Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Minutes
January 28, 2003

Members Present:   Ronald Glass, Donald Socha, Terence Kelly, Stephen Mc Dougal, Travis McBride, Robert Klindworth, Adrienne Loh, Andrew Matchett, Dean Wilder, Brian Finnigan, Nick Osborne

Members Absent:   Mary Heim, Jamie Lee Bergum

Consultants:            Emily Johnson, Amelia Dittman, Carla Burkhardt, John Jax, Diane Schumacher

Guests:                   Kathryn Hollon, Jan VonRuden, Charles Lee, Steven Senger, Georges Cravins, Carol McCoy, Elizabeth Hitch, Kim Vogt, Eric Kraemer

1. M/S/P to approve minutes of December 10, 2002.

 2. Second Readings:

Proposal #9, ARC 315, Prairie Plains Archaeology, 3 credits, new course, effective Fall 2003.

Minor changes have been made to the outline as a result in History reviewing the proposal.

M/S/P to approve the proposal on the second reading, as recorded in the November 12, 2002 minutes.

Proposal #25, History Major, electives, effective Fall 2003.

Core Requirements –HIS 210, 230, 240, 250, plus HIS 490.

Public History Minor, required courses, effective Fall 2003.

(All colleges) – 24 credits.  The public history minor is an interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum which prepares students to practice history outside of the academy, in non-teaching capacities, in the service of select public needs.  Required courses: ENG 307 or 308, POL 211 or MGT 308, HIS 320, 390, 450, and nine credits from ARC 250, ARC 435, ART 354 and POL 313.

HIS 490, History Research Seminar, title, course description, effective Fall 2003.  A capstone course in historical research and writing: Themes and techniques of historical inquiry, research methods, use of primary sources, interpretation, and composition.  Completion of a significant research and writing project.  Prerequisite: 12 credits in history, excluding current registration. 

HIS 307, History with Documents, course number was HIS 495, 3 credits, effective Fall 2003.

HIS 338, Modern Middle East, course deletion, effective Fall 2003.

HIS 357, History of the Balkans, course deletion, effective Fall 2003.

The department has requested that ARC 250 be listed in the Public History Minor as seen above.

M/S/P to approve the proposal on the second reading.

Proposal #27, GEO 328, Geography of East and Southeast Asia, title, 3 credits, course description, effective Fall 2003.  The geography of China, Japan, the Koreas and Mongolia; the geography of the 10 states of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and Burma.  Contemporary geopolitical problems and prospects; East Asia and the world; primordial and historical factors contributing to identity and conflict.  The course emphasis human-cultural patterns, salient physical characteristics, and the relationship between these.  Offered every third semester.

GEO 318, The Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean, title, GEO 318 will replace GEO 316 and GEO 317, course description, effective Fall 2003.  The cultural and physical characteristics of Latin America and the Caribbean region are systematically examined and explained.  This includes an examination of diverse physical and “built” environments that encompass this region, from the borderlands of northern Mexico to the Tierra Del Fuego of the south; from the lush tropical environments of the Amazon, Jamaica and Puerto Rico, to the Altiplano and arid regions of the west; from disparate lowlands to the startling mountain zones of the Andes.  Indigenous civilizations which developed out of unique arrangements with these complex environments as well as those imposed since 1500 will be explored in depth.  Students with credit in HIS 316 and/or 317 may not receive credit in HIS 318.

GEO 316, Geography of South America, course deletion, effective Fall 2003.

GEO 317, The Geography of Middle America, course deletion, effective Fall 2003.

Georges Cravins wrote a letter to Eric Kraemer in November regarding these changes and how they could affect programs in International Studies. Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted would like to look into the possibility of these courses being cross-listed with History.  Georges Cravins and Charles Lee will meet to discuss this.  It was also noted that if a student has failed GEO 316 and/or 317, the student could take GEO 318 to replace the grade.  A student cannot receive credit for GEO 318 if credit has already been obtained in GEO 316 or 317.

M/S/P to approve the proposal on the second reading.

   Proposal #29, Philosophy Major, description for major, effective Fall 2003.

Philosophy Major

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) – 30 credits, including PHL 100, 101, 201 or 303, 205, 206, 496, and electives in philosophy.  Majors must take four philosophy courses at the 300/400 level including PHL 496.  No more than six credits of PHL 300/494/495 shall count towards the major.

PHL 229, Multicultural Philosophy in the United States, 3 credits, new course, effective Fall 2003.  This survey course will examine philosophical ideas and systems that are generated from a wide range of cultural traditions found in the United States.  The aim of this search will be to broaden and deepen understanding and appreciation of the diversities of philosophies in the United States.  Prerequisite: PHL 100.  Offered occasionally.

PHL 230, International Multicultural Philosophy, title, instructional pattern, course description, effective Fall 2003.  This survey course will examine philosophical ideas and systems that are generated from a wide range of cultural traditions world-wide.  The aim of this search will be to broaden and deepen our understanding and appreciation of the multiplicity of philosophical perspectives which are part of an increasingly diverse, interconnected, and globalized world.  Prerequisites: PHL 100.  PHL 229 strongly suggested.  Offered occasionally.

