14-15 Graduate Addenda

The following catalog descriptions were approved by General Faculty and need to be added to the 2014/2015 Graduate Catalog addendum.  


  • Art Requirement Change in the B.A. in Art History Degree  (Page 95)


  • Biology New Program:  BS in Environmental Biology  (Page 106)
  • Biology New Program:  BA in Environmental Biology  (Page 106)
  • Biology New Program, BS in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology  (Page 107)
  • Changes in the BS Biology Degree:  change of the core biology requirements for the degree. (Page 105)
  • Changes in the BA Biology Degree:  change in the core biology requirements for the degree. (Page 105)
  • Changes in the BS Degree for Secondary Education Specialization (Page 106)
  • Deleted: BA in Biology with Secondary Education Emphasis

Communication Department

  • Communication department name changed to Communication Studies  (Page 116)

Computer Information Sciences

  • Changes in BA degree for Computer Information Sciences  (Page 119)

General Education/Transfer Credits

  • Change in the distribution of General Education for the Associate of Science (AS) degree only (Pages 78, 81)
  • Changes in the Transfer of International Credit    (Pages 75,76)


  • Changes in the BEd in Physical Education Teaching  (Page 81)


  • MU 106 is crosslisted with HI 105 Introduction to World Music and its History.  MU 106 is NOT cross listed with AN 120.  (Pages 91, 148, 188)

Philosophy/Religious Studies

  • Changes in the BA for Philosophy  ( Page 194)

(Revised) Student Learning Outcomes for Philosophy  (Page 195)

Philosophy students at Washburn University, upon graduation, are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically, using both natural and artificial languages;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the major figures and movements in Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Philosophy;
  3. Explain important theories and the views of major figures in Metaphysics and Epistemology;
  4. Explain important theories and the views of major figures in Value Theory;
  5. Formulate and evaluate philosophical positions critically and systematically;
  6. Construct well-reasoned, well-integrated essays based on philosophical research; and
  7. Defend philosophical positions in an oral format.

(Revised) Mission Statement for Philosophy 

Consistent with the mission of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy is dedicated to providing high quality undergraduate courses in philosophy and religion, to providing the educational foundations for life-long critical thinking, to engaging in research and scholarly activities in these and related areas and to serving the University and its various communities. The Department emphasizes excellence in teaching undergraduate students.  (Page 194)

 (Revised) Student Learning Outcomes for Religious Studies  (Page 211)

Philosophy students at Washburn University, upon graduation, are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the subject matter of, and various methods used in, the academic study of religion.
  2. Describe the nature and diversity of world religions.
  3. Demonstrate competence in a concentrated area of religious studies.
  4. Assess various theories, concepts, and materials (e.g., written texts, oral reports, archaeological data) central to the academic study of religion.
  5. Conduct and present research in written form.
  6. Orally explain and defend positions taken in written research.


  • Physics New Program: Associate of Science degree in Engineering-Physics  (Pages 51, 198)

School of Business

New Concentration for the BBA Degree in Business: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Pedagogical models for entrepreneurship include, among others; problem-based learning, learning through apprenticeship, action and experiential learning, competition, role-playing, simulation, opportunity-identification activities and multiple case studies. The proposed model designed for the EI program includes several of these methods, but is modeled specifically on the action and experiential-based learning model. The following curriculum was developed through extensive secondary and primary research conducted by Washburn faculty on entrepreneurship programs throughout the U.S. and abroad since 2008. All courses have already been approved by School of Business faculty and have been taught as part of the Entrepreneurship certificate.

Course requirements: Four courses (12 credit hours) for the EI concentration:

i. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity (BU343)

ii. Entrepreneurial Marketing (BU369)

iii. Entrepreneurial Finance for Small Business (BU389)

iv. Entrepreneurship Clinic (BU470)

It is recommended that the required courses be sequential. The logic behind this approach is that the first class (BU343) many ideas are generated, these ideas are then trimmed through feasibility analysis and for market potential, then matched with marketing resources and planning in the Entrepreneurial Marketing (EM369) course. The remaining ideas are then analyzed for financial feasibility in the Entrepreneurial Finance for Small Business (BU389). A financial plan is developed that reduces the number of potential, feasible business ideas to a final new venture opportunity. Finally the new venture opportunity is either further refined and/or acted upon in the capstone class the Entrepreneurship Clinic (BU470).

New Concentration for the BBA Degree in Business:  International Business   (Page 282)

 The international business curriculum is designed to equip graduates with skills suitable for employment at international and global enterprises. A student would understand advantages and challenges of doing business globally, understand different cultures and be able to perform business tasks in a different cultural and professional environment.

The following courses are required for the International Business concentration:

  • BU356 Cross-Cultural Management
  • BU368 International Marketing
  • EC410 International Economics or BU477 International Finance
  • BU457 Multinational Enterprise Practices
  • Twelve additional upper-division elective hours in accounting, business, or economics
  • One of the following:
    • BU 406 International Business and Entrepreneurship Experience* or
    • No less than 3 credit hours earned through a university-approved study abroad or an international internship,* or
    • 6 credit hours of course work in one of the modern foreign languages at the intermediate level or above.

* Credits earned can be counted towards the fulfillment of the twelve AC/BU/EC credit hour requirement.


Policy, Procedure, and Records   (Page 58)

 Washburn University maintains various student records to document academic work and to record interac­tions with University staff and officials. The Family Educa­tional Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) was enacted to protect each student’s right to privacy and to provide each student the right to inspect and review his/her edu­cation records. This Act is also commonly known as the Buckley Amendment. A notice of this policy is published each semester/term in the Registration Information Guide and by email each semester to all students.  For purposes of FERPA, “student” is defined as an individual who is or has been in attendance at Washburn University.  At the University, an individual is considered “in attendance” when he or she has attended a class.

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