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LIST #8 - 2010/2011

PROGRAM CHANGE PROPOSALS
UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE


The Curriculum Subcommittee will meet on
Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 1:30 in SAC 275
to review the Program Change Proposals contained in this list.
(Response due to Academic Affairs by noon on May 10, 2011)


 

Program Proposals

Past Program Proposal Lists:

 




 

 

 

 

COLLEGE OF ARTS & LETTERS

Art

 

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Art BA - Concentration in Art Studio

Justification:

ART 175 is being added to the list of courses that students can take in the metals area. The courses will be taught as a stacked course as in the jewelry courses (all courses taught at one time). This new course will provide students an opportunity to further develop their metal working skills and design.

 

Design

 

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Photography

Justification:

Most Photography majors are transfer students who have completed their lower division course work at a community college. The course content at these colleges varies significantly. Often students find they are not prepared for the level of expectation in the Photography Programs's most advanced courses, since they lack necessary foundation knowledge. This program change requires students to complete Photo 141, Intermediate Photography, with a B- or better. This course provides important curricular material essential for all photography majors. This requirement will ensure student's successful completion of the senior-level courses: Photo 148, 155, Art/Photo 161 and 162.

 

English

 

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

English Undergraduate Major

Justification:

We propose to streamline and simplify our undergraduate major to help our students follow their academic interests more freely, to take a wider array of classes across our various fields of study, and to make timelier progress to graduation by making the following changes (which are followed by their respective justifications):

  • Reduce the number of required lower-division literature survey classes from 4 of 5 to 3 of 5, and allow students to take 3 more lower-division units in their electives.
  • Reducing the number of lower division literature survey courses by one still provides a foundation in British, American and World Literatures, while lower division units provided by lowering the number of required surveys also permit students in areas such as linguistics, creative writing and film to beginprerequisite work in those fields.
  • Eliminate the requirement that students take a class in Shakespeare (English 145B or 145C).
  • The Shakespeare requirement has been eliminated because in the current major it does not serve a specific learning outcome and its canonical status is no longer sufficient.
  • Institute a historical breadth requirement that will ensure some acquaintance with earlier periods of literature or with the history of the English language.
  • The historical breadth requirement (without a focus on a single author's opus as with the Shakespeare requirement) foregrounds the historical foundation upon which later linguistic and literary developments occur, and creates a stronger focus on linguistic and/or literary historicity and contextualization as a learning outcome. It also recognizes that various fields across our department (i.e. British or American literature, as well as linguistics) may provide the desired awareness of historical developments relevant to students' experiences in our major.
  • Eliminate the requirement that students have an "Area ofInterest" in which they take four classes.
  • Given the various sub-disciplines in our department, a more open major without mandatory "Areas of Interest" allows students to develop abilities and knowledge across the various fields of English Studies (Literature, Creative Writing, Rhetoric/Composition, English Language, and English Education). In the current major, they have tended to cluster in a few Areas in which classes are offered most often (in part due to the fact that some Areas were simply not viable options for students hoping to graduate in a timely manner). Students entering our new major will be able to create self-directed academic major plans that will permit them to develop interdisciplinary and informal study plans with greater flexibility.
  • Expand the list of courses that may not be counted towards the major. This expanded list includes new classes created since the last update to the catalog copy, and classes from the former Learning Skills Department now being offered in English.

Please note that these changes do not affect the English Single Subject Matter Pre-Credential program, whose requirements remain unchanged.

 

Foreign Languages

 

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES

Undergraduate Spanish Major

Justification:

The Spanish area faculty of the Department of Foreign Languages is concerned with what appears to be a slight increase in the number of students who have chosen Spanish as a minor, along with another major. A few of these students are, on the one hand, attempting to take too many units per semester in order to graduate, and, as a result, are accumulating too many average or below-average grades and are then eligible to graduate. The Spanish area faculty wishes to discourage this practice, and thus unanimously approved setting the following letter grade parameters for the Spanish minor to be inserted in the online CSUS Catalog under the Spanish major requirements: All Spanish minors must earn a grade of C or better in all courses counted toward the minor.

Undergraduate Spanish Minor

Justification:

The Spanish area faculty of the Department of Foreign Languages is concerned with what appears to be a slight increase in the number of students who have chosen Spanish as a minor, along with another major. A few of these students are, on the one hand, attempting to take too many units per semester in order to graduate, and, as a result, are accumulating too many average or below-average grades and are then eligible to graduate. The Spanish area faculty wishes to discourage this practice, and thus unanimously approved setting the following letter grade parameters for the Spanish minor to be inserted in the online CSUS Catalog under the Spanish major requirements: All Spanish minors must earn a grade of C or better in all courses counted toward the minor.

 

History

 

DELETION

History/Humanities Graduate Program

Justification:

We propose to delete the existing MA program in History/Humanities. The Department of Humanities and Religious Studies will organize their own standalone MA program in Humanities and the History/Humantities MA program will therefore be redundant and unnecessary.

 

Humanities and Religious Studies

 

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Liberal Arts Master's Program

Justification:

The Humanities M.A. program is designed to take the place of the Liberal Arts Master's Program. To a large extent, this simply involves naming the current LlBA program what in fact it now is: a graduate program in Humanities. Along with this desire to name the program appropriately, we aspire to make the Humanities MA the most effective graduate program in the CSU system for the preparation of students to teach Humanities at the community college level. Our research into current graduate programs throughout the state, at CSU campuses and beyond, indicates that no program currently exists.

