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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


November 7, 2006

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Teri Doerksen, G04C Belknap Hall, ext. 4588.

Curricular Action Notice: Philosophy

Program Change Proposal: Adding a Capstone course to the Philosophy Major

Rationale for Change:

Student centered: Gives our majors an opportunity to complete a significant research project in their final year of study. This allows students to pursue supplementary or complementary studies. Further, it gives students a taste of what graduate school research is like, as well as a chance to turn this work into a writing sample for graduate school.

Department Centered: Allows the philosophy department to assess the skills of its majors as well as the extent to which we are meeting our program objectives.
University Centered: Can be used to help with general education assessment by demonstrating their abilities in the general education objectives of critical thinking, analysis and communication.

Program Description for Catalog (if changed):
In addition to the credit hour requirements for each of the philosophy tracks, students majoring in philosophy will be required to complete a capstone project in their final year of study. The capstone will be a research-based, student selected, independent study project undertaken as part of their existing program requirements either (a) during one of the upper level philosophy courses or (b) in a one-credit PHL 4490 seminar, with permission. Students must complete this project with a grade of C or above in order to complete the program requirements for graduation.


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