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.

American Studies (major):  American culture and society as viewed from the perspectives of both dominant and traditionally marginalized groups.

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

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.