2020-2021 University Catalog 
    
    Oct 28, 2021  
2020-2021 University Catalog archived

Catalog Changes


(last updated August 31, 2021)

New or revised courses
Deleted courses
Revisions to degree, major, and minor requirements
Policy changes
Miscellaneous information

New or Revised Courses

 

ACCT 297 - Topics in Accounting   - revised from 4 credits to 3 or 4 credits
ACCT 397 - Advanced Topics in Accounting  
ARTH 264 - Surrealism   - renumbered from ARTH 363
ARTH 204 - Art Works: Careers for Art Majors and Minors  
ARTH 398 - Seminar in Museum Studies   - 3 credits for Spring 2021
ARTS 204 - Art Works: Careers for Art Majors and Minors  
ARTS 236 - Land and Passage  
ARTS 237 - Portable Radicals: Soft Sculpture  
BUS to FIN 221: Managerial Finance (2021-22 catalog)
BUS to FIN 302: Seminar in Finance (2021-22 catalog)
BUS to FIN 350: Building Financial Models (2021-22 catalog)
BUS to FIN 353: Real Estate Development (2021-22 catalog)
BUS to FIN 355: Cases in Corporate Finance (2021-22 catalog)
BUS to FIN 356: Financial Risk Management (2021-22 catalog)
BUS to FIN 357: Business Finance (2021-22 catalog)
BUS to FIN 358: Corporate Mergers, Leveraged Buyouts, and Divestitures (2021-22 catalog)
BUS to FIN 359: Investments (2021-22 catalog)
BUS 308 - Special Topics in Entrepreneurship  
BUS 317 - Data Mining for Business Analytics   - changed from 4-credits to 3-credits, beginning Winter 2021
BUS 332 - Cross-Cultural Leadership  
BUS 333 - Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Future of Work  
BUS 421, 422, 423 - Directed Research in Business Administration
CBL 100 - Introduction to CBL: Unheard Voices of Black Lexington and Rockbridge County  
CBL 200 - Peer Mentor Training for Community-Based Learning  
CBSC 357 - Advanced Methods in Human Psychophysiology  
CHEM 109 - General Chemistry  
CHEM 115 - General Chemistry Laboratory  
CHEM 151 - The Chemistry of Cooking 
CHEM 240 - Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM 244 - Organic Chemistry II  
CHEM 245 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory  
CHEM 246 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory  
CLAS 190 - Medical Greek and Latin   
CSCI 252 - Neuromorphic Computing   - revised title and description
CSCI 297 - Topics in Computer Science  
CSCI 339 - Human-Computer Interaction  
DCI 100 - Introduction to Critical Data Science  
ECON 231 - The Economics of Race  
ECON 344 - Advanced U.S. Economic History  
ECON 377 - Global Public Health
EDUC 235 - Educating for Global Citizenship: Policy and Practices in the US and Italy   
ENGL 270 - Individual Novel   
ENGL 296 - Topics in Law and Literature  
ENGL 321 - Celluloid Shakespeare  
ENV 230 - Food and the Environment  
ENV 295 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies  
ENV 330 - Environmental Archaeology  
FILM 321 - Celluloid Shakespeare  
GEOL 102 - Sustainable Earth: Introductory Environmental Geology  
GEOL 421 - Directed Independent Research  
GEOL 422 - Directed Independent Research  
GEOL 423 - Directed Independent Research  
HIST 201 - Violence in Pre-Modern Europe  
HIST 254 - History of the U.S. Welfare State   - renumbered from HIST 354
HIST 359 - African American Intellectual History  
HIST 261 - Women and Slavery in the Black Atlantic  
HIST 275 - African Women in Comparative Perspective  
HIST 282 - Picturing Muhammad? Perceptions of the Prophet from the Hijra to Hip-Hop  
HIST 304 - Seminar on Medieval Heresy and Inquisition  
HIST 307 - Seminar in Politics and History: The Machiavellian Moment   - revised from 4 credits to 3 credits
HIST 377 - Terrorism in Contemporary Africa  
HIST 421 - Directed Individual Research  
HIST 422 - Directed Individual Research  
HIST 423 - Directed Individual Research  
INTR 119 - Perspectives on a Pandemic: An Interdisciplinary Approach  
INTR 451 - SSA Experiential Learning Practicum  
JOUR 230 - Data-Driven Storytelling  
JOUR 258 - Beat Reporting   - revised from 4 credits to 6 credits
JOUR 362 - Producing for Broadcast and Online Media   - revised from 3 credits to 4 credits
LATN 200 - Practicum: Latin in the Schools   (1) - may be repeated for up to three degree credits.
LIT 264 - Russian Short Fiction  
LJS 296 - Topics in Law and Literature  
LJS 396 - Law, Justice, and Society Experiential Capstone: The Legal Clinical Experience  
MATH 100 - The Art of Mathematical Thinking: An Introduction to the Beauty and Power of Mathematical Ideas   - may be repeated for credit if the topics are different. A second topic may then be used to meet the FDR distribution requirment for additional science and mathematics credits (SC).
MATH 175 - Art + Math   
MESA 252 - History Compounded: ExperienceEgypt 
MESA 295 - Special Topics in Middle East and South Asian Studies  - FDR HL for Spring 2021 topic Social Justice in Arabic Literature, Arts, Films, and Thought
MESA 395 - Special Topics in Religion and Human Rights of MESA  
MUS 238 - The Music, Folklore, and Literature of Ireland   - removed ENGL 238 cross-list; changed FDR to HA
PE 125 - Health & Fitness Fundamentals  
PHIL 223 - Buddhist Philosophy  
PHIL 284 - An Investigation of Self  
PHYS 111/113 - changed to 4 credit PHYS 111
PHYS 112/114 - changed to 4 credit PHYS 112
POL 388 - Architecture of Urban Community 
POL 453 - Internship  
POV 257 - Anthropology of Public Policy   (SOAN 257)
POV 258 - Ethnographies of Global Poverty   (SOAN 258)
POV 401 - Independent Study in Poverty and Human Capability Studies  
POV 402 - Independent Study in Poverty and Human Capability Studies  
POV 403 - Independent Study in Poverty and Human Capability Studies  
POV 421 - Independent Research in Poverty and Human Capability Studies  
POV 422 - Independent Research in Poverty and Human Capability Studies  
REL 205 - Self-Help, Happiness, and a Good Life   - revised from 4 credits to 3 credits
REL 282 - Picturing Muhammad? Perceptions of the Prophet from the Hijra to Hip-Hop 
ROML 296 - Spring-Term Topics in Romance Languages   - FDR HL for Spring 2021 topic only Masks and Mirrors of Love in French Literature
SOAN 235 - Anthropology of Death  
SOAN 260 - Cults 
SOAN 264 - States, Data, and Population Policies in the Americas 
SOAN 279 - Conceptions of Race and Health: Black & White=Gray  
SOAN 291 - Special Topics in Anthropology   - FDR-SS4 for Fall 2020 only.
THTR 216 - Contemporary Drama  - changed from FDR HA to FDR HL
THTR 401 - Directed Individual Study  
THTR 402 - Directed Individual Study  
THTR 403 - Directed Individual Study  
WRIT 200 - Peer Tutoring  

