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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES IN REQUIRMENTS FOR GRADUATING WITH HONORS IN MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

Associate Dean Larry Carver, for Richard W. Lariviere, filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes in requirements for graduating with honors in Mexican American studies in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog. The changes were approved by the dean and by the liberal arts faculty on a no-protest basis on November 14, 2001, and were submitted to the secretary on November 26, 2001. The secretary has classified the proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on February 11, 2002, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on February 25, 2002. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on March 19, 2002, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

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 29, 2002.


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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council



This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site on March 21, 2002. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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CHANGES IN REQUIRMENTS FOR GRADUATING WITH HONORS IN MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

On page 246, in the section ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, under the heading HONORS, make the following changes:

Mexican American Studies Honors Program

Ethnic studies majors who plan to seek special honors in Mexican American studies should apply to the undergraduate adviser for admission to the honors program no later than two semesters before they expect to graduate. [A] The requirements for admission are a University grade point average of at least [3.00] 3.25 and a grade point average at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the concentration in Mexican American studies [is required for admission]. The requirements for graduation with special honors, which are in addition to the requirements for the major, are (1) [Mexican American Studies 372, with] a grade of A in Mexican American Studies 361 or 362; (2) Mexican American Studies 379H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of at least B; (3) satisfactory performance on an oral presentation [of honors paper research] centered on the honors thesis completed in Mexican American Studies 379H; (4) a University grade point average of at least [3.00] 3.25 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the concentration and for honors [in Mexican American studies]; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Rationale: To make changes in the MAS Honors Program so it is consistent with the changes to the MAS Major by deleting the MAS 372 requirement and adding the new MAS 361 or 362 requirement. In addition, to make the honors program more rigorous, we are raising the University GPA requirement to 3.25 (for admission and for graduation). And, we are including a minimum MAS concentration GPA of 3.50 for admission to the program.

The requirements for graduation with honors are corrected to reflect long-standing practice. Courses required for honors as well as those required for the major are included in the grade point average.