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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY


CREATE AN HONORS PROGRAM IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000, OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN



Richard W. Lariviere, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the proposal below to create an honors program in religious studies in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. The faculty and the dean of the College of Liberal Arts approved the changes on December 28, 1999. The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on February 25, 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 7, 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 March 28, 2000. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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CREATE AN HONORS PROGRAM IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000, OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN



On page 244, in the Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, in the section "ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES," subsection "DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS," add the following upon approval of the Religious Studies major:


Religious Studies Honors Program

Majors who wish to qualify for special honors in religious studies should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program by the end of their junior year. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) thirty-three semester hours of religious studies coursework, including completion of all major requirements; (2) Religious Studies 679HA, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of at least B; (3) Religious Studies 679HB, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A; in this course, the student completes a senior thesis, which must be approved by the director of religious studies; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in religious studies of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.


Rationale:
To provide an honors program for the new bachelor of arts degree in religious studies.