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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


January 25, 2002 (f)

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, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, x4521,

The department of Communication, Theatre, and Art has requested the following changes:


#1 Action: Program Change

Rationale for change: As part of a new marketing plan to increase majors, we propose changing the name of the Speech major to a "Communication" major. This title more accurately reflects the nature of the major, since it is not a degree in public speaking.We feel that eliminating the perception that this is a degree in public speaking will help to attract more majors. Most degrees in human communication are entitled "communication degrees."


#2 Action: New Course: COM 485 Small Group Communication

Purpose and nature of the course: To allow students to study small group communication. This is a major area of research in the communication field, and most universities include this course in their curriculum. Adding this course will give students an additional elective in the field and help the communication degree become more marketable.




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