Motion Introduced by:  Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee,

Date of First Reading: August 31, 2020

Date of Second Reading: September 21, 2020

Title of Motion: Request from the – New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences – School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies – for the name change of an undergraduate certificate – from: Oral History – to: Oral History and Storytelling

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision. 

Rationale: Faculty working with students interested in oral history have found themselves addressing academic and professional storytelling essentials. In fact, the changing communications landscape necessitates that professionals have strong storytelling skills. For example, traditional, fact-based storytelling has increasingly become a strategy for sharing collected oral histories. To meet the needs of future oral historians and other professionals, storytelling must take its place in the certificate offerings. Finally, the name should reflect the collaborations we've established with other units, such as South Mountain Community College.



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