The Kansas Board of Regents will consider a proposal from Fort Hays State University to add a bachelor of science degree in its Department of Political Science.
The Regents will meet March 14 at Pittsburg State University, and also will hear a proposal to construct an addition to the Memorial Union housing student services.
Adding the bachelor of science degree to the department will offer students a more specialized education in political science than the bachelor of arts degree, according to the program description.
The bachelor of arts degree offers a broad education in the major that includes foreign language and electives.
The bachelor of science will allow students to specialize in technical areas. Students interested in research or campaign management can take statistics or computer science, while those interested in public health or agriculture policy could take courses in biology or agriculture, the program summary says.
The addition to the Memorial Union will be the 48,000-square-foot Fischli-Wills Center for Student Success announced approximately a year ago. FHSU alumni Richard and Dolores Fischli committed $5 million towards the $16.5 million proposed addition that will bring a number of student services under one roof.
The remaining amount toward construction will be paid for by a $4 per credit hour student fee approved by students last year. It will go into affect in fall 2019 and will pay off a bond by fall 2039.
The three-story center will be connected to the north end of the Memorial Union by a second-floor walkway.
The student success center will contain existing student services such as advising and career exploration, tutoring and academic support, personal and mental health counseling, and will relocate offices for student government, the Center for Student Involvement, Office of Inclusion and Diversity Excellence, and potentially the Center for Civic Engagement and Fraternity and Sorority Life.
The university projects it will open in 2020 or 2021.