Academic Affairs Committee
January 29, 2001
This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee
concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10
days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC
Chair, Lynn Pifer. Belknap Hall 05, x4384, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following Course Change have been proposed by the Department of Languages and Literature:
ENG 313 Composition/Literature II
ENG 313 Composition II
Old course description:
Advanced writing and analytical thinking based on literary and other texts. Must be passed with a minimum of "C-" before graduation.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, 45 credits earned.
New course description:
Advanced writing and analytical thinking based on texts from across the curriculum. Must be passed with a minimum grade of "C-" before graduation.
Prerequisites: ENG 112 and 45 credits earned.
Purpose and Nature of Proposal:
Change Composition/Literature II, which is an upper level writing course whose texts are primarily imaginative in nature (novels, poetry, etc.), to Composition II, which would be an upper-level writing course with an across-the-curriculum approach whose texts would be selected from a range of academic disciplines.
As part of a General Education revision in the mid 80s, the University asked the English Department to change its upper-level composition course to a literature based composition course. (Please see Chapter Five, page nine of the Periodic Review Report of April 15, 1987.) In recent years some faculty have become bothered by the literary focus of the course.
The proposed Composition II course answers this concern by changing the
focus on imaginative literary texts to a focus on texts from across-the curriculum (Sciences, Social Sciences, Technology, Public Affairs, Arts, Humanities, etc.). Additionally, the notion of "text" has been expanded to include such things as films, lectures, concerts, theater productions, forums, and special campus events.
This new approach will allow faculty from across-the-curriculum to make text recommendations and will encourage students to explore a mutual them
from a variety of intellectual, historical, and cultural perspectives, while involving them in an ambitious analytical and critical common experience. As well as reinforcing, honing, and advancing students' thinking ability, the course will retain its role as a formalized upper level reinforcement and honing of students' matured writing skills and as a pre-graduation check of student writing ability.
Composition I has always been considered a prerequisite for ENG 313, spelling out the prerequisite in the catalogue should eliminate any confusion students might have.
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