Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


UDM Academic Policies Course Descriptions List of All Programs Faculty

College of Liberal Arts & Education Office

Introduction

The College of Liberal Arts & Education (CLAE) is dedicated to cultivating intellectual versatility and a moral foundation so that students act with understanding, integrity and compassion in their personal and professional lives. 

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

CLAE'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 which define, found and distinguish learning and teaching at a university level.

Degree
The College awards the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.).  

Advising
During the student's first two years of enrollment, an advisor helps prepare him or her for the selection of a major. Students deciding on a departmental major are ordinarily assigned a faculty advisor by the department.

Transfer students will receive an evaluation of transfer credits from the Registrar’s Transfer Team 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 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 Jesuit and Mercy traditions.

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 regarding their choice of major at some level. National research and experience at University of Detroit Mercy support this conclusion. Between 55 and 65 percent of all college students change their majors at least once before the end of their sophomore year.

There are different levels and types of exploration. 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 revealed 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 AEP 1000 — Academic Exploration.  AEP 1000 is designed for first-semester freshmen. Through this course, students examine the academic programs available at the University, and they receive training in goal setting, decision-making and academic planning. AEP advisors then assist students in scheduling courses term-by-term to keep selected program options open.

College Contact Information

 
Mailing Address
College of Liberal Arts & Education
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221
Campus Location
Briggs
McNichols CampusBuilding
Main Office
Room 108
Call
Main Office: 313-993-1287
FAX: 313-993-1266
Dean: Mark Denham, Ph.D.
Briggs Building
Room 120

Office: 313-993-3250
FAX: 313-993-1266

Associate Dean: Victoria Mantzopoulos
Briggs Building
Room 116

Office: 313-993-3254
FAX: 313-993-1266