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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY


CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A BACHELOR OF ARTS UNDER PLAN I 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 a bachelor of arts under Plan I 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 May 5, 2000.*



<signed>

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.


* The no-protest deadline was extended from April 28, 2000, to May 5, 2000, due to changes requested by the College of Liberal Arts on April 28, 2000.


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CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR\A BACHELOR OF ARTS UNDER PLAN I IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000

 


On page 248, in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, in the section "BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I," subsection "SUMMARY OF THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE, PLAN I," make the following change:

SUMMARY OF THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE, PLAN I

The following is a brief overview of the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I; for detailed regulations see "Degree Requirements, Specific," beginning on page 249.

A total of 120 semester hours is required for the degree. Of the 120 hours, thirty-six must be in upper-division courses. At least thirty hours, including eighteen hours of upper-division coursework, and at least twenty-four of the last thirty hours must be taken in residence at the University. Provided residence rules are met, credit may be earned by examination, by extension, by correspondence (up to 30 percent of the hours required for the degree), or, with the approval of the dean, by work transferred from another institution. A maximum of sixteen semester hours of classroom and/or correspondence coursework may be taken on the pass/fail basis.

Three categories of work must be completed: prescribed work, major and minor requirements, and electives to provide a total of 120 semester hours.


Rationale:
To include University extension (evening) classes in the list of coursework taken out of residence that can be applied to University degrees. University extension courses can be transferred to the University.


On pages 249-250, in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, in the section "BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I," subsection "DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, SPECIFIC," make the following changes:

PRESCRIBED WORK

Area A

English composition and literature: Rhetoric and Composition [English] 306 and English 316K.

Writing: In addition to Rhetoric and Composition [English] 306 and English 316K, each student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component. One of these courses must be upper-division; both must be taken for a letter grade. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill other area requirements or major requirements, unless otherwise specified. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

Foreign language: Students must complete four semesters in a single foreign language. [Students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language must take the first two semesters in a language without degree credit to remove their language deficiency, then complete the equivalent of two semesters beyond those courses in the same language to fulfill their foreign language requirement.]

The foreign language requirement is the attainment of a certain proficiency, as well as the completion of a specified number of courses; however, the courses taken to gain this proficiency are not electives and may


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not be taken on the pass/fail basis. Any part of the requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination. Students may accelerate their progress at any point in the sequence by means of credit by examination.

To achieve proficiency in a foreign language as rapidly as possible, qualified students are urged to take advantage of the intensive foreign language study program. Information about this program is available from the appropriate language department. Courses used to fulfill the foreign language requirement must be language courses; literature-in-translation courses, for example, may not be counted.

Area B

[no change]

Area C

Each student must have credit for three semester hours in a course offered by the University of Texas at Austin Department of Mathematics, excluding Mathematics 301, 316K, and 316L. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the Area C requirement or toward the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics [301, 303D, or 304E] 301 or 303D without degree credit to remove their deficiency.

Fifteen additional semester hours, with no more than nine in any one department, from the fields of study listed below. No more than nine hours of mathematics and computer sciences combined may be included in these fifteen hours. Nine of these fifteen hours must be taken in courses in the College of Natural Sciences, items 1 through [9] 10 below, with at least six hours taken* in one subject from items 1 through 8 below; * these nine hours may include no more than three hours of mathematics and computer sciences combined.3The remaining six hours may be chosen either* from courses in the Natural Sciences listed below or from* the list of approved alternative courses in subjects 11 through 16 that is available from the Student Office. Of these six hours, a [A] maximum of three semester hours in courses in either the history of science [and] or the philosophy of science may be used [to fulfill Area C requirements; any course used must have a prerequisite of at least six semester hours of biological or physical sciences].

A course listed in two or more departments may be used as a course in only one department in fulfilling requirements under Area C. Courses in anthropology, geography, linguistics, and psychology used to fulfill Area C requirements may not also be used to fulfill Area B requirements. Courses in philosophy used to fulfill Area C requirements may not also be used to fulfill Area D requirements.

1.
Astronomy
2.
[Biological sciences] Biology
3.
Chemistry
[4.
Computer sciences]*
4.[5.]*
Geological sciences
5.[6.]*
Marine science
[7.
Mathematics]*
6.
Nutrition*
7.*[8]
Physical science
8.*[9]
Physics

1Additional catalog change submitted by the College of Natural Sciences on April 21, 2000. 
* Additional changes were made to this page at the request of the College of Liberal Arts on April 28, 2000. These changes have caused some text to shift from this page to the next when compared to the original document.
Note: To differentiate between revisions, the April 28 additions have been bolded in the second paragraph.



