College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters

Arts, Sciences, and Letters the Liberal Arts College at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

With a curriculum steeped in the liberal arts and sciences, the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL) provides students with the necessary foundation to excel in their academic pursuits and to make a difference in the world beyond the classroom.

CASL’s varied undergraduate and graduate academic programs reflect our commitment to leadership, learning and student success. Various opportunities for interdisciplinary work, academic service learning, internships, and co-ops mean that our students leave this campus prepared not just for employment but for life.

CASL is home to five graduate programs and 37 undergraduate majors. Undergraduate programs range from Women’s and Gender Studies to Biochemistry, English to Environmental Science, Mathematics to International Studies, and Political Science to Criminal Justice. With our rich array of majors and minors in addition to certificate programs and an Honors Program, CASL offers a transformative experience which prepares citizens with a wide and critical perspective, a deep appreciation for humanity's achievements, and the creative bent necessary for tomorrow's work.

Mission of the College

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters is a transformative student-centered exploratory learning environment, regionally and globally focused, and deeply grounded in the values of inclusiveness and engagement, and informed by leading edge research. We develop and empower students to become future leaders who will guide the resurgence and renewal of southeastern Michigan and the world beyond.

Vision Statement

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters aspires to be the premier public liberal arts college in Michigan attracting individuals from all backgrounds and career interests and transforming their lives through education in mathematics, the humanities, and the social, behavioral and natural sciences.

Degree Requirements

Students may obtain a Bachelor of Arts (AB) or Bachelor of Science (BS) from CASL. 

All of the following requirements must be successfully completed to earn a CASL AB or BS degree: Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC), Foreign Language (except Integrative Studies major), Foundations, all Major Requirements, Upper-Level Coursework, and Total Credit Hours.

Bachelor of Arts (AB)

To be recommended for the AB degree a student must have satisfied the Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC), Foundations, and Foreign Language requirements, senior residency, credit hours, grade point average, and upper-level work. For all programs except Integrative Studies, the student must also complete the requirements for the major. The AB degree in Integrative Studies does not involve a major, but three fields of study called Concentrations. Integrative Studies students do not need to complete the Foreign Language requirement.

Bachelors of Science (BS)

To be recommended for the BS degree a student must have satisfied all the requirements listed above for the AB degree and must have majored in one of the following programs: biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry (ACS certified), chemistry/instructional, geological sciences, environmental science, microbiology, or physics. Alternatively, a student who earns 60 or more credit hours (at least 20 credit hours of which are in upper level courses 300 or above) in specified STEM or applied sciences coursework may, upon petition to the CASL Advising and Academic Success office, be granted the BS degree in the following majors: Actuarial Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Behavioral and Biological Sciences, Business Studies (as a 2nd major only), Individual Program of Study, Integrative Studies, and Mathematics.

Other Requirements

Total Credit Hours

A minimum of 120 credit hours with an overall grade point average of C (2.00) or better is required for graduation.

Upper-Level Coursework

A minimum of 48 hours of upper-level (courses numbered 300-499 and 3000-4999) coursework must be completed by each student. The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters does not award upper-level credit to courses taken at a two-year institution except in the following circumstances:

  • Courses are articulated as upper-level as part of the MiTransfer Pathways Project.
  • Courses are articulated as upper-level as part of a current articulation agreement with the two-year institution. In this case, the upper-level credit is dependent upon the student meeting the criteria of the articulation agreement. If those criteria are not met, the credit will revert to lower-level.
Credit Hour Limitation

There are maximum credit hours in any one discipline which may be applied toward the 120 credit hours needed for graduation for some majors. See major requirements for specific rules.

A liberal arts degree program affords a student both breadth and depth of learning. The course requirements for a degree may be divided into types: courses that give a broad, general education, those that provide depth in a specialization, and those that offer the tools needed for success in college and life.

Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC), Foundations, and Foreign Language 

Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC)

Students admitted to the College follow the Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) curriculum to meet their general education requirements (see General Education Program section). Students meeting Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) should consult a CASL Advisor for review of their remaining DDC requirements. 

Foundations Requirement 

During the semester on campus, all incoming students in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters will choose one Foundations (FNDS) course to take from the more than 30 seminars offered. Your Foundations seminar will ensure a firm start on your educational journey. The seminar will give you a chance to learn about how you learn, how knowledge is produced in different fields, what faculty expect of you at the university level, and what resources and opportunities the university can offer you to support and enrich your time on campus. Each seminar fulfills at least one Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) requirement, so this course will be helping you make progress toward your degree.

Foundations Requirement

One course from the following:

FNDS 1201Shakespeare on Page, Stage and Screen3
FNDS 1202Democratizing Democracy: Expanding, Suppressing, Idealizing, & Ignoring the Right to Vote in Amer3
FNDS 1203Because Internet: The Language of Digital Media3
FNDS 1204Fearing the Unknown: Horror Fantasy in Hispanic Fiction3
FNDS 1205Understanding Global Cultures3
FNDS 1301Trauma, Text, & the City3
FNDS 1302Art, Power, and Persuasion3
FNDS 1303ART/France--ART/Japan3
FNDS 1304American Horror Stories3
FNDS 1305Gothic Monsters Next Door3
FNDS 1306Crossing Boundaries: ‘Passing’ and Social Identity in American History3
FNDS 1307You Call Them Nobel Prize Laureates? A Worldwide Perspective 3
FNDS 1308Comics, Graphic Novels, Manga and What They Can Do: Understanding Visual Narratives3
FNDS 1309Let’s Talk about Talk!3
FNDS 1501Physics for 21st Century Citizens - the Science Behind the Headlines3
FNDS 1601OK Boomer: Gen Z and Civic Engagement 3
FNDS 1602Hope and Joy in Queer and Trans Lives3
FNDS 1603When Nature Strikes: Dealing with Natural Disasters3
FNDS 1604Biology is Not Destiny: Exploring the Role of Culture on Human Biology3
FNDS 1605DIY in Detroit3
FNDS 1606The A to Z of Aging and Why it Matters NOW3
FNDS 1607Real Housewives of Crime: Crime, Law, & Reality TV3
FNDS 1701To Infinity and Beyond3
FNDS 1702Infinity Plus One3
FNDS 3201Weeds, Wastelands and the Salvation of the World3
FNDS 3301Restless Women3
FNDS 3302Multimedia Art3
FNDS 3401Reporting on the Middle East: Revising First Drafts of History3
FNDS 3402Modern Crime: Jack the Ripper3
FNDS 3403American Voices: Exploring Language and Identity3
FNDS 3901Cultures in Contact: The Arab Near East and the West3
FNDS 3902Who Owns the Past?3
FNDS 3903Rules of the Game: How Institutions Work3
CPBL 101Major and Career Exploration in Social and Environmental Justice 4
CPBL 102Major and Career Exploration in Storytelling: Arts, Media and Culture 4
CPBL 103Major and Career Exploration in Health and Community 4
CPBL 104 Major and Career Exploration in Technology: People, Innovation, and Design4

 Students in the Honors Program may use HONS 300 for the required Foundations course. 

