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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY


CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATING WITH DEPARTMENTAL HONORS IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000


Dean Richard W. Lariviere of the College of Liberal Arts filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the proposal below to change the requirements for graduating with departmental honors in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. The faculty of the College of Liberal Arts approved these changes on a no-protest basis on March 17, 2000. The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on April 4, 2000. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation 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 April 28, 2000.



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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council




This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on April 19, 2000. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATING WITH DEPARTMENTAL HONORS IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000

 

On page 240, in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, in the section "ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES," subsection "DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS," make the following changes:

DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS

Most departments in the College of Liberal Arts offer departmental honors programs to their majors. Minimum requirements for the completion of all such programs include (1) a University grade point average of at least 3.00; (2) a three-semester-hour thesis or research project, or a reasonable equivalent, with a grade of at least B; some programs may require a higher grade; [(3) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination in the major field, or a reasonable equivalent;] (3) completion, with a grade point average of at least 3.50, of the coursework required for a major in the field in which the student seeks honors; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree. [Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, with a major outside the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Natural Sciences may also seek special honors in the major; the requirements that the student will meet to earn departmental honors must be approved in advance by the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the dean of the college or school in which the student's major is offered.]

The statement "Special Honors in (name of department or program)" appears on the transcript of each graduate certified as having completed the honors program of that department. [Normally, students may receive special honors in only one department or program, and only in a department or program in which they have completed the requirements for a major. Students seeking an exception to this policy should consult the academic dean.]


Rationale:
To stipulate that honors project requirements require a grade of at least B, to eliminate unnecessary statements, and to clarify others.