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					Submitted:              February 14, 2012

For Senate meeting: February 21, 2012

Committee Name:         Liberal Studies Committee

Chair:          Mark Paulsen

Subject:        Liberal Studies reform proposal

LSC recommends that the Senate take action to:

Approve the revisions to the Liberal Studies program described below.



           Liberal Studies at Northern Michigan University

         Mission and Goals

 Through the Liberal Studies program, the Faculty of Northern Michigan University seeks to develop in our
 students the skills necessary for becoming independent life-long learners and effective citizens of a
 challenging and rapidly changing world. In order to complement a student’s academic major, the Liberal
 Studies program promotes the integration of knowledge derived from multiple perspectives and stresses the
 development of problem-solving skills and intellectual creativity through the exploration of a broad range of
 disciplines and fields. In pursuit of these goals, we encourage our students to be rigorous and systematic in
 their thought and reflective about their learning, their lives, and their world.

 In fulfillment of that mission, the faculty of

   NMU emphasizes the development of the                 We stress the application of these abilities in the
   following skills in the Liberal Studies Program:      pursuit of:

   Ability to write and communicate clearly and          Understanding cultural diversity within the
   effectively                                           United States
   Ability to evaluate various forms of evidence and     Understanding the world as a diverse and
   knowledge                                             interrelated community
   Ability to engage in analytical reasoning and         Understanding the relationship of the individual
   argumentation                                         to society and its culture and institutions
   Ability to engage in quantitative analysis            Understanding the role of the fine and
   Ability to engage in scientific inquiry and           performing arts and the humanities in shaping
   processes                                             and expressing a culture’s values and ideals
   Ability to see across disciplinary boundaries         Understanding natural phenomena and the
                                                         physical world
                                                         Understanding multiple problem-solving
                                                         perspectives
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Program of Study

 A student may apply no more than 12 credit hours of work with the same prefix to the Liberal Studies
 Program.

 Students are strongly encouraged to take the Liberal Studies Seminar during their sophomore year.

       Lower Division Studies (7 courses total)


       Writing and Communications (minimum of 3 courses)

 Students shall complete a minimum of 3 courses (9 or more credit hours) of communications. One course
 must be EN 211; only one EN211 course may be counted toward the completion of the Liberal Studies
 Program.

 Students must complete a minimum of one course (3 or more credit hours) in either a language other than
 English (which is also not their native language) or public speaking.

 Students who are exempted from EN 111 or EN 109 without credit shall take a minimum of 6 credit hours in
 either a language other than English (which is also not the native language) or public speaking.

 Courses are drawn from current Division I and the language courses in Division V;

 EN 211 College Composition II (4 cr.)
 EN 211A Writing and Literature (4 cr.)
 EN 211B Narrative and Descriptive Writing (4 cr.)
 EN 211D Technical and Report Writing (4 cr.)
 EN 211E Critical Thinking and Writing (4 cr.)
 CHN 101 Elementary Chinese I (4 cr.)
 FR 101 Elementary French I (4 cr.)
 FR 102 Elementary French II (4 cr.)
 FR 201 Intermediate French I (4 cr.)
 FR 202 Intermediate French II (4 cr.)
 FR 305 Conversational French and Phonetics (4 cr.)
 GR 101 Elementary German I (4 cr.)
 GR 102 Elementary German II (4 cr.)
 GR 201 Intermediate German I (4 cr.)
 GR 202 Intermediate German II (4 cr.)
 GR 305 Conversational German (4 cr.)
 LAT 101 Elementary Latin I (4 cr.)
 NAS 101 Anishinaabe Language, Culture and Community I (4 cr.)
 NAS 102 Anishinaabe Language, Culture and Community II (4 cr.)
 POR 110 Elementary Portuguese for Students of Spanish (4 cr.)
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POR 210 Intermediate Portuguese for Students of Spanish (4 cr.)
SN 101 Elementary Spanish I (4 cr.)
SN 102 Elementary Spanish II (4 cr.)
SN 105 Intensive Introductory Spanish (6 cr.)
SN 201 Intermediate Spanish I (4 cr.)
SN 202 Intermediate Spanish II (4 cr.)
SN 305 Conversational Spanish (4 cr.)
SP 100: Public Address (4 cr.)
      And possibly other public speaking/communications courses

      Quantitative and Scientific Analysis (minimum of 2 courses)

Students shall complete a minimum of 2 courses in quantitative and scientific analysis.

