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Interdisciplinary, Honors and Competency Programs

These programs have been created over a series of years to serve different academic needs. When new studies and programs are established, the faculty members developing the program shall include in their motion to the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning the following:

  • A statement describing the selection process, the length of term, and the necessary qualifications for members of the Steering or Executive Committee.

  • A statement outlining the selection process, the length of term and the responsibilities of the director or coordinator of the program. When appropriate, this document should also outline the part which the Steering Committee will play in the personnel review of the director of the program.

Existing programs, as of 2005, will include material describing these selection processes, etc. as described above in their next scheduled self-study for review and approval by the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning.

Interdisciplinary Programs Granting a Major and a MinorInterdisciplinary Programs Granting Only a MinorHonors ProgramsCompetency Programs
Asian Studies
Black Studies
Conflict Studies
Film Studies
Women's Studies
European Studies
Jewish Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Russian Studies
Environmental Fellows
Honor Scholar
Management Fellows
Media Fellows
Science Research Fellows
Oral Communication
Quantitative Reasoning
Writing

There are nine Interdisciplinary Programs in Asbury College of Liberal Arts associated with the awarding of a degree. These are interdisciplinary academic programs operating outside the departmental structure of governance. Each program has an Executive or Steering Committee responsible for it; each has a director or coordinator for the administration of the program. In addition, there are four Honors Programs and three Competency Programs. All such programs exist in agreement with the University’s Mission Statement. They are not, however, academic departments, but exist as extensions of departmental curricular activities.

Interdisciplinary programs that do not offer a major, Honors and Competency Programs may neither request nor define their own, full-time academic positions without support from a school or department; they do not have full-time, ranked academic positions made exclusively to them. They are typically maintained through the cooperation of several academic departments.

  1. Executive or Steering Committee

    1. Interdisciplinary and Honors Programs

      1. (1) Function: The Executive or Steering Committee will oversee and guide the continuance of the program; it shall conduct the self-study and draft the long-term plans and goals as appropriate. It shall make recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs regarding the needs and goals of the curricular program.

      2. (2) Responsibilities: Except when specified by faculty action as described in the University Catalog, the Academic Handbook, and/or the appropriate faculty meeting minutes, the Executive or Steering Committee shall have supervision over

        • the courses of instruction in its respective field or interdisciplinary area;

        • when applicable, the definition of the major or minor concentration;

        • the program’s academic structure;

        • the criteria for identifying courses in other departments which may satisfy requirements in the programs and the selection of such courses;

        • the designation of affiliated faculty members; and

        • its organizational structure.

        The Executive or Steering Committee is encouraged to provide evidence of participation for the decision file of faculty members teaching in the program

      3. (3) Membership: The members of the Steering Committee shall be appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs based on the recommendations of the director or coordinator of the program and the qualifications set forth when the program was created and/or reviewed during the most recent self-study. Normally the term will be three years.

    2. Competency Programs

      1. (1) Function: The Executive or Steering Committee will oversee and guide the program; it shall conduct the self-study and draft the long-term plans and goals as appropriate. It shall make recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs regarding the needs and goals of the program.

      2. (2) Responsibilities: The Executive or Steering Committee of each Competency Program provides curriculum coherence and development as part of DePauw’s general education requirements. In consultation with related academic departments and participating faculty members, these committees have supervision over the selection of courses for inclusion in the program.

      3. (3) Membership: The members of the Steering Committee shall be appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs based on the recommendations of the director or coordinator of the program and the qualifications set forth when the program was created and/or reviewed during the most recent self-study. Normally the term will be three years.

  2. Director or Coordinator

    1. Interdisciplinary and Honors Programs

      The director or coordinator of Interdisciplinary and Honors Programs administers the areas studies or program in consultation with the Steering or Executive Committee. This director oversees the support personnel and the budget needed to carry out the program. Normally the term of office will be three years. The director of an Interdisciplinary Program is a faculty member appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs from a department which is participating in the Interdisciplinary Program. The director of an Honors Program may be appointed either from among the members of the faculty or as an administrative appointment.

    2. Competency Programs

      These programs have two leadership positions. The Associate Faculty Development Coordinator for each competency program is appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs for a three-year term. The coordinator chairs the Steering Committee and has major oversight of the program. The director of the Competency Center is a faculty member having significant administrative duties; in addition, he or she may have an academic position.


    Note: There are a number of other elements of the curriculum which are not covered by this section. For example, the following are governed by provisions of this handbook describing faculty committees: Winter Term and the First-Year Seminar Program (see Committee on Academic Policy and Planning); Independent Internships (see Management of Academic Operations Committee); Off-Campus Study (see Committee on Experiential Learning). For more information on the Interdisciplinary Major, the Business Administration Minor and the International Business Program, see the DePauw University Catalog.