USU’s College of HASS looking to define core curriculum

The College of HASS will look at making changes to the curriculum as one of three main initiatives for this academic year, said HASS Dean Yolanda Flores Niemann at the State of HASS Address Wednesday in the Chase Fine Arts Center.”Not improving the curriculum necessarily,” Niemann said during an interview after the address. “But looking at what should our core curriculum be in a college of liberal arts.”During the address, Niemann said one of the main goals for HASS is to look at the curriculum of the college and the various academic departments to determine what courses the college should concentrate on for students.”We can’t afford to be offering a lot of frivolous courses,” Niemann said after the speech. “They may be fun but first we have to think about what is this core and what is key to offer.”She said more faculty took the voluntary separation incentives than expected. Because of this, Niemann said, HASS needs to find ways to better utilize the resources and faculty available to it now.”We have all lost faculty across all colleges on campus,” Niemann said.Niemann said a blue-ribbon group was organized to study the curriculum. The team is led by John Allen, associate dean of research and graduate education. The team also includes JoAnn Wilson, director of interior design and Ted Pease, interim department head of journalism and communications.Niemann said the group will meet with faculty to discuss what courses are important for the departments and college. The group will eventually give recommendations as to what the new curriculum should be at HASS, she said.

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