Foundations is a required program and is not an elective. If you don't register for a foundations course in your first year here, your student account will be put on hold until you register for a course in this program.

 

Foreign Language 

All AB and BS students (excluding Integrative Studies major) are required to take a two-course sequence in one language. Integrative Studies students are exempt from the Foreign Language requirement.

Foreign Language Requirement

Complete a two-semester beginning language sequence.

Arabic I and II ARBC 101 and ARBC 102
Chinese I and II CHIN 101 and CHIN 102
French I and II FREN 101 and FREN 102
German I and II GER 101 and GER 102
Latin I and II LAT 101 and LAT 102
Spanish I and II SPAN 101 and SPAN 102

The foreign language distribution requirement can be met by:

  • Successfully completing a two-semester beginning language sequence at UM-Dearborn, or
  • Transferring the equivalent of 8 semester hours of a beginning language sequence from another college or university, or
  • Successfully completing a 3- or 4-semester hour foreign language course (this course cannot be taught in English) at the 102 level or higher, or
  • Having completed at least 3 years (in the same language) of foreign language in high school with a grade of C or better in the final course, or
  • Having completed the equivalent of a high school diploma at a school that used a language other than English for instruction. (Appropriate documentation attesting to the language of instruction and graduation from the high school program is necessary, and official English translations of foreign transcripts must be provided), or
  • Passing an oral and written proficiency exam.

A student with prior knowledge of Arabic, French, German or Spanish should take a placement examination before registering for a course in that language. Placement/proficiency exams in Arabic, French, German, and Spanish are scheduled through the Office of Admissions and Orientation; call 313-593-5100. A student wishing to take a proficiency exam in a language not mentioned above or not taught at UM-Dearborn should consult a CASL advisor; call 313-593-5293 for more information. Proficiency exams for a language other than those taught at UM-Dearborn must be administered at another four-year institution. A student wishing to waive the foreign language requirement must officially submit a request via petition. Please note that when the requirement is waived, or proficiency is demonstrated by exam, credit will not be awarded for courses not taken.

Majors

What is a Major?

A college degree experience includes depth as well as breadth. Each student in an AB (Bachelor of Arts) or BS (Bachelor of Science) degree program must choose a field in which to specialize, which is called a major. A major is a program of specialized study that normally consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours of work at the upper-level level (courses numbered 300 through 499 and 3000-4999) taken mainly during the student's final two years. A major allows a student to develop independence and discrimination of thought and judgment and to learn to appreciate, assimilate, and apply a coherent body of knowledge.

The College offers the following majors that normally lead to the degree AB (Bachelor of Arts) or BS (Bachelor of Science) listed.

Actuarial Mathematics AB, BS
African and African American Studies AB
Applied Statistics AB, BS
Anthropology AB
Art History AB
Behavioral and Biological Sciences AB, BS
Behavioral Sciences AB
Biochemistry BS
Biological Sciences BS
Business Studies (2nd Major ONLY) AB, BS
Chemistry (ACS Certified) BS
Chemistry/Instructional BS
Communication AB
Criminology and Criminal Justice AB
Economics AB
English AB
Environmental Science BS
Environmental Studies AB
French Studies AB
Geological Science BS
Hispanic Studies AB
History AB
Individual Program of Study AB, BS
Integrative Studies1 AB, BS
International Studies AB
Journalism and Media Production AB
Mathematics AB, BS
Microbiology BS
Philosophy AB
Physics BS
Political Science AB
Professional Writing and Rhetoric AB
Psychology AB
Social Studies AB
Sociology AB
Urban and Regional Studies AB
Women's and Gender Studies AB
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Integrative Studies offers the student an opportunity to design an AB or BS degree program from three 12 or 15+ credit hour fields of study called Concentrations.

Major Requirements

Certain introductory courses, designated as pre-major or prerequisites, are designed to give students the knowledge and skills needed in the advanced courses. Undecided students will find these courses helpful in making a decision about majoring in the field.

A program of study in a major should be planned in consultation with a CASL academic advisor and faculty program mentor.

The following rules apply to most majors:

  1. Generally in most single discipline majors, at least 30 upper-level credit hours are required. At least 24 credit hours must be taken in the field of the major and some majors require at least 6 credit hours of cognate courses. A cognate course is in a related field.
  2. The courses used to fulfill the 30 or more upper-level credit hours must be numbered 300-499 or 3000-4999. 
  3. Courses taken as pre-major/prerequisites may not be counted in the major.
  4. At a minimum, students must complete between 12 and 15 (or more) of the 30 credit hours at UM-Dearborn. Students transferring upper-level credits from other institutions should check with their academic advisor for specifics of this residency requirement.
  5. Courses used in the major, cognate, or minor/concentration cannot be taken P/F (Pass/Fail)

Major GPA

CASL requires a 2.0 GPA in a student's major for graduation. Unless otherwise stated in the major portion of the catalog, all courses that can fulfill requirements within a major, regardless of grade, will be used to calculate the major GPA. Courses used in a minor that are not shared with a major will not be used in the calculation. For the Integrative Studies major, each concentration must have a GPA of 2.0.  All courses that can fulfill requirements within a concentration, regardless of grade, will be used to calculate the concentration GPA.

Cognate GPA

If a major has a cognate requirement, a 2.0 GPA is required for graduation. The courses included in the cognate GPA are only the courses used to fulfill the requirement.

