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Program Curriculum

Because the U-M Residential College (RC) is the academic sponsor for Semester in Detroit, all courses offered are listed through the RC. PLEASE NOTE, however: students do not have to be enrolled in the RC to participate. Semester in Detroit is available to ALL U-M undergraduates regardless of their school or department.  Most SID courses can be used to meet College of LSA distribution requirements for the social sciences and the humanities. In some cases, SID courses can be used to meet concentration requirements (but this is ultimately determined by a concentration advisor.) Finally, the credits students earn in Semester in Detroit count towards the LSA Minor in Urban Studies. To learn more about how Semester in Detroit fulfills the requirements of the Urban Studies minor, visit the webpage: Earning the Urban Studies Minor

The Basics for Fall (13-18 credits):

Foundational Courses: (required)

RCSSCI 360 - 20th Century Detroit History (3) – Stephen Ward
RCCORE 301 - Field Internship with Detroit Community Organization (4) – Craig Regester 
RCCORE 302 - Internship Reflection Seminar (2) – Craig Regester 
RCIDIV 350 - Detroit Speaker Series (1) – Lolita Hernandez 

Elective Courses: (must choose one)

RCHUMS 334 - Detroit: Beyond the Other – Creative Writing (3) – Lolita Hernandez
RCCORE 334.006 - Grassroots Community Organizing for Environmental Justice (3) – Diana Copeland

RCSSCI 360:004 - Social Science Junior Seminar: UM in the D: The Less Visible Footprint

Mini-Courses or Independent Studies (optional)

Writing in the D w/ DPS High School Students (2) – Lolita Hernandez 
Detroit Fellows Tutoring Project (1-3) – Wayne State Class open to SID students
Independent Studies (1-2) – ARR by SID faculty per student proposal

The Basics for Spring (6-9 credits)

Foundational Courses: (required)

RCSSCI 360 - 20th Century Detroit History (2) – Stephen Ward
RCCORE 301 - Field Internship with Detroit Community Organization (2) – Craig Regester
RCCORE 302 - Internship Reflection Seminar (2) – Craig Regester

Elective Courses:

RCHUMS 334 - Detroit: Beyond the other – Creative Writing (2) – Lolita Hernandez

Mini-Courses or Independent Studies (optional)

Grassroots Community Organizing for Environmental Justice (1) – Diana Copeland 
Writing in the D w/ DPS High School Students (1) – Lolita Hernandez 
Independent Studies (1-2) – ARR by SID faculty per student proposal

***NOTE: More detailed information about all courses (including course #'s syllabi, schedule, and more) will be linked from this page later this semester once published to the official online LSA Course Guide.  This page is meant to provide a general description of the curriculum, credits earned, and faculty who teach in the program.