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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROTEST TO PROPOSED ADDITION OF INFORMATION FOR NON-COMMUNICATION STUDIES MAJORS IN THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

Linda Reichl (physics) and Lawrence Abraham (curriculum and instruction), voting members of the Council, have filed protests to the proposed addition of information for non-communication studies majors in the College of Communication (D 2776-2777). The reasons for the protests are stated below. This item will be introduced at the regular meeting of the Faculty Council on December 8, 2003.

John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council

 

PROTEST TO PROPOSED ADDITION OF INFORMATION FOR NON-COMMUNICATION STUDIES MAJORS IN THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

From Professor Lawrence (Larry) Abraham (curriculum and instruction):

My reading of the latest submission from the College of Communication is not that they propose to eliminate the "communications studies major" but rather to eliminate the "communications studies option" within the "communication studies major."

There appear to be several other options within the communication studies major that will be preserved, and they will largely be fulfilled by taking communications studies (CS) courses. Thus it appears that minors and majors will still be an issue. I feel that in light of the information I have available on both this issue and the fine arts issue, these proposals should be explained and discussed in a Faculty Council meeting.

They both appear to affect course offerings for students in other colleges, and the implications for those students are not clear. In the case of the communications studies proposal, I do not understand the intention or logistics of the prohibition on a student with a minor seeking to become a major. Nor do I think the restriction on courses taken for a minor is feasible to monitor or implement.From Professor Linda Reichl (physics):

The statement in the proposed catalog change for the College of Communications which reads

"Students who declare a minor in communication studies may not declare a major in communication studies at a later date."

seems a bit drastic and I have heard expressions of concern about it. For this reason I am protesting its inclusion in the catalog without further discussion by the Faculty Council. Can the authors of the proposed change explain to the Council why they want to do this?


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 2, 2003. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.