Double Major (Optional)

Students who want a double major must meet all requirements in two fields and must officially declare, and be approved for, both majors, in the CASL Office of Advising and Academic Success, Room 1039 CB. Courses that satisfy major and/or cognate requirements for more than one field can be applied simultaneously to both fields. The Business Studies major may only be a second major. A double major results in only one degree.

Recognition of A Minor (Optional)

A student in an AB or BS degree program (other than Integrative Studies) may apply for recognition of a minor. A student may declare a minor (completed or not) by filing the appropriate form at the CASL Advising and Academic Success office. A final audit will be conducted at the time of graduation. Any posted minor that has not been successfully completed will be deleted from the student’s transcript.

A minor generally consists of a minimum of 12-18 credit hours of upper-level (300-499 and 3000-4999) coursework in a particular field of study. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 is required in the courses applied to a minor. For minors offered by CASL, the grades (including E’s) in all upper-level courses in the discipline of the minor will be reflected in the minor GPA. Courses elected pass/fail (P/F) cannot be used in a minor. Courses taken as part of a minor may count toward both major core requirements and the minor (minors requiring 12 credits may allow up to one course; minors requiring 15 credits or more may allow up to two courses). Courses taken as cognates, electives within the major, or towards a concentration may be counted towards the requirements for a minor at the discretion of the college or department of the major. No more than three credit hours of transfer credit, field placements, internships, seminars, S/E-graded courses, and independent study/research may be applied to any 12 credit hour minor, and no more than six credits for a 15+ credit hour minor. 

Not all CASL majors are available as a minor. Furthermore, there are some areas of study that are only available as a minor. CASL students may also choose from several minors offered by the other academic units. Please see each unit's section of the catalog for available minors and their requirements. The GPA for the CIS minor is based on CIS 150, CIS 200, CIS 275, and all upper-level CIS coursework. The GPA for the Business minors is based on all courses taken for the minor in the College of Business. Students who are not in the College of Business cannot elect or transfer more than 30 credit hours in upper level courses offered by the College of Business. A maximum of six credit hours of transfer credit, field placement, internships, seminars, S/E-graded courses, and independent study/research may be applied to any non-CASL minor.

Other Programs

Graduate Programs

The College offers a Master of Public Administration and Policy, a Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics, a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice, a Master of Science in Environmental Science, and a Master of Science in Psychology with tracks in Health Psychology and Clinical Health Psychology. See the UM-Dearborn Graduate Catalog for admission requirements, complete program descriptions and a listing of graduate courses.

Certificates

The College offers many certificates: African and African American Studies, Arab American Studies, Arabic Translation, Community-Based Leadership and Development, Comparative Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Food Studies, French Translation, Geospatial Analysis and Mapping, Global Engagement, Health Communication Certificate, LGBTQ Studies, Mathematics for Finance, Media Production, Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Middle East Studies, Professional Language and Cross-Cultural Competency, Public Relations, Spanish for Health Care Professionals, and Writing.

Consult the program description in this Catalog for additional information and requirements.

Majors

Minor

Certificates

Administration

Hershock, Martin J., PhD, Dean
Waung, Marie PhD,  Associate Dean
Zeytuncu, Yunus, PhD, (interim) Associate Dean
Bachir, Nada, BA, Administrative Manager
Clark, Elizabeth, BGS, Student Career Counselor
Gassel, Susanne, MA, Director, CASL Advising and Academic Success
Gedert, Susan, BA, Marketing and Digital Content Specialist
Judge-Gonzalez, Ellen, MA, Director, Student Outreach and Academic Resources (SOAR Program)
Martin, Patricia, MPA, Coordinator of Experiential Learning
Marshall, Kiara, MS, Administrative Assistant

Chairs and Directors

Banner, Francine, Chair, Behavioral Sciences

Beauchesne, Patrick, Director, Foundations

Brainer, Amy, Director, Women's and Gender Studies

Forsyth-Brown, Ivy, Director, African American and African Studies and Center for Ethnic and Religious Studies

Draus, Paul, Director, Masters of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice Program

González del Pozo, Jorge, Chair, Language, Culture, and the Arts, and Director of International Studies

Hickey, Georgina, Chair, Social Sciences

Howell, Sally, Director, Center for Arab American Studies

Leonard, Michelle, Director, Psychology Graduate Program

Little, Daniel, Director, Honors Program

Morgan, Sven, Chair, Natural Sciences

Muller, Anna, Director, Women in Learning and Leadership

Napieralski, Jacob, Director, Masters of Science - Environmental Science

Patel, Nehal, Director, Law and Society

Pyrozhenko, Vadym, Director, Master of Public Administration and Policy

Remski, Joan, Chair, Mathematics and Statistics

Rusch, Lara, Director, Urban and Regional Studies Program

Sanjian, Ara, Director, Center for Armenian Studies

Sethuraman, Nitya, Director, Behavioral and Biological Sciences

Shelton, Donald, Director, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Walters, Claudia, Director, Environmental Interpretative Center

Zhao, Jennifer, Director, Applied and Computational Mathematics

Professors Emeriti

Akiyama, Michael, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Anderson, Donald F., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Axsom, Richard, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Art History

Baumgarten, Elias, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Philosphy

Bjorn, Lars, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Bogin, Barry A., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Bord, Donald J., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Brown, James W., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Clark, Elaine G., PhD, Professor Emerita of History

Constant, John G., PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music

Crowell, Elizabeth, PhD, Associate Professor Emerita of Economics

Dahlke, Richard M., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Mathematics Education

DeCamp, Mark, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Emery, Allan, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Fakler, Robert, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Fink, John F., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Flax, Neil M., PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and German

Gardner, Gerald, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Garland, Frank, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Gelderloos, Orin G., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Environmental Studies

Gillespie, John A., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Statistics

Heady, Judith, PhD, Associate Professor Emerita of Biology

Higgs, Elton, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature

Höft, Margret, PhD, Professor Emerita of Mathematics

House, Gloria, PhD, Professor Emerita of African and African American Studies and Humanities

Hull, Brooks, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Economics

Jacobs, Claude, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Behavioral Sciences

James, David A., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Kamachi, Noriko, PhD, Professor Emerita of History

Kotre, John, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Lempert, Lora Bex, PhD, Professor Emerita of Sociology

Lunn, Joe Harris, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History

Massey, Frank J., PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science

Milles, Stephen, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Mathematics Education

Moerman, Daniel, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Moran, Gerald, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History

