UMM

Curriculum Committee

Form A

 

Rev: 04/2005

 

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University of Minnesota, Morris

 

Curriculum Committee

Form A: Discipline Summary

 

 


Date: 9/20/06

Discipline/Division: Philosophy / Humanities

Catalog Years (e.g., 2007-2009): 2007-2009

 

Statistical Summary of Proposed Changes:

 

 

(a)

(b)

(b) – (a)

 

Present

(from current  catalog)

Proposed

(for new catalog)

Net Change*

The Major

 

 

 

   Total courses required for a major*:

9

10

+1

   Total credits required for a major*:

34

37

+3

The Minor

 

 

 

   Total courses required for a minor*:

5

6

+1

   Total credits required for a minor*:

20

24

+4

Entire Discipline

 

 

 

   Total 1xxx and 2xxx courses listed in the catalog**:

6

8

+2

   Total 1xxx and 2xxx courses taught last year**:

4

 

 

   Total 3xxx and 4xxx courses listed in the catalog**:

15

14

-1

   Total 3xxx and 4xxx courses taught last year**:

7

 

 

   Number of courses with no General Education designator**:

1

1

0

 

*Includes required courses from other disciplines.   

**Does not include Directed Studies or Senior Honors Projects. Courses with multiple sections count only once.

 

 

Please summarize the intent of the proposed changes. 

The major changes are the following: (1) raise the number of credits required for a philosophy major and minor to 37 and 24 respectively; (2) rearrange requirements to ensure students (a) take more introductory courses before the upper level courses, (b) have wider choices of electives, and (c) complete a more integrated senior thesis. These changes are meant to give both more rigour and more flexibility to the major and minor, and to attract more students to the philosophy program. Two of the three faculty in philosophy are junior faculty and the new offerings reflect their expertise and new contributions to the program.

 

What are the financial or staffing implications of this proposal for the Discipline?

There are no financial or staffing implications of this proposal. All the courses required by the new major and minor can be taught by the current staff with no increase in workload.     

 

 

What are the financial or staffing implications of this proposal for other Disciplines?

None