PHL 310, Metaphysics, course description, effective Spring 2003.  Metaphysics is the science of what it is to be something.  Topics include: (1) how metaphysics differs from natural science, (2) in what sense is anything general, universal, particular, continuing, an event, a process, a substance, a relation, abstract, subjective, or objective, (3) in what ways possible worlds can differ from this one, (4) what kind of thing could have body and a mind, (5) what the difference between a thing and its parts in an arrangement is, (6) what is required fro two seemingly different things to turn out to be the same thing, (7) how space and time differ from each other and other things, and (8) what natural laws and numbers are.  Prerequisite: PHL 100.  Offered occasionally.

PHL 331, Philosophy of Religion, course description, effective Fall 2003.  An examination of religion and religious experience.  Questions considered are: theories of the proper description of God, arguments for and against the existence of God, theories of the nature of the soul, arguments for and against the existence of souls and reincarnation, the role and evidential power of religious experience and organized religion in justified belief.   Prerequisite: PHL 100.  Offered occasionally.

PHL 401, World Ethics, 3 credits, new course, effective Fall 2003.  An investigation of major ethical problems facing the works as a whole from an international perspective, including world medicine, international economic relations, world environmental ethics, international individual rights issues, world diversity concerns, and international conflict and cooperation.  Prerequisite: PHL 100 or GEO/POL/ANT/SOC/HIS 202.  Both are highly recommended.  Offered occasionally. 

PHL 431, Advanced Philosophy of Religion, 3 credits, new course, effective Fall 2003.  Selected readings from recent scholarly journals and Medieval philosophy are the focus of the course and background for examination of topics such as: What justifies that a human can be God?  Can God make a world permitting possible contradictions such as world in which there is an unstoppable cannonball and an immovable lamppost?  Exactly how do humans, persons and souls differ if they do?  Prerequisites: PHL 101 and PHL 331 strongly recommended.  Offered every fourth semester.

After reviewing the course descriptions and titles further, the committee feels that the submitted proposal was appropriate.  It was noted by the department that their field does use this terminology and it accurately reflects what is being taught in the courses.  The question was raised as to why so many new courses were proposed without the deletion of others.  The department reported that their current offerings in the catalog have been offered within the last three years.  The department hopes to lower this number to two years in the future.  The department is also expecting retirements in the future and would rather wait to delete courses until retirements have taken place and new hires have been made.

M/S/P to approve the proposal on the second reading.

3. First Readings:

Proposal #30, R-T 310, Pathophysiology, title, prerequisites, effective Fall 2003.

Prerequisites: BIO 312, 313 and acceptance into radiation therapy or UW School of Nursing.

Changes made in order to accommodate the nursing students from Madison.  Carla Burkhardt will be handling the registrations for these students.

M/S/P to approve the proposal on the first reading.

4. Consent Agenda

  CLI 390, Quality Systems in the Clinical Laboratory, offered Sem. II; CLI 410, Clinical Hematology, offered Sem. I, effective Fall 2003.

   UW-L and UW-Stevens Point will share the lecture component of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program via distance education.  Therefore, the semester offering needed to be adjusted on CLI 390 and 410.

   M/S/P to approve consent agenda item.

ART 352, Medieval Art of the Western World, remove HIS 151 as a prerequisite, effective Fall 2003.

   M/S/P to approve consent agenda item.

 5. Old Business

   Strategic Plan
The Strategic Plan was distributed to the committee some time ago.  The Provost noted that the draft that the committee currently has is outdated and changes have been made.  UCC will wait for the next draft before reviewing again.

   Criteria for Proposal Evaluation
Andy Matchett distributed criteria for evaluation of proposals.  The committee agreed that the list would be better in statement form rather than questions and that the  mission of UWL and the college should be a criterion.  The committee will review this list and email suggestions to Andy.  The list will then be updated and distributed to the committee for further review.  Adrienne Loh will email Andy with difficult situations that have arisen this year (i.e. designing courses around particular instructors).  Andy will distribute this list to the committee as well.  The committee should be consistent in how it approaches course revisions, i.e. is everything up for review or just the proposed revisions?

  Method of Notification
It was agreed that the agenda for the meetings will be emailed to the department chairs and program directors in addition to being posted on the web and delivered to the committee members.  It was requested that a reminder be sent out to the department chairs and program directors explaining the change of due date to Wednesday at noon and to ask if there is anyone else that they feel should be included on the email distribution list.


6. New Business

   Jan VonRuden has met with Laura Nelson regarding Proposal # 13 from Communication Studies.  Once they have completed it, Laura will present the changes to the committee.

   Jan VonRuden has emailed the departments regarding HIS 151 and 152 changing to HIS 101 and 102.  Diane Schumacher has requested that if departments would like to change their areas that are affected by this change, that the department change be presented under consent agenda.  The committee agreed that this would save the departments from having to complete LX forms and attend the UCC meeting.


CBA: BIO 000l–Life Science taken at North Hennepin Community College, to be substituted for BIO 103.

CBA: ENG 324 for ENG 303 to fulfill Gen Ed requirement.


The meeting adjourned at 5:03 p.m.  The next UCC meeting is February 11, 2003.


Diane L. Schumacher, UCC Secretary