requires a keen sense of the assumptions we carry around with us. Both the Literature and the Writing track guarantee that English majors’ lives will be spent in the delightful awareness of the assumptions that pervade most discourse. That said, the Literature Track emphasizes the systematic study of literature and the Writing Track emphasizes the skills necessary to address highly specific commercial and artistic audiences. There’s a huge overlap between the two tracks, but Literature (generally) prepares students for traditional literary studies, and Writing prepares students for technical writing jobs, creative writing programs, teaching and a general ability to control the world through the power of the word.

English majors go on to a number of well-paying and interesting careers: law, editing, teaching, business and publishing. Because our graduates lead the College’s move into electronic writing, particularly the creation of web sites and other Information Technologies, they now find themselves in high demand.

English majors may choose one of the following two tracks:

Literature   30 cr.
ENL 245         
The Study of Poetry               
3 cr.

One of the following:                                          3 cr.

ENL 201         
ENL 202
ENL 204
ENL 205
The Journal               
Advanced Composition
Introduction to Business Writing
Introduction to Creative Writing

One of the following:                                         3 cr.

ENL 235         
ENL 236
ENL 255
ENL 265
The Study of Fiction;              
Diverse Voices in Fiction
The Study of Film
The Study of Drama

Two of the following:                                         6 cr.

ENL 301         
ENL 302
ENL 303
ENL 305
ENL 306
ENL 326
ENL 405
ENL 409
The Writing of Fiction;              
The Writing of Poetry
Technical Writing
The Writing of Commercial Non- Fiction
Research and Research Writing
History of the English Language
Editorial Processes and Products
Modern English Language

Two of the following:                                          6 cr.

ENL 311         
ENL 312
ENL 411
ENL 412
ENL 424

American Literature to 1865
American Literature since 1865
Major American Writers through 1865
Major English Writers after 1865
Major Postmodernist Writers
(British & American)

Three of the following:                                         9 cr.

ENL 321         
ENL 322
ENL 323
ENL 324
ENL 421
ENL 422
ENL 423
ENL 424
ENL 480
English Literature through the Renaissance
English Literature of the 17th and 18th Centuries
English Literature of the 19th Century
English Literature of the 20th Century
Major English Writers through the Renaissance
Major English Writers of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Major English Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Postmodernist Writers
Literary Theory

Writing:   30 cr.
ENL 245;      
The Study of Poetry               
3 cr.

Two of the following:                                        6 cr.

ENL 201         
ENL 202
ENL 204
ENL 205
The Journal
Advanced Composition
Introduction to Business Writing
Introduction to Creative Writing

Three of the following:                                      9 cr.

ENL 301         
ENL 302
ENL 303
ENL 305
ENL 306
ENL 405
The Writing of Fiction;              
The Writing of Poetry
Technical Writing
The Writing of Commercial Non- Fiction
Research and Research Writing
Editorial Processes and Products

One of the following:                                       3 cr.

ENL 326         
ENL 409
ENL 480
History of the English Language              
Modern American English
Literary Theory

Three of the following:                                      9 cr.

Literature 300-400 Level

In addition, majors in the Writing Track and in the Literature Track must submit a portfolio demonstrating substantive work and writing. Students should consult with their English advisors for details.

Majors may take as many additional electives in English as they wish, providing they satisfy other degree requirements and achieve an overall balance in their studies.

 

History

Office: 322 Briggs, McNichols Campus
Faculty: E. Carey; E. DeWindt; R. Finkenbine; B. O’Donnell, S.J.; J. Staudenmaier, S.J.; S. Stever; G. Sumner
Telephone: (313) 993-1016
E-mail: finkenre@udmercy.edu

The goals of the History Department are: (1) to provide students in all colleges and programs opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the contemporary world through a critical knowledge of the past; (2) to provide all students with opportunities to cultivate skills of analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and interpreting historical evidence. Thus, the program is designed to play an integral role in the general liberal arts education of UDM students and to serve the needs of history majors on a variety of career paths.

History Major   36 cr.

The major consists of a minimum of 36 hours of approved course work, with an overall C average in the course work. The 36 hours must include:

HIS 150
    or
HIS 160          
HIS 250
HIS 251
Introduction to History

Comparative Civilizations         
The United States to 1877
The United States since 1877
3 cr.

