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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


April 11, 2002

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 Art Department has requested the following curricular change:


#1 Action: New Course: ARE 537 Art Across the Curriculum

Purpose and Nature: The course will become mandatory for the Master's or Art Education degree. This semester the Art Department will be adding this course as part of a program change.

Course Description: This course explores methods for incorporating art into other subjects. Students will learn ho to develop interdisciplinary (integrated) lessons that address multiple intelligences, are intellectually stimulating, and help develop children's problem-solving skills.


#2 Action: Program Change: BA Art History

Rationale for change:

  • Remove ARH 102 Survey of Art and replace with ARH 101 Introduction to Art.
  • Remove three studio courses and a one hour seminar course (heavily studio oriented) to make the degree more attractive to art history majors, all of whom are requesting the elimination of studio courses. Many art history degrees across the country do not require studio courses.

My changes, reducing the credits from 40 to 30 are modeled after the following universities: John Hopkins, MD: 27 credits art history, no studio; SUNY, Buffalo: 27 credits, no studio; Univ of Pittsburgh: 30 credits with foreign language, no studio; Univ. of Pittsburgh: 24 credits, no foreign language, no studio.

These changes will improve the preparation of students for graduate school in art history, and allow more time to study foreign languages.

List all changes:

  • Remove ARH 102 Survey of Art, and replace with ARH 101 Introduction to Art.
  • Remove Art 403 Seminar.
  • Remove 9 SH Studio Electives.


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