Morash, Ronald P., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Mostafapour, Kazem, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Chemistry

Nadasen, Arunajallam, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Norman, Richard, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology

Otto, Charlotte, PhD, Professor Emerita of Chemistry

Papazian, Dennis, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History

Papp, F.J., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Pearson, Sheryl S., PhD, Professor Emerita of English Literature

Perlove, Shelley K., PhD, Professor Emerita of Art History

Peter, Philip H., PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music

Prentis, Jeffrey J., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Radine, Lawrence, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Riebesell, John, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology

Rubenstein, Rheta N., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education and Mathematics

Sayles, Edward, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Schaum, Melita, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English Literature

Sheldon, Jane, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Simpson, Robert, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Environmental Science

Smith, Patricia, PhD, Professor Emerita of Economics

Snabb, Thomas E., PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Statistics

Spinelli, Emily L., PhD, Professor Emerita of Spanish

Spoiden, Ste`phane, PhD, Professor Emeritus of French

Stern, Jeffrey, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Stockton, Ronald R., PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Straub, Richard, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Summers, Claude, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature

Tai, Julia C., PhD, Professor Emerita of Chemistry

Tentler, Leslie W., PhD, Professor Emerita of History

Thomson, William, PhD, Associate Professor of Emeritus Psychology

Twomey, Michael, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Economics

Vansant, Jacqueline, PhD, Professor Emeritus of German

Verhey, Roger, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

Woodward, Wayne, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus of Communication

Faculty

College Wide Programs

Barak, Maya, PhD, American University, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Brainer, Amy, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies 
Darcy, Kathleen, JD, PhD Candidate, Michigan State University, Assistant Profess of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Sociology and Sociology
DeGregorio, Scott, PhD, University of Toronto, Professor of Honors and English
Lacey, Krim, PhD, Wayne State University, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology
Laws, Terri, PhD, Rice University, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies
Martin, Lisa, PhD, University of Michigan, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
Patel, Nehal, JD, PhD, Northwestern University, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology
Shelton, Donald, JD, PhD, University of Nevada, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Sociology
Shuraydi, Amny, PhD, University of Texas at Dallas, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Sociology

Department of Behavioral Science

Aronson, Pamela, PhD, University of Minnesota, Professor of Sociology
Banner, Francine, JD, PhD, Arizona State University, Professor of Sociology
Beauchesne, Patrick, PhD, University of California at Berkeley, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Chatkoff, David, PhD, University of Southern Mississippi, Associate Professor of Psychology
Chenoweth, John, PhD, University of California Berkley, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Clark-Foos, Arlo, PhD, University of Georgia, Associate Professor of Psychology
Dolins, Francine, PhD, University of Stirling (Scotland), Associate Professor of Psychology
Draus, Paul, PhD, Loyola University, Professor of Sociology
Early, Kevin, PhD, University of Florida, Associate Professor of Sociology
Forsythe-Brown, Ivy, PhD, University of Maryland, Associate Professor of Sociology
Hymes, Robert W, PhD, Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Psychology
Lacey, Krim, PhD, Wayne State University, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies
Leonard, Michelle, PhD, Wayne State University, Associate Professor of Psychology
Liu, ZhongXu, PhD, University of Toronto, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Loeb, Roger C., PhD, Cornell University, Professor of Psychology
McAuslan, Pamela, PhD, Wayne State University, Professor of Psychology
McKenna, Brian, PhD, Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Patel, Nehal, JD, PhD, Northwestern University, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology
Pecina, Susana, PhD, University of Michigan, Professor of Psychology
Price, Carmel, PhD, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Associate Professor of Psychology
Reppond, Harmony, PhD, University of California at Santa Cruz, Associate Professor of Psychology
Sethuraman, Nitya, PhD, University of California at San Diego, Associate Professor of Psychology
Shelton, Donald, JD, PhD, University of Nevada, Associate Professor of Sociology
Siefert, Caleb, PhD, Adelphi University, Associate Professor of Psychology
Waung, Marie, PhD, Ohio State University, Professor of Psychology
Wellman, Rose, PhD, University of Virginia, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Wrobel, Nancy, PhD, Wayne State University, Professor of Psychology

Department of Language, Culture, and the Arts

Abou-Zeineddine, Ghassan, PhD, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Assistant Professor of English Literature

Aijaz, Imran, PhD, University of Auckland (New Zealand), Associate Professor of Philosophy

Bond, Erik, PhD, New York University, Associate Professor of English Literature

Calzada-Orihuela, Sofia, PhD, University of Maryland, Lecturer IV of Spanish

Davis, Daniel, D.Phil., Oxford University, Professor of Linguistics

DeGenaro, William, PhD, University of Arizona, Professor of Composition and Rhetoric

Dika, Rifaat, PhD, Wayne State University, Lecturer IV of Arabic

Donelson, Jerrice, PhD, Michigan State University, Lecturer III of Composition and Rhetoric 

Elmeligi, Wessam, PhD, Alexandria University (Egypt), Assistant Professor of Arabic

Erickson, Susan N., PhD, University of Minnesota, Professor of Art History

Finlayson, J. Caitlin., PhD, University of Toronto, Professor of English Literature

Gilmore, H James, MA, University of Iowa, Clinical Associate Professor of Communication

González del Pozo, Jorge, PhD, University of Kentucky, Professor of Spanish

Iannarino, Nicholas, PhD, University of Kentucky, Assistant Professor of Communication

Jarenski, Michelle, PhD, Loyola University Chicago, Associate Professor of English Literature

Kirkland, Joseph, JD, University of Michigan Law School, Lecturer III of Philosophy

Kiska, Timothy, MA, Wayne State University, Professor of Communication

Lee, Jamie, PhD, University of Illinois, Associate Professor of Linguistics

Linker, Maureen, PhD, City University of New York, Professor of Philosophy

Little, Daniel, PhD, Harvard University, Professor of Philosophy

Luckett, Anthony, MA, Wayne State University, Lecturer III of Film Studies

Luthra, Rashmi, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor of Communication

MacDonald, Michael Tyler, PhD, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric

Mannion, Jerilyn, MA, Bowling Green State University, Lecturer IV of French

Martinez-Valencia, Francia Eliana, PhD, University of Alabama, Associate Professor of Spanish

