Level I Program Form Department/program Summary

Level I Program Form
I Summary of Proposed Changes
Department/program Applied Arts and Sciences
This is a proposal to create two communication areas of
concentration/options for students seeking the AA degree: 1)Communication
Studies and 2)Professional Communication.
II Endorsements and Approvals
Please obtain the Program Chair/Director’s approval, the Dean and the Associate Provost.
Requestor: Kim Reiser
Phone: 243-7839
Program Chair/Director: Cathy Corr
Other affected programs: Steve Schwartz, Chair,
Communication Studies
Dean’s Signature
Initial Review in Provost’s Office
Faculty Senate Review
Are other departments/programs affected by this
Please obtain signature(s) from the
modification because of
Chair/Director of any such department/ program
(a) required courses incl. prerequisites or
(above) before submission
(b) perceived overlap in content areas
(c) cross-listing of coursework
III Type of Level I Proposal (please check the appropriate space)
(a) Re-titling existing majors, minors, or options
(b) Eliminating existing majors, minors, or options via a program termination checklist
(c) Adding new minors or certificates where there is a major
(d) Adding new minors or certificates where there is an option in a major
(e) Departmental mergers and name changes
(f) Program revisions –for minor modifications use the program modification form
(g) Distance delivery of previously authorized degree program.
(h) Adding option within an existing major or degree *
(i) Eliminating organizational units such as departments, divisions and colleges or
schools *
(j) Consolidating existing program and/or degree *
*Requires level II BOR documentation submitted to the Provost’s Office (refer to
IV Catalog Language
If you are proposing a change to an existing
Please provide the proposed copy as you wish it
program or major, please cut and paste the
to appear in the catalog. 
requirements as they appear in the current catalog
below. www.umt.edu/catalog 
Please explain/justify the new proposal or change. 
This proposal is for two communication options or emphasis areas for students seeking the
AA degree: Communication Studies and Professional Communication.
Many two-year colleges across the nation provide communication studies options within the
AA degree. These options primarily respond to the need to assist students in their
matriculation into a Bachelor Degree in Communication Studies. However, they also provide
students with the ability to focus their AA degree in an area that is of increasing demand to
In addition, retention is an important strategic issue at the University of Montana. Packaging
courses for students interested in pursuing communication studies assists with advising and
assessing students’ transition from their two-year degree into a four-year degree, both
important processes for increasing retention.
What other programs are affected by your
proposal? Obtain signatures as requested below.
V Department Summary Required if several proposals are submitted. In a separate document
list program title and proposed change for all proposals.
VI Copies and Electronic Submission After all signatures have been obtained submit the
original, a paper copy and electronic file to the Faculty Senate Office, UH 221.