New Global Learning (GL) designations:

HIST 261 - Women and Slavery in the Black Atlantic
MESA 252 - History Compounded: ExperienceEgypt
PHIL 223 - Buddhist Philosophy
PHIL 284 - An Investigation of Self
SPAN 201 - Supervised Study Abroad: Costa Rica

New Experiential Learning (EXP) designations:

ARTH 453: Internship in Arts Management - retroactive to Fall 2016
ARTH 473: Senior Thesis - when taught in Winter term only (beginning Winter, 2021)
ARTH 493: Honors Thesis - when taught in Winter term only (beginning Winter, 2021)
ARTS 237: Portable Radicals: Soft Sculpture
BIOL 464: Richmond Term Program - retroactive to Spring 2017
BUS 365: Modern Professional Presentations - retroactive to Fall 2019
BUS 376: Design Thinking
BUS 399: Entrepreneurship - beginning Fall 2020
BUS 421, 422, 423: Directed Research in Business Administration
CBL 100: Introduction to Community-Based Learning: Unheard Voices of Black Lexington
CBL 200: Peer Mentor Training for Community-Based Learning
CBSC 357: Advanced Methods in Human Psychophysiology
CSCI 403: Directed Individual Study - Fall 2019 only
ECON 203: Econometrics - beginning Fall 2020
ENGL 293: Topics in American Literature: Environmental Literature in the Anthropocene - Winter 2021 only (section G)
HIST 421: Directed Individual Research
HIST 422: Directed Individual Research
HIST 423: Directed Individual Research
HIST 493: Honors Thesis - retroactive to Fall 2020
INTR 119: Perspectives on a Pandemic: An Interdisciplinary Approach
INTR 451: SSA Experiential Learning Practicum
LATN 421-01: Directed Study: Vernacular Latin (Fall 2020)
LJS 396: Law, Justice, and Society Experiential Capstone: The Legal Clinic Experience
MESA 252: History Compounded: ExperienceEgypt
PHYS 399: Capstone
PHYS 473: Senior Thesis
PHYS 493: Honors Thesis
POL 180-01: FS: Minority Voting and Gerrymandering (Spring 2021 section only)
SOAN 280: Gender and Sexuality
SPAN 201: Supervised Study Abroad: Costa Rica
SPAN 401: Directed Individual Study
THTR 239: Total Theater - retroactive to Spring 2017
THTR 245: Talk to Us
WRIT 200: Peer Tutoring

New Perspectives (PERS) designations:

ARTH 274: Art and Revolution: Mexican Muralism
ARTH 276: Chicana/o Art and Muralism: From the Street to the (Staniar) Gallery
ARTH 378: Border Art: Contemporary Chicanx and U.S. Latinx Art
HIST 261 - Women and Slavery in the Black Atlantic
 

Community-Based Learning:

CBL 100: Introduction to Community-Based Learning: Unheard Voices of Black Lexington
CBL 200: Peer Mentor Training for Community-Based Learning
SOAN 280: Gender and Sexuality

Writing Intensive (WI) designations:

