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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSAL TO DELETE THE ART HISTORY MAJOR
IN THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000

Charles A. Roeckle, Acting Dean of the College of Fine Arts, filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the proposal below to delete the Art History major in the College of Fine Arts chapter of The University of Texas at Austin Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. This change has been approved by the faculty in the College of Fine Arts and by the College of Fine Arts Committee on Undergraduate Policy and Curriculum. The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on February 9, 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 March 3, 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 February 18, 2000. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.



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PROPOSAL TO DELETE THE ART HISTORY MAJOR
IN THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000

On pages 201- 202 of the College of Fine Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, the following major is to be deleted.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS

STUDIO ART MAJOR

No change

DESIGN MAJOR

No change

[ART HISTORY MAJOR

1.
Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described on pages 199-200.
2.
Additional basic education requirements: Fifteen semester hours, consisting of
A.
Social Science
1.
Six semester hours of history.
2.
Three semester hours chosen from the areas of social science listed in the basic education requirements, government, or history.
B.
Fine arts and humanities: Six semester hours chosen from the following areas:
1.
Architecture
2.
Classics, including classical civilization, Greek, Latin (but excluding any courses in Latin or Greek that are used to fulfill the language requirement)
3.
Music
4.
Philosophy
5.
Radio-television-film
6.
Theatre and dance
7.
Programs of special concentration such as women's studies and Latin American studies
3.
Studio art: Eighteen semester hours, consisting of Studio Art 301K, 301L, 302K, 302L, and six additional semester hours of studio art.
4.
Art history: Twenty-four semester hours, consisting of
A.
Art History 302 and 303.
B.
Twelve semester hours of upper-division art history distributed among at least three of the following five areas:
1.
Ancient
2.
Medieval
3.
Renaissance and baroque
4.
Modern
5.
Pre-Columbian and native American, Asian, Islamic, Oceanic, African
C.
Six additional semester hours of art history.
5.
Electives: Twenty-four semester hours chosen from courses either within or outside the Department of Art and Art History.

Total requirements for the degree: 120 semester hours as outlined above.]

No additional changes to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree

 


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Justification for these changes:

The art history major, under the Bachelor of Fine Arts, was initiated at a time when the composition of the art history faculty and the focus of the art history program were very different from what they are today. During the intervening years, the Department of Art and Art History has developed the current art history major under the Bachelor of Arts in Art. The latter is a stronger program in art history and is much more well suited to the current educational needs of undergraduate art history majors. Moreover, the art history major under the current Bachelor of Arts in Art meets the curriculum standards established by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Finally, students wishing to pursue studio art coursework while majoring in art history, can readily do that as art history majors in the Bachelor of Arts in Art.

The art history major under the Bachelor of Fine Arts is now superfluous, and the art history faculty has recommended its deletion.