McMillan, Liana, MA, University of Michigan, Lecturer III of German

Murphy, Troy, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Associate Professor of Communication

Murray, Margaret, PhD, University of Colorado - Boulder, Assistant Professor of Communication

Nesbitt, Sarah, MFA, Pennsylvania State University, Lecturer III of Art History

Ng, Diana, PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Art History

Petrak, Samantha, MA, Bowling Green State University, Lecturer IV of Spanish

Potvin, Phillip, MFA, Bennington College, Lecturer IV of Composition and Rhetoric

Proctor, Jennifer, MFA, University of Iowa, Associate Professor of Journalism and Screen Studies

Rodríguez-McGill, Carlos, PhD, Ohio State University, Associate Professor of Spanish

Rohan, Elizabeth, PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Professor of Composition and Rhetoric

Rottner, Nadja, PhD, Columbia University, Associate Professor of Art History

Sajber, Kriszta, PhD, SUNY Stony Brook, Assistant Professor of Philosophy 

Scarlatta, Gabriella M., PhD, Wayne State University, Professor of French

Schaeffer, Alicia, MFA, Sarah Lawrence College, Lecturer III of Composition and Rhetoric

Smith, Jonathan, PhD, Columbia University, William E Stirton Professor, Professor of English Literature, and Behavioral Sciences

Smith Pollard, Deborah, PhD, Michigan State University, Professor of English Literature and Humanities

Stojkovski, Velimir, PhD, Marquette University, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Yeakel, Daniel, PhD, Wayne State University, Lecturer III of Philosophy

Todoroff, Pamela, MA, University of Michigan, Lecturer III of Composition and Rhetoric

Willard-Traub, Margaret, PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Composition and Rhetoric

Yeakel, Daniel, PhD, Wayne State University, LEO III of Philosophy

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Agarwal, Mahesh, PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Cengiz-Phillips, Nesrin, PhD, Western Michigan University, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Clifford, John H., PhD, Michigan State University, Professor of Mathematics

Dabkowski, Michael, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Fiore, Thomas, PhD, University of Michigan, Professor of Mathematics

Georgieva-Hristova, Yulia, PhD, Texas A & M University, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Jabbusch, Kelly, PhD, University of Washington, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Kim, Hyejin, PhD, University of Maryland College Park, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Krebs, Angela, PhD, Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and Mathematics

Lachance, Michael A., PhD, University of South Florida, Professor of Mathematics

Li, Gengxin, PhD, Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Statistics

Mikula, Margaret, MS, Western Michigan University, Lecturer III of Statistics

Nasralah, Hussein, PhD, Wayne State University, Lecturer III of Mathematics

Phillips, Benjamin, PhD, Western Michigan University, Lecturer IV of Mathematics

Pokhrel, Keshav, PhD, University of South Florida, Associate Professor of Statistics

Radosevich, Mark R., PhD, Brandeis University, Lecturer IV of Mathematics

Rathouz, Margaret, PhD, University of California-San Diego, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Remski, Joan, PhD, Michigan State University, Professor of Mathematics

Viswanathan, Aditya, PhD, Arizona State University, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Wiggins, Alan, PhD, Texas A&M University, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Wong, Tian An, PhD, City University of New York, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Zeytuncu, Yunus, PhD, Ohio State University, Professor of Mathematics

Zhao, Jennifer, PhD, Indiana University, Professor of Mathematics

Department of Natural Science

Abramyan, John, PhD, University of Queensland (Australia), Associate Professor of Biology
Al-Qaisi, Sami, PhD, University of Akron, Lecturer of Chemistry
Alteri, Christopher, PhD, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Biology and Microbiology
Bandyopadhyay, Krisanu, PhD, National Chemical Lab University of Pune (India), Professor of Chemistry
Bazzi, Ali, PhD, Wayne State University, Professor of Chemistry
Bazzi, Judith, MA, Wayne State University, Lecturer of Chemistry
Benore, Marilee B., PhD, University of Delaware, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry
Bowlin, Melissa, PhD, Princeton University, Associate Professor of Biology
Clarkson, William I., PhD, University of Southhampton (UK), Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Constantinides, Christos, PhD, University of Cambridge, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Danielson-Francois, Anne, PhD, University of Arizona, Associate Professor of Biology
Deng, Yiwei, PhD, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Professor of Chemistry
Donahue, Craig J., PhD, University of Massachusetts, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Fan, Jie, PhD, Beihang University, Assistant Professor of Biology
Hartshorn, Patricia, MS, Wayne State University, Lecturer IV of Natural Sciences
Heinicke, Matthew, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, Associate Professor of Biology
Hetrick, James, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lecturer IV of Physics
Kamp, Ulrich, PhD, Technische University Berlin, Professor of Earth and Environment
Kondapalli, Kalyan, PhD, Wayne State University, Associate Professor of Biology
LaCommare, Katherine S., PhD, University of Massachusetts, Lecturer III of Biology
Lawson, Daniel, PhD, Michigan State University, Professor of Chemistry
Li, Xiaohua (Shannon), PhD, City University of New York, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Licata, Nicolas, PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Physics
Marincean, Simona, PhD, Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Morgan, Sven, PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Professor of Geology
Naik, Vaman M, PhD, University of Michigan, Professor of Physics
Napieralski, Jacob, PhD, Purdue University, Professor of Geology
Nesmith, Judy M., MS, Michigan State University, Lecturer IV of Biology
Oelkers, Peter M., PhD, Wake Forest University, Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry
Pricer, Rachel, PhD, University of Michigan, Lecturer III of Biochemistry
Scribner, Steven, PhD, Wayne State University, Lecturer III of Chemistry
Smith, Sheila, PhD, University of North Carolina, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Stewart, Ogie, PhD, Oakland University, Lecturer of Chemistry
Susko, David, PhD, University of Windsor, Associate Professor of Biology
Thomas, John, PhD, University of Arizona, Professor of Biology
Tiquia-Arashiro, Sonia, PhD, University of Hong Kong, Professor of Biology and Microbiology
Tripathy, Suvranta, PhD, University of Cincinnati, Assistant Professor of Physics
Wang, Jin, PhD, University of Queensland (Australia), Associate Professor of Physics
Xhabija, Besa, PhD, University of Windsor, Assistant Professor of Biology and Biochemistry
Zhang, Zhi "Elena", MD, PhD, Wesleyan University, Assistant Professor of Biology