ACCT 332 - Intermediate Financial Reporting

Deleted Courses 

ACCT 328: Contemporary Cases in Financial Accounting
ARTH 141 - Buddhist Art of South and Central Asia
ARTH 273 - Arts of Modern Latin America
ARTH 357 - Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi
ARTH 363 - Surrealism - renumbered to ARTH 264
ARTH 384 - Renaissance Art in Venice
ARTS 235 - Art: Site and Situation
BIOL 107 - Games Nature Plays
BIOL 296  - Topics in Integrative Science
BIOL 301 - Statistics for Biology and Medicine
BIOL 396 - Selected Topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology
BUS 322 - Data Science for Business
BUS 325 - E-Commerce Development
BUS 330 - Global Human Resource Management
BUS 343 - Markets and Morals
BUS 347 - Ethics of Globalization (PHIL 347)
CSCI 102 - Introduction to Computational Modeling
CSCI 253 - Genetic Programming
CSCI 341 - Digital Image Processing
ECON 238 - Poverty and Inequality in the United States
ECON 243 - Economics of Business Strategy
ECON 244 - The Auto Industry: Economics, Society, Culture
ECON 398 - Topical Research Seminar in Economics
ECON 399 - Advanced Research Seminar in Economics
EDUC 345 - Elementary and Secondary Vocal Music Methods
EDUC 346 - Practicum: Elementary and Secondary Vocal Music Methods
EDUC 375 - Elementary and Secondary Instrumental Music Methods for Woodwinds and Brass
EDUC 376 - Practicum in Elementary and Secondary Instrumental Music Methods for Woodwinds and Brass
EDUC 377 - Elementary and Secondary Instrumental Music Methods for Strings and Percussion
EDUC 378 - Practicum in Elementary and Secondary Instrumental Music Methods for Strings and Percussion
ENGL 235 - Fantasy
ENGL 238 - The Music, Folklore, and Literature of Ireland - removed ENGL cross-list with MUS 238
ENGL 305 - Writing Outside the Lines
ENGL 311 - History of the English Language
ENGL 334 - The Age of Unreason: Studies in 18th-Century Literature
ENGL 336 - Ghost in the Machine
ENGL 341 - The Romantic Imagination
ENGL 348 - Victorian Poetry: Victorian Pairs
ENGL 350 - Postcolonial Literature
ENGL 351 - World Fiction in English
ENGL 355 - Studies in British Fiction Since 1900
ENGL 360 - Cowboys and Indians
ENGL 362 - American Romanticism
ENGL 368 - The Modern American Novel
ENGL 384 - Ireland in Literature, History, and Film
ENGL 385 - Preparatory Reading for Study Abroad
GEOL 144 - History of Geology
HIST 202 - Europe in the Late Middle Ages, 1198-1500
JOUR 195 - Intercultural Communication: South Africa
JOUR 318 - The Literature of Journalism
LJS 220 - The Legal Profession
MATH 122 - Discrete Mathematics II
MATH 171 - Mathematics of Cryptography
MATH 353 - Numerical Analysis
MATH 421 - Directed Individual Research
MATH 422 - Directed Individual Research
MATH 423 - Directed Individual Research
MATH 426 - Directed Individual Research
MUS 220 - Music in the United States, 1607-1970
MUS 231 - Classical Music
MUS 232 - Romantic Music
MUS 451 - Internship
PE 120 - Self-Defense
PE 169 - Aerobics
PE 312 - Lifeguard Training
PHYS 113 - Physics I Lab
PHYS 114 - Physics II Lab
POL 453 - Internship
REL 209 - Travel, Mythic and Modern
REL 221 - Sociology of Religion
REL 224 - American Indian Religions, Landscapes, and Identities
REL 296 - Seminar in Religion, Ethics, and Law
SOAN 202 - Contemporary Social Problems
SOAN 221 - Sociology of Religion
SOAN 224 - American Indian Religions, Landscapes, and Identities

Revisions to degree, major, and minor requirements 

Accounting

Approved renaming the Department of Accounting to the Department of Accounting and Finance (ACFI) and adding Finance (FIN) as a subject matter for separate course listings under the department’s part the catalog and registration materials and the conversion of courses with the following catalog numbers from BUS to FIN, effective with the 2020-2021 catalog.

BUS to FIN 221: Managerial Finance
BUS to FIN 302: Seminar in Finance
BUS to FIN 350: Building Financial Models
BUS to FIN 353: Real Estate Development
BUS to FIN 355: Cases in Corporate Finance
BUS to FIN 356: Financial Risk Management
BUS to FIN 357: Business Finance
BUS to FIN 358: Corporate Mergers, Leveraged Buyouts, and Divestitures
BUS to FIN 359: Investments

Accounting
Approved revising the major in accounting, effective with the 2020-2021 catalog

“8. Nine credits from among ACCT 310, 311, 330, 328, 358, 360”
“9. At least three additional credits chosen from courses numbered ACCT 256 through ACCT 397

Africana Studies 
approved the following revisions to the minor:

“…2. Africa-focused course. One course chosen from…and, when appropriate, …ECON 288, 295, 395; ENGL 296 (LJS 296); …
3. African Diaspora-focused course. One course chosen from among AFCA 285; ENGL 366; HIST 236, 259, 260, 359…”
…4. Three additional courses from categories 2 and 3 above and the following courses: CBSC/PSYC 269; ENGL 350; FILM 237S, 252S; HIST 131, 366; LACS 257; LIT 259; LJS 395; PHIL 242, 243 (POV 243); and, when appropriate, ECON 280; ENGL 293; FREN 397; LIT 295; POL 295”

Africana Studies 
approved the following revisions to the minor:

“2. Africa-focused course: One course chosen from among HIST 275, 276, 277, 377; …”
“3. African Diaspora-focused course. One course chosen from among …HIST 236, 259, 260; 261; …SOAN 228, 279,…”

Archaeology minor 
approved the following revisions to the minor:

“a. Natural and Physical Sciences: BIOL 101, 105, 140, 160, 185; CHEM 100, 156, 160; ENGN 178, 260; ENV 250; GEOL 100, 101, 102, 105, …”
“…c. Humanities: ARTH 146, 170, 200, 245…ENV 330,…”

Art History 
approved the following revisions to the major:

“A major in art history leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least 36 credits, as follows:

  1. Introduction: At least nine credits in ARTH chosen from 101, 102, 140, or 170
  2. Studio art: A 3- or 4- credit course in ARTS
  3. At least 18 credits in ARTH to include:

    a. at least 12 credits chosen from ARTH 125, 141, 146, 195, ARTH courses at the 200 level, and, when appropriate and approved in advance, MRST 110
    b. at least six credits from 300-level courses and, when appropriate and approved in advance, LACS 396

4. One additional course chosen from ARTH courses at the 300 level or ARTH 473 or 493
5. Capstone: ARTH 395”

Biochemstry major leading to BS degree
approved changes to the major:
“1. BIOL 111 and 113; CHEM 110 or 109/115, 211, 241 or 240/245, 242 or 244/246,

Biology major leading to BS degree
approved changes to the major:
1. BIOL 111 and 113, 220; CHEM 110, 241; MATH 101, 102; PHYS 111, 112, 113, 114

Business Administration 
approved the following changes to the major:

Approved deleting INTR 201: Information Technology Literacy (1), effective with Winter 2020, replacing it with a series of Microsoft Office Suite credentialing exams offered on campus, and revising the major in business administration, as follows, pending clarification from Financial Aid that the fees for testing would be covered as with other associated course fees, and effective with the 2020-2021 catalog. (The Financial Aid Office subsequently confirmed that the standard aid package includes allowances for this type of fee.)
“3. INTR 201 or Information Technology Literacy Proficiency (see information below)
4. BUS 211, 217, 221; INTR 201, 202
5. …
Information Technology Literacy Proficiency: Each Business Administration major must demonstrate proficiency in four distinct Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Proficiency is demonstrated by passing a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification exam in each of the following: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. In addition, each major must pass a Microsoft Office Expert Certification exam in Word and one in Excel. These certifications are prerequisites for certain BUS 200- and 300- level courses, so students should begin the certification process by the beginning of sophomore year. If your course expenses exceed the standard financial-aid allowance for books/supplies/fees, check with Financial Aid about other options.”

“7. Business Administration electives: at least nine additional credits, chosen from Business Administration courses numbered 300 or above, but excluding BUS 401, 402, 421, and 422.”

“8. a. International Business: BUS 305, 330, 333, 335, 337, 357, 372, 390, 391, 392 (GERM 392); ECON 270, 271, 272, 274, 275, 280, 317, 356, 382”

Business Administration 
approved the following changes to the major:

“9. One course each from International Business and Information Systems…
      a. International Business: BUS 305, 332, 333, 335…
      b. Information Systems: ACCT 310; BUS 306, 310, 311, 312, 314, 315, 317, 321, 325

Business Administration 
approved the following changes to the major:
“8. Non-Business Administration electives: nine credits chosen from the following: …GEOL 335…”
ENGL 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 210, 215, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 391, 431

Chemistry
approved the following changes to both majors:
1. …CHEM 110 or 109/115, 211, 241 or 240/245, 242 or 244/246, … PHYS 111, 112, 113, 114

Classics 
revised the major and minor:

major in Classics leading to a BA degree
“2. 15 additional credits chosen from the Greek, Latin, or Classics courses or the following: PHIL 110, 222 or REL 102, and, when appropriate, ENGL 296 (LJS 296).”

minor in Classics
“3. additional credits to reach the minimum 21 credits chosen from courses in Classics, Greek, Latin, PHIL 110, PHIL 222, or REL 102, and, when appropriate, ENGL 296 (LJS 296)…”

Cognitive and Behavioral Science 

Approved a one-time exception to waive the MFT in Psychology for graduating seniors (May 2021) in the CBSC major.

