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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSAL TO ALLOW COMMUNICATION STUDENTS TO MINOR OUTSIDE THE COLLEGE IN THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Roderick Hart of the College of Communication has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposal to allow communication students to minor outside of the college in the College of Communication Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on September 22, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as general interest to more than one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on November 23, 2009, 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 for 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 December 10, 2009.



Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on November 30, 2009.


PROPOSAL TO ALLOW COMMUNICATION STUDENTS TO MINOR OUTSIDE THE COLLEGE IN THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): College of Communication Majors

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Allow communication majors the option to minor in a field outside the College of Communication. In order to fulfill the minor, the student must officially declare the minor and complete 15 hours of coursework, nine hours of which must be upper-division and completed in residence.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made.
page 84, after “Degrees Offered”

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
For several years, communication students have expressed their desire to be allowed to declare a minor. Minors are either required or an option in almost all of the other undergraduate college/school units (CSUs). The College of Communication wishes for its students to have the opportunity to broaden their education through focused study in at least one other academic field outside communication (without having to pursue two degrees). By offering students the option to minor in another field of study, this objective is met, but not at the expense of those students who do not wish to pursue a minor.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? Yes. At the current time, communication majors take elective courses in all areas of study because there is no incentive to take courses in a single field of study. By recognizing official minors, students will be taking more than one or two classes in a single area, increasing enrollments in some classes in other departments.
If yes, have the other colleges/schools been informed of the proposed changes? If so, please indicate their responses: CSUs in which there is a great likelihood that a communication major might be interested in a minor were contacted. This includes liberal arts, education, social work, and fine arts. The proposal was met with approval across the board.

Person communicated with: Richard Flores and Marc Musick (liberal arts), Richard Mattingly (education), Lori Holleran (social work), Rachel Martin (fine arts).
Date of communication: 9/16/2009 and 9/21/09

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain: No.
If yes, has the School of Undergraduate Studies been informed of the proposed changes? If so, please indicate their response: N/A

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

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department Approval Date: September 22, 2009
College Approval Date: September 22, 2009
Dean Approval Date: September 22, 2009

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