CAA approves 24 new, revised courses, majors, minors


Brooke Schwartz

Stacey Ruholl, a kinesiology and sports studies professor and the Council on Academic Affairs chair, sits with Art Department Chair Chris Kahler Thursday afternoon in Booth Library. Kahler presented two revised majors and a revised minor to the CAA.

Brooke Schwartz, Administration Reporter

The Council on Academic Affairs kicked off spring break with the approval of 24 new and revised courses, minors and majors at its meeting on Thursday.

Chris Kahler, chair of the art department, presented two revised majors and one revised minor, including adding a graphic design option to both the art major and the bachelor’s in fine arts (BFA), as well as the graphic design minor.

“The main thing that I’ve been interested in in looking at my department and looking at the future of my department is we had an 80 credit BFA only, in graphic design and other commuting schools were killing me with two plus two programs,” Kahler said.

Kahler said he and his department worked to get the revised proposal for the major programs from 74 credits to 54 credits.

“The main thing that I’m excited about is that I have now two degrees that are much more efficient than they were when we started,” Kahler said.

Communication studies professor Scott Walus presented 12 new and revised programs for the council to discuss.

New courses approved were CMN 1500 Television and Video Development, CMN 4525 Television Genres: Production and Development and CMN 4775 Documentary Filmmaking.

The revised course was CMN 4540 Production IV, and the revised majors and minors were the bachelor’s in communication studies, the broadcast meteorology minor, the communication studies’ communication in organizations online option, the bachelor’s in public relations and the public relations minor.

A new video production minor was approved, as well as a new television and video production major.

Walus said he and the rest of the communication studies department are extremely excited to have this new major.

“This is the major that’s kind of the culmination of two years of revision in the mass communications option to really focus on our strengths, to figure out where some of the limitations were at (and) to utilize the existing resources all over this great campus,” Walus said.

RLS 4900 Independent Study in Religious Studies, HIC 2100G Introduction to the Health & Medical Humanities and the Health & Medical Humanities Minor were all new courses and minors that were approved by the council.

An overhaul of the journalism major was also approved, with the change of options including the journalism option, the public affairs reporting option, the broadcast journalism option and the sports media relations option.

The journalism major catalog wording was also revised and approved by the council.

The RN to bachelor’s in nursing was revised to clean up the language found within the course and course description.

The bachelor’s in sociology was revised, as were two English courses: ENG 1099G Stories Matter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Honors and ENG 2091G World/Multicultural Literatures, Honors.

All courses approved at Thursday’s meeting met the last day of the deadline for being included in the fall academic catalog.

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