revised the majors:

major in cognitive and behavioral science leading to a BA degree
“4. Two topical seminars selected from CBSC/PSYC 240, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 259, 261, …”
“5. One advanced methods course selected from CBSC/PSYC 353, 354, 355, 357, …”

major in cognitive and behavioral science leading to a BS degree
“4. Two topical seminars selected from CBSC/PSYC 240, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 259, 261, …
5. Two advanced methods courses selected from CBSC/PSYC 353, 354, 355, 357, …”
6. At least 13 additional credits chosen from among the following: courses in BIOL, CHEM, CSCI, MATH, NEUR, PHYS and the following CBSC/PSYC courses: CBSC/PSYC 118, 150, 216, 240, 252, 253, 254, …”

Computer Science 
revised both majors:

“A major in computer science leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least 35 credits, including the following:
…3. MATH 121 or 201 or 301

“A major in computer science leading to a Bachelor of Science degree requires completion of at least 50 credits, including the following:
…2. MATH 121 or 201 or 301

Creative Writing 
revised the minor:
1. Creative writing workshops: three courses chosen from ENGL 201, 202 (THTR 202), 203, 204, 206, 207, 215, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, and 391, with at least one at the 300-level.”
“2. Literature: two literature courses in English, including one chosen from courses numbered between 222 and 295 296…”

Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies 
revised the minor:

  1. Take ARTH 146
  2. Take one course chosen from ARTH 101, 102, 140, 141, 170 and, when appropriate, ARTH 195
  3. Take one course chosen from HIST 230 or 200-level ARTH courses
  4. Take ARTH 398 or 453
  5. Take three additional courses: ARTH 125, 243, 245, 257, 274, 276, 288, 347, 356, 383, 398, 453; CHEM 156; CLAS 200, 338; SOAN 186, 210, 211, 224, 232, 286, 378, and when appropriate SOAN 291

Data Science
approved the following revision to the minor:

“A minor in data science requires completion of at least 19 credits, as follows. In meeting the requirements of this interdisciplinary minor, a student must complete at least nine credits not also used to meet the requirements of any other major or minor.”

“1. Data Science Foundations: At least three credits chosen from among the following: BIOL 185, 187; BUS 310, 314, CBSC 240”
“4. Electives. At least six accitional credits chosen from among the following: SOAN 219, 220, 264, 265…”

Data Science - Business Analytics
approved the following revisions to the minor:

“A minor in data science-business analytics requires completion of 22 credits, as follows. In meeting the requirements of this interdisciplinary minor, a student must complete at least nine credits not also used to meet the requirements of any other major or minor. Business Administration majors may not minor in Data Science - Business Analytics but may minor in Data Science.”

“2. Data Science Foundations: At least three credits chosen from among the following courses: BUS 310, 314
5. Electives: At least six additional credits chosen from among the following: BUS 306, 314, 315, 359; …”

East Asian Language and Literature
approved changes to the major
“4. General courses: At least 6 additional credits… PHIL 130, 223; POL 227…”

East Asian Studies
Approved changes to the minor
China Emphasis
“3. Three additional credits on General Asia or Japan, chosen from among the following: LIT 221, 223, 225; PHIL 223, POL 327…”

Japan Emphasis
“3. Three additional credits on General Asia or China, chosen from among the following: … PHIL 168, 223, POL 327..

Education
revised the minor:

“4. Context: At least one course chosen from among the following: …EDUC 230, 235;…”

Education Policy
revised the minor: 

“4. Context: At least one course chosen from among the following: …EDUC 230, 235;…”

Engineering
Engineering major leading to BS degree
approved the following changes:
“1. PHYS 111, 112, 113, 114…”

English 
revised the major:
“4. Literatures from 1700-1900: at least one course chosen from ENGL 334, 335, 336, 341, 345, 348, 349, 356, …
6. Counter traditions: at least one course chosen from ENGL 350, 351, 356, …”

revised the major:
“3. Literatures before 1700: at least two courses chosen from ENGL 311, 312, 313, 316, 319, 320, 321 (FILM 321)…”

Entrepreneurship
approved the following revision to the minor
2. Entrepreneurship Electives: Two courses chosen from the following: BUS 308, 376,  308, 381, 383, 392, and when appropriate to entrepreneurship with advance approval, BUS 390
“3. Business Electives: Two courses chosen from the following: BUS 211, 217, 221, 310, 316, 317, 321, 325...”

Environmental Studies

approved the following revisions to the major
2. Statistics: either BIOL 201 or INTR 202 or ECON 202

Climate Change
c. Human Dimensions: two courses chosen from ACCT 303; BUS 390; ECON 255, 259, 356; ENV 220, 230, 330; PHIL 150, POL 105, 233, and when appropriate and approved in advance, BUS 390

Environmental Humanities
b. Religion / Sociology & Anthropology: One course chosen from … ENV 230, 330; …REL 207, 224 (SOAN 224)…
c. Literature and Arts: one course chosen from ARTS 233, 234, 236
d. Two additional courses chosen from ARTS 233, 234, 236; ENV 250, 330REL ,224 (SOAN 224), … or when appropriate and approved in  ., BUS 390

Water Resources
a. Human Dimensions: two courses chosen from … ENV 230,…

approved the following revision to the Environmental Studies minor

“3. Natural and Physical Sciences: complete one of the following: …
            b: students who have previously completed BIOL 111/113, GEOL 100, GEOL 102, or GEOL 101 may choose…”
“4. Humanities: one course chosen from ARTS 233, 234… ENV 230, 330…”
 

