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DOCUMENTS AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL


CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN ETHNIC STUDIES,
WITH A CONCENTRATION IN MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES,
IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

Judith Langlois, Dean ad interim of the College of Liberal Arts, has filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the proposal set forth below concerning changes in the requirements for a major in ethnic studies, with a concentration in Mexican American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts as set out in The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. The proposal was approved by the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and by the Dean on November 8, 1998. The proposal was received from the College of Liberal Arts on November 23, 1998, and the edited proposal was received from the Official Publications office on January 6, 1999. The Secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest only to a single college or school.

If no objection is filed in the Office of the General Faculty within five working days of the date of circularization, the legislation set forth below will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by February 11, 1999.


/Signed/

John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council

Notice of this legislation was distributed to the members of the Faculty Council on February 3, 1999. The legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site (www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on February 3, 1999. Paper copies are available on request from the Faculty Council Office, FAC 22, F9500.







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CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN ETHNIC STUDIES,
WITH A CONCENTRATION IN MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES,
IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000,
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

On page 255, in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, in the DEGREES section, under BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I, MAJORS AND MINORS, make the following changes:

Ethnic Studies

The ethnic studies program is administered through the Center for African and African American Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies. The directors and executive committees of these centers advise students, prescribe groups of courses that fulfill content requirements, and authorize course substitutions when appropriate. Students majoring in ethnic studies must choose one of two areas of concentration and meet the requirements of that concentration as outlined below.

African American Studies

1. African and African American Studies 301.

2. Eighteen semester hours in a single discipline, including at least twelve hours of upper-division coursework and six hours of African American content coursework.

3. Nine semester hours of African American content coursework in disciplines other than the one used to fulfill requirement 2, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework.

Mexican American Studies

1. [ Mexican American Studies 310, 312, 316, and 318. ] Fifteen semester hours of lower-division coursework in Mexican American studies, consisting of Mexican American Studies 307 or 308 and twelve additional hours. Three semester hours of upper-division coursework in Spanish may be counted toward this requirement.

[ 2. ] [ Spanish 346 or an approved equivalent. ]

[ 3. ] 2. Eighteen semester hours [ in a single discipline, including at least nine hours ] of upper-division coursework[ , six hours of Mexican American content coursework, and a three-hour Mexican content course. Students using English to meet this requirement may substitute an approved three-hour Mexican content course in another discipline. ] in Mexican American studies, including Mexican American Studies 372.

Rationale

To give the Mexican American Studies concentration more flexibility and a streamlined structure by requiring a basic introductory course in 'cultural studies' and/or 'policy studies;' allowing any upper-division Spanish course to be applied towards lower-division major requirements; and by requiring three semester hours of a pre-existing advanced Mexican American research seminar (MAS 372).

Funding

No additional funding is required for these changes.