The Liberal Arts Master's Program has, over the past several years, gravitated towards being primarily a program in the Humanities. Most of our students are interested in teaching Humanities at the community college level. Due to state law encouraging close correlation between degree and subject taught, however, the name of our program is a stumbling block (applicants need to argue for "equivalency"). Merely in light of this practical consideration, therefore, a change (in name, at least) is justified. Our desire to enhance the program involves some additional changes involving application procedures, admissions standards, and curricular structure. All of the necessary curriculum to enable this transition is already in place. The most significant change will not involve curriculum, but rather a much more stringent admissions process (to include requiring a B.A. in Humanities or equivalent as prerequisite for admission) and an emphasis on outreach designed to attract qualified applicants from throughout the state.

 

Philosophy

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Philosophy Minor

Justification:

The changes to the Minor include:

  • Removing as an option a course no longer taught (PHIL 27)
  • Including as an option a new course (PHIL 61)
  • Limiting lower division units to 9

PHIL 61, Inductive Logic, is a new course designed for Philosophy majors and minors. Thus it would adequately satisfy the logic requrement previously satisfied only by PHIL 60.

 

Theatre and Dance

 

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Dance Minor

Justification:

In order to better match requirements in the major that enhance the minor students' comprehension of dance and the technical knowledge necessary for choreography, we have added an additional Choreography course (DNCE 122-Choreographic Forms and Styles) to the required minor courses. We also added DNCE 150 (Dance Theory and Criticism) to the elective list, thus making the requirement for electives a total of 6 units rather than 4-7 as previously listed. Again, this puts an emphasis on courses that will ensure a higher rate of success for our minor students.

 

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Business

 

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Business Honors

Justification:

The Business Honors curriculum is a second track in the Business major (BSBA) that is designed to accommodate the College's academically high achieving students. The curriculum will focus on developing our most capable and motivated students to fill management opportunities through a challenging business curriculum that emphasizes cross-functional integration in enterprise planning, problem solving and decision making. The curriculum will strive to produce balanced students who can successfully manage many aspects of a business fluidly. The success of the curriculum hinges on the relationships the College builds with its students, faculty, and the business community. Nurturing these relationships will ensure that the curriculum of the program stays current and relevant and will ensure the successful placement of our graduates.

 

COLLEGE OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Criminal Justice

 

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Forensic Investigation Minor

Justification:

This change is to correct an error made on the original Form B from 08-09 Program list #8. See attached spread sheet reflecting correction; CrJ 141 is replacing CrJ 123. There are no changes in requirements, course titles or units to graduation.


Nursing

 

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Nursing MS

Justification:

Removing both MBA 208 Marketing (2 units) and MBA 209 (units) from the Nursing Administration Role and adding MBA 231 Personal Management (3 units). An agreement between Nursing and CCE Business was developed and courses from original proposal did not reflect community need and students provided feedback about course content and sequencing. Courses were then revised and changes made to the Business cohort. MBA 208 and MBA 209 were removed in the sequence and replaced with MBA 231. When the Graduate Program documents were submitted the wrong course sequence was entered. This is a change in course sequence that was a typographical error.


Speech Pathology and Audiology

 

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES

Speech Pathology BA: unit reduction

Justification:

The Speech Pathology and Audiology Department has streamlined the coursework necessary to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Pathology from CSU Sacramento. This change has reduced the number of units needed to graduate in this program from 124 to a total of 120 units. This is the minimum required by the State of California to receive a Bachelor's Degree from a California State University. This 120 unit total includes GE requirements, pre--major courses, upper division courses, and area requirements.

Speech Pathology BA: GPA

Justification:

This is a request to raise the GPA within the major for admission to SPHP 146 from 3.0 to 3.2.
Admission to Supervised Clinical Practice
Prior to enrolling in the first course involving direct-client contact (SPHP 146) the student must demonstrate the criteria listed below. These criteria are applicable for all succeeding clinical practica.
Must maintain a 3.2 GPA within the major (SPHP) with no SPHP clinical practicum course grade below a "B-" and no other SPHP course below a "C". The Form A has previously been sent forward and this Form B is in response to a request from the Curriculum Committee.


Social Work

 

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Social Work BA

Justification:

It is requested that an experimental elective course, SWRK 196A Exploration of Veterans Studies, be approved as a permanent elective course, as SWRK 191 Exploration of Veterans Studies: An Ethnographic Approach. This course was developed in response to an emerging area of importance in social work practice education. California Veterans are returning from combat experience in high numbers. In fact, California is home to more veterans than any other state in the nation. With the advent of Gov. Schwarzenegger's 2006 Troops to College Initiative, Sacramento State has become a veteran's destination campus and is now home to one of California's largest student veteran populations (600 student veterans). Transition and readjustment issues faced by veterans returning from combat to higher education are a critical priority for veterans and their college campuses. Special outside funding has been generously provided to support a course in which students are introduced qualitative and ethnographic literature and research articles in veterans' studies through an ethnographic lens. This is a learning through doing course in which students learn not only the ethnographic approach to research, but learn about issues, needs, challenges facing OEF and OIF veterans as they transition form combat to civilian life. Students will be able to identify gaps in the literature, identify topics for future research and be able to write an analytical literature review. This course fits well within the Division of Social Work as the work of developing vibrant learning communities and improving goodness of fit in the person and environment context are fundamental professional objectives.
The addition of this elective will not impact the budget of the Division of Social Work nor the College of Health and Human Services. It does afford another elective course for students in social work and from across the university campus to meet both a GE requirement and a writing intensive requirement.


 

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Anthropology

 

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Anthropology BA

Justification:

This Form B and accompanying side-by-side updates the catalog copy for Anthropology major requirements. This is necessary so that the catalog reflects the courses that are allowed to count in the major; it includes courses that were inadvertently omitted the last time an updatelmajor change occurred. In addition, one new course (ANTH 181) has recently been created by a faculty hired in 2009, this is put into the major requirements; another course was experimental (196M) has been changed to be a regular course offering (ANTH 177).

 


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