Department of Social Sciences

Akers, Joshua, PhD, University of Toronto, Associate Professor of Geography and Urban and Regional Studies
Amin, Camron M., PhD, University of Chicago, Professor of History
Anderson, R. Warren, PhD, George Mason University, Associate Professor of Economics
Bawardi, Hani, PhD, Wayne State University, Associate Professor of History
Bergeron, Suzanne, PhD, University of Notre Dame, Professor of Women’s Studies and Social Sciences
Borquez, Julio, PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Political Science
Czap, Hans, PhD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Associate Professor of Economics
Czap, Natalia, PhD, Moscow State University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Professor of Economics
Dye, Keith, PhD, University of Toledo, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and History
Edwards, Sheryl, MA, Wayne State University, Lecturer IV of Political Science
Hershock, Martin, PhD, University of Michigan, Professor of History
Hickey, Georgina, PhD, University of Michigan, Professor of History
Howell, Sarah  (Sally), PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of History
Koumpias, Antonios, PhD, Georgia State University, Assistant Professor of Economics
Kursman, Nancy, PhD, Rice University, Lecturer IV of Political Science
Luxon, Emily, PhD, University of California College Park, Associate Professor of Political Science
Miteza, Ilir, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Professor of Economics
Muller, Anna, PhD, Indiana University, Associate Professor of History
Pennock, Pamela, PhD, Ohio State University, Professor of History
Pietrykowski, Bruce, PhD, New School for Social Research, Professor of Economics
Poling, Kristin, PhD, Harvard University, Associate Professor of History
Pyrozhenko, Vadym, PhD, Syracuse University, Associate Professor of Public Administration
Rosano, Michael, PhD, University of Toronto, Associate Professor of Political Science
Rusch, Lara C., PhD, University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Political Science
Sanjian, Ara, PhD, University of London, Associate Professor of History
Sollenberger, Mitchel A., PhD, Catholic University, Professor of Political Science
Sun, Rusi, PhD, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Associate Professor of Political Science
Thomson, Dale, PhD, University of Maryland—Baltimore County, Professor of Political Science
Vecchiola, Carla, PhD, University of Michigan, Lecturer IV of History
Walters, Claudia, PhD, Michigan State University, Lecturer IV of Geography
Wayman, Francis W., PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Professor of Political Science
Wraight, Jamie, PhD, University of Toledo, Lecturer IV of History

Special Programs

Practice Based Learning (PBL)

Practice Based Learning  empowers students to practice and apply what they are learning. It also emphasizes analyzing, evaluating, or creating knowledge in collaboration with others. The focus is on developing skills that allow students to thrive in the workplace and/or in graduate or professional school. PBL is found throughout the CASL curriculum in coursework that focuses on student centered projects related to problems beyond classroom walls. We offer CPBL100 level courses that fulfill the CASL FNDS and DDC Critical and Creative Thinking requirements. These courses allow students to explore a variety of majors and careers while working with classmates on interdisciplinary projects. We also offer a CPBL 400 Capstone course that fulfills DDC Capstone and DDC Intersections requirements. This course centers on a semester-long project designed to give students applied experience and to help them build their resumes and interviewing skills. PBL is also found within a variety of majors and programs. Look for these PBL designations in the course schedule:

  • PBL Fundamental: These courses will typically include smaller course assignments to provide students with practice in applying key PBL concepts. They will focus on problem-solving and decision-making skills, and the application of knowledge to concrete scenarios, issues, or problems.
  • PBL Process: These courses will typically include a project that builds throughout the semester. Students will work with their classmates to apply course concepts to community, industry, government, and societal problems. 
  • PBL Engage: These courses will typically include doing some work outside the classroom, engaging with local neighborhoods, nonprofit organizations, businesses, or local government.

Writing Program

The Writing Program offers a range of courses and other academic support not only to CASL students but also to undergraduate and graduate students across the university. 

Among other projects and initiatives, the Writing Program oversees the UM-D Writing Center, the campus Writing Awards competition, and the Composition Placement Examination. One important aspect of the Program’s work is helping to bring together faculty from across the disciplines to share scholarship and innovative teaching approaches for improving students’ abilities with written communication and academic research.

The Writing Program values writing as a process of producing knowledge and communicating ideas to academic, civic, workplace, and transnational audiences. Because writing well involves a complex set of practices, the Writing Program emphasizes college writing as a process that a student develops throughout her or his college career.

First-year writing courses at UMD provide a basis not only for upper-level writing classes but also for the writing students will do in other courses. Our courses therefore support students as they learn to write effectively, think critically, and develop rhetorical awareness about print, visual, and digital texts.

In our teaching, Writing Program faculty stress inquiry-based research, close reading, critical reflection, revision, collaboration, and active learning. Our courses include the first-year composition sequence and intermediate courses focused on creative and expository writing and writing in professional settings.

Foundations Program

During the first year on campus, all incoming students in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters will choose one Foundations course to take from the more than 30 seminars offered. Your Foundations seminar will ensure a firm start on your educational journey.

In addition to studying a cool topic, your seminar will give you a chance to learn about how you learn, how knowledge is produced in different fields, what faculty expect of you at the university level, and what resources and opportunities the university can offer you to support and enrich your time on campus. Each seminar fulfills at least one general education requirement, so this course will be helping you make progress toward your degree.

Whichever course you choose, your Foundations seminar will teach you practical and academic skills that can be applied throughout your time on campus. The courses will deepen your understanding of the norms, expectations, and culture of the University.

You will also learn about the many resources and opportunities on campus as well as how to navigate the institution.  Your Foundations seminar will help you develop a sense of belonging on campus as you build meaningful relationships with a faculty member and your peers. Foundations professors are committed to your success on campus.

In choosing your seminar, focus on what interests you (beyond your potential major). A liberal arts education is all about understanding the world broadly, through many lenses, and your Foundations seminar is a chance for you to do that. Whichever course you take, you will develop foundational intellectual and practical skills in communication, analytical thinking, and problem solving that you will be able to take with you into all your courses and your major field of study.

Foundations is a required program and is not an elective. If you don't register for a foundations course in your first year here, your student account will be put on hold until you register for a course in this program.