Film and Visual Culture
revised the minor:
“c. Production Courses: …FILM 237S, 238, 252S, 255; …”

revised the minor:
“3a. EALL 215, FILM 236, 285, 321 (ENGL 321)…”

Geology
approved the following revision to both majors

“1. One course chosen from GEOL 100, 101, or 102
2. CHEM 110, MATH 101, PHYS 111, 113

Integrated Engineering
approved the following revision to the major:
“1. PHYS 111, 112, 113, 114…”

 “4. Four courses in a single science subject in one of the following tracks: …
                GEOL 100, 101, 102, and three GEOL courses 200 level or above”

Journalism 
revised the major:
“3(a)(ii). Take one course chosen from JOUR 220, 230, 341…”


Latin American and Caribbean Studies 
revised the minor: 
Distribution: 9 credits seletced from the following, with at least one course from two of the three areas…
“2.b. Art and Humanities: …and, if appropriate and approved in advance, FREN 280, HIST 269, 395; SPAN 296
c. Social Sciences: POL 247; SOAN 250, 263, 264; and, if appropriate and approved in advance, ECON 255, 280, 295, 356; POL 215, 380, 381; SOAN 224, 268, 277, 285, 290, 291”
 

Latin American and Caribbean Studies 
revised the minor: 
“3. Related: 6 credits from the following or from any course not used above in 2…SPAN 201, 216, 270, 290, 308…”

Law, Justice, and Society
approved the following revisions to the minor:
delete BIOL/CHEM 150: Genetic Engineering and Society from the requirements

“2. Distribution …
a. College: …CLAS 241, ENGL 296 (LJS 296), ENV 202, … LJS 220, 230 (POL 230), 231, 232, 296 (ENGL 296), 345…… and when appropriate and approved in advance by C&D: ENV 295, LJS 295…”
c. Law School: Law courses available for the LJS 295 option are LAW 201, 203, 212, 221, 222, 228, 237, 252, 255, 256, … 331, 335, 340, …”

3. CAPSTONE: After completition of all other requirements for the minor, take either LJS 395 or 396.”


Mass Communications 
approved the following revision to the major:
“4. Media Practice. Take one course chosen from JOUR 201, 220, 227, 230, …”


Mathematics
approved the following revision to the major in Mathematics leading to a BS degree:

“3. PHYS 111 and 112 113, and 114


Medieval and Renaissance studies
approved the following revisions to both major and minor:
“2. …History and History of Science: CLAS 224; HIST 100, 101, 170, 201, 202, 203, 204, 212, 217, 219, 305, 306,
307, 310;…”


Middle East and South Asia Studies
revised both minors:
“1. Gateway course: One course …, chosen from among the following: …MESA 195, 255; REL 130, 235, 283,…
2. b. Other Humanities: … FILM 237S, 252S…HIST 226…MESA 252, 395; PHIL 223; REL 101…”
3. Language:
a. Arabic: successful completion of ARAB 211, 220, or 225, or an equivalent…”

Middle East and South Asia Studies
revised both minors:
“2b. Other Humanities: …HIST 170, 171, 172, 226, 280, 282 (REL 282)…MESA 250, 252, 395,…REL 101…271, 282 (HIST 282)…”


Music 
Approved deleting from the major in music leading to BA degree the option for an emphasis in music history, effective with the 2020-2021 catalog.
“A major in music leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 42 credits as follows:
1. MUS 121, 161, 162, 163, 164, 201, 202, 261, 262, 325, 365, 473 or 493 (thesis)
2. Completion of one of the following two sequences:
a. History: three courses chosen from MUS 220, 221, 231, 232, 285 (FILM 285), 295 and 296
a. Performance or Composition: three credits chosen from applied music courses at the 300-level or above; and six credits chosen from MUS 210, 220, 221, 231, 232, 295, 296, 326, 327, and 423
b. General: three courses chosen from MUS 205, 210, 220, 221, 222, 231, 232, 285 (FILM 285), 295, 326, 327 and 423…”

Neuroscience 
approved the following revisions to the major:

“…2. Quantitative Methods (3 courses):

    Computational: One course chosen from BIOL 185, 187, 282; CSCI 102, 121
    Statistics and Research Design: CBSC/PSYC 120; and either BIOL 201 or CBSC/PSYC 250

3. Specialization: Completion of at least five additional courses selected from the following and chosen from at least two disciplines

    BIOL 211 (or 211S), 220, 243, 250, 255, 275, 280, 282, 283, 360, 362, 365, 397
    CBSC/PSYC 216, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 259
    CSCI 102, 121
    ENGN 267 (BIOL 267)
    NEUR 395…”

“4. (a) At least three credits chosen from CBSC/PSYC 353, 354, 355, 357, 359; …”

Physics
Physics major leading to BS degree
approved the following changes:
“1. PHYS 111, 112, 113, 114, …”

Politics
approved the following change to the major
c. International/Global Politics: … POL 388


Poverty and Human Capability Studies 
approved the following revision to the minor:

