The University Record, February 11, 2002

LS&A meeting roundup

By Theresa Maddix

The LS&A faculty meeting Feb. 4 focused on a change in degree requirements to allow its undergraduates easier access to minors in other schools or colleges.

The faculty voted to change the faculty code requirements for courses offered through LS&A for a bachelor of arts degree to 100 credit hours from 108. Candidates for bachelor of science degrees now can use up to nine credits designated interdisciplinary. Minors take up 15–18 credits.

Robert Owen, associate dean of LS&A and professor of geology, says, “A number of our students are asking to pursue minors in other colleges. Our students have not been able to get them because they are constrained by numbers of credits. This change will alleviate that.”

One LS&A member asked if a response was received from a letter sent Dec. 5 to then-president Lee C. Bollinger that called upon the University Administration to “explain how its intimate relationship with the Washtenaw County United Way is compatible with its non-discrimination policies.”

Dean Shirley Neuman said that no response had come through. The faculty voted to send a reminder of the first letter to Interim President B. Joseph White.

The LS&A nominating committee members were announced. The committee anounces candidates to serve on the executive and curriculum committees. Nominees are:

  • Chair Matthew Shapiro, professor of economics and senior research scientist in the Survey Research Center

  • Philip Bucksbaum, professor of physics

  • Jacquelynne Eccles, professor of psychology

  • Mel Hochster, professor of mathematics

  • David Velleman, professor of philosophy

  • Patricia Yaeger, professor of English and director of the academic program for the Department of English.