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 Faculty Senate

The University of Montana

General Education Committee Minutes, 10/31/08


Members present: J. Edwards, S. Hines, D. MacDonald, D. Morton, K. Shanley, M. Ramey, F. Rosenzweig

Members absent: D. Potts, D. Sloan, T. Thibeau

Guest:  A. Borgmann, J. Lopach, D. Patterson

The meeting was called to order at 9:15 pm.  

Communications: 

  • Professor Patterson provided an update on Group II Mathematics.  The criterion lists the courses that satisfy the requirement.  College of Technology courses that are equivalent would also satisfy the requirement. However, COT did not submit one of the equivalent courses (MAT 111).  Professor Sloan will address this next week.  

MATH 117 was not submitted to satisfy the symbolic systems sequence because it hasn't been enforced as a prerequisite for the current requirement.  The Mathematics Department recommends that MATH 107 satisfy the sequence.  Several departments have submitted the stats courses that use MATH 117 in the sequence. The Mathematics Department will submit 117 for the symbolic systems subcommittee to consider.   

  • The Ethics and Human Values Subcommittee created a specifications of the criteria document to assist in the review of courses.

Business Items:

Most of the subcommittees are still waiting for follow-up responses and will report next week.

  • The Social Science subcommittee has completed its review. It is approving 44 courses (See below) and rejecting the following 5 courses for the reasons provided. Two courses were discussed (MGMT 340 Management and Organizational Behavior and EVST 477 Environmental Justice Issues & Solutions) but ultimately approved. The Committee approved the subcommittees' recommendation.

Sociology  202: Social Statistics

this is a statistics course and its link to a recognizable group or individual is lacking; the syllabus and form did not articulate the learning goals and criteria well. While data are the focus, it is a course designed for students to learn statistics and not their application to problems in sociology.

MGMT 101: Intro to Entertainment Business

lacks social science content; poorly articulated theory and/or data analysis; syllabus does not indicate use of theory; pre-professional

SW 100: Introduction to Social Welfare

form does not articulate the social science criteria. It is a pre-professional course lacking theory or data component, thus does not meet learning goal 2 or 3.

IS 100: Introduction to Business

lacks a theory/data component; what is the group/individual being studied? Not a social science course.

JOURN 100: Introduction to Mass Communication

focus is historical, not social science; weak in data/theory

  • The American and European Subcommittee also completed its review. It is approving 20 courses and rejecting five. There were questions regarding three of the rejections in Modern and Classical Languages. Co-Chair Macdonald will follow-up with the department.


ART 368:  Latin American Art

Subject deals with neither United States nor Europe

HIST 460: Problems of Peace and Security
Course is too advanced and specialized for general education.

MCLG/RUSS/LS 105 Introduction to Russian culture

Course has a one-country focus and an emphasis on "Asian side predominance."

GERM 303/LS 321/ MCLG 330 German Culture, Beginnings to 1900
Course material will be introduced in an ‘approved" course MCLG 231/LS 221/ GERM 362 Germanic Mythology and Culture

GERM 304/LS 322/MCLG 331 German Culture, 1900 to the Present

Same as above

  • Instructors/ Chairs will be send reject communications after the consent agendas have been approved by ASCRC.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 a.m.

Specifications of the Criteria for Courses in Group VIII

Ethics and Human Values

 

 

  1. Prerequisites will be disciplinary courses. The ethics component in Group VIII courses is introductory and foundational.
  2. The ethics component will be introductory and foundational not just to the concerns of a particular discipline, but to the conduct of life as an ethical and engaged  citizen of local and global communities.
  3. The course proposals have to provide brief and explicit answers to the following questions:
    1. What specific tradition or traditions of ethical thought does this course focus on?
    2. If the course focuses on a professional practice, what is the particular tradition of ethical thought within which the professional practice is placed?
    3. What are the basic ethical topics or basic concepts of this tradition or these traditions?
    4. What are the forms of reasoning in the particular tradition of traditions?
    5. How is a rigorous analysis of the basic concepts and forms of reasoning provided?

