UMM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

DISCIPLINE COVER SHEET #1

SEMESTER

CURRICULUM CHANGES

FORM A

(2/00)

 

FORM A: DISCIPLINE SUMMARY

(Submit to Division Chair)

 

Discipline:

Social Science Major

Date

10/9/02

 

Note: All changes become effective with the 2001-2003 catalog.

 

Statistical Summary of Proposed Changes:

 

 

(a)

(b)

(b) – (a)

 

Present

Proposed

Net Change*

The Major

 

 

 

   Total courses required for a major**:

12-14

14-15

0-1

   Total credits required for a major**:

45-53

51-57

0-5

The Minor

 

 

 

   Total courses required for a minor**:

NA

NA

 

   Total credits required for a minor**:

NA

NA

 

General Education

 

 

 

   Total General Education courses:

NA

NA

 

   Total General Education credits:

NA

NA

 

Entire Discipline

 

 

 

   Total courses taught in the discipline***:

0

0

0

   Total credits taught in the discipline***:

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

*"Present" counts are to be taken from the current 2001-2003 catalog and "Proposed" counts from copy for the new 2003-2005 catalog. The "Net Change" may reflect changes made earlier between catalogs.

**Includes required courses from other disciplines. ***Does not include Directed Studies or Senior Honors Projects.

 

Narrative Summary

 

If individual course changes are part of an overall plan for change within the discipline's curriculum, please summarize the intent of the changes in the space below. Use additional sheets as needed.

 

The proposed changes are intended to make the intent behind the major clearer and assure that students will receive an appropriate complement of courses within their designated area of concentration. Flexibility is still allowed for students to devise their own appropriate area of concentration, but the minimum expectations have been clarified. Also, timing for submitting a program plan is stated explicitly, limiting possible confusion.

The proposed typical area of concentration plan would reflect that discipline's minor.  The current requirements state "12-20 credits beyond the minimum" without noting proportion of upper-level courses or optimal distribution in a given discipline.  This has led to credit levels for this major running from 49 to 57 credits and often weak preparation in any one area.  Using the minors, credits would now generally range from 51 to 57 credits. Proportions of lower- and upper-level classes are specified for each area as well as courses deemed necessary for a clear understanding of the field.

 

Financial Implications

 

 

Are there any financial or staffing implications of this proposal? If so, explain.

 

 

The number of courses students may take in any one discipline have changed little and the changes reflect current practice of what has been typically accepted as an area of concentration. Therefore, the financial and staffing effects should be negligible. Advising for the major will be simplified, reducing some effort accordingly.