Internships and Field Experiences

The CASL Internship Center helps all CASL majors interested in an internship, regardless of credit or program requirement. Please visit https://umdearborn.edu/casl/undergraduate-programs/casl-internship-center for more information.

Criminology and Criminal Justice Internship

Criminology and Criminal Justice internships are designed to provide field experience for Criminal Justice majors. Actual field experience will provide students with valuable tools to help them achieve their goals and produce humane leaders with the technical skills and social and ethical sensitivity needed to succeed in their chosen field.  The internship has a seminar component. The seminar helps students make informed decisions relative to their future career in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice related fields.  Both the internship and seminar provide opportunities for students to personalize their learning experience.  Students are supervised by a faculty advisor.

For more information about the Criminology and Criminal Justice internship, contact the Internship Coordinator (313) 583-6404; email: criminal_justice@umd.umich.edu

Economics Internship

The economics internship offers students field experiences with businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies. The placement allows students to get hands-on experience applying the tools of economic analysis to specific job and project assignments. Student interns spend either eight or 16 hours per week in unpaid work at their placement site, for which they earn either three or six academic credits. Only three credit hours may be used to satisfy the concentration requirements in economics. All interns are assigned to an economics faculty advisor. This program is open to all declared economics majors, who, by the start of the internship, have completed at least two upper-level economics courses in addition to two of the following core courses: ECON 301,ECON 302 and ECON 305. Permission of the Internship Coordinator is required. To inquire, call the Economics Internship Faculty Coordinator in the Department of Social Sciences at 313-593-5164.

Environmental Studies Internship

The environmental studies internship, which is required of all environmental studies concentrations, involves students in a wide variety of positions with government organizations (Department of Environmental Quality, departments of health, city and county agencies), consulting firms, and non-governmental organizations as field assistants and researchers. Students work a prescribed number of hours per week as arranged by the advisor and employer, typically earning three credit hours. Written permission of instructor is required to participate. To inquire, contact the Department of Natural Sciences at 313-593-5339.

History and Humanities Internship

The history and humanities internship offers practical experience to students in art history, communication, English, foreign languages, history, humanities, music, and philosophy. Students develop job-entry experiences in humanities and history-related careers. The internship includes a required seminar. Although, in general, the internship is offered for elective credit, it may be used to satisfy the following concentration requirements: Three credit hours may be applied towards a Communication major/minor or toward an Art History/Museum Studies degree and six credit hours may be applied towards a Journalism concentration. For students with a foreign language focus, three credit hours may be used within the International Studies Support Studies component or toward the cognate requirement of the French or Hispanic Studies concentrations. Prerequisites are junior or senior standing. Students earn three to six credit hours per semester. The maximum total credit hours are 12. To inquire, contact the History/Humanities Internship Office, 3028 CB, 313-593-5136.

Ottawa Internship

The Ottawa Internship Program is designed to provide a first-hand learning experience in Canadian government through placement with a Member of Parliament or Senator in the capital of Canada.  Students work in a parliamentarian's office in Ottawa for a period of five weeks in the summer. All majors are welcome.

Psychology Internship

Psychology internship placements offer work experiences in a wide variety of human services organizations. These include programs related to child abuse, criminal rehabilitation, crisis intervention, geriatrics, human resources, mental illness, organizational development, special education, substance abuse, and women's issues. Students spend six or 12 hours per week at their field placement and attend a weekly seminar involving training in listening and helping skills. Students may register for three or six credits. Prerequisites are PSYC 101 and permission of instructor. To inquire, contact the Department of Behavioral Sciences at 313-593-5520.

Politics, Policy, and Law Internship

The public affairs internship program allows students to participate in the political process through placements in a variety of governmental offices. Students in the local internship program work for state and local elected officials, law firms, and interest groups. Students in the Washington, D.C. program have worked in the White House, the Pentagon, and for Members of Congress. Students in the Ottawa, Canada program work in a Member of Parliament’s office for a period of five weeks. Admission is reserved primarily for qualified juniors and seniors of all majors. Six upper-level credits are granted for successful completion of either program. Scholarships are available. To inquire, contact the Department of Social Sciences at 313-593-5164.

Urban and Regional Studies Internship

The Urban and Regional Studies internships offer students the opportunity to learn and apply concepts learned in Urban and Regional Studies coursework to real world settings in municipal and regional government offices, non-profit and community organizations, or businesses dedicated to design, development, or data.

Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL)

The Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) Program is an integral part of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program’s commitment to fostering student engagement on campus and in the greater metro-Detroit area.

WILL is a program for undergraduate students that integrates Women’s and Gender Studies curriculum with leadership opportunities outside of the classroom.

WILL is part of a national set of programs devoted to fostering, developing, and supporting collegiate women’s leadership. It is a co-curricular program founded on three core principles:

  • Required women’s and gender studies-related coursework
  • A student-run leadership development organization
  • Women’s and gender-related programming outside of the classroom

The following are the main goals of the program:

  • To encourage critical thinking and intellectual curiosity by providing active learning opportunities that empower students as leaders during and beyond their college years
  • To foster a deeper understanding of women’s diverse roles and contributions to society
  • To increase awareness of of obstacles created by gender, racial, and social class stratification and develop individual and collective strategies to address these obstacles
  • To enrich the campus, Metro Detroit, and global community through service and programming.

Requirements for WILL

Students accepted into WILL complete 4 courses in Women's and Gender Studies and an internship or co-op experience in a field of their choice. There are two required courses for the program: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, and a Women, Leadership and Social Change class. For their two electives, students may choose from the wide variety of courses offered by the Women’s and Gender Studies program. In addition to fulfilling these curricular requirements, WILL students spend a minimum of 15 hours per semester engaged in co-curricular activities related to gender equity and community building. Among their other activities, the WILL student group engages in volunteer opportunities with social service agencies in metropolitan Detroit. In addition, they have the opportunity to meet with locally and nationally known gender equity leaders for casual “fireside chats” and are offered annual training seminars by local women leaders. They organize speaker and film series on topics such as leadership for global gender justice, eating disorders and body image, and violence awareness on campus. They also run an innovative and successful mentoring program for middle school girls in Southwest Detroit. WILL students’ internship placements have allowed them to work with women in the criminal justice system, in programs for at-risk youth, in an oral history project interviewing Arab-American women, and in a variety of positions in legal, medical, business and education fields with women leaders as mentors.

