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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN HISTORY AND IN THE HISTORY HONORS PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Randy Diehl of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposed changes to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History and in the History Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on August 14, 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 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 January 12, 2010.



Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on January 6, 2010.


CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN HISTORY AND IN THE HISTORY HONORS PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
1. Bachelor of Arts with a major in History
2. History Honors Program

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. Add HIS 350R to major requirements as alternative undergraduate seminar course with HIS 350L.
2. Add option to History Honors Program to allow Normandy Scholar Program (NSP) students to substitute an upper-division NSP History course for the HIS 347L course.


Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 324 and 309

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
1. Conform to core curriculum requirements. All U.S. history courses must have an individual course number. HIS 350R will be the U.S. history undergraduate seminar course; HIS 350L will now include only non-U.S. history topics.
2. As our curriculum currently stands, our majors who want to write a senior honors thesis must first take HIS 347L Seminar in Historiography. This course is taken in the spring term of a student’s junior year, which makes sense as a springboard into the senior thesis, but it creates a dilemma for students who want to graduate with honors and who also want to participate in the Normandy Scholar Program in their junior year (the plurality of Normandy Scholars are juniors). The Normandy curriculum consists of five courses lasting fourteen weeks, after which the students depart immediately for Europe. This program leaves no room for a student to take HIS 347L at the same time. As a result, some of our best students find themselves having to choose between participating in our honors program and participating in the Normandy Scholar Program. Our honors director (Mary Neuburger), our Normandy faculty (Michael Stoff, David Crew, and Charters Wynn), and Associate Chair George Forgie proposed this amendment to the honors requirements to provide an additional pathway to the senior honors thesis. The history faculty support this substitution option to enable majors to complete both programs.


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.

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.
1. Yes. The change was made so that our undergraduate seminar class would conform to the core curriculum requirement that each U.S. History must have a specific course number. The School of Undergraduate Studies has mandated these changes.
2. No.


COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Departmental Approval Date: March 11, 2009
College Approval Date: August 14, 2009
Dean Approval Date: August 14, 2009

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