“3. At least 10 credits chosen from among the following: CBSC/PSYC 235; ECON 229, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 251, 280, 286 (SOAN 286); EDUC 369; ENGL 260; FILM 237S, 251, 252S;…POV 253 (SOAN 253), POV 257 (SOAN 257), POV 258 (SOAN 258), 280… POV 401, 402, 403, 421, 422… SOAN 202, 228, 263, 264, 266,…”

approved the following revision to the minor:)

“3. At least 10 credits chosen from among the following: …HIST 254, 354; …”

Religion
Approved change to the major
“3. Cluster: A group of at least three courses… INTR 301: PHIL 214, 223…”

Approved a new minor in Religion

A minor in religion requires completion of six (6) courses, as follows. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits (including capstone) that are also used to meet the requirements of other majors or minors. Students may be able to count one appropriate course from another department toward the six-course minimum by petitioning the department ahead of time, in consultation with their advisor.

  1. REL 100 or REL 210
  2. at least two courses focused on the thought, practice, and significance of a particular religious tradition. At least one course must be chosen from each of two of the following religious traditions:
      a. Asian Religions: REL 103, 131, 132, 231
      b. Christianity: REL 102, 151, 152, 250
      c. Islam: REL 105, 108, 172, 271, 283, 284
      d. Judaism: REL 101, 106, 271
  3. at least two (2) courses above the 100-level (i.e., seminars)
  4. either any 200- or 300-level seminar, or (optionally) REL 399 (Religion Capstone Seminar). Minors wishing to take REL 399 are required to formulate a research topic by the end of the preceding winter term and have it approved by the department faculty. Four other REL courses must be completed before taking REL 399. Alternatively, any other REL seminar may be taken in place of REL 399 to complete the program, but at least one 300-level course must be taken.


Russian Area Studies
approved the folllowing revisions to the major:

      “3. One of the following two groups:
      a. HIST 220 and either LIT 215 or LIT 264
      b. HIST 221 and either LIT 263 or LIT 264

      5.   One of the following courses not used to satisfy the requirements above:…
LIT 215, 263, 264…”

6.   12 credits chosen from the following Russian area studies courses not used to satisfy any requirements above:…
LIT 215, 263, 264…”


Russian Language and Culture
approved the following revision to the minor:

“…Culture Component: Two courses chosen from the following: …
      LIT 215, 263, 264


Sociology and Anthropology
approved the following revision to the major:

“4…Anthropology electives: SOAN 181,186, 206, 207, 208, 210, 211, 215,… 224 (REL 224),…235,...252, 253 (POV 253), 260, 261”
Sociology electives: SOAN 180, … 202, … 264279...”

approved the following revision to the major:

“3. Methods. Two courses chosen from the following: SOAN 208, 210, 211, 218, 219, 238 (HIST 238), 261, 265, 269, 276.”

Strategic Communication
approved a change in the Strategic Communication major to remove the requirement of CBSC 111, 112, or 114.

“A major in strategic communication leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least 51 credits… 
“5. One course chosen from JOUR 220, 230, 341,…”
6. One course chosen from: JOUR 325; BUS 370, 371
7. Two credits of internship from: JOUR 451, 452, 461, 462…”


Studio Art 
approved the following revisions to the major and minor:

“A major in studio art leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least 36 credits, as follows:

…4. One course in art history, chosen from the following: ARTH 102, 243, 245, 261, 263, 266, 267, 273, 274, 275, 276, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 378”

“A minor in studio art requires completion of seven three- or four-credit courses totaling at least 21 credits. A student may not complete both a major and a minor in studio art. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits that are also used to meet the requirements of another major or minor.

…3. One course in art history, chosen from the following: ARTH 102, 243, 245, 261, 263, 266, 267, 273, 274, 275, 276, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 378”
 

Theater
approved changes to the major
“6. At least 12 additional credits chosen from among the following, including at least nine credits chosen from theater, dance, or film courses … THTR … 401, 402, 403”

approved changes to the minor
“4. Electives: Two additional courses chosen from the following, with at least one at the 300 level …THTR… 403


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 
approved the following revision to the minor:

“2…b. Humanities and other disciplines: ARTH 365; CLAS 210; DANC 240; ENGL 254, 261, 312, 313, 316, 320, 356, 359;… and when appropriate, ENGL 250, 293, 295, 299…”

approved the following revision to the minor:

“Distribution:…
b. Humanities and other disciplines: … HIST 206, 211, 219, 228, 257, 258, 261, 275, 285…”

Policy Change

Adjusted faculty policies due to Covid-19

Approved the following adjustments to faculty policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • allow all students, including first-years, the opportunity to declare Spring Option for Spring 2021.
  • “In considering credit completed elswewhere during the COVID-19 pandemic and transcripted with an accommodated grade with no quality points on the originating transcript (e.g. Pass, Credit, Satisfactory), and absent evidence of accomplishment approximating a grade of C (2.0) or better, the University Registrar should assign only general-elective credit, subject to adjustment by the department or program head after individual discussions with the students involved.”

Degree Credit for Off-Campus Study
Approved changing the catalog language for the policy in the section ‘Degree Credit for Off-Campus Study.’ The revised language brings us into compliance with SACSCOC requirements that at least 60 credits must be earned through coursework at W&L.

