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Dean George Gau of the Red McCombs School of Business has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposal to change the degree requirements for a bachelor of business administration in the Red McCombs School of Business chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of the school approved the proposed changes on October 29, 2003. The dean approved the changes and submitted them to the secretary on November 7, 2003. The secretary has classified this 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 December 5, 2003, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on December 11, 2003. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on February 26, 2004, 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 noon on March 5, 2004.


Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council

This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site ( on February 27, 2004. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.



On pages 47-49, under the heading DEGREES, in the Red McCombs School of Business chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:


1. A grade point average of at least 2.00 is required on all work undertaken at the University for which a grade or symbol other than Q, W, X, or CR is recorded. In addition, a grade point average of at least 2.00 in business courses is required.
The official grade in a course is the last one made; however, if a student repeats a course and has two or more grades, all grades and all semester hours are used to calculate the University grade point average and to determine the student’s scholastic eligibility to remain in the University and his or her academic standing in the Red McCombs School of Business.
A student may not repeat for credit or grade points any course in which he or she has earned a grade of C or higher (or the symbol CR, if the course was taken on the pass/fail basis).

2. A candidate for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree must be enrolled in the Red McCombs School of Business in the semester or summer session in which the degree is awarded.

3. Each student is expected to follow the course sequence prescribed for the student’s degree plan, and to meet the curriculum requirements described in items 4 and 5 below in the year specified.

4. Required work of [thirty-one] thirty semester hours should be taken in the first year:
a. Rhetoric and Composition 306.
b. Economics 304K and 304L.
c. Mathematics 408K and 408L, Mathematics 408C and 408D, or the equivalent.
d. [Management Information Systems 310] Management Information Systems 301.

RATIONALE: Most of the students admitted to the McCombs School as freshmen have acquired computer skills taught in MIS 310 in high school. The MSIS department has created MIS 301which will go beyond skills and address the use of IT in business.

e. Three hours of anthropology, psychology, or sociology chosen from approved courses; courses dealing primarily with statistics or data processing may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
f. Six hours in fine arts or humanities, to be chosen from the following areas: archaeology, architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, humanities, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic and argumentation), theater and dance.
g. Business Administration [101and 102] 101H, 101S, or 101T.

RATIONALE: The faculty has determined that the essential curriculum from the BA 101/102 sequence can be taught in one semester. Therefore the two courses have been condensed into one and the content and presentation has been redesigned to meet the specific needs of our populations: transfer, freshmen and honors students.

5. Required work of thirty-six semester hours should be taken in the second year:2
a. Accounting 311 and 312.
b. English 316K.
c. Business Administration 324.


d. Statistics 309.
e. Six hours in natural science, to be taken in one of the following fields: astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, physics.
f. Six hours of American government, including Texas government.
g. Six hours of American history.
h. Three hours of public speaking with an emphasis (at least 50 percent of the course content) on the preparation and presentation of professional speeches, using computer technology when appropriate.

6. [Eighteen] Fifteen semester hours beyond the first two years are specified as follows:2
a. Legal Environment of Business 323.
b. Finance [354 and] 357.
c. Marketing 337.
d. Management 335 or 336.
e. A professional, business-related internship or practicum course chosen from the following: Accounting 353J, 366P, Business Administration 353H, Finance 353, 366P, Management 353, 366P, Management Information Systems 353, 366P, Marketing 353, 366P. Only one internship course may be counted toward the degree.

RATIONALE: The business faculty is removing FIN 354, Money and Banking, from the core curriculum
for the following reasons:
Review of seven other top business programs indicates that the traditional Money and Banking course is a core requirement in only one other school (Wharton).
While the committee believes the course content is valuable, many of the topics are covered in the required Macro Economics course (ECO 304L).
The Economics department has approached the McCombs School with the intent of modifying the course content as needed to accommodate the needs of business students.
This course has become increasing difficult for the Finance Department to staff (requiring sections of 200 plus) and is not an area of finance in which the department has chosen to emphasize research.
FIN 354 will continue to be offered in smaller sections as an elective.
Departments may include FIN 354 as a major or concentration requirement.

7. The following requirements apply in addition to those listed in items 4, 5, and 6 above:
a. Additional coursework to provide a total of at least sixty semester hours outside the Red McCombs School of Business. At least six of these hours must be at the upper-division level. Students should consult the requirements of their major department for additional information about coursework to be taken outside the school.
b. Completion of the requirements of one of the majors listed in the section “Program Degree Requirements” that begins below. In no event is a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration awarded to a student with fewer than forty-eight semester hours in business, at least twenty-four of which have been completed in residence on the letter-grade basis at the University. At least sixty semester hours of coursework must be completed in residence at the University on the letter-grade basis. At least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in the major must be completed in residence at the University on the letter-grade basis.3 For additional residence requirements, see the general requirements for graduation on pages 16-18.

8. Proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to that shown by the completion of the first two semesters taught at the University. This requirement may be fulfilled either by completion of the two high school units in a single foreign language that are required for admission to the University as a freshman or by the demonstration of proficiency at the second-semester level. Credit earned at the college level to achieve the proficiency may not be counted toward the degree. It may be earned on the pass/fail basis.

9. Any two courses certified as having a substantial writing component; one of these courses must be upper-division. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule. They must be taken on the letter-grade basis to fulfill this requirement. They may be used simultaneously to fulfill other requirements.