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Regents Approve Academic Changes, Construction Design

August 17, 2018
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti


Sam Houston State University’s operating budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and degree programs and course additions were among the items approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents at their regular quarterly meeting in Lost Pines, Texas on August 16.

Within academic affairs, degree program additions approved include, Master of Arts in Technical Communication in the Department of English, Master of Fine Arts in Art and Social Practice in the Department of Art, Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security Studies and Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security Studies in the Department of Security Studies.

Further academic changes include the addition of two introductory physics courses to the general education core curriculum and authorization to eliminate the Master of Arts in Teaching degree plan housed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

In program additions, a graduate certificate program in Communication Studies housed in the Department of Communication Studies and an undergraduate certificate in Technical Communication in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences was approved.

In curriculum, 55 additional courses for the 2018-2019 academic year were approved, 23 course deletions and 39 course changes were approved for the 2019-2020 academic year. Additionally, an increase in semester credit hours from 117 to 120 for the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education in the College of Education was approved.

Regents also approved to change the name of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication to the College of Arts and Media.

In planning and construction, design development documents were approved for the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine (applicant status – seeking accreditation).

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