Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

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

Using a multi-disciplinary lens, the African-American Studies program critically examines the background, culture and diverse experiences of the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa and their descendants in the global diaspora. 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.

Requirements for the Minor
The African-American Studies minor will be granted to students completing a minimum of 18-credit-hours, including AAS 2000, AAS 4900 and 12 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 Courses (18 credits)

AAS 2000 Critical Perspectives in African-American Studies 3 credits
AAS 4900 Integrative Seminar 3 credits
Electives approved for African-American Studies credit 12 credits

American Language and Culture Program

Program Coordinator: Michael Morgan
Office: Reno Hall, Room 34
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-3320
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 Archive

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 Solidarity Archive

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.

Disability Support Services

Contact: Emilie Wetherington Office: Library, 3rd Floor, Room 328 McNichols Campus Phone: (313) 993-1158 Email: gallegem@udmercy.edu

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) 993-1158 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.

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


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. 

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

Student Success Center

Contact: Susan Trudeau
Office: Library, 3rd Floor, Room 319
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-3383
Email: trudeasm@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

Admissions Services: Academic Interest & Major Exploration (AIME) program
SSC sponsors the Academic Interest & Major Exploration (AIME)program. AIME's specialized advisors are familiar with the requirements for all degrees and programs offered at UDM. AIME is designed to help students explore majors by offering developmental advising and individualized academic plans.

University College (UC) program
SSC sponsors the readmission program, University College (UC). Students are selected for participation in UC through review and interviews with the SSC staff. Students admitted through this process sign a contract agreeing to specific conditions, and are linked to necessary support services, developmental advising, and individualized academic plans of action.

Assessment and Orientation Services
The Student Success Center conducts placement testing for all new and transfer undergraduate 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, make and appointment online at udmercy.accudemia.edu 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.

Study Abroad Programs

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

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. Please refer to the University website study abroad page for the many opportunties available as semseter-study and short-term programs.

University Honors Program

Co-Director: Mary-Catherine Harrison, Ph.D.
Office: Briggs Building, Room 218
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1081
Fax: (313) 993-1166
Email: mc.harrison@udmercy.edu
          Co-Director: Todd Hibbard, Ph.D.
Office: Briggs Building, Room 332
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1088
Fax: (313) 993-1166
Email: hibbarja@udmercy.edu

The University Honors Program (UHP) at University of Detroit Mercy 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 directors administer UHP with the advice and consent of the Honors Leadership Council, the general student membership of the program. Each member of UHP must fulfill the Honors curriculum and complete 125 hours of community-engaged service as members of UDM's Emerging Leaders Program.

University Honors Program students must fulfill 22 required Honors credits during their university careers by taking:

  • University Honors Freshman Seminar (HON 1000) (Fall semester, freshman year)
  • 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 University Honors Program is by invitation only

Graduation Requirements

  • Fulfillment of University Honors curriculum
  • Fulfillment of 125 hours total of community-engaged 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
UHP students take six Honors courses taught by outstanding faculty members who are committed to students’ academic, personal and professional success. In their junior and senior year, UHP students write an Honors Thesis in the discipline of their choice under the guidance and mentorship of a faculty thesis advisor.

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 University Honors Program is complemented by a vibrant Honors community. All members of UHP are also members of the Honors Leadership Council, which plays an active role in planning the program. The Council meets regularly throughout the academic year to help plan social events, lectures, forums and film nights. Members of the University Honors Program in good standing have the privilege of using the Gardella Honors House, a quiet study space available 24/7.

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)

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 credits)
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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