Current language: No more than 60 or the 120 credits required for the W&L degree may be earned elsewhere or by any other means than through courses offered at W&L or through formal exchanges (e.g., VMI, Mary Baldwin, Spelman).

Revised language: No more than 60 or the 120 credits required for the W&L degree may be earned elsewhere or by any other means than through courses offered by W&L faculty.

EXP Waiver
Approved allowing EXP waivers for students participating in SSA in Winter 2021. C&D will draft an assessment tool to confirm participation in SSA. The following conditions are a general guideline for receiving the waiver:

  • The project must come from a class and must have been a graded assignment
  • Collaborative group/projects are eligible provided each student participates in the presentation
  • Colloquia, Sandbox, and Collaboratory participants are not eligible for an EXP waiver

Waiver of the two-course, eight-credit course limit of online courses to be used toward W&L degree requirements
“For students whose study abroad programs have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, W&L will work with students, programs, and departments to approve transfer credit completed via remote learning. This accommodation is provided subject to other faculty policy limitations but without regard to online-credit limits.”

Program-Approval process for study abroad during winter term
For students studying abroad during winter term, if your program overlaps at all with spring term, your approval for study abroad will be noted as winter and spring and you may not register for a spring course at W&L.”

Mathematics/Computer Science (FM)
approved a proposal from the Mathematics Department to revise the description and learning outcomes of the FDR Foundation Requirement in mathematics and computer science (FM)

A solid foundation in analytical, quantitative, and computational modes of thinking and problem solving with applications to real-world problems is a cornerstone of many disciplines throughout the curriculum. In courses designated FM, students will:

  • recall theoretical concepts and results and/or apply appropriate tools to solve problems in computer science, mathematics and/or statistics;
  • apply analytical thinking and problem-solving skills and strategies; and
  • communicate their ideas and though processes in a clear and coherent fashion.

Registration and Overload Policy changes (due to COVID-19)
Approved a temporary policy that limits students to no more than FOUR 3- or 4-credit courses during registration for Winter 2021, with potential to review, if necessary, for subsequent terms.

Approved a temporary policy that sets the maximum number of credits allowed via overload at 16 credits in fall or winter terms. Requests to carry 16-credit overload will be handled by Associate Deans Anderson and LaRiviere; requests to carry an overload of more than 16 credits would have to be approved by FEC. Prior to this, petition to FEC was required for overloads of more than 17 credits. This temporary policy can be renewed, if necessary, in subsequent terms.

 

Miscellaneous Information

Writing Intensive courses
Approved the proposal from the Writing Program Advisory Committee for a new course-type designation for writing-intensive courses (WI).

Writing is a core skill of any education and, like a language, must be practiced frequently to be retained. In writing intensive courses, writing is comprehensively and substantially embedded so that a student enrolled in the course has multiple occasions to build and refine written skills. Writing intensive courses do more than require large quantities of writing; they provide students with processes for improving their writing through all stages of the course. Individual departments and programs offer opportunities for students to increase their writing skills, but additionally, the faculty have developed a set of outcomes to distinguish courses in every discipline that meet writing intensive objectives.

For a course to be considered for WI, provide a current or recent syllabus to the chair of the Writing Program Advisory Committee, demonstrating emphasis on writing intensive content and skills and explaining clearly and concisely how the course meets each required criterion listed below.

In writing intensive courses, student will do all of the following:

  • Write at least 15 pages double-spaced (at least 4,000 words) in all, typically divided between shorter and longer graded assignments in class sizes typically capped at 15 for fall or winter, or 12 in spring;
  • Begin writing early in the term and write regularly throughout the term, benefitting from writing techniques and strategies incorporated into class time, and/or extensive written feedback, and/or instructor, group or one-on-one conferences;
  • Have multiple opportunities to improve their writing in response to extensive and timely instructor feedback, through revision of work in a sequence of drafting, rethinking, and rewriting that leads to a final polished product;
  • Receive a substantial portion of their course grade from written work.

If approved for the WI designation, syllabi for future offerings should meet the above norms while also listing and meeting the following learning outcomes determined by the Writing Intensive Cohort for discipline-specific writing intensive courses:

  • Students will identify and demonstrate discipline-specific writing conventions.
  • Students will develop advanced skills through the process of planning, drafting, revising and editing.
  • Students will develop research or cumulative projects using critical thinking and problem-solving skills approriate to the field.

 

Certificate of International Immersion
approved change in wording

Students who show significant commitment to and understanding of global interaction may apply to have their experiences recognized with a Certificate of International Immersion, noted on the transcript and in the listing of honors at Commencement. The International Education Committee awards the certificate after considering a student’s overall academic record (minimum 3.000 cumulative grade-point average), an essay and presentation. The purpose of this process is to allow students to reflect deeply on the value of their international experiences at W&L and abroad.

Eligibility

In general, students who have invested significant time (more than a 13-week term) in a study abroad program living with native speakers, taking coursework in the target language, and volunteering, participating in community service or working in an internship are eligible to submit an application for the Certificate in International Immersion.  International students who meet these requirements may also include reflections upon their time in the U.S. and at W&L as part of their application.

See information at the Certificate of International Immersion website.