Foundations Program

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The Foundations program will ensure that you start off on firm footing in your educational experience at the university.

During the first year on campus, all incoming students in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters choose one course to take from the nearly 25 seminars offered every year.


Because Foundations seminars count toward general education requirements (DDC) and not traditional academic concentrations, we encourage you to look for a course that catches your interest, not one that is tied to your major. 

Foundations is a required program and is not an elective. If you don't register for a foundations course in your first year here, your student account will be put on hold until you register for a course in this program.


Course Options

Explore courses currently being offered. Select a course title to read the description, meet the faculty member teaching the course, and learn other key facts.

Summer 2024: Upper-level Courses

Fall 2024: Lower-level Courses

Fall 2024: Lower-level Courses - Practice-Based Learning focused

Fall 2024: Upper-level Courses

Learning Goals for Foundation Courses:

1. Immerse students in university culture and scholarship

2. Engage students in building relationships with peers and faculty

3. Develop a student’s mindset and skill set for resiliency and success at UM-Dearborn and beyond

Foundations Course Library

Check out our course library. A list of all approved Foundations courses -- some being offered during the current semester; some in the future!

Helpful links for first-year on our campus students

For More Information

START: Student Advising and Resource Team

2149 James C. Renick University Center (UC)
[email protected]