3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.

Two of the following:                                           

HIS 200          

HIS 210

HIS 220
HIS 230

The Ancient Mediterranean,
World
Europe in the Middle Ages and
Renaissance         
Early Modern Europe
Europe in the 19th and 20th
Centuries
3 cr.

3 cr.

3 cr.
3 cr.

Two of the following:

HIS 240
HIS 270          
HIS 280
HIS 281
HIS 290
HIS 291
Electives
Modern Middle East
Modern China         
Early Latin American History
Modern Latin American History
African History
Historical Methods
- 300/400
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
12 cr.

( 3 cr. of which must be a Senior Seminar or another designated research seminar at the 400 level)

Concentrations

History majors may plan their degree programs to concentrate in any one of four tracks:

Public History

Public history may be broadly defined as using the past to serve the present. It is appropriate for history majors who are considering career options other than teaching or law. These options are as various as: archivist, museum curator or administrator, manager of historic properties, editing and publishing, policy analysis, government service, urban and regional planning, etc.

Teaching (Elementary/Secondary)

See requirements in the Education program.

Pre-law

See pre-law description for recommended cognate work.

Graduate Study

If students are interested in pursuing graduate studies in History, the emphasis in their undergraduate studies will depend on students’ specific interests — e.g. modern Europe, recent America. Students should use electives to build a strong cognate in a complementary area: e.g. languages, English, philosophy, economics, religious studies, political science.

Those considering an advanced degree in history, should consult their advisor for help selecting courses wisely and applying to graduate schools.


Liberal Studies

Office: 122 Briggs, McNichols Campus
Advising Coordinator: Kathy Bush
Telephone: (313) 993-3254
E-mail: bushkt@udmercy.edu

This interdisciplinary major is designed for students who have broad interests cutting across the boundaries of the traditional disciplines. The goal is to provide a systematic program of studies, tailored to the student’s background, interests, and goals, which integrates the content and methods of the liberal disciplines and provides a solid grounding in one of those disciplines.

Liberal Studies Major   42 cr.
Departmental Concentration            
Electives
21 cr.
21 cr.

Concentrations

In the Liberal Studies major, the student will develop, under the guidance of an advisor, a plan of study which integrates his/her interests and goals. The plan of study will be focused in one of two areas of concentration:

Humanities

Course work will be primarily in the disciplines of literature, history, philosophy, religious studies, languages, and the arts.

Social/Public Policy

Course work will be primarily in the policy sciences: political science, economics, and sociology, with supporting courses from communication studies, psychology, history, philosophy, and religious studies.

 

Languages

Office: AD, Room 103, Outer Drive Campus
Director: Elke Kramer
Telephone: (313) 993-6204
E-mail: languages@udmercy.edu

Through its offerings in more than 15 languages and ESL, the Language and Cultural Training Department seeks to imbue students with linguistic and cultural knowledge of modern foreign countries. Because today’s students live in a multicultural and multilingual world, the curriculum provides the tools, competence, and cultural orientation to enable them to do so successfully. (See "Special Academic Programs" for additional information.)

Advanced Placement/ Proficiency Credit

Students entering directly from high school with AP (Advanced Placement) standing are requested to consult with the College to determine their placement and proficiency level. Students who commence their study in Languages at the University at the intermediate or advanced level, who have not previously acquired college credit for an introductory or higher-level foreign language course and can demonstrate the requisite proficiency, may be granted up to nine credits based on placement examination and successful completion of a higher level course in that language, with a grade of C or better.

 

Music

Office: Music Hall, Outer Drive Campus
Faculty: G. Mitchell
Telephone: (313) 993-6072
E-mail: mitcheg@udmercy.edu

The music offerings are designed to assist in the development of the cultural and intellectual life of students. Toward this goal, courses in the various aspects of performance literature are provided. For those wishing a participatory experience in music, opportunities for private applied music are available, as well as the University of Detroit Mercy Chorale.

In addition to regular tuition, private lesson fees are charged per semester hour for the applied music courses indicated. The fee amount is printed each semester in the schedule of classes.

