Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

UDM Academic Policies Course Descriptions List of All Programs Faculty

College of Liberal Arts & Education


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 arts 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.


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


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
McNichols CampusBuilding
Main Office
Room 108
Main Office:
FAX: 313-993-1266
Mark Denham, Ph.D.
Briggs Building
Room 120
Office: 313-993-3250
FAX: 313-993-1266
Associate Dean
Victoria Mantzopoulos, Ph.D.
Briggs Building
Room 120
Office: 313-993-3254
FAX: 313-993-1266

For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.

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