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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER AND THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER AND TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

Deans Randy Diehl of the College of Liberal Arts and Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences have filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposed changes to Bachelor of Arts, Plan I degree and the Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In liberal arts, the faculty and the dean of the college approved the changes on July 10, 2009. In natural sciences, the faculty of the college approved the changes on September 25, 2009, and the dean approved them on October 5, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on November 4, 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 November 20, 2009.



Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on November 10, 2009.


CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER AND THE
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER AND TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Arts, Plan I and Bachelor of Science in Psychology

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Changes in three of the Prescribed Work categories for our undergraduate degrees as follows:
1) Social Science area: Requirement criteria has changed from “any three hours in ANT, ECO, GRG, LIN, PSY, or SOC” regardless of content to “a list of designated social science courses primarily in these areas” excluding courses identified as fulfilling non-social science areas of the University Core. Also adding student competencies for those courses that will be approved for the area.
2) General Culture area: Changing to name of the category from General Culture to Cultural Expression, Human Experience, and Thought (CEHET); removing subject categories “any three hours chosen from ARC, ARI, C C, etc., through PHL” and replacing with student competencies for those courses that will be approved for the area; the course used for this requirement will be identified by approved list and adding the requirement that course must be offered through the College of Liberal Arts.
3. Writing area: We are adopting the description of the writing flag requirement as listed in Chapter II of the undergraduate catalog, and removing the “or substantial writing component” language.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made.
pages 316-317, 335, and 497-498

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
Over the last few years, changes in the core curriculum have impacted both the social science and general culture area requirements in the liberal arts degree. In particular, the changes made to comply with the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) requirement of the University core have negatively impacted course enrollments in both the Department of Classics and the Department of Philosophy. The current VAPA core course list now includes only three liberal arts courses. Hence, we have decided to restrict the general culture requirement, part of the additional prescribed work for our B.A. degrees, to courses offered in the College of Liberal Arts.

In addition, the social science-general culture divide is becoming increasingly difficult to determine by field of study alone. The majority of our fields of study, including the less obvious like government, anthropology, sociology and philosophy, offer a range of courses that span both the social sciences and the humanities or general culture designations. Once you add the growing list of fields of study that are deliberately interdisciplinary, like women’s and gender studies, ethnic studies, area studies, and our new international relations major, the ability to differentiate between a social science and general culture areas by field of study is quite difficult.

The result is that the College of Liberal Arts would like to determine a course’s classification based on course content and student competencies. While this change will require more work on the part of the college, we believe it is the only way to assure the integrity of the liberal arts area requirements. In addition, the college is taking this opportunity to hone its criteria for social science and general culture degree area designation. One major change is renaming the “general culture” area to “cultural expression, human experience and thought.” Because the Humanities Program exists as a separate major in the college, we believe too much confusion will ensue if we name this area “humanities.” While “cultural expression, human experience and thought” is long, it does reflect the breath and depth of what this area is attempting to cover.

For the writing requirement, we are adopting the writing flag requirement, with the competencies listed by Undergraduate Studies for this “skills” requirement, into the prescribed work required of all L.A. undergraduate degrees and for the Bachelor of Arts degrees in both COLA and CNS. This will replace the current allowance for “either writing flags or substantial writing component courses” and we will no longer be soliciting substantial writing component courses from our faculty. (Please note that in practice, courses already certified as SWC and taken in previous semesters will be allowed to count, but no future SWC courses would be. Both of our colleges are no longer approving substantial writing component courses.)

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? Yes, Bachelor of Arts, Plan I degree title is shared between the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Natural Sciences.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. Associate Dean Richard Flores and Associate Dean David Laude communicated on September 25, 2009.

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:
College of Liberal Arts Approval Dates
College Approval Date: July 10, 2009
Dean Approval Date: July 10, 2009
Dean Approval Date for Writing: October 12, 2009

College of Natural Sciences Approval Dates
College Approval Date: September 25, 2009
Dean Approval Date: October 5, 2009
Dean Approval Date for Writing: October 30, 2009

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