 

Philosophy

Office: Briggs 342
Faculty: V. Adams, R. Cronkhite, M. Henninger, S.J., D. Jarnevic, D. Koukal, M. Leever,E. Oljar, G. Presbey
Phone: (313) 993-3388
E-mail: oljarea@udmercy.edu

As one of the oldest Liberal Arts disciplines (and also the original source of many of them), philosophy provides students with one of the best ways to acquire and hone the classic skills of the Liberal Arts: critical reading, critical writing, and critical thinking. The ability to read and analyze a philosophical text, to distinguish different positions on a single topic, and to analyze and construct careful arguments are among the central intellectual skills that the discipline seeks to cultivate. Philosophy develops these skills by requiring students to reflect on the most fundamental questions about reality, knowledge, morality, and all other aspects of the human experience.

The department of philosophy implements the University’s commitment to students from a philosophical perspective. We do this by creating an academic environment that encourages students to approach fundamental questions with an attitude of open and disciplined reflection, that evokes a love for the intellectual life, and promotes a deeper appreciation of our civilization, which has been influenced by philosophy at all levels.

Philosophy Major   30 cr.
PHL 100          
PHL 201
Introduction to Philosophy          
Ethics
3 cr.
3 cr.

One of the following courses in logic:                        3 cr.

PHL 150
    or
PHL 250          
(Introduction to Logic)

(Symbolic Logic)         

Three of the following courses in the history of
philosophy:                                                               9 cr.

PHL 306
PHL 307          
PHL 308
PHL 441
Greek Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy         
Modern Philosophy
Contemporary Philosophy

One of the following courses in the major areas of
philosophy:                                                               3 cr.

PHL 406
PHL 407          
Metaphysics
Epistemology         
3 elective courses in philosophy                                 9 cr.

PHL 100 is a prerequisite for all other philosophy courses except for PHL 140 and 150, which may be taken without prior coursework in philosophy. Students planning to do graduate study in philosophy are strongly urged to take more courses than the required 30 hours. The philosophy faculty will work with students to select additional courses that will help prepare them for graduate work in the discipline.


Political Science

Office: Briggs 243 McNichols Campus
Faculty: V. Mantzopoulos; D. Burkholder:S. Manning
Phone: (313) 993-1056
E-mail:armstrov@udmercy.edu

 

Political Science Major  
33 cr.

The political science major is a flexible one, consisting of 33 credit hours with at least a 2.0 G.P.A. It is organized around the various subfields of political science but also allows substantial concentration in an area of interest to the student. It culminates in an integrating seminar.

The courses required for the major are:

POL 100         
POL 210
POL 260
     or
POL 451
POL 380

POL 499
STA 225
POL
Introduction to Political Science
American Politics
Comparative Politics

International Relations
Elements of Political Thought
(or other approved theory course)
Senior Seminar
Statistics
Political Science Electives
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.


3 cr.

3 cr.
3 cr.
15 cr.

Concentrations

The 15 elective credits required to complete the major may be organized into areas of concentration or may be selected from all areas. The suggested areas of concentration are:

Judicial Studies and Law

POL 201         
POL 202
POL 203
POL 204
POL 342
POL 346
POL 454
Introduction to Law and the Judiciary
Criminal Law and Procedure
Topics in Legal Issues
Tort Law
American Constitution & Public Law
Civil Liberties and Equality
International Law

American Studies and Theory

POL 205         
POL 210
POL 322
POL 330
POL 339
POL 342
POL 346
POL 386
Political Fiction
American Politics
Public Policy Analysis
Government and the Economy
Issues in Public Policy
Constitutional and Public Law
Civil Liberties and Equality
Politics and the Media

International and Comparative Politics

POL 325         
POL 452
POL 453
POL 454
POL 457
POL 460
POL 461
POL 463
POL 466
POL 467
Comparative Administrative Systems
Foreign Policy of the United States
Japanese Politics
International Law
International Political Economy
European Politics
Russian Politics
Third World Politics
Chinese Politics
Politics in Africa

Public Administration

POL 320         
POL 323
POL 324
POL 325
POL 330
POL 339
POL 342
POL 347
Public Administration
Personnel Management & Labor Relations
Government Budgeting
Comparative Administrative Systems
Government and the Economy
Issues in Public Policy
American Constitution & Public Law
Administrative Law

Other electives, workshops, internships, and independent studies are listed in the "Courses" section of this catalog.

