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CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A
MAJOR IN ISLAMIC STUDIES 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 Islamic Studies 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 September 26, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on January 11, 2010, 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 20, 2010.



Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on January 14, 2010.


CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A
MAJOR IN ISLAMIC STUDIES IN THE
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Arts with a major in Islamic Studies

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
  • Make Islamic Studies 310, Introduction to Islam a required course without other options.
  • Allow majors to choose from Islamic Studies 311, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: An Introduction; Religious Studies 305, Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, and Religious Studies 310, Introduction to the Study of Religion, as a second introductory required course.
  • Require six hours of Islamic Studies 372, Topics in Islamic Cultures.
  • Reduce the additional upper-division Islamic Studies elective hours to three.
  • Add Yoruba as an option for the foreign language requirement; remove redundant limitation on conference courses.
Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. page 325

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
Our primary motivation underlying the above changes is to create a firmer demarcation between the Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies degree plans and thereby to graduate students with a base of knowledge about Islam throughout the world, rather than Islam in the Middle East.
Our first step in reaching this goal is to add a general religious studies component to the degree plan, allowing students to choose from introductory courses on religious theory, comparison, or philosophy. Any one of these courses will provide students with methodological and analytical skills that will provide a foundation for the study of Islam and Islamic cultures. Dr. Martha Newman, chair of Religious Studies, agreed in a conversation with Dr. Kamran Aghaie, director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, around May 2009 to make these courses regularly available to Islamic Studies majors.
We will also require students to take six hours of Islamic Studies 372. This course number will be reserved for topics covering Islamic cultures outside of the Middle East, while two new topics courses—Islamic Studies 373, Topics in Middle Eastern Islamic Cultures, and Islamic Studies 368, Conference Course in Middle Eastern Islamic Cultures—will be restricted to topics focused on Islam in the Middle East. By creating this division in the course inventory and requiring six hours of Islamic Studies 372, we will ensure that at least one quarter of a student’s coursework covers Islamic cultures outside of the Middle East. We have consulted with Dr. Akbar Hyder of Asian Studies who often teaches courses on Islam outside the Middle East; he agreed in a conversation with Dr. Kamran Aghaie around May 2009 to offer these courses with increasing regularity or, when offerings are scarce, to be available to supervise students in conference courses on topics in Islamic cultures.
To accommodate the new requirements, the additional upper-division Islamic studies coursework will be reduced to three hours.
Finally, the addition of Yoruba further bolsters our goal to expand the Islamic Studies program to encompass Islamic cultures around the world. Islam has deep roots in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. While we already allows students to study the Middle Eastern languages of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, as well as the South Asian language of Urdu, we do not currently allow any relevant African languages to apply to the Islamic Studies major. Yoruba is spoken in Nigeria, Benin, and Togo, all nations with substantial Muslim populations, so it serves as a justifiable language of study for an Islamic Studies major. The six-hour limit on conference courses will become college-wide policy via a separate proposal.

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. No.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Departmental Approval Date: June 23, 2009
College Approval Date: September 26, 2009
Dean Approval Date: September 26, 2009

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