The program recruits in April every academic year for acceptance into the program the following Fall term. Students accepted into the program have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average, demonstrated leadership ability, and an interest in fostering gender equity.

For more information, please visit the WILL webpage.

CASL Online and Hybrid Courses

Regular credit-bearing courses are offered via online and blended formats to UM-Dearborn students (and guest students) who can benefit from the flexibility and convenience of online course delivery. Students who want to pursue a university education but have special constraints such as job demands, childcare or eldercare responsibilities, pregnancy or medical limitations may also find that online learning helps them stay on track. Online learning classes are taught by UM-Dearborn’s distinguished faculty and are equivalent in academic depth and rigor to face-to-face versions taught in the traditional classroom. New courses are added to the online repertoire each year. A few courses are in hybrid format; that is, the classes meet on campus for one or two class periods and online for the remainder.

Regularly enrolled students may elect online learning courses as part of the registration process. Guest students must submit the Michigan Uniform Guest Application, available in our Admissions/Registrar’s offices or in the Registrar’s office of the student’s home institution, and complete the admissions process before registering for classes.

Online courses usually require regular participation in online discussion groups established for the class. Required materials may be made available in various formats, including conventional textbooks and online resources, including video and/or audio recordings. Some online courses may require attendance on campus at an orientation session and/or for exams, though special proctoring arrangements can be made, especially for non-local students.

Canvas is the home for all online courses, as well as some assignments, discussions, and resources for hybrid and on-campus classes. This Canvas portal page will provide you with up-to-date Canvas policies, help & support, and other more specific information for faculty and students.

Japan Center for Michigan Universities

Since 1989, the fifteen Michigan public universities have operated a unique program in Japanese language and culture in our sister state in Japan, the Shiga prefecture. The Japan Center for Michigan Universities is in Hikone, a beautiful, medium-sized, non-westernized city in central Japan. The $15 million facility, built by the Shiga government, includes classrooms, offices, and apartments with cooking facilities for student occupancy; home stays, of varying duration, may also be arranged. The full academic program runs from September through the end of April; students may also select a one-semester program, or the Summer Intensive Program in the Japanese language. UM-Dearborn students receive 26 hours of credit for UM-Dearborn courses in Japanese language (see course descriptions under Japanese in this Catalog for the following: JPN 128-JPN 129, JPN 178-JPN 225, or JPN 228-JPN 229), Japanese Culture and Society (JPN 395, JPN 396), and two other courses taught by visiting professors. These have included Japanese art and painting, Japanese technology and business, energy and environment in Japan, modern Japanese history, and mass media.

For current information on program fees and housing, visit the Japan Center for Michigan Universities website. Applicants need not know Japanese, but they should have studied another foreign language and have had some foreign travel experience. They must have sophomore standing by the end of Winter term and a 2.5 or higher GPA. Students should contact the: Office of International Affairs (Room 108 in The Union at Dearborn) for additional information.

Study Abroad

Students interested in other study abroad programs should consult faculty in Modern and Classical Languages, their major advisor, or the Office of International Affairs (Room 108 in The Union at Dearborn) for additional information.

Special Centers, Facilities and Services

CASL Advising and Academic Success

The CASL Advising and Academic Success office helps students make informed decisions about their course of study and the liberal arts.   CASL advisors are available to provide curricular and career option information, program requirements, University policies and procedures, and campus resources. The office also coordinates academic advising between students and faculty mentors, provides necessary College forms and materials, and reviews students' academic progress and performance at specified intervals.

The CASL Advising and Academic Success office contact information: 1039 CB, 313-593-5293, and online at casladvising@umich.edu.

Center for Arab American Studies

The Center for Arab American Studies focuses on scholarship, research, and engagement with the Arab-American community in Dearborn and Metropolitan Detroit. Faculty in Arab American Studies are actively engaged in research and scholarship on current issues facing Arab Americans as well as Arab American history and culture. As teachers, they seek to help all students understand the role of Arabs in American society, the role of America in Arab society, and the vibrant interplay between them. For additional information contact the Center in Room 2040 CB or call 313-593-4925.

Center for Armenian Research

The Armenian Research Center (ARC) was established for the documentation and the publication of materials in the field of Armenian studies and affairs. The ARC accomplishes this work in a variety of ways. It provides access to a computerized database of books, periodical articles, audiovisual material, and other items concerning Armenians. This database is gradually also becoming accessible through the on line catalog of the Mardigian Library. The ARC also regularly publishes scholarly books on Armenian topics. It supports both academic and public outreach by participating in forums, sponsoring conferences, exhibitions, public lectures and answering questions from scholars, students and the public media. Finally, the ARC sponsors and supports the teaching of Armenian language instruction courses on the University of Michigan, Dearborn campus. For additional information call 313-593-5181.

Center for Mathematics Education

The Center for Mathematics Education is dedicated to improving the quality of teacher preparation for prospective teachers and to making continuous professional development available for current teachers. The goal is to strengthen the teaching of mathematics and improve student learning. The professional development programs offered by the Center seek to deepen teachers’ understanding of the mathematics they teach and emphasize best teaching practices through the study and use of current research and standards-based curriculum resources. These professional development activities are offered at school district sites and at regional intermediate school districts, and carry at least 3 SB-CEU credits. It is also possible for classroom teachers to enroll for graduate credit. These credits can be applied towards the degree requirements for the Specialty in Middle Grades Mathematics program that is part of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services’ Master of Arts in Education degree. For additional information see the Center for Mathematics Education website.

Center for Ethnic and Religious Studies

In 2001, faculty in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters at the University of Michigan-Dearborn established a Center for the Study of Religion and Society.

This innovative and unique Center was designed to serve a number of purposes:

  • Provide a focus for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scholarly research on Religion and its relationship to American society.
  • House and support the existing interdisciplinary minor in Religious Studies.
  • Coordinate with other activities on campus related to religion, the Harvard Pluralism Project being one example.
  • Serve as a point of contact for members of the metropolitan community interested in issues related to religion and to engage that community in a dialog about those issues.

Faculty affiliated with the Center and the Religious Studies minor come from a range of disciplines including History, Anthropology, English, Political Science, Psychology, and Philosophy. Many are actively involved in research and outreach with religious communities in Dearborn and Metropolitan Detroit.

For more information, please see the Center website or call 313-583-6335.