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Fall Program Curriculum

Special Fall 2021 Opportunity: Take Any SiD Class On Its Own!

While most SiD courses are usually closed to students participating in the full fall semester program, we have decided to open up all SiD courses to all UM undergrads for the fall 2021 semester! Transportation to Detroit will be provided to students who enroll. Courses meet 1x/week, with the exception of the Community-Based Internship, which is scheduled as needed according to the organization with which each student interns. See below for the full list of SiD classes offered this fall. Got questions? Email semesterindetroit@umich.edu!

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. 
Note: For the fall 2021 semester, any undergraduate student may register for any one of the following courses on its own. 

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, ONLINE) – Diana WasaAnung'gokwe Seales

Mini-Courses or Independent Studies (optional):

RCIDIV 350-003: Detroit Speaker Series (1 credit) – Craig Regester