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					                                                                                     10 December 2009


  GenEd Reform and the English Curriculum

  GenEd reform gives us the opportunity to reconsider a portion of our undergraduate curriculum.

  Currently (almost all of) our 200-level literature and film classes satisfy various university
  general education (USP) requirements. Several of our 300-level literature classes also satisfy
  USP. In addition, all of our 200-level literature and film classes satisfy the Graduation Writing
  Requirement (though we agreed last year to begin a transition away from the GWR for several of
  these classes).

  Here is a list of our relevant courses, the university-level requirements that they satisfy, and the
  transitions we agreed to about them last year.

                                            Pre-                  transition to              2008 GWR
                                           major?      USP?          GenEd?     GWR?          decision
ENG 230   Introduction to Literature        Yes         Yes      recommended     Yes        remove GWR
ENG 231   Literature and Genre              Yes         Yes      recommended     Yes        keep as GWR
ENG 232   Literature and Place              Yes         Yes      recommended     Yes        keep as GWR
ENG 233   Literature and Identities         Yes         Yes      recommended     Yes        keep as GWR
ENG 234   Intro to Women's Literature       Yes         Yes      recommended     Yes        remove GWR
ENG 261   Western Lit I                     No          Yes      recommended     Yes        keep as GWR
ENG 262   Western Lit II                    No          Yes      recommended     Yes        keep as GWR
ENG 264   Major Black Writers               Yes         Yes      recommended     Yes        remove GWR
ENG 270   Old Testament as Lit              No          Yes      recommended     Yes        remove GWR
ENG 271   New Testament as Lit              No          Yes      recommended     Yes        remove GWR
ENG 281   Introduction to Film              Yes         No       recommended     Yes        remove GWR
ENG 331   British Survey I                  No          Yes        info needed   No
ENG 332   British Survey II                 No          Yes        info needed   No
ENG 334   American Survey I                 No          Yes        info needed   No
ENG 335   American Survey II                No          Yes        info needed   No

  As a first step in formulating the department response to GenEd reform, the Undergraduate
  Committee recommends the following. We request authorization to have an introductory
  discussion with the dean on these matters, to find out what is / not possible. We will then report
  back to the full faculty. No decision will be made without full faculty discussion and approval.

  1.      Transition our 200-level USP courses and ENG 281 to GenEd. All of these courses could
          be revised to satisfy the GenEd Humanities Inquiry requirement. As we currently
          understand it, the provost intends the GenEd Citizenship requirement to be satisfied with
          upper-level classes.

  2.      Revise our 200-level curriculum for GenEd. The Undergraduate Committee or a subset
          of that committee would develop this curriculum in Spring 2010. We discussed the
          possibility of designing a common core of material directly related to humanities inquiry;
          this core could support specific inquiry in each our 200-level areas: introduction to
          literature, to women’s literature, to African-American literature, to biblical literature, to
          film, and so on.

  3.      Reorganize the structure of oversight / mentoring in our 200-level series. Currently,
          syllabi for our 200-level classes are vetted by the Teacher Training Committee and
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     approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. TAs / PTIs who teach these classes
     are not observed specifically for their work in literature and film, but as part of the
     process mandated by the Graduate School. We recommend naming several faculty
     “course directors,” who would have much greater involvement in and control over our
     200-level classes (development of syllabi, observation / mentoring of TAs, and so on).
     The Undergraduate Committee will develop a more specific plan for course directors
     (how many TAs / faculty course director? what portion of DOE? etc.?) in Spring 2010.

4.   Complete the GWR transition by Fall 2011, when GenEd comes on line. So far, we have
     reduced the number of 200-level lit and film classes by 3 and, to compensate, increased
     the number of 205s (Intermediate Writing) by 5. Accelerate this transition next year so
     that the GWR would be fully removed from 230, 234, 264, 270, 271, and 281 beginning
     Fall 2011. (Recall that we discussed the pros and cons of this transition last year; see the
     minutes of the 5 December 2008 faculty meeting here).

5.   Gather more information on the process of GenEd selection and review in order to inform
     a decision about whether or not to transition our 300-level surveys to GenEd (perhaps to
     satisfy the Citizenship requirement). Currently we do not know if a class must satisfy
     GenEd in perpetuity if we nominate it for GenEd now, or if all sections of a class offered
     in an individual term must satisfy GenEd if we nominate one section; nor do we
     understand the degree of authority the GenEd curricular committees will exert over
     syllabi or the amount of autonomy that will be lost by professors once classes are
     identified as GenEd.

				
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