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Widener University (Chester, PA 19013-5792)
John Hopkins (Project Director: September 1970 to present)

Curriculum Planning in the Humanities

Planning for a broad revision of the humanities curriculum. ABSTRACT: Planning for broad-scale revision of the humanities curriculum. Committee to develop report for faculty considerations, assessing financial requirements for program support and preparing materials to be used in seeking additional support for implementation of the program. Areas to be explored: 1) merger of English and Modern Language Departments into a single comparative literature program; 2) theater program synthesizing traditional theater arts with new areas of communication such as film and TV; 3) expanded program relating to urban and black America, exploring man's relationship to man and to self within the complexities of contemporary America; 4) implementation of a 4-1-4 (two 4-month terms with a one-month intersession) academic year; 5) development of activities in humanities outside the classroom. Planning for revision must recognize rapid pace of change; change in the number and character of college students, in the multi-media character of modern civilization, in the character and scope of available knowledge with which faculty and students must grapple. Small liberal-arts colleges must find a new raison d'etre, avoid the image of a bland, small-scaled university, and develop programs which offer students a quality of education which universities, with compartmentalization and emphasis on specialization, are unable to provide. Funds for released time for faculty, travel; fees, travel and per diem for consultants.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Institutional Planning and Development

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$15,000 (approved)
$15,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1970 – 7/31/1971