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Fall 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, that 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. Fall semesters are also open to all GVSU undergraduates, regardless of school or department. Students from GVSU, UM-Flint, and UM-Dearborn register for classes on their home campuses. For questions about this process, reach out to SiD's Associate Director, Craig Regester, at 

Basic Overview

Students participating in the fall program take 13-18 credits, depending on whether they choose both electives and/or organize an independent study. 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.) Additionally, the credits you earn in Semester in Detroit count towards the LSA Minor in Urban Studies -- which requires you to enroll in at least five classes for a total of at least 16 credit hours.

Fall SiD students will only have to take one additional core course on the Ann Arbor campus (either RCSSCI 330 or UP 424) to complete the Urban Studies minor.

The Courses

Foundational courses remain the same each semester. Elective courses are subject to change; however, they have been relatively consistent over time. 

Foundational Courses (all required): 

RCSSCI 360-003 - Thinking Historically In & About Detroit (3 credits) – Fall 2021 Faculty TBD (SiD Faculty Director, Stephen Ward, will be on sabbatical) 
RCCORE 301-166 - Field Internship with Detroit Community Organization (4 credits) – Craig Regester 
RCCORE 302-001 - Internship Reflection Seminar (2 credits) – Craig Regester & Rion Berger

Elective Courses (must choose one, can take both):

RCHUMS 334-009: Detroit Artist as Activist (3 credits) – Darcy Brandel
RCSSCI 312-001: Environmental Justice Grassroots Community Organizing in Detroit for Changing Times (3 credits) – Diana WasaAnung'gokwe Seales

Mini-Courses or Independent Studies (optional):

Independent Studies (1-2 credits) – ARR by SID faculty per student proposal
*RCIDIV 350-003: Detroit Speaker Series (1 credit) – Craig Regester