Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee,
Date of First Reading: March 1, 2021
Date of Second Reading: April 26, 2021
Title of Motion: Request from the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences - Dean’s Office - for the establishment of an undergraduate certificate - Transformation and Change
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: This certificate is associated with the thematic General Studies pilot to provide students with a broad but integrated intellectual experience that gives tangible meaning to the concept of transformation. Given that the thematic program consists of 18 credits, upon completion of the program and together with graduation, students will be awarded a certificate in their area of general-studies concentration (in this case, Transformations). This additional credentialing signals to future and potential employers that students have not done their general studies randomly, but rather have worked to understand the dynamics of a phenomenon (in this case transformation) through the lenses of several (inter)disciplinary orientations.