Computer science, art courses added to university catalog

William Mosshammer

The Educational Policies Committee discussed additions to the university catalog and lack of student representation during their second meeting of the semester on Sept. 24.

‘I wish we had a student because we are dealing with undergraduate material and they should have a voice,’ said EPC Chair Elizabeth Adams.

According to Adams, she had sent two e-mails to the student government. One e-mail received a reply stating an intention to investigate the matter and the other e-mail did not receive a reply.

The EPC also invited an A.S. representative to the meetings last year with no one attending, said Adams.

‘I think they should give a voice to the student’s side,’ said Deonna Knowles, a CSUN major in her sophomore year.

AS could not be reached for comment.

The EPC also approved new courses for the university catalog during the meeting. Foundations of Computer Science, Mathematics for Digital Animation and Religious and Service Learning, will be available in the spring, according to Adams.

A new course was added to the art department as well, Art 386 Game Animation and Design, which will be available in fall 2009.

Those classes starting in the spring will not appear in the university catalog since a new version was recently issued, but the courses will be available online, according to Adams.

Two art classes, 305 Art Today and 315 Perspectives in Art History, had their course titles changed to Art and Mass Culture and Perspectives in Art History, respectively.

At their next meeting the EPC will discuss the possibility of placing a student’s minor are of study on their graduation diploma. According to Adams, this issue was brought to the EPC by the previous AS president, Adam Haverstock.

Should the EPC decide to go forward with including minors on graduation diplomas, the proposal will then be brought to the Faculty Senate.

Edgar Salazar, a history major in his junior year, agreed with placing academic minors on diplomas.

‘It gives proof that you’ve done the work, you have more experience than just you major,’ Salazar said.

‘You worked four or five years, it’s important to show your work and accomplishments,’ said Knowles.