Why are we doing some program housekeeping?

In a large faculty such as ours, things can easily get overwhelming. Between 16 departments, numerous programs, and hundreds of courses, it can be difficult at times to keep everything current and up-to-date. Periodically a bit of housekeeping needs to be done in order to make things easier to negotiate for everyone – students, staff, and faculty alike.

Over the past two years, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has engaged in a number of activities designed to streamline and clarify our program offerings. A number of program changes will appear in the 2014-15 edition of the university calendar will take effect beginning in Fall 2014.

What programs are changing?

The programs concerned include the minors in Aboriginal Studies, Film Studies and Newfoundland and Labrador Studies; the majors in Communication Studies and Police Studies; and the majors and minors in Law & Society and in Medieval Studies.

In addition, the Faculty of Arts will offer a new certificate in Criminology. Work is also underway to develop other certificate programs, such as a certificate in Public Policy and Governance. The certificate in Criminology offered through the former Division of Lifelong Learning, which was closed in 2012, will be discontinued. As well, the Lifelong Learning certificates in Newfoundland Studies, Public Administration and Regional Policy and Development will no longer accept new students.

These changes will be made in the upcoming 2014/15 university calendar and will appear both online and in print.

How are the interdisciplinary BA programs changing?

We have now completed the most recent phase of our housekeeping and are happy to announce a series of revisions and renewals to the interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences major and minor programs. These are designed to clarify what constitutes an interdisciplinary arts major and minor, including requiring that such programs include courses from a minimum of three disciplines and by establishing a limit on courses that are not delivered by Humanities and Social Sciences. We’ve also distinguished the applicability of courses by dividing them into Table 1 and Table 2 choices.

The Faculty believes that students will find the calendar entries to be much clearer and we have also placed more emphasis on the need for students to speak with program coordinators for academic advice.

How are the certificate programs changing?

After considerable reflection the four certificate programs formerly managed by the Division of Lifelong Learning (Criminology, Newfoundland Studies, Public Administration, Regional Policy & Development) were determined to be problematic and have been discontinued. Anyone pursuing the cancelled Lifelong Learning certificates will be accommodated for the foreseeable future. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has also created general regulations for future Humanities and Social Sciences certificates and as of Fall 2014 a new Humanities and Social Sciences certificate in Criminology, which will be affiliated with the Department of Sociology, will be launched.

What will happen to students in the changed programs?

All changes will take effect as of September 2014. Students who have completed a 200-level course or higher in a program prior to September 2014 may choose between following the old program (prior to 2014 changes) or opting into the new one – this procedure is referred to as “grandparenting.”

What’s next?

In 2015, the Office of the Dean is hoping to introduce changes to the core of the Bachelor of Arts. Stay tuned for further details.



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