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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN GEOGRAPHY
IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


Dean Randy Diehl of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Bachelor of Arts in geography in the College of Liberal Arts chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college approved the changes on July 19, 2007, and the dean approved the changes on September 19, 2007. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on November 7, 2007, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on December 11, 2007.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 3, 2007. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN GEOGRAPHY
IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): BACHELOR OF ARTS WITH A MAJOR IN GEOGRAPHY

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Of six required credit hours in physical geography, three of those must be GRG 301C, The Natural Environment, our introductory course in physical geography. Of six required credit hours in human geography, three of those must be GRG 305, This Human World, our introductory course in human geography. The capstone course, GRG 374, Frontiers in Geography, is no longer required but three additional credits must be taken in one of the seven tracks in order to maintain the major’s 30 semester hour total. An eighth track, Global, International and Regional Studies, is in the catalog but was never developed and is therefore being removed from the catalog.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Page 303

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):
Requiring majors to take these two courses will ensure that all students are introduced to foundational concepts in physical and human geography. The planned changes will also improve the coherence of the geography track system by ensuring that students in upper division courses within any one of the tracks have taken the corresponding lower division course. By making GRG 374 optional rather than required students will be better served because this permits the department to solidify offerings within the tracks and improve disciplinary coherence at the introductory level.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
No.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A

Person Communicated With: N/A
Date of communication: N/A

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
No.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain.
No.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department: yes Date: May 2, 2007
College: yes Date: July 19, 2007
Dean: yes Date: September 19, 2007


To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.