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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES IN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN ETHNIC STUDIES, ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES CONCENTRATION, 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 the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in ethnic studies, Mexican American studies concentration, 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.


<signed>

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 REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN ETHNIC STUDIES, MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES CONCENTRATION, IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

On page 258, in the section DEGREES, make the following changes:

Mexican American Studies

1. Fifteen semester hours of lower-division course-work in Mexican American studies, consisting of Mexican American Studies 307 or 308 and twelve additional hours. [Three semester hours of upper-division coursework in Spanish may be counted toward this requirement.]
2. [Eighteen] Twenty-one semester hours of upper-division coursework in Mexican American studies, including [Mexican American Studies 372.] Mexican American Studies 350 and either 361 or 362. Any upper-division Spanish course may be substituted for Mexican American Studies 350.

Students must use Spanish to fulfill the Area A foreign language requirement.

Rationale:To give the major more structure and cohesion by requiring an upper-division seminar course designed to be the capstone course of the program. The course is designed to expand the knowledge and skills students have that are necessary to be successful in graduate or professional school and in the job market. The new required course (361 or 362) provides students with experience in the following: advanced research methods and writing, advanced topics in MAS, presentation skills, and training in graduate and professional school admissions processes. The course offers directed teaching in a classroom setting, unlike the previously required MAS 372.

The requirement that Spanish be the foreign language requirement for Area A, and the addition of the MAS 350 Advanced Grammar and Composition for Bilingual/Bicultural Speakers (or any upper-division Spanish) requirement is intended to introduce more rigor into the program. Moreover, the intent is to have students gain greater facility in Spanish because it is an invaluable asset for students as they enter the careers the program is preparing them for.