Courses will be drawn from current Division III and the appropriate quantitatively oriented Division V courses

AS 103 Observational and Solar System Astronomy (4 cr.) (3-0-3)
AS 104 Stellar/Galactic Astronomy and Cosmology (4 cr.) (3-0-3)
BI 100 Biological Science (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
BI 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
BI 111 Introductory Biology: Principles (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
BI 112 Introductory Biology: Diversity (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
CH 105 Chemical Principles (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
CH 107 Introductory Chemistry I (4 cr.) (3-1-2)
CH 108 Introductory Chemistry II (4 cr.) (3-1-2)
CH 111 General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (3-1-3)
CH 112 General Chemistry II (5 cr.) (3-1-3)
ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science (4 cr.)
GC 100 Physical Geography (4 cr.)
GC 255 Physical Geology (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
HON 212 The Natural Sciences (4 cr.)
LB 295N Special Topics in Liberal Studies: Natural Sciences (4 cr.)
PH 101 Eureka: Einstein, the Universe and Everything (3 cr.)
PH 102 Physics of Sound and Music (3 cr.) (2-0-2)
PH 201 College Physics I (5 cr.) (3-1-3)
PH 202 College Physics II (5 cr.) (3-1-3)
PH 220 Introductory Physics I (5 cr.) (4-0-2)
PH 221 Introductory Physics II (5 cr.) (4-0-2)
PY 100H Honors Psychology as a Natural Science (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
PY 100L Psychology as a Natural Science with Laboratory (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
PY 100S Psychology as a Natural Science (4 cr.)
PY 204 Physiological Psychology (4 cr.) (3-0-2)
SO 208 Methods of Social Research I (4 cr.)
MA 103 Finite Mathematics (4 cr.)
MA 104 College Algebra with Applications in the Sciences and Technologies (4 cr.)
MA 106 Trigonometry (3 cr.)
MA 111 College Algebra for Calculus Preparation (4 cr.)
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 MA 115 Precalculus (4 cr.)
 MA 161 Calculus I (5 cr.)
 MA 171 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4 cr.)
 MA 231 Topics in Geometry (4 cr.)
 PY 305 Psychological Statistics (4 cr.)

       Social Sciences, Fine Arts and Humanities (minimum of 2 courses)

 Students shall complete a minimum of one course (3 or more credit hours) of S (social science) designated
 courses and one course (3 or more credit hours) of H or F (humanities and fine arts) designated courses.

 Courses are drawn from the current Division II and Division IV and Division VI courses

 H category courses

EN 110 Good Books (4 cr.)
EN 112 Mythology (4 cr.)
EN 220 Introduction to Shakespeare (4 cr.)
EN 260 Popular Culture (4 cr.)
EN 283 Survey of British Literature I (4 cr.)
EN 284 Survey of British Literature II (4 cr.)
GN 100 Introduction to Gender Studies (4 cr.)
HON 101 Origins of Western Values-Antiquity (4 cr.)
HON 201 Origins of Western Values-Medieval to Modern (4 cr.)
HON 301 World Cultures: A Humanities Perspective (4 cr.)
HS 101 History of Western Civilization to 1600 (4 cr.)
HS 102 History of Western Civilization Since 1600 (4 cr.)
HS 234 Indigenous People of Latin America (4 cr.)
HS 251 Latin American Civilization (4 cr.)
HS 252 Arab-Islamic History (4 cr.)
HS 254 Introduction to the History of Africa (4 cr.)
HS 256 Approaching China (4 cr.)
HS 259 Approaching Japan (4 cr.)
HS 283 American Women's History (4 cr.)
HS 292 African American History (4 cr.)
LB 121 Origins of Western Values: Greeks and the Bible (4 cr.)
LB 295H Special Topics in Liberal Studies: Humanities (4 cr.)
NAS 204 Native American Experience (4 cr.)
NAS 280 Storytelling by Native American Women (4 cr.)
PL 100 Introduction to Philosophy (4 cr.)
PL 160 Introduction to Logic (4 cr.)
PL 180 Fundamentals of Ethical Theory (4 cr.)
PL 181 Issues in Business Ethics (2 cr.)
PL 182 Issues in Computer Ethics (2 cr.)
PL 183 Issues in the History of Ethics (2 cr.)
PL 184 Issues in Legal Ethics (2 cr.)
PL 185 Issues in Medical Ethics (2 cr.)
PL 186 Topics in Theoretical Ethics (2 cr.)
PL 187 Issues Involving the Human Genome (2 cr.)
PL 200 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (4 cr.)
PL 210 History of Modern Philosophy (4 cr.)
PL 270 World Religions (4 cr.)
PL 280 Philosophy of Religion (4 cr.)
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PS 207 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought (4 cr.)
PS 208 Modern Political Thought (4 cr.)
TE 261 Women in Science and Technology (4 cr.)

