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American Studies certificate undergoing curricular process; may be an option in 16-17 bulletin

(11/15/15 3:47pm)

A certificate in American Studies may be available for students in Fall 2016. American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that includes courses from political science, geography, history, english, religion, art, music, anthropology, sociology and inter-departmental courses to give students an in-depth look at American from an academic perspective, said College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Associate Dean Tim Hall."There was a strong demand (for the program) among international students," Hall said.

English Language Institute grows with international student population

(10/14/15 10:53pm)

The international student population at Central Michigan University has doubled since 2009. Of the 1175 international students on campus, 444 are currently taking courses in english competency to adapt to CMU's curriculum.These courses, offered by the English Language Institute, are intended to acclimate non-english speaking students to the language so that it is possible for them to take courses."The English Language Institute is for students who have not met the university's language proficiency and need a little more language support before they can take academic classes," said Assistant Director Caitlin Hamstra.Students are placed into one of five levels according to their english needs, Hamstra said. The basic level is for students with virtually no english experience.

Preserving our unwritten history

(04/21/15 10:00pm)

Some Central Michigan University history will never be contained in a plaque or textbook. Stories of using cafeteria trays for sleds and studying in fear of being drafted are ones best told by word of mouth.CMU students in history faculty Brittany Fremion's HST 585: Oral History course spent the semester capturing the experiences of alumni for the Museum of Cultural and Natural History.

Panelists discuss pros and cons of Michigan road tax initiative

(04/20/15 10:37pm)

Students and community members received an education at the Girffin Policy Forum Monday on Proposal 15-1, which would increase various state taxes to address the state of Michigan's roads.This proposal, which will be voted on by the public May 5, will cost approximately $2 billion, which will add an additional cent to Michigan's six-cent sales tax, which would make Michigan the state with the highest sales tax next to California The panel was comprised of legislative assistant John Lamacchia, Retired Chairman and CEO of Ross Medical Education Center Paul Mitchell, Central Michigan University economics faculty Jason Taylor, Director of State Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League Chris Hackbarth and managing editor and state capitol bureau chief of Michigan Public Radio Rick Pluta, who moderated the debate.The panel was described as "lively" by Dean of The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Pam Gates."

Who do you think you are?

(02/15/15 11:14am)

For centuries, personality tests have been used to determine the temperament of the individual.  But the reliability of these tests, and the history behind them, is still a question.Third-year graduate student Seth Courre`ge` (sorry I don't know how to do the accent above e) led a discussion in the Veterans Memorial Library Thursday night on the history and usage of personality tests.

Broadway Theatre to host fantasy conference

(03/25/14 11:58pm)

Dragons, elves and mythical creatures will be taking over The Broadway Theatre in downtown Mount Pleasant when the "Imagining the Fantastic" conference comes to town. The conference is co-sponsored by the theater and the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. It will feature several fantasy artists, sword-smiths and harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry.

CHSBS looking into Brazilian exchange program

(02/23/14 11:58pm)

The dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences will be traveling to Brazil later this semester to explore the possibility of a new foreign exchange program. Dean Pamela Gates said the college is partnering with a few other colleges on campus to create a program allowing students to study abroad in the South American country.

CHSBS and CCFA taking largest student credit hour decreases

(10/02/13 7:00am)

Each college within Central Michigan University has seen a decline in student credit hours this year as a result of freshman enrollment figures dropping significantly. Among colleges taking the biggest hit is the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, which saw the largest decline in student credit hours from last year. “Given that the CHSBS is responsible for two competency courses in English and a significant number of University Program courses, it is reasonable that we would feel the impact in the drop in freshman enrollment,” Dean Pamela Gates said.

New chair: Changes within political science department similar to 'musical chairs'

(05/29/13 7:00am)

The political science department at Central Michigan University has undergone some changes in its faculty this summer. Lawrence Sych is the deaprtment's new chair, Thomas Greitens is the NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration program director and Sharon Kukla-Acevedo is the internship program director.

CMU introduces School of Public Service and Global Citizenship

(03/31/13 5:30pm)

Central Michigan University is offering students the opportunity to gain more global experiences and engage in ethical public service with the addition of the School of Public Service and Global Citizenship. The school will serve as a melting pot for programs that would otherwise not have a specific home by aggregating a variety of both new and old programs.