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Senate resolutions modify policies on thematic sequences

University Senate Monday discussed proposed criteria of Miami's 2005-2006 scholarship/tuition plan. Senate approved the Nov. 15 minutes and Senate Resolutions 05-03 and 05-04, amendments to the Miami Bulletin, 2004-2006.

The next meeting of University Senate will be Jan. 10 in 111 Harrison Hall.

SR 05-03

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that Senate recommends amending the Miami Bulletin, 2004-2006, policy of minors counting for Thematic Sequences, as set forth below:

• Other Requirements; Divisions, Majors, and Minors; Minors (Miami Bulletin, 2004-2006, page 46).

Any minor may be used in place of the Miami Plan Thematic Sequence requirement if the minor is outside the student's department of major and at least nine hours of course work in the minor is outside the student's department of major. However, students should check with department and/or divisional requirements for possible restrictions to this policy.

• The Miami Plan; Focus: Advanced Liberal Learning (12 semester hours): Thematic Sequence (9 hours minimum) (Miami Bulletin, 2004-2006, page 26).

You must complete at least one Thematic Sequence outside the department of your major. Exceptions to this requirement include either students with majors in two different academic departments or students with minors outside their department of major and which include at least nine hours of course work outside the student's department of major. However, students should check with department and/or divisional requirements for possible restrictions to this policy.

SR 05-04

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that Senate recommends amending the Miami Bulletin, 2004-2006, the number of transfer courses accepted for Thematic Sequences, as set forth below:

• The Miami Plan; Focus: Advanced Liberal Learning (12 semester hours): Thematic Sequence (9 hours minimum) (Miami Bulletin, 2004-2006, page 26)

A Thematic Sequence is a series of related courses (usually three) that focus on a theme or subject in a developmental way. Each course builds or expands upon knowledge or perspective gained from preceding courses, and some sequences prepare students for Capstone experiences. The first course may be a Foundation course and may count as hours in both Foundation and Thematic Sequence requirements. In interdepartmental Thematic Sequences, students must select those courses that are offered outside their department of major. For example, English majors who enroll in a Thematic Sequence comprised of English and history courses must sign up for the history courses.

Twenty-five members of Faculty Assembly can challenge the resolutions by filing a petition with the Secretary of the University within 10 class days after their publication in this issue of The Miami University Report. Absent a challenge by Faculty Assembly, these policies will be forwarded to the president and the board of trustees for consideration.

Date Published: 12/09/2004
Volume: 24   Number: 18

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