Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

UDM Academic Policies Course Descriptions List of All Programs Faculty

Special Academic Programs and Courses

This section lists a number of programs and services which are available and may be of interest or use to undergraduate, professional and transfer students in any college.

African-American Studies

Director: Alex Zamalin, Ph.D.
Office: Briggs 236
McNichols Campus
Fax: (313) 993-1166
Email: zamalial@udmercy.edu

The African-American Studies program critically examines—through a multi-disciplinary lens—the background, culture and diverse experiences of the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa and their descendants in the diaspora throughout the world. Courses in the program utilize critical and analytical approaches derived from or grounded in the black experience.

The program allows students to demonstrate study and expertise in African-American studies and serves as a basis for advanced study in a variety of disciplines and professional fields. It is available to all students enrolled at the University.

Certificate Requirements
The African-American Studies Certificate will be granted to students completing a minimum of 21 credit hours, including AAS 2000, AAS 4900 and 15 credit hours in other courses approved for African-American Studies credit. Courses meeting African-American Studies criteria, including AAS 2000 and AAS 4900, are listed in the Schedule of Classes each semester.

Required (21 cr.)

cr. rec. st.
AAS 2000 Critical Perspectives in African-American Studies 3
AAS 4900 Integrative Seminar 3
Electives approved for African-American Studies 15

The certificate may be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree program or on a post-baccalaureate basis.

American Language and Culture Program

Program Coordinator: Michael Morgan
Office: Reno Hall, Room 34
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1192
Fax: (313) 993-1192
Email: morganmj@udmercy.edu

The American Language and Culture Program operates as a division of International Services. The American Language and Culture Program has two main objectives:

1. To assess the English language proficiency of international students accepted to the University for study.

2. To teach the language and culture skills necessary for successful entrance into degree-directed courses of study.

International students are assessed for their English language proficiency during the week which precedes the first official class day. After testing, students are placed into Beginning English - 22 hours of instruction per week, Intermediate English - 9 hours of instruction per week, Advanced English - 3 hours of instruction per week, or into full-time degree-directed study.

Classes are held on the McNichols Campus. Course schedules coincide with the regular University schedule, which has three 15-week semesters beginning approximately the first week of September, January and May. Hours of instruction are related to assessed needs.

Black Abolitionist Archives

Director: Roy E. Finkenbine, Ph.D.
Office: Briggs Building, Room 318
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1016
Email: finkenre@udmercy.edu

The Black Abolitionist Archives is an historical research center devoted to the study of African Americans involved in the transatlantic struggle against slavery—America’s “first civil rights movement.” The collection housed in the archives contains a wealth of materials that document the lives of some 300 black abolitionists, including some 14,000 documents, an extensive microfilm library, a clippings file, and a library of scholarly books, articles and dissertations. Dr. James O. Horton of the Smithsonian Institution’s Afro-American Communities Project has called it “the most extensive primary source collection on antebellum black activism.”

Carney Latin American Archives

Director: Gail Presbey, Ph.D.
Office: Briggs Building 314
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1124
Email: presbegm@udmercy.edu

The James Guadalupe Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive’s purpose is to serve students, scholars and community members as a depository for materials on Latin American human rights and solidarity work. It offers students and scholars a place to conduct primary research on Latin American solidarity work, human rights and liberation theology through courses, programs and research materials. The archives, staffed by a director, students, and volunteers is a community institute offering resource and referral information regarding local community and national groups that work on human rights issues in the United States and Latin America.

Extended Off-Campus Instructional Sites

To meet the learning needs of employed adults wishing to pursue a degree, the University offers certain degree programs at a number of off-campus sites. Degree and major requirements, content of the coursework and faculty are the same as provided in the major courses on the main campuses. Undergraduate programs offered at off-campus sites are:

  • B.S.N. Degree Completion program in Grand Rapids
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Aquinas College
  • Legal Administration, R.N. Degree Completion, Economics, Financial Economics and Health Services Administration programs at University Center, Macomb
  • Bachelor of Social Work and Health Information Management at WCCCD University Center in Harper Woods
  • Various hospital locations in southeastern Michigan, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids

Honors Program

Co-Director: Jason Roche
Office: Briggs Building, Room 111
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1092
Fax: (313) 993-1166
Email: rochejj@udmercy.edu
          Co-Director: J. Todd Hibbard, Ph.D.
Office: Briggs Building, Room 332
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1088
Fax: (313) 993-1166
Email: hibbarja@udmercy.edu

The Honors Program at UDM integrates the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of its members by fostering a community of scholarly excellence, encouraging exploration of the larger world beyond the classroom, and promoting compassionate service to society at large and persons in need. The program director and three student Honors deans administer the Honors Program with the advice and consent of the general membership. Each member of the Honors Program must fulfill the Honors curriculum and complete 100 hours of non-paid volunteer service, which is coordinated and tracked through UDM’s Leadership Development Institute.

Honors Program students must fulfill 21 required Honors credits during their university careers by taking:

  • Eighteen (18) hours of Honors courses (one per semester for the first three academic years)
  • Three (3) hours devoted to writing a Senior Thesis or developing a Senior Project under the guidance of a faculty member (this takes place over the course of three or more semesters.)

Membership Requirements - Incoming Freshmen:

  • High school GPA of 3.5 or better.
  • Minimum ACT score of 28 or a minimum SAT score of 1860.
  • Involvement in high school extra-curricular activities.
  • Participation in the Honors Program is by invitation only.

Graduation Requirements

  • Fulfillment of Honors curriculum.
  • Fulfillment of 100 hours total of non-paid volunteer service.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 at time of graduation.

Students who complete all the graduation requirements will have the Honors distinction printed on their diplomas and transcripts as part of their degree name when they graduate and will wear golden honors stoles at the commencement ceremony.

Honors Courses
Every semester the University Honors Program offers an array of challenging and stimulating courses taught by the best of a remarkable group of experienced faculty known for its accessibility, its commitment to teaching, and its interest in students’ ultimate academic and professional success.

Honors Study Abroad Option
Members of the University Honors Program may exercise their Honors Study Abroad Option. This option allows members to take an accredited study abroad course in lieu of one (1) required Honors course.

Honors Community
The scholarly excellence of the Honors Program is complimented by a vibrant Honors community. The program is largely run by student deans with the advice and consent of the membership, which meets once a month during each semester to discuss program business. Honors students play an important role in course selection and the organizing of other program events, such as Earth Day, Trivial Pursuit Night, the UDM Ethics Bowl, Diversity Night, DIA and Dinner, Theater in Toronto and various public lectures and forums. Every year the program formally inducts its new members, and members stay in touch through social media and a dedicated university listserve. Honors Program students in good standing have the privilege of using the Gardella Honors House, a quiet study space available 24/7.


Director: Lara Wasner
Office: Reno Hall, Room 40
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1191
Email: wasnerle@udmercy.edu

Through its offerings in more than 10 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. Certificates in Language Studies are available at two levels: Certificate I (Introductory - Intermediate) includes 4 semesters of study in the target language: 1100, 1110, 1120 or 1150, 2100. Certificate II (Intermediate - Advanced) consists of 4 more courses in the target language: 2110, 2120, 3100, and 3110 or higher. Placement test determines entry. However, no placement test is required to take introductory-level coursework at the 1100 level. Coursework is available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and more. 

UDM's language courses are also available for dual high school and college credit. Please visit UDM's dual credit page for more information.

Weekend College

Special Assistant to the Provost: Lisa Zessin
Office: FAC 500
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1469
Fax: (313) 993-1534
Email: zessinle@udmercy.edu

The Weekend College is an innovative, convenient scheduling option for adults whose work and family responsibilities are incompatible with traditional course times. Friday evening classes are held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday classes are held from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Fall and Winter semesters. Weekend courses run in an accelerated semester that is scheduled for 10 weeks with an 11th week exam period. The 10-week schedule also permits students to enroll in an intensive course for three consecutive weekends in December and April. Core curriculum requirements are also offered on the weekends, allowing the student to complete an entire degree by attending weekend classes.

Summer semester in the Weekend College is also scheduled for student convenience. 