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9.
Mathematics*
10.
Computer Sciences*
[10]11.
Experimental psychology
[11]12.
Physical anthropology
[12]13.
Physical geography
14.
Philosophy (logic)
[13]15.
History of science and philosophy of science
16.
Other science courses approved by the dean

["Biological sciences" includes courses offered by the Division of Biological Sciences and the Departments of Botany, Microbiology, and Zoology.] Students should confer with their departmental advisers or with counselors in the Student Division to determine which courses are included in items [10, 11, 12, and 13] 8 and 11 through 16.

Students, counselors, and advisers are urged to make careful selection of Area C courses in order to develop a meaningful pattern and a coherent sequence.

Rationale:
Precludes students from taking more than 6 hours in mathematics or computer sciences.*

Area D

Six semester hours from the fields of study listed below. Three of these six hours must be chosen from subarea 1, 2, 3, or 4 (excluding courses in logic).

A student who uses Greek or Latin to meet the foreign language requirement may use additional coursework in the [sam-e] same language to meet the Area D requirement, but only upper-division courses may be used.

1.
Architecture
2.
Classics, including classical civilization, Greek, Latin
3.
Fine arts, including art history, design, ensemble, fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, visual art studies
4.
Philosophy
5.
Other courses that emphasize the topics listed above, if approved by the Office of the Dean. A list of approved alternatives is available in the Student Division.

Rationale:

To remove foreign language and mathematics deficiency requirements for entering freshmen; to clarify the Area C requirements and add the 'Philosophy logic' category according to current practice; and to note the availability of the Area D alternatives list in the Student Division.


* Additional changes were made to this page at the request of the College of Liberal Arts on April 28, 2000. These changes have caused some text to shift from this page to the next when compared to the original document.


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On page 250, in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, in the section "BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I," subsection "DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, SPECIFIC, SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS," delete the subsection "Requirements in Order of Work."

[Requirements in Order of Work

In general, it is desirable that a student register for a foreign language course in the first long-session semester and continue the foreign language sequence until the requirement is complete. A freshman may not take two first-semester language courses.

A freshman may not register for more than eight semester hours in one department in a single semester.

Each regularly enrolled student must have completed fifteen semester hours of required coursework by the end of the first long session (or two long-session semesters) in residence, thirty semester hours by the end of the second, and forty-five semester hours by the end of the third, including credits and exemptions earned by examination. If the student has not passed the required number of hours by the end of the specified period, he or she must register for at least nine semester hours of required coursework in each long-session semester in residence until the deficiency is removed.

If there is a conflict between these requirements and orderly progress in the student's major program or preprofessional program, exceptions may be authorized by the dean upon recommendation of the department chairman or program supervisor in the student's major field. "Major program" is understood to mean all work, in any department, necessary to the program.]


Rationale:
To remove restrictions on entering freshmen and thereby facilitate earlier graduation.


On page 253, in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, in the section "BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I," subsection "MAJORS AND MINORS," make the following changes:

MAJORS AND MINORS

Major requirements. [no change]

Advising of majors. [No change]

Hour requirements for the major. Unless the requirements of the major state otherwise, a major consists of at least twenty-one but no more than [thirty-six] forty-two semester hours, with at least twelve hours in upper-division courses. Of these twelve hours, six must be taken in residence. These restrictions exist in the context of the general residence requirement for the major of eighteen semester hours.

Unless otherwise indicated, a course taken to meet the requirements under "Prescribed Work," pages 249-250, may also be counted toward fulfillment of the major requirements.

A student who earns credit by examination with a grade of C or better will be given the appropriate grade and degree credit, including hours required in the major.

Minors. To receive the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, with a major other than ancient history and classical civilization, archaeological studies, [ethnic studies,] humanities, or Latin American studies, the student must also fulfill the requirements of a minor. The minor consists of a specific number of semester hours of coursework completed outside the student's major field; in some departments, the minor field may be the


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same as the major. The requirements of the minor are established by the major department and are given with the major requirements on pages 253-260. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the academic department(s) in which the student takes the courses used to fulfill the requirements of the minor; before planning to use a course to fulfill the minor requirement, the student should also consult the department or program that offers the course.

The same courses may not be used to fulfill the requirements for both a major and a minor. Courses used to fulfill the requirements for a minor must be taken on the letter-grade basis, and six of the required semester hours must be taken in residence.

Unless otherwise indicated, a course taken to meet the requirements under "Prescribed Work," pages 249-250, may also be counted toward fulfillment of the minor requirements.

Majors in departments in other colleges and schools. [No change]


Rationale:
To reflect current practice. Humanities, for example, requires forty-two semester hours for the major.