Resolution Regarding Merger of the Agricultural and Applied Economics and Economics Ph.D. Degrees into a Single Ph.D. Degree in Economics

Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies

CGS&P Resolution 99/00 B

Approved by the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies: February 2, 2000
First Reading at University Council: February 7, 2000
Approved by University Council _____________
Effective Date: Summer I 2000

Whereas, Agricultural and Applied Economics and Economics are closely related disciplines

Whereas, the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and the Department of Economics have a history of collaboration on graduate education and research

Whereas, given the available faculty and support resources, further integration of their Ph.D. programs provides the best opportunity for the Departments to offer substantial breadth and depth in graduate training and research opportunities

Whereas, the Departments have undertaken a cumulating process of integration of their Ph.D. programs since 1996, which has led to 1) a common core of first-year theory, quantitative research methods, and applied economics courses taught jointly by the faculty of the two Departments; 2) a common written Ph.D. Qualifying Examination; 3) strengthening of mutually supportive advanced field courses within the Departments; 4) the adoption of common degree graduation requirements, and 5) a common graduate curriculum Student Planning Guide

Whereas, students currently enrolled in the Departments are pursuing their Ph.D. degrees under the integration described herein and have expressed support for further integration of the Ph.D. programs

Whereas, the faculty of both Departments and Deans of the respective Colleges have endorsed a Memorandum of Agreement describing rules for administration and operation of a joint Ph.D. program, and the Departments have established a Graduate Program Committee chaired by the respective directors of graduate studies and charged by both faculties with many responsibilities for administration of the Ph.D. program

Therefore Let It Be Resolved, that effective Summer I, 2000 the Ph.D. programs in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and the Department of Economics be merged into a single Ph.D. in Economics with a CIP code of 45.0601 indicating "Economics, General" to be granted by both departments.


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