A&S Curriculum Committee Minutes Oct 10 2008

College of Arts and Sciences

Curriculum Committee Minutes

October 10, 2008


Members present: J. Burnet, C. Hanchette (Chair), A. Miller, N. Polzer, M. Rohmann


Members absent: B. Bradley, R. Taylor, B. Willey


Guest: John Ferré (A&S Dean’s Office)


The minutes of the September 12, 2008, meeting were approved with the correction of the misspelling of Natalie Polzer’s name.

John Ferre discussed with the committee the policy regarding conflict of interest in adoption of educational materials, reporting on response to the recommendation made about the policy last spring. The committee concurred that the policy should be brought to the A&S Faculty Assembly, with a formal proposal that it be added to the Code of Faculty Responsibilities as item 3.33.

Natalie Polzer reported on General Education Course Committee issues from last spring, specifically the question of a unit restricting certain general education approved courses (CD) to its own students.

GR 501: Special Topics: Prose and GR 502: Special Topics: Poetry were approved, with recommendations for additions to the syllabus to be passed on to the instructor.

The request for a separate rubric for Japanese courses (JAPN) was approved. The courses are currently taught under the ML rubric. JAPN 101, 102, 201, and 202 were approved, with recommendation for additions to the syllabus to be passed on to the instructor.

Action was deferred on ML 350: Introduction to the Literary Fairy Tale until a representative of the department could be present.

Action was deferred on MTED 591: Topics in Mathematics for In-Service Teachers until a representative of the department could be present.

The following course changes were approved, effective Summer 2009.

ITAL 221: Intermediate Italian (changed to ITAL 123:Basic Italian III)

SOC 350: Special Topics in Sociology (new course)

SOC 499: Honors Thesis (description and credit hour change)

SOC 498: Honor Thesis (new course)

The committee approved a proposal from the Department of Mathematics to remove MATH 350 and 451 from courses which would count toward a minor in Mathematics. (Currently the courses do not count toward the major in Mathematics.)

The WR designation was dropped from MATH 451.

Prerequisite and/or description changes were approved to the following: MATH 190, 205, 206, 301, 311, 325, 350, 387, 405, 451, 507, 511, 520, 521, 530, 550, 551, 560, 561, 581, 587.