University of Minnesota, Morris

Morris, MN



Annual Report of the

 Curriculum Committee

For 2005-2006




The Curriculum Committee (CC) held seven regular meetings during the academic year 2005-2006. There were three meetings held during fall 2005 semester and four during spring 2006 semester.





CC discussed how courses are approved i.e. regular approval and provisional approval. 

Regular approval is what is done at curriculum committee level; provisional approval allows a new class to be taught on a temporary basis for the duration of the current catalog only.



Regular Approval was given to these courses:

Science and Math



Phys 3003 Computer Modeling of Materials


Social Science



Hist 3708 European Women’s History, 1600 - present


Political Science

Pol 4507 Pol, Violence, Terrorism, Peace



Geog 3251 The Politics of Claiming and Reclaiming Space.



Studio Art

ArtS 1002 Visual Studies for Non-Majors: Digitally Assisted Design (New Course)



Engl 3032 Creative Nonfiction (new course)



Phil 2151 Philosophy of Mind (reactivate old course with expanded description)



Th 3304 Art Direction for Film and Television (new course)


Interdisciplinary Studies

IS 3011 English Language teaching Assistant Program for Majors

IS 3810 Practicum in the Humanities


Continuing Education

WSS 2007 CE Sports Officiating (course change) approved as a new course WSS 2311

ArtH 3311 CE Italian Art in Context

Fren 1312 CE Morocco: History, Story, Myth (New Course [same as Hum 1312]) approved with the phrase (2 repetitions totaling up to 8.0 credits) deleted.

Hum 1312 CE Morocco: History, Story, Myth (New Course [same as Fren 1312]) approved with the phrase (2 repetitions totaling up to 8.0 credits) deleted.

            Hum 1552 CE Literature and History of Jewish and Muslim Spain


Theme change for First Year Seminar was discussed

General Education as a possible theme for FYS was introduced to the Curriculum committee; this will be brought up to the campus by Schwaller and discussed further during the first Spring semester 2006 curriculum committee meeting.




Regular Approval was given to these courses:

Science and Math


Biol 1052 Intro to Conservation Biology (Title change)

Biol 1071 Plants of Minnesota

Biol 4351 Conservation Biology


Computer Science

CSci 1201 Digital Media Computation

CSci 4456 Advanced Operating Systems

CSci 4657 Programming and Languages: Programming Languages for Client-Server Systems




Geol 2161 GIS and Remote Sensing



Phys 1005 Journal Club I

Phys 1062 Light and Color

Phys 2101 Modern Physics [Revised (longer lab hours)]

Phys 3005 Journal Club II


Social Science



Hist 3209 Modern Germany (revised course)



Art History

ArtH 3112 Byzantine Art and the Byzantine Empire

ArtH 3113 Islamic Art and Culture

Studio Art

ArtS 1003 Visual Studies for Non-Majors: Beginning Painting

[The following ArtS Media courses were made to be repeatable up to 9 credits (they are 3 each)]

ArtS 3001 Media Studies: Public Space, Installation Art, and New Media

ArtS 3002 Media Studies: Artist’s Books

ArtS 3003 Media Studies: Tilemaking

Arts 3004 Media Studies: Mural Project and Public Art

ArtS 3005 Media Studies: Digital Imaging

ArtS 3006 Media Studies: Feminist Art: A Studio Perspective

ArtS 3007 Media Studies: Printmaking

ArtS 3008 Media Studies: Woodfired Kiln Design and Construction


Engl 1002 Fundamentals of Writing II

Engl 3005 Understanding Writing

Engl 3262 Twentieth Century American Poetry: From Modern to Contemporary

Engl 4022 Rhetoric and Narration



Hum 1571 Contemporary Latin American Women Writers



Spch 2071 Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Speech Communication (GER changed to E/CR from HUM)



Interdisciplinary Studies

IS 3720 Tutoring Writing across the Disciplines


Continuing Education

Hum 1105 CE: Italian Cinema

IS 1038 CE: Talking about a Revolution: Dissent and Freedom of Expression in Today’s World

Mgmt 1301 CE: Legal Environment of Business-New Gen Ed Web course



First Year Seminar Theme Change:

Discussion was held as to whether or not to change the theme for First Year Seminar, Schwaller had asked for comments about this campus wide and had gotten little feedback except for those against the change. The Assessment of Student Learning Committee had forwarded the request this past fall.  In the absence of a concrete proposal, it was recommended that the Curriculum Committee table this discussion.  Motion was made and passed with the following discussion on tabling a subject.  The question was asked if the committee is required to revisit the subject in our next meeting. Schwaller clarified by saying that when tabling a subject the Curriculum Committee can revisit it at any point in the future.  He also stated that when the Campus Assembly accepted the report of the Task Force a few years ago and re-approved FYS there was no request to bring the issue back to Assembly within a specific term of years. FYS became another permanent part of the curriculum.



Directed Study to be used for General Education Requirement

Schwaller read the proposal from the Scholastic Committee and asked for discussion. 