S Courses

AN 100 Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology (4 cr.)
AN 210 People, Culture and Nature (4 cr.)
EC 101 Introduction to Economics (4 cr.)
ED 101 The American School (3 cr.)
GC 164 Human Geography (4 cr.)
HON 211 The Social Sciences (4 cr.)
HS 105 World History (4 cr.)
HS 126 The United States to 1865 (4 cr.)
HS 127 The United States Since 1865 (4 cr.)
HS 233 Native American History (4 cr.)
LB 295S Special Topics in Liberal Studies: Social Sciences (4 cr.)
NAS 212 Michigan and Wisconsin Tribes, Treaties and Current Issues (4 cr.)
NAS 288 The Politics of Indian Gaming (4 cr.)
PS 101 Introduction to Political Science (4 cr.)
PS 105 American Government (4 cr.)
PY 100G Psychology as a Social Science (4 cr.)
SO 101 Introductory Sociology (4 cr.)
SO 101H Introductory Sociology Honors (4 cr.)
SO 113 Social Problems (4 cr.)
SO 232 Marriage and the Family (4 cr.)
SO 251 Sport in American Society (2 cr.)

F courses

AD 200 Native American Art and Architecture (4 cr.)
AD 230 History of World Art: Ancient to Medieval (4 cr.)
AD 240 History of World Art: Renaissance to Modern (4 cr.)
AD 260 Why America Looks This Way (4 cr.)
AD 265 Art and Architecture of Japan (4 cr.)
EN 125 Introduction to Film (4 cr.)
HON 111 Modern Art-European Sources (4 cr.)
HON 112 Modern Art-American Sources (4 cr.)
LB 295A Special Topics in Liberal Studies: Visual and Performing Arts (2-4 cr.)
MU 125 Music in Society (4 cr.)
TH 130 Introduction to Theatre (4 cr.)


        Programatically Specified Course (1 course total; minimum 3 credit hours)

 Departments shall have the option of specifying one additional lower division course for a major in their
 department. This course is in addition to the seven lower division courses specified above. The specification
 may be a particular course or a short list of courses. If a department does not wish to prescribe a particular
 course or set of courses, the department shall have the option of specifying an area of the liberal studies
 program from which their students shall select an additional course. For example a department could
 specify any humanities or social science course. The default option in the case that a department submits no
 specification is that any foundation of social science, humanities or fine arts course not use to fulfill another
 requirement can be used to fulfill the department option.
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The Departmental Option Courses may not be counted as fulfilling any other requirement within the Liberal
Studies Program (though it may fulfill additional graduation requirements such as the World Cultures
requirement or Laboratory Science requirement).


      Theme (2 courses total)

Students will take two additional liberal studies courses in a particular theme. These courses would be taken
after the student completes some but not necessarily all of their lower division courses. Students will select
these courses from one of the following themes:

              CULTURE AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
              THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
              GLOBALIZATION
              SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
              THE SOCIAL ANIMAL
              REFLECTIONS OF THE HUMAN CONDITION

      Seminar: LB 290 (4 credit hours)

Students shall take one LB 290 seminar course which addresses the theme of their choice from an
interdisciplinary perspective. In analogy to the current situation with EN 211, separate courses (LB290A,
LB290B, LB290C, LB290D, LB 290E and LB 290F) would be created corresponding to each of the themes.
Initially, the prerequisite for an LB 290 course would be completion of EN 211. The Seminar will capitalize
upon the abilities and skills emphasized in the liberal studies program, engage students directly in the
investigation of problems related to their theme of choice, and in the evaluation of presentation of the
findings of their investigations. Students shall be encouraged to view the issues within their theme from
multiple perspectives. The Liberal Studies Committee would approve syllabi for these courses in a fashion
similar to that used by the Honors Board when overseeing honors course. Based on current enrollment
levels, the liberal studies committee anticipates the need to offer 4-5 sections of each LB 290 course each
semester. LB 290 would be intentionally interdisciplinary which might include team teaching. The courses
would also be designed to emphasize research skills along with written and oral communication.