A high standard of academic quality is maintained in the Weekend College; degree requirements, coursework, learning objectives and scope of material are the same as for day and evening programs. Students may complete their degree in about the same time as other students who attend day or evening classes.

Weekend & Evening Programs
Evening programs are offered Monday through Thursday. These courses are not accelerated and are scheduled for a traditional 15-week semester. Students are not limited to just evening or weekend courses. They can combine the scheduling options if it is beneficial.

Undergraduate Programs:

  • Business Administration (evening)
  • Addiction Studies (evening)
  • Legal Administration (evening & weekend)
  • Social Work (evening)
  • Health Services Administration (evening & weekend)
  • Psychology (evening)
  • Developmental Psychology (evening)

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:

Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities (AJCU) Shared Programs

UDM Semester Study Programs

UDM Short Term Programs - International Experiences Abroad

UDM Semester Study Programs

Volterra, Italy Summer Program - located at UDM's new Volterra campus!

The Volterra program provides students with a global perspective of architecture. Although it is a more typical summer study program, it operates with the support of the Regional Government of Tuscany. The full semester of study in the hill-town of Volterra permits extensive interaction with the residents and provides a unique insight into their social, economic and political situation. Students live and work in our own private facility in Volterra, which makes the program very affordable.

Volterra is one of the finest hilltop towns tucked away in the heart of Tuscany, and is only a short distance from Florence 72 km (43 miles), Siena 50 km (30 miles), Pisa 64 km (38 miles), S.Gimignano 29 km (17 miles) and the Tyrrhenian coast. Volterra, 545 metres above sea level, dominates and divides the Cecina and Era valleys. The hill upon which the city stands has been continuously inhabited for more than 3000 years. The city has significant architectural monuments dating from the fourth century BC, onward. The current image of the city is still defined by the medieval layout, with winding streets, and well preserved defensive walls. The walls offer dramatic views of the surrounding landscape, on a clear day reaching as far as Pisa, or even the island of Corsica (70 miles away).

Students take a full academic load of 17 credits during the program: Design Studio, Alabaster Sculpture, Architectural Analysis, Intro to Italian Language, and History and of Italian Art and Architecture. The Alabaster Sculpture class is taught by Veglio Grandoli at the local Art School. Students typically travel throughout Europe for about two weeks before or after the program, and three additional trips are organized during their stay in Volterra to Florence, Siena and Rome.

Monterrey, Mexico

The College of Engineering & Science offers students the opportunity to spend two or three semesters in Mexico through the Mexican American Partnership (MAP) program. UDM has partnered with Monterrey Tech in Monterrey, Mexico to provide a unique opportunity for students to take courses for up to eight months at Monterrey Tech and co-op for four months at a Mexican facility. Students learn how to operate in a multicultural environment and gain valuable multi-national work experience.

The College of Business Administration recognizes the valuable cross cultural experience of the Mexican American Partnership by 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.

School of Architecture Technical University of Warsaw, Poland

Academic exchange program
The academic exchange program with the Technical University of Warsaw in Poland involves the annual exchange of ten to twelve students from each school for a term of study; classes are taken with professors from the visited school. The professor who is also exchanged teaches a design or visual communication studio to students from the host institution, as well as lectures about architectural issues in his or her home country. The program was designed to ensure the maximum impact in both schools, not only for the participants but for the student body at large. Since its initiation in 1980, more than 300 students from each school have participated in the exchange.

UDM Short Term Programs

International Experiences Abroad
The following UDM programs are led by UDM faculty and offer shorter-term experiences. Coursework is required on campus prior to departure. All credits are issued through UDM. UDM students, alumni, and adults over the age of 18 may apply to participate in these programs. Courses offered may vary depending on the program’s focus.

International Business Experience in Barcelona, Spain - End of Winter Term

8-day educational experience in international business. Enrollment in BUS 4940 or MBA 5940 is required. The International Business Class will be offering a course of study in Barcelona, Spain for the winter semester. To reserve your space or ask questions, please contact Dr. Greg Ulferts 313-993-1219 or ulfertgw@udmercy.edu.