 

Pre-Law Program

Pre-Law Committee:

 Chairperson
Dr. Gregory Sumner     
Dr. Vivian Dicks
Dr. Victoria Mantzopoulos
Dr. Elizabeth Oljar
Dr. James Tubbs
(313) 993-1121
(313) 993-3286
(313) 993-1056
(313) 993-3388
(313) 993-6156

The Pre-Law program is an academic advising program run by the Pre-Law Committee and the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Students who are planning on attending law school will be assigned an academic advisor who can assist them in choosing both a major program and electives that will help prepare them for the academic requirements of law school. The Pre-Law program is not a degree-granting program.

The Pre-Law Committee emphasizes that there is no required undergraduate major for law school; rather, students should choose an academically rigorous major that is both of interest to them, and develops their skills in critical reading, writing, and thinking. Students who plan to attend law school are advised by the Association of American Law Schools to develop basic skills and insights rather than follow any pre-set pre-law program. Law schools urge an undergraduate education that emphasizes:

1. Reading comprehension skills. Reading both case law and statutes requires the ability to distinguish and understand the component parts of complex claims and definitions.

2. Critical writing skills. The wide variety of forms of writing used in the law all require clear and concise writing skills, and presuppose proficiency with standard English grammar, punctuation, and syntax.

3. Critical thinking skills. In both its oral and written formats, the practice of law requires skill at argumentation. Distinguishing a claim from the reasons given in support of it, as well as identifying and analyzing the arguments given in judicial decisions, are essential skills in the practice of law.

4. Understanding and analysis of the human institutions and values that are central to the law. Classes that offer insight into the historical development of the law, its impact on other aspects of human life, and the values it reflects are suggested.

Regardless of the choice of undergraduate major, students planning on law school should choose academically rigorous courses (particularly in the Liberal Arts) that develop all of the skills listed above. Juniors and seniors should choose 300- or 400- level courses for their electives, in addition to the upper division courses required by the student’s major.

The Pre-Law Committee encourages all pre-law students to visit UDM’s Law School during their course of study. Two very useful contacts at the Law School are:

Kathleen H. Caprio
Assistant Dean – Admissions and Student Affairs
(313) 596-0287

Bonnie D. Fitch
Associate Director – Admissions and Student Affairs
(313) 596-0253

 

Psychology

Office: 103 Faculty House, Outer Drive Campus
Faculty: S. Abell; L. Blume;; B. Green; H. Greene; M. Hannah; E. Hill; C. Kwantes; D. MacDonald.; J. McCown; C. Munday; C. Panyard; M. Stack; C. Weisfeld; K. Zimmerman-Oster
Telephone: (313) 993-6124
E-mail:panyarcm@udmercy.edu

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It differs from other fields that are concerned with the human condition in that it uses the scientific method. Psychologists attempt to understand the workings of individuals, animals and groups. Psychologists work in a variety of settings including universities and colleges, clinics and hospitals, business and industry, government agencies, law enforcement and the military. Psychology can be an academic or research discipline or an applied science.

The Psychology Department offers two majors. All psychology students are required to take a common core of courses in the foundations of psychology.

The General Psychology major is for students who intend to pursue careers in psychology. Such careers usually require at least the M.A. degree for entry-level employment. The General major is designed to provide a strong foundation for graduate study.

The Developmental Psychology major is designed for those students who wish to prepare themselves for careers in various helping professions immediately upon graduation. A Developmental Psychology major prepares students for careers in child care, child welfare and family life education. Through practica and special projects, a student can acquire expertise in working with a particular population. The Developmental Psychology major, with supporting courses, is designed to meet the academic requirements for provisional certification as a family life educator (CFLE) from the national Council on Family Relations.

General Psychology Major 37 cr.

PYC 100         
STA 225
PYC 250
PYC 301
PYC 341
PYC 360-61
PYC 407
PYC 409-10
PYC 412
PYC 414-415
PYC 420
Introductory Psychology
Statistics
Developmental Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Social Psychology plus Laboratory
Physiological Psychology
Perceptual-Cognitive Processes
History and Systems of Psychology
Psychology of Learning and Memory
Psychological Testing and Measurement  
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
4 cr.
4 cr.
4 cr.
3 cr.
4 cr.
3 cr.

 

Developmental Psychology Major 35-40 cr.