      Upper Division Thematic Course (one course; 3 or more credit hours)

Students shall take one upper-division course (300 or 400 level) which is designed to investigate one of the
themes in further detail. Each theme will have a cluster of upper division courses assigned to it. A particular
course may appropriately fit in more than one theme. A student may pick any one of the upper division
courses in the cluster associated with the LB 290 seminar that the student completed. As such a student
should take an upper division thematic course only after completing LB 290. Such courses shall address the
theme with clear effort to capitalize upon the relevant Liberal Studies abilities and to use those abilities to
pursue a deeper understanding of the relevant Liberal Studies understanding goals. Upper division courses
are expected to engage students in discipline appropriate investigations and written analysis.

Courses would originally be drawn from the current Upper Division offerings across the various divisions;
Departments would be encouraged to submit courses appropriate to themes in order to ensure that a sufficient
number of upper-division offerings exist in each theme offered.
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Culture and Artistic Expression

EN 385 Theatre in Perspective: The Stratford Festival Stage (3 cr.)
AD 300 Japan and the West: Crosscurrents in Art and Architecture (4 cr.)
AD 335 History of Baroque Art (4 cr.)
AD 330 History of Renaissance Art (4 cr.)
AD 345 Modernity in Art: The Nineteenth Century (4 cr.)
AD 355 Twentieth Century Art and Architecture (4 cr.)
AD 365 History of Modern Design (4 cr.)
MU 320 Survey of Jazz, from its Origins to the Present (4 cr.)
PE 381 History of Dance (2 cr.)
PE 383 Theory of Dance (2 cr.)
TH 360 History of Theatre (4 cr.)
TH 361 Modern Drama (4 cr.)
TH 385 Theatre in Perspective: The Stratford Festival Stage (3 cr.)
FR 310 Introduction to French Civilization and Culture (4 cr.)
FR 438 Cultural and Artistic Heritage of Europe (4 cr.)
SN 310 Introduction to Spanish Civilization and Culture (4 cr.)

The American Experience

AN 320 Native Peoples of North America (4 cr.)
PS 319 Women and U.S. Politics (4 cr.)
NAS 310 Tribal Law and Government (4 cr.)
SO 372 Minority Groups (4 cr.)
EN 314 Traditional Oral Literatures: Selected Native American Cultures (4 cr.)
EN 316 Native American Novels and Poetry (4 cr.)
EN 317 Native American Drama, Nonfiction and Short Stories (4 cr.)
EN 370 American Literature I: Columbus to the American Revolution (1492-1800) (4 cr.)
EN 371 American Literature II: Emergent National Voices (1800-1865) (4 cr.)
EN 372 American Literature III: Realism, Naturalism, through WWI (1865-1930) (4 cr.)
EN 373 American Literature IV: Modern Voices (1930-1970) (4 cr.)
EN 375 Diverse Traditions in American Literature (4 cr.)
EN 375Z Diverse Traditions in American Literature (4 cr.)
EN 376 American Literature V: Contemporary Voices (1970-Present) (4 cr.)
EN 378 Early African-American Literature (4 cr.)
EN 379 Modern African-American Literature (4 cr.)

Globalization

HON 302 World Cultures: Social Sciences (4 cr.)
LG 317 World Studies through Literature in Translation (4 cr.)
LG 317Z World Studies through Literature in Translation (4 cr.)
SN 312 Introduction to Spanish America (4 cr.)
SN 314 Contemporary Latin American Culture (4 cr.)
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       NE 386 Interdisciplinary Study in Global Health Care - Honduras (3 cr.)
       NU 386 Interdisciplinary Study in Global Healthcare - Honduras (3 cr.)
       GC 300 Regional Studies: World Cultures (4 cr.)
       GC 305 Regional Studies (4 cr.)
       GC 360 Population Geography (4 cr.)
       HL 322 International Health Issues (4 cr.)
       HL 386 Interdisciplinary Study in Global Health Care - Honduras (3 cr.)
       PS 321 Politics in Islamic Nations (4 cr.)
       SO 353 Globalization and Asian Societies (4 cr.)
       BC 325 Communication and Performance in Africa (4 cr.)
       MU 325 World Music (4 cr.)
       EN 311 World Literature in English (4 cr.)
       EN 311Z World Literature in English (4 cr.)
       EN 411 Topics in World Literature (3-4 cr.)
       EN 411Z Topics in World Literature (3-4 cr.)

