Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


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University of Detroit Mercy Core Curriculum

This page contains an outline of the University of Detroit Mercy core curriculum requirements. UDM's mission statement 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.

Immediately below are course options for the general University core curriculum. Some UDM colleges and schools have particular courses required from among those established as satisfying the University requirements. Some colleges have received approval to modify the Core for students in particular programs or curriculums. To jump to these modifications, select your specific college or school from the following drop-down menu. Also note, some courses have departmental prerequisites. Check the catalog and the schedule of classes before registering. (Most classes listed below are worth two to four credits, the majority are three credits.)

Description of General University Core Curriculum
and Core Objective Courses

(Select a College/School Core Curriculum page, see above, for specific courses required)

Objective 1: Communication Skills

  • CST 1010 Fundamentals of Speech
  • ENL 1310 Academic Writing

Objective 2: Mathematical and Computer Skills

OB2A Mathematics
(see College/School specific page for program requirements)

  • MTH 1010 Algebra
  • MTH 1020 + 1030 + 1040 Algebra A + B + C
  • MTH 1110 Mathematical Analysis I
  • MTH 1120 Mathematical Analysis II
  • MTH 1400 Elementary Functions
  • MTH 1410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  • MTH 1420 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
  • MTH 2410 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
  • or any approved OB2A mathematics course

OB2B Computer Skills
(see College/School specific page for program requirements)

  • CIS 1000 Introduction to Computers
  • CIS 1020 Computers and Research
  • CIS 1030 Web Productivity Tools
  • CIS 1060 Health Care Informatics
  • CIS 2010 Secure Programming
  • CSSE 1710 + 1711 Introduction to Programming I + Lab
  • CSSE 1712 Introduction to Programming I
  • ENGR 1050 Engineering Graphics and Design
  • ENGR 1055 Engineering Graphics and Computer Methods
  • ENGR 2040 Introduction to Engineering Computing
  • HIM 1090 Clinical Informatics
  • or any approved OB2B computer skills course

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Objective 3: Scientific Literacy

OB3A Social Science
(see College/School specific page for program requirements)

  • ECN 1000 Introduction to Economics
  • ECN 2950 Microeconomic Principles
  • ECN 2960 Macroeconomic Principles
  • HIS 3600 History of American Technology
  • POL 1000 Introduction to Political Science
  • POL 2100 American Politics
  • PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 2110 Social Interaction

OB3B Natural Science
(see College/School specific page for program requirements)

  • BIO 1030 Environmental Science
  • BIO 1080 The Science of Life
  • BIO 1200 General Biology I
  • BIO 1220 General Biology II
  • BIO 2300 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 2320 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • CHM 1015 Chemical Principles
  • CHM 1025 Introductory Chemistry for the Health Sciences
  • CHM 1030 Chemistry in Society
  • CHM 1050 Introduction to General Chemistry
  • CHM 1070 General Chemistry I
  • CHM 1080 General Chemistry II
  • PHY 1080 History of the Universe
  • PHY 1300 General Physics I
  • PHY 1320 General Physics II
  • PHY 1600 General Physics I
  • PHY 1620 General Physics II
  • SCIE 1020 Energy and Society

OB3C Social Sciences or Natural Sciences 
(see College/School specific page for program requirements)

  • One additional course listed under OB3A or OB3B, or any other approved OB3C course (including AAS 3100 or any Economics (ECN), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PYC), or Sociology (SOC) course).

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Objective 4: Meaning and Value

OB4A Philosophy

  • PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy

OB4B Religious Studies

  • Any 2000-level Religious Studies (RELS), Catholic Studies (CAS), or Islamic Studies (ISLM) course

OB4C Philosophy or Religious Studies

  • Any additional Philosophy (PHL), Religious Studies (RELS), Catholic Studies (CAS), or Islamic Studies (ISLM) course

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Objective 5: Diverse Human Experience

OB5A Historical Experiences
(see College/School specific page for program requirements)

  • HIS 1500 Introduction to History
  • HIS 2000 The Ancient Mediterranean 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 and Judaism in the Modern World

OB5B Literary Experiences
(see College/School specific page for program requirements)

  • 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
(see College/School specific page for program requirements)

  • ARCH 2120 Architectural History and Theory I
  • ARCH 2220 Architectural History and Theory II
  • CST 1120 Visual Communication
  • 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 Survey of Our Music Heritage
  • MUS 3060 Music of the Theatre
  • MUS 3080 American Music
  • PHL 3050 Aesthetics
  • TRE 1310 Introduction to the Theatre
  • TRE 1610 Fundamentals of Acting

OB5D Comparative Experiences
(see College/School specific page for program requirements)

  • ADS 4950 Addictive Populations
  • CST 3140 Intercultural Communication
  • ECN 3850 Comparative Economic Systems
  • ENL 2360 Diverse Voices in Fiction
  • GEO 2110 World Regional Geography
  • HIS 2640 Comparative Civilizations
  • HIS 3650 Introduction to 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 3430 Health Psychology
  • 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), Korean (KOR), Latin (LAT), Polish (PLS), Portuguese (POR), Russian (RUS), or Spanish (SPA)

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Objective 6: Social Responsibility

OB6A Ethics
(see College/School specific page for program requirements)

  • CAS 3680 Catholic Health Care Ethics
  • DHY 8240 Ethical and Legal Issues II
  • DHY 8320 Introduction to Ethical and Legal Issues I
  • 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 Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • RELS 2400 Social Ethics
  • RELS 2450 Class, Race, and Gender
  • RELS 3480 Justice: Contemporary Issues and Theories
  • RELS 4450 Sex, Race and Class: Feminist/Womanist Ethics

OB6B Contemporary Social Problems 
(see College/School specific page for program requirements)

  • 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
  • COM 8210 Concepts in Community Health
  • COM 8220 Community Oral Health Education
  • CST 3000 Mass Media Ethics
  • CST 4020 Audience Analysis
  • CST 4990 Capstone Seminar
  • ECN 4510 Urban Regional Economics and Planning
  • ECN 4990 Senior Seminar
  • EDU 4400 School and Society
  • ENGR 3110 Professional Practice of Engineering
  • ENGR 3112 Fundamentals of Engineering Practice
  • HIS 4560 Detroit in the Twentieth Century
  • HIS 4990 Senior Seminar
  • HSA 4610 Health Economics
  • HUS 4990 Integrating Seminar in Human Services
  • LST 4990 Capstone Seminar
  • NUR 4200 Intervening with Families and Aggregates at Risk
  • NUR 4235 Population-Based Health within the Community
  • NUR 4755 Professional Practice from a Mercy and Jesuit Perspective
  • PHL 3010 Social and Political Philosophy
  • 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
  • POL 4990 Senior Seminar
  • 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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Last updated 8/2/2013 - Office of the Registrar


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