THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE

 

FACULTY SENATE

 

 Senate Document Number    0811F

 

 Date of Senate Approval      12/08/11

 

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:

 

 

APC Document 4:                  Change description for MLA 670, Scholarly Inquiry Seminar

 

Effective Date: Fall 2012

 

 

1.   Delete:      On page 215, description for MLA 670:

 

This seminar provides a forum for students to develop their individual scholarly interests into a capstone MLA project. Includes survey of techniques of inquiry in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as practical issues from finding a topic, to final presentation and defense. Students will define a topic for the project seminar and begin preliminary research. Project proposals must be approved by the project advisor, the instructor of MLA 670, and the MLA Director. Prerequisite: 21 hours in the MLA Program. (Grading S/U). Spring.

 

 

     Add:            On page 215, in place of deleted entry:

 

This seminar provides a forum for students to develop their individual scholarly interests into a capstone MLA project. Includes survey of techniques of inquiry in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as practical issues from finding a topic, to final presentation and defense. Students will define a topic for the project seminar, choosing a subject in which they have had at least 6 credit hours of graduate-level coursework, and begin their preliminary research. Project proposals must be approved by the project advisor, the instructor of MLA 670, and the MLA Director. Prerequisite: 21 hours in the MLA Program. (Grading S/U). Spring.

 

Impact Statement:   

This will have no impact on the resources and staffing of the MLA program. It will have a positive impact on the quality of MLA students’ final projects, which serve as “capstones” to their studies in this program.

 

Rationale:      

MLA students sometimes want to choose capstone projects unrelated—or too loosely related--to their studies in the program. Requiring students to have at least 6 hours of coursework in their chosen topic will help to assure that the students are competent to successfully pursue their projects as true capstones.