PYC 100         
PYC 233
PYC 250
PYC 351
PYC 440
PYC 451
PYC 473
PYC 491
Introductory Psychology
Human Relationships and Guidance        
Developmental Psychology
Family Development
Cross-Cultural Socialization
Psychology of Death and Dying
Basic Practicum
Research in Developmental Psychology
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
1-5 cr.
3 cr.
One of the following:                                                         4 cr.
PYC 360-61
PYC 407         
Social Psychology
Physiological Psychology
Two of the following:                                                         6 cr.
PYC 234
PYC 236         
PYC 256
Infancy/Early Childhood Development
Middle Childhood/Adolescent Development
Adult Development and Aging
One of the following:                                                           3 cr.
STA 225
PYC 301         
PYC 341
Elementary Statistics
Experimental Psychology
Psychology of Personality

Required core and supporting courses for Family Life Educator Certification. (See Developmental Psychology advisor.)

Certified in Family Life Education   24 cr*

Developmental Psychology Courses

233, 250, 351, 440, 473 (see above)

UDM Core Courses                                                         
6 cr.
ETH 359
CJS 483         
     or
ADS 417
Ethics and Public Policy (Core 6A)
Family Violence (Core 6B)

Chemical Dependence (Core 6B)
Required Supporting courses                                            
18 cr.
ADS 436
BUS 290         
CST 204
HUS 422
LA 230
PYS 275
Family Theory and Therapy
Personal Finance
Interpersonal Communication
Ethics in Human Services
Family Law
Human Sexuality

* Students with other UDM majors or Bachelor degrees from other institutions must complete the full approved program (39 credits)


Religious Studies

Office: Faculty House, Outer Drive Campus Faculty: G. Albrecht; J. Kelly, S.J.; S. Mitchem; G. Pickering; J. Rike; J. Saliba, S.J.; J. Schaberg; J. Tubbs
Telephone: (313) 993-6156
E-mail:
tubbsjb@udmercy.edu

The study of religion is an important branch of the humanities and an essential component in any well-grounded program of higher education. It is crucial for the understanding of any culture and it deals with serious issues for the self-understanding of students of any age. The Religious Studies Department offers programs designed to explore the variety of religious meanings which human beings have expressed in the past as well as those which continue to be expressed in the present.

Because of its roots in the Catholic tradition, this department offers a wide variety of courses on Christian themes and developments, while also offering students broad exposure to other traditions, such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Hoping to be a place where the best in contemporary Catholic thinking can encounter and exist in dialogue with other sources of contemporary thinking, the University regards the Religious Studies Department as a special focus of this encounter.

The Religious Studies curriculum is designed to serve three purposes within the University: (1) to provide introductory and survey courses in the study of religion that will be valuable for all undergraduates and available in all time slots; (2) to provide a major for students wishing to concentrate in the study of religion; (3) to provide a program leading to the master’s degree for students wishing to engage in advanced studies.

Religious Studies Major 30 cr.

Religious Studies majors, and students who choose Religious Studies as a secondary area of concentration, are required to earn 30 credit hours in the field. Half of these credits must be earned in upper level courses (300 and 400 level).

To encourage a wide encounter with the varieties of religious expression, a student must take at least one course in each of the five areas into which Religious Studies is divided: world religions (other than Christianity), Biblical studies, Christian theology and spirituality, contemporary issues in religion, and ethics. A representative selection of courses in these areas will be offered days and evenings.

Near the end of their junior standing, majors are also required to submit a portfolio of exams and papers which, in their judgment, give evidence of their knowledge of the field, their skills of research and expression, and their personal appropriation of the materials they have covered. This is normally done in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor. A faculty committee will review the portfolio and make such recommendations as may be appropriate for strengthening the student’s senior year of study.

At the conclusion of the senior year, students are required to submit a completed portfolio of exams and papers for the departmental records. No additional grades are given for the portfolios. Their purpose is to assist the department in advising the students and assessing the effectiveness of the program.


Sociology

Office: 315 Briggs, McNichols Campus
Faculty: L. Lewis; N. Goldner
Telephone: (313) 993-1094
E-mail:lewisle@udmercy.edu

The Sociology Department is structured to accomplish three major objectives: academic excellence, the development of critical and analytical skills, and a humanitarian consciousness. These objectives serve to provide a foundation for students’ future pursuits in graduate studies and career paths in corporations, social service agencies, educational institutions, government agencies, human services, health care, criminal justice, and self employment. In addition, the objectives serve to enhance self esteem, quality of life, and interpersonal relationships of individual students.