International Experience in Liberal Arts & Education in Salvador, Bahia & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - End of Winter Term

During this 12-day African Heritage Program in Salvador, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil we explore history, culture, religion and the arts in northeast Brazil - the cradle of Afro Brazilian culture. While there, we apply key cultural, educational and/or social constructs, including Kluckholn & Strodbeck's Orientation Theory and Hofstede's Dimensions of Culture. Site lectures in Brazil are delivered 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, poverty, and food security that are helping to end bigotry in Brazil. Students who enroll in this program are required to attend all coursework on UDM's campus prior to departure. Contact Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or wasnerle@udmercy.edu to inquire about approved courses this program year. 

International Experience in Liberal Arts & Education in Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai, China - Summer Term

During this 12 – 15 day educational tour, explore the impact of China's megacities on culture, education, and society. Visit historical landmarks (the Great Wall & Forbidden City in Beijing, the Museum of the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an, the financial district in Shanghai), and learn about the impact of rapid modernization on China's institutions, infrastructure, family life, communities, and institutions. Students who enroll in this program are required to travel to China, where we apply key cultural, educational and/or social theories. UDM faculty in Education, Sociology & Social Work deliver lectures both on UDM's campus and in China; pre-departure sessions on UDM's main campus are mandatory, as is travel to China. Site lectures are also delivered by UDM faculty while in China—Contact Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or wasnerle@udmercy.edu to inquire about approved courses this program year.

International Experience in Liberal Arts & Education in Havana, Cuba - Spring Break 2016

Learn about Cuba’s fascinating history, visit religious and cultural institutions, participate in music and dance workshops during this 9-day intensive program. Visit the Cuba Literacy Center to learn about the global impact of Cuba's literacy program; visit the MLK Center to dialogue with students and community leaders about social change strategies, issues related to race and poverty, food security, and efforts to combat homophobia. 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; pre-departure coursework is mandatory, as is travel to Cuba. While in Cuba, site lectures are delivered by UDM faculty in conjunction with guest lecturers. Contact Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or wasnerle@udmercy.edu to inquire about approved courses this program year.

International Experience in Liberal Arts & Education in France - Spring Break 2017

Explore French history and culture firsthand, while practicing your French language skills! Let Paris becomes your interactive classroom for 10 days, let museum studies abound. Learn about France's resistance to Fascism during the Second World War. Much of the coursework takes place at UDM prior to departure; all pre-departure 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. Contact Lara Wasner at wasnerle@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1191 or Gregory Sumner at sumnergd@udmercy.edu for more information about the program and coursework. 

International Nursing Experience in Cork and Dublin, Ireland - Date To Be Announced

This 10-day experience in Ireland is offered to further enhance the course content of NUR 2040 at the end of the Winter semester. The IR component of NUR 2040 will significantly enrich students’ understanding of the role of Catherine McAuley in shaping the student experience and educational foundation of a graduate from the McAuley School of Nursing. Students who participate in the Dublin, Ireland Foreign Site Learning section of this course will be exposed to an international perspective of healthcare as it relates to the NUR 2040 objectives.

The aim of this internationally based experience is to enrich the classroom experience through cultural and spiritual immersion. Cultural immersion will be used to reinforce the Mercy based values of Catherine McAuley while introducing students to the Irish social service, health care and academic environments.

This experience will engage students in the life, work, and history of Catherine McAuley. Additionally, this experience will place emphasis on the meaning of a Mercy-Jesuit value based education. Students who participate in the NUR 2040 IR experience will be exposed to the Mercy International Centre, the location the first House of Mercy built by Catherine McAuley in response to the needs of the poor of Dublin. Students will discover the story of Catherine McAuley by exploring Dublin and visiting many landmarks of importance in the life of Catherine and the history of the Sisters of Mercy. While residing in Dublin for the duration of the experience, students will attend a tour and several classes at the University College of Dublin. Students will also be immersed in the profession of nursing by touring a local hospital (Mater) and speaking with Registered Nurses and administrators. Students will be expected to provide service to the community by using their time and talents to serve others at a location identified by the Sisters of Mercy. Among various cultural experiences that will be provided to the students, the participants will attend mass at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, travel to the McAuley School of Nursing in Cork, and observe traditional Irish dance and music.