       The Social Animal

       PL 310 Social and Political Philosophy (4 cr.)
       PS 411 American Political Thought (4 cr.)
       EC 337 American Economic History (4 cr.)
       EC 420 Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (4 cr.)
       PS 415 Politics of American Foreign Policy (4 cr.)
       SO 355 Introduction to Social Psychology (4 cr.)

       Science in Society

       TE 351 Humanity and Technology (4 cr.)
       BI 305 Ecology of the Northern Forest (4 cr.) (3-0-3)

       Reflections on the Human Condition

       PL 330 Existentialism (4 cr.)
       PS 312 War and Peace in the 21st Century (4 cr.)
       SO 322 Social Class, Power and Mobility (4 cr.)
       SO 351 Social Change (4 cr.)
       EN 310 Literature and the Bible (4 cr.)
       HS 315 Imperialism (4 cr.)

Rationale: The Liberal Studies Committee has completed a multi-year review of nearly every aspect of
the current Liberal Studies program. The review has included faculty surveys, student surveys,
participation at external conferences by NMU faculty, and one round of outcomes assessment of all of the
current liberal studies divisions. After reflecting on the data accumulated in these efforts along with three
rounds of data from the NSSE survey, the committee is recommending the changes to the liberal studies
program at NMU. The most significant change proposed is the creation of a sophomore level seminar
course. The proposed seminar course has several objectives. First it is intended to be a communication
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intensive course in which students will have an additional opportunity to improve written and oral
communication skills. Second, it will provide a bridge between the foundational courses and the 300-level
requirement. This is intended to better prepare students for the 300-level course and by extension result in
improved outcomes for student learning. Hopefully, this bridge course will also aid in the transition of
transfer students to life on our campus. Thirdly, the seminar course will increase the amount of common
experience of students at Northern since all students would take the seminar course. Finally because the
seminar course is intended to be intentionally interdisciplinary in nature, it is designed to specifically
address two of the currently approved Liberal Studies goals; the ability to see across disciplinary
boundaries and an understanding of multiple problem solving perspectives.

Based on faculty surveys, discussions with outside experts in general education, and assessment attempts
by the Liberal Studies committee, Division V (Formal Communications) was identified as being the most
problematic of the current divisions. It is difficult to assess because of the eclectic nature of the courses in
the division. The disparate nature of the disciplines represented in the division makes it difficult to design
common division objectives and assessment rubrics. The committee is recommending that Division V be
abolished, that a new Foundation of Communications house language courses and written and oral
communication courses be set up. Some of the current Division V courses would be transferred to
Division III.

In order to make room for the seminar course, the committee found it necessary to make some changes to
the current course distribution. At the foundation level, there will be a lessened course requirement in the
areas of social science, humanities, and the fine arts. However, the seminar courses are intended to focus
primarily on the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. The upper division courses are also drawn
almost entirely from the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts. Thus it is the intention of the reform
proposal to maintain the current balance between disciples as much as possible. A strength of the current
program is that it is designed to produce a well-rounded graduate and the revisions are intended to
maintain this strength.

The idea of a programmatically specified course reflects the committee’s recognition that most majors
make some use of double-counting of liberal studies courses under the current system. For some majors,
the nature of the discipline and/or accreditation requirements mandate extensive double-counting. The
specified course is designed to allow those disciplines that need to a mechanism for retaining as much of
the double counting used in the current system as possible.

Costs: In terms of overall credit hours and number of courses taken by a student, there is no change from
the current system (10 courses up to 40 credit hours). There would be a need for up to 10 FTE per
semester to teach the various sections of LB 290. There would probably be a decrease in the number of
sections needed of some of the currently offered liberal studies courses. This would potentially free up
some interested faculty to teach LB 290 seminars limiting the number of new hires needed. It is difficult
to predict exactly how the proposed changes would affect enrollment and number of section needed for
current Division II, IV, and VI courses. The changes may result in slightly smaller sections rather than
fewer overall sections of currently offered courses. In such a case more staff would be needed in order to
cover the LB 290 courses. The LSC also foresees the need for an administrator to work with department
heads and faculty to coordinate assignment of instructors for the LB 290 courses. This is not the type of
task that should be delegated to the Liberal Studies Committee.
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Implementation Date: Fall 2014

				
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