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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN RELIGIOUS 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 requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Religious 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 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 REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN RELIGIOUS 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 Religious Studies

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. Eliminate the requirement in that students take six hours of specified lower-division religious studies coursework (R S 305 or 310; either 302, 304, 318, or 319).
2. Reduce the number of hours in the “primary area” from nine additional hours of upper-division coursework to six.
3. Add the requirement that all religious studies majors take R S 375S Advanced Seminar in Religious Studies. This course will be added to our inventory in the fall.
4. Modify the requirements for the minor for religious studies majors to allow students to minor in a foreign language other than that used to fulfill the foreign language requirement. For students following this option, 12 hours of language classes may be lower-division coursework, as long as six hours progress beyond course 507 or the equivalent.


Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 327-328

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
1. In the current catalog, these lower-division courses can also be used to satisfy distribution requirements in Part II of the major; this sometimes caused problems in the degree audit system and necessitated overrides. Furthermore, our students often enter the major as upper-division students, attracted to the major by one of our upper-division courses. This makes a neat progression through the major from lower- to upper-division courses unlikely. Finally, we want to provide lower-division students interested in Religious Studies with the option of taking any of our lower-division courses rather than just those on a prescribed list.
2. This change will allow students more choice. Those interested in specializing in a particular area or religious tradition will still be able to do so, but other students, interested in a variety of areas, will be given more latitude to explore.
3. This course is designed to serve as a capstone experience for our majors. It will be a “topics” course, taught by different faculty on different subjects, but each course will cover multiple religious traditions and ask students to focus on thematic and methodological issues in the study of religion. It will allow us to “flag” a course in our major for “independent inquiry,” and will allow us to better assess the progress of the students in our major.
4. Knowledge of languages is important for the study of religion in its cultural context, and we would like to encourage our students, especially those considering graduate school, to consider taking multiple languages.


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, the change will subtract three hours from electives. Degree will remain 120 hours.

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: April 22, 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.