Throughout the NUR 2040 IR experience students will examine and compare the cultural beliefs, values and health care practices of the Irish with those found in the United States or more specifically the metro Detroit area.

Student Success Center

Contact: Emilie Wetherington
Office: Library, 3rd Floor, Room 319
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 578-0310
Email: gallegem@udmercy.edu

The Student Success Center (SSC) provides student-centered services to the University community with the goal of supporting the retention and academic success of undergraduate students. The SSC provides services to the University community in the following areas:

Admission Services: the University College program
SSC sponsors a conditional admission program, University College (UC). Students are selected for participation in UC through application review and interviews. Students admitted through this process sign a contract agreeing to specific conditions, and are linked to necessary support services and developmental advising.

Assessment and Orientation Services
The Student Success Center conducts placement testing for all new and transfer undergraduate students. The SSC also provides CLEP/DANTES testing for UDM students. The SSC coordinates the placement testing, academic advising and registration components of summer orientation for traditional age full-time freshmen.

Academic Support Services
The Student Success Center provides free tutorial services through the Learning Center, including one-on-one tutoring sessions and study groups, for all registered UDM students. Study groups are part of Supplemental Instruction (SI), a national, participatory academic support program in which tutors sit in on specific sections of targeted courses throughout the term and then guide study sessions each week. Any student in the course may attend these sessions; the schedule is posted each term in the SSC office.

An appointment is recommended for individual tutoring sessions, although a limited number of walk-ins is available each day. Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available during each term. Students should call (313) 993-1143 or visit the SSC/Learning Center on the 3rd floor of the Library to make an appointment. No appointment is necessary for the study groups.

The tutorial staff, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, is available for appointments by the second week of each term. The Learning Center supports freshman level coursework, focusing on basic core curriculum and beginning major-specific courses. Some upper-division tutoring is available, primarily in the sciences.

Disability Support Services
Disability support services are available to any currently enrolled student with a documented disability requiring accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Students should contact Emilie Wetherington, Director of the Student Success Center, at (313) 578-0310 or by email at gallegem@udmercy.edu upon admission to the University. Students must complete the intake and disability documentation verification process to receive accommodations.


Women's and Gender Studies

Director: Rosemary Weatherston, Ph.D.
Office: Briggs Building, Room 228
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1083/(313) 993-3387
Fax: (313) 993-1166
Email: weatherr@udmercy.edu

Women's and Gender Studies develops students’ abilities to critically examine the place of women and gender in culture and society. WGS students examine a wide variety of scholarship on and theories about women and gender; study the ways issues of sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, and class impact those categories; and engage with issues of social justice and equity. As an interdisciplinary and multicultural field, WGS offers courses in a wide variety of disciplines.

The Women's and Gender Studies minor provides an expertise in gender issues that responds to an increasing demand for such expertise in many professions and offers strong preparation for further study in a variety of postgraduate fields. In addition, Women's and Gender Studies courses often combine practice with theory, supplying students with a strong foundation for involvement in social justice issues. The Women's and Gender Studies minor is open to all undergraduates enrolled at the University.

Women's and Gender Studies Minor Requirements
The Women's and Gender Studies minor will be granted to students completing a minimum of 18 credit hours in courses approved for Women's and Gender Studies credit and a WGS Minor Portfolio. Courses meeting Women's and Gender Studies criteria are listed each semester. Students should refer to the schedule of classes or visit the WGS Program web site.

Required (18 credits)

1. WGS 2000, Gender, Sex and Justice  (3 credits)

2. Courses in other disciplines approved for WGS (15 cr.)
No more than 6 elective credits (2 courses) in any one department can be counted toward the minor. At least nine credits (3 courses) within the minor must be upper division courses (3000 or 4000 level).

3. A Women's and Gender Studies Minor Portfolio
No later than the 3rd week of his or her final semester, each student must submit a Women’s and Gender Studies Minor Portfolio to his/her WGS advisor for evaluation by the Women’s and Gender Studies Steering Committee.

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

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