The proposal is this: Does the Curriculum Committee approve the use of directed studies to cover General Education Requirements?   

The following issues were brought up by members of the Committee:

§         Is there a limit in the number of Directed Studies that might be used to fulfill General Education Requirements?  All directed studies have limits on the number of times they may be taken but not a limit on how many can be used for graduation.

§         Where will the approval level be? The Scholastic Committee envisioned that the faculty and student would together make the decision and indicate on the Directed Study that it would fulfill a General Education Requirement. 

§         Is there a disparity as to what General Education Requirements are and what Directed Studies are used as?  General Education Requirements were usually filled using a broader classroom experience and that a Directed Study was a more in depth study of a subject of interest to the student. 

A member brought up that there are categories where a General Education Requirement could probably not be fulfilled by a Directed Study for instance, Foreign Languages.

Directed Studies should be used as an extension of the classroom. A common request comes from students who have studied abroad and want to use their experience in a directed study while abroad as a General Education Requirement in related field related to category in which they were studying.

A motion to approve the use of Directed Studies for satisfaction of General Education Requirements was made and passed.

The second proposal is:  The directed study form should be altered so that it can be indicated that the directed study is intended to fulfill a GER and the appropriate division approval has occurred.  In this way these directed studies can be approved ahead of time, instead of retroactively by the Scholastic Committee.

Discussion was held as to how the Directed Studies would be reviewed.  It was brought up that it could be the Scholastic Committee or the Curriculum Committee or the faculty/student and Division Chairs.  Jeri Mullen explained there is a regular form (similar to one used in the past for honor classes) that could be attached to the Directed Study form with an explanation of goals and objectives for the course, with the instructor and Division Chair approval.   If the Curriculum Committee were to be reviewing the forms, the GER designator would have to be approved also.  A member commented that the Division Chairs as a group could decide if a directed Study fulfills a GER.  In the past 7 years there have been only 21 instances where students have come back to the Scholastic Committee to have their Directed Studies fulfill a GER.  A member questioned if the committee wished to have all Directed Study forms come through for approval?   Should a limit be put on the number of directed studies used for General Education Requirements?  It was mentioned that they should come through the Curriculum Committee as separate requests. Registration deadlines should not affect the registration directed studies since students are able to register any time during the semester.

A motion was made and passed to have the Curriculum Committee approve the use of directed studies to fulfill General Education Requirements. Student and faculty will so indicate on the directed studies form, to be amended to carry such a check off.  The student and faculty member would then, on another form, outline how the proposed directed study will satisfy the goals and objectives indicated for the GER.  The form will be approved by the division chair of the division in which the faculty member is assigned, and then forwarded to the full Curriculum Committee for approval.  The GER approval is separate from the actual registration for the course, since approval might follow in several weeks.

Discussion: a member explained that the request for General Education Requirement Designator and the Directed Study form will be separate. Also, the question was raised, as to, what if anything will be changed in the catalog?  Due to time restraints the committee could not go into rewording the catalog at this meeting.

The revised directed study form indicating GER requirement

Helsper suggested that the word “petitioning” be changed to “requesting” on the form.  There are separate forms the directed study course could go on without the GER requested by the student.  The Division Chair and the Instructor should have the final say as to whether or not it needs to go to committee.  The credit for courses was discussed, namely 2 credit courses, it was mentioned that the art performance requirement can be fulfilled with a 1 credit course.  The new forms should be made effective immediately because they have been approved by Campus Assembly. Motion was made and passed to accept the forms with the revisions: “You should allow several weeks for a decision.  Requests submitted after April 15, will be approved during the following fall term.”  And the date of revision changed to the present date.


EDP Subcommittee

The call for EDP applications was been sent out with a deadline of March 24, 2006. Van Gooch, Maggie Stewart and Tap Payne volunteered to serve on the EDP subcommittee.  It was noted that there is $8,000.00 in the EDP budget this year.

The following faculty have been awarded an EDP grant: Jamey Jones: Sci and Math; Pareena Lawrence: Social Science; Nic McPhee: Science and Math; Ted Pappenfus: Science and Math; Timna Wyckoff: Science and math.


New business: Courses in the Continuing Education brochure


There was some discussion on the inclusion of inactive courses and wrong course names and descriptions in the brochure for May Session and Summer Sessions.  It was asked of the committee and for the purpose of record keeping what do we do about the students who are trying to register for these courses, only to find out it is not possible.  A question was asked if the courses are correct when looked at on the Web and APAS, they are correct.  A member mentioned that they (students) mainly look at what is on the website; rarely do they look at the brochure publication.  The Scholastic committee has already had a student come forward where he needed them to allow a GER change.  A member said we should address the origin-don’t advertise the Gen Ed designator until it has gone through, advertise it as pending Campus Assembly approval.  A member of the Curriculum Committee asked if the CE staff could work with Jeri Mullen when putting the brochure together.  It was asked by a member if this was something the Curriculum Committee and Scholastic committee should be dealing with, it seems more administrative than academic. The question was asked, can we avoid this in the future? Even though the number of students affected is low, it should not be occurring.