Baylor Regents Approve Changes in Degree Plans

March 21, 1997

Waco, Texas -- The Baylor University Board of Regents today approved a new bachelor of arts degree in dietetics for the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The dietetics option currently offered in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is an accredited/approved program by the American Dietetics Association and has been one of the long standing programs in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Students completing this program now receive a bachelor of science degree.

The new degree plan will give dietetics students the additional option of completing a bachelor of arts degree in their field as do all other students in the various programs in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

"We wanted to make it possible for students who start out with the intention of getting a bachelor of arts degree to get credit for their courses in a dietetics degree plan," said Dr. LuAnn Soliah, associate professor of dietetics in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Currently, students who start along the bachelor of arts degree path must change to the bachelor of science degree path to receive a degree in dietetics. By allowing students to remain in the bachelor of arts degree path, they would not lose any credits.

In other action today, the regents approved the proposed name change for the "foreign service" major in the Department of Political Science to "international studies." The name change is based on a restructuring of the foreign service program, which includes disciplines such as political science, history, religion, anthropology, economics and sociology. The term "international studies" is now generally accepted at almost all major universities and will enable Baylor students to be easily recognized nationally and internationally and to participate in the International Studies Association.

The board also approved the name change for the "Slavic studies" major to "Slavic and East European studies." The name change reflects the expanded scope of the program and the broader geographical area included, which now reaches beyond Russia to the Slavic nations of Eastern Europe, the Baltic States and the border of Asia.

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