To achieve these objectives, the department will provide five sub-fields in which students can gain a concentration of knowledge:

1. Violence, Crime, and Deviance
2. Industrial Relations, Workplace Behavior, and Conflict Management
3. Male/Female Relationships and Marriage and Family
4. Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity
5. Applied Social Research

Students will be allowed to take 12 hours from departments which fit in the concentrated areas. Thus, a general and specific body of knowledge in sociology will be gained. The course content of all courses will reflect the University’s mission statement and the core objectives.

Sociology majors are prepared to do graduate study in sociology and related disciplines such as social work, criminal justice, market research, law, and urban planning. The methods, computer, and statistical skills learned in the major have wide application to other disciplines. The course array is especially attuned to an understanding of clues in social, political, and economic contexts.

Many students opt to pursue sociology as part of a double major in attempt to increase their marketability in the workplace. Because of its focus on every aspect of life, Sociology has become a worthwhile and attractive second major for students. Students pursuing this option can graduate in four years. In addition, advising is available to accommodate the special needs and interests of these students.

Sociology classes are well represented in the core curriculum. The following courses can be taken to satisfy University core requirements: Introduction to Sociology, Social Interaction, Cultural Anthropology, Blacks in Social Relations and Social Institutions, Urban Issues, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Contemporary Social Problems.

Sociology Major 33 cr.

SOC 100         
STA 225
SOC 409
SOC 470
SOC
Introduction to Sociology        
Statistics
Social Science Theories
Research Methods
Electives
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
21 cr.

Theatre

Office: Marian Hall, Outer Drive Campus
Faculty: A. Beer; M. Choinski; Y. Fleischer; M. Pacha; D. Regal
Telephone: (313) 993-6468
E-mail:
pachamj@udmercy.edu

"Theatre" is both an academic department and a professional company. The theatre program at UDM provides an apprenticeship system of working with professional actors and directors. Classes are structured around an actor-intensive two-year conservatory system. The conservatory system is developed using smaller class size thus providing each actor with maximum master teacher guidance.

The professional theatre maintained by the B.F.A. faculty and students has a wide reputation for artistic excellence bringing positive media coverage and audiences to the Outer Drive campus from the entire metropolitan area

The Theatre Department is concerned with stimulating artistic expression by articulate, dynamic and creative people and is designed to prepare students to enter the profession as performers, directors, or educators. To this end, three interlocking methods are used.

First, departmental advisors build an individualized program for each student within the college core curriculum, and cognate courses.

Second, either the B.F.A. program or a specialized B. A. program is designed for each student in his or her area of concentration.

Finally, since application of techniques is essential to the performing arts, the Department sponsors a season of at least four major productions and student directed one-acts. As members of the Theatre Company, students gain experience in all areas of theatre production, in plays reviewed by the major critics, and working alongside professional guest artists and faculty members. Roles in most productions are open to all students, and non-majors are encouraged to participate.

Theatre - Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)

The B. A. in Theatre is for those students interested in teaching, or in a more diversified liberal arts program.

Theatre Major   36 cr.
TRE 131         
TRE 161
TRE 266
TRE 268
Introduction to Theatre        
Fundamentals of Acting
Elements of Theatre Crafts
Acting II
  3 cr.
  3 cr.
  3 cr.
  3 cr.
Two of the following: (6 cr.)
TRE 430         
or
TRE 431
TRE 465
TRE Electives
Theatre History

Theatre History II
Fundamentals of Directing   

  3 cr.

  3 cr.
  3 cr.
18 cr.

Theatre Minor   20 cr.

Theatre Major  20 cr.
TRE 131         
TRE 161
TRE 266
TRE Electives
Introduction to Theatre
Fundamentals of Acting
Elements of Theatre Crafts   

  3 cr.
  3 cr.
  3 cr.
11 cr.

 

Theatre - Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

The main objective of this professionally oriented program is to provide intensified actor training for students who show potential for a career in the performing arts. Using the conservatory approach, the two-year program is entered in the junior year (acceptance pending audition), allowing the student time to mature, prepare, and evaluate his/her future goals and needs.