Social Science Course Review Summary

Approved courses:

DEPARTMENT

COURSE #

TITLE

Anthropology

ANTH 102

Race and Minorities

Anthropology

ANTH 220

Comparative Social Organization

Anthropology

ANTH 250

Introduction to Archaeology

Applied Arts & Science

COM 150

Interpersonal Communication

Applied Arts & Science

COM 260

Survey of Children's Communication

Applied Arts & Science

PSY 100

Introduction to Psychology

Applied Arts & Science

PSY 110

Organizational Psychology

Business Technology

BUS 103

Principles of Business

Business Technology

BUS 160

Issues in Sustainability

Communication Studies

COMM 110

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

Communication Studies

COMM 202

Nonverbal Communication

Communication Studies

COMM 230

Organizational Communication

Economics

ECON 100

Introduction to Political Economy

Economics

ECON 111

Introduction to Microeconomics

Economics

ECON 112

Introduction to Macroeconomics

Environmental Studies

EVST 477S

Environmental Justice Issues and Solutions

Geography

GEOG 101

Introduction to Human Geography

Geography

GEOG 103

Geography of World Regions

Geography

GEOG 201

Montana

Geography

GEOG 315

Economic Geography of Rural Areas

Linguistics

LING 270

Introduction to Linguistics

Management

MGMT 340

Management and Organizational Behavior

Political Science

PSC 100

Introduction to American Government

Political Science

PSC 120

Introduction to Comparative Government

Psychology

PSYC 100

Introductory Psychology

Psychology

PSYC 240

Child and Adolescent Development

Psychology

PSYC 260

Fundamentals of Learning

Psychology

PSYC 265

Cognition

Psychology

PSYC 330

Abnormal Psychology

Psychology

PSYC 335

Fundamentals of Clinical Psychology

Psychology

PSYC 350

Social Psychology

Psychology

PSYC 351

Psychology of Personality

Recreation Management

RECM 110

Introduction to Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Recreation Management

RECM 217

Wildland Recreation Management

Resource Management

RSCN 121S

Nature of Montana

Resource Management

RSCN 370

Wildland Conservation Policy and Governance

Sociology

Soc 110S

Principles of Sociology

Sociology

Soc 130S

Sociology of Alternative Religions

Sociology

Soc 212H

Southeast Asian Culture and Civilization

Sociology

Soc 220S

Race, Gender, and Class

Sociology

Soc 230S

Criminology

Sociology

Soc 275S /WS 275S

Gender and Society

Rejected Courses

Information Systems & Technology

IS 100

Introduction to Business

Journalism

JOUR 100

Introduction to Mass Media

Management

MGMT 101

Introduction to the Entertainment Business

Social Work

SW 100

Introduction to Social Welfare

Sociology

Soc 202

Social Statistics

American and European Course Review Summary

Approved Courses

DEPARTMENT

COURSE #

TITLE

Anthropology

ANTH 102

Race and Minorities

Art

ART  151

Art of World Civilizations II: Renaissance to Modern

Art

ART 368

Latin American Art

Art

ART 389

American Art

English

ENLT 120

Interlocution to Critical Interpretation

English

ENLT 121

Introduction to Poetry

English

ENLT 219

British Literature: Victorian to Contemporary

History

HIST 104/107

European Civilization to 1715

History

HIST 105/108

Modern Europe

History

HIST 151/154

The Americans: Conquest to Capitalism & Honors

History

HIST 152

The Americans: 1877 to the Present

History

HIST 155

The Americans: 1877 to the Present

History

HIST 330

European International Relations: Origins of the State System to 1870

History

HIST 331

Foreign Relations of the Great Powers

History

HIST 460

Problems of Peace and Security

MCLL

MCLG 231, GERM 362, LS 221

Germanic Mythology and Culture

Music

MUS 324

History of Music I

Music

MUS 325

History of Music II

Philosophy

PHIL 252

History of Modern Philosophy

Philosophy

PHL 251

History of Ancient Philosophy

Political Science

PSC 100

Introduction to American Government

Rejected courses

Art

ART 368

Latin American Art

History

HIST 460

Problems of Peace and Security

MCLL

MCLG 105, RUSS 105, LS 105

Introduction to Russian Culture

MCLL

MCLG 330/ GERM 303/ LS 321

German Culture, Beginnings to 1900

MCLL

MCLG 331/ GERM 304/LS 322

German Culture, 1900 to Present


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The University of Montana

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