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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY
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 psychology 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 PSYCHOLOGY
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 PSYCHOLOGY
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
As part of the current requirement for a Plan I Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, students must take at least 18 hours of upper division content courses. Those courses are grouped into four areas:
1. clinical/social psychology;
2. developmental/evolutionary;
3. cognitive/language; and
4. neurological/perception.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Page 306

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):
This change repairs a problem created by our catalog change of 2002. In that catalog we went from a system in which students choose two upper division courses from each of two large areas, to a system in which they choose four courses from each of four small areas. At the time we thought that the change would foster greater diversity in student course selection, and to some extent it has done so, but it has also had a negative effect in that it sometimes requires students to choose courses that may not be optimal for their future goals. For example, a student whose educational goal is law might be best prepared by taking courses in clinical, social, developmental, evolutionary, cognitive, and linguistic psychology. There is no real reason to require that student to choose perception or neurological psychology over any other course.

A second problem that we did not foresee when we made the 2002 catalog change is that the need to maintain a full complement of courses in each of four areas would reduce the flexibility of the curriculum that we offer to students. Under the current system, when a professor who teaches a large course in one of the four required areas goes on leave, retires, or leaves the university, we are sometimes forced to find a replacement who can teach a course in that same area. If we cannot replace the lost seats in the same area, students may have difficulty meting the current degree requirement. The need to replace each lost faculty member so precisely has robbed us of the ability to keep our curriculum flexible.

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: April 11, 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.