Entering freshmen will take two prerequisites in the first year (TRE 131 and TRE 161) and three prerequisites in their sophomore year (TRE 254, TRE 266 and TRE 268.) ENL 265, The Study of Drama is also required in the freshman or sophomore year. This course also fulfills Core Objective 5B. Most of the University Core Curriculum requirements must be completed in the freshman and sophomore years.

Following admission to the BFA program at the end of the sophomore year, the student must focus the junior and senior year on the demands of the program, apart from academic studies outside of the theatre. Each semester of the junior and senior year will nearly be filled with theatre courses exclusively. With the five prerequisites in the freshman and sophomore year, plus ENL 265, 52 hours remain in the junior and senior years. Eight total hours must be taken in Rehearsal and Production typically 1 credit per semester in either TRE 132 or TRE 374.

A student may audition for the B.F.A. program at the end of the sophomore year. If the faculty feel the student displays maturity, capability, and promise of further development, he/she will be admitted as a sophomore. If the student is not ready for the program, he/she will be asked to re-audition in the following semester, or advised to enter the B. A. program.

The program is open to transfer students from other four-year universities, and community college graduates holding associate degrees, as well as University of Detroit Mercy and other consortium college students.

All B.F.A. students are organized as members of a professional performing company. They attend classes daily, Monday through Friday. Typically, five hours per day are devoted to class work while evenings and weekends are devoted to work on major productions, studio performance, and scene rehearsals.

Candidates accepted for the B.F.A. program might elect to specialize in either acting or directing.

Acting Sequence   66 cr.

Students specializing in acting will receive training in stage movement, period acting styles, contemporary acting methods and process, voice and diction, directing and theatre history. The Study of Drama in the English department is a shared requirement. Vocal music and dance are recommended.

The following are required courses:

Prerequisites   14 cr.
TRE 131         
TRE 161
TRE 254
TRE 266
TRE 268
Introduction to Theatre
Fundamentals of Acting
Voice and Movement    
Elements of Theatre Craft        
Acting II
3 cr.
3 cr.
2 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
BFA Program   52 cr.
TRE 350         
TRE 351
TRE 352
TRE 354
TRE 355
TRE 356
TRE 357
TRE 359
TRE 430
TRE 431
TRE 450
TRE 451
TRE 452
TRE 455
TRE 456
TRE 457
TRE 459
TRE 465
Scene Study BFA
Acting Dynamics BFA
Acting Styles BFA    
Voice and Movement BFA      
Scene Study BFA
Acting Dynamics BFA
Acting Styles BFA
Voice and Movement BFA
Theatre History I
Theatre History II
Scene Study BFA
Acting Dynamics BFA
Acting Styles BFA
Scene Study BFA
Acting Dynamics BFA
Acting Styles
Voice and Movement BFA
Fundamentals of Directing
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
2 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
2 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
Electives   2-8 cr.
TRE 132         
TRE 374
Rehearsal and Production
Rehearsal and Production II    
1-4 cr.
1-4 cr.
Required - Outside Department  
Study of Drama
3 cr.
3 cr.

 

Directing Sequence  
57-61 cr.

Students specializing in directing will spend the first year working with the actors. The second year, they will not only take the Fundamentals of Directing course, but a directed study culminating in a full-length production. They will also demonstrate competence in the fields of stage management, publicity, and drama literature (as a cognate) as well as all backstage areas.

The following are required courses:

TRE 131         
TRE 132
TRE 161
TRE 266
TRE 268
TRE 350
TRE 351
TRE 352
TRE 354
TRE 355
TRE 357
TRE 359
TRE 374
TRE 430
TRE 431
TRE 465
TRE 495
TRE 497
TRE Electives
Introduction to the Theatre         
Rehearsal & Production
Fundamentals of Acting
Elements of Theatre Crafts
Acting II
Scene Study BFA
Acting Dynamics BFA
Acting Styles BFA
Voice and Diction BFA
Scene Study BFA
Acting Styles BFA
Voice and Diction BFA
Rehearsal & Production II
Theatre History I
Theatre History II
Fundamentals of Directing
Directed Reading in Theatre
Directed Studies in Directing

3 cr.
1-3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
2 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
2 cr.
1-3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
3 cr.
1-3 cr.
1-3 cr.
2 cr.