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Spring/Summer 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.  

Basic Overview

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.

Spring/summer students will have to take two additional courses on the Ann Arbor campus to fulfill the Urban Studies minor requirements (including one of the two core courses previously mentioned). Previous SiD students from the spring programs have taken classes like AmCult 301 (“Detroit Politics and Community Organizing”) and History 364 (“History of Suburbia”) to complete the 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 360-101: Thinking Historically In & About Detroit (3 credits) – Stephen Ward
RCCORE 301 - Field Internship with Detroit Community Organization (2 credits) – Craig Regester
RCCORE 302 - Internship Reflection Seminar (1 credit) – Craig Regester & Marion Van Dam

Elective Courses (1 required):

RCCORE 334-101: Grassroots Community Organizing for Environmental Justice (3 credits) – Diana Seales
RCCORE 334-004: Detroit Artist As Activist (3 credits) - Darcy L. Brandel