College-Wide Programs

The world today is an interdisciplinary world. Responding to the challenges we face as a region, a nation, and a planet requires the perspectives of multiple disciplines. CASL is home to a number of interdisciplinary programs that bring together faculty and students from different departments to study these challenges. These College-Wide Programs not only offer academic majors and minors, they also sponsor many of the events and activities that make UM-Dearborn an intellectually exciting place responsive to the needs and concerns of our metropolitan region.

African and African American Studies (major):  The history, cultural legacies, and prominent issues confronting Africans and African-Americans.

Arab American Studies (minor):  The worlds of Arabs and Arab-Americans, with special attention to the Arab-American community of Dearborn and Metropolitan Detroit.

Behavioral and Biological Sciences (major): This new program is specifically designed for students pursuing a career in medical heath or behavioral research with a heavy focus on genetics, biochemistry and behavior.

Business Studies as a Second Major: This is an optional second major for students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree through the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL). 

Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies (major):  The causes, means of prevention, and social structures and institutions for punishing criminal behavior.

General Studies (major):  A "2+2" program for students with an Associate's Degree who wish to study three "areas of focus" rather than a traditional major.

Individual Program of Study (major):  An option for first year students which may not duplicate an already existing major, and it is recommended that an interdisciplinary curriculum, in the true spirit of a Liberal Arts education, be created.

Law and Society (minor):  The law and legal system in historical and social contexts.

Liberal Studies (major):  A four-year program that, like General Studies, allows the student to customize their degree with three "areas of focus" rather than a traditional major.

Medieval & Renaissance Studies (minor): Cross-cultural in design, this program covers the time-period from Late Antiquity (ca. 400) to the seventeenth century.

Religious Studies (minor):  Religions and religious traditions in relation to society, with special focus on the diverse religious communities of metropolitan Detroit.

Science and Technology Studies (minor):  The development and impact of science and technology on society, with particular attention to the automobile and automobile industry.

Women’s and Gender Studies (major):  Women and gender in social context, particularly in relation to social class, race, religion and sexuality.


New College-Wide Certificate Program (beginning Fall 2016)

Middle East Studies (MEST):  The Middle East Studies Certificate is a credential for students who have studied the history and culture of the Middle East from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  Requiring a minimum of 12 upper-division credits after the completion of pre-requisites, the MEST Certificate can complement your major or stand alone as a post baccalaureate credential.