DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR JOURNALISM MAJORS IN THE COLLEGE
OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006
Dean Ellen Wartella of the College of Communication has
filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposed
changes in the requirements for journalism majors in the Department of
Journalism in the College of Communication chapter in The Undergraduate
. The faculty of the department and the dean approved
the proposed changes on November 21, 2003. The dean submitted the changes
to the secretary on November 26, 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
5, 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
To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General
Faculty by noon on April 2, 2004.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council
This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/)
on March 25, 2004. Paper copies are available on request from the Office
of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR JOURNALISM
MAJORS IN THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE
|On page 79, in the College of Communication chapter of The
Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, under the heading DEGREES,
in the section BACHELOR OF JOURNALISM, make
the following changes:
To become a journalism major, a student must apply for admission and
must indicate his or her primary interest in one of the four areas
of concentration within the school: print journalism, photojournalism,
broadcast journalism, and multimedia journalism. The student should
apply for admission while taking or upon completing Journalism 315.
Admission decisions are made by the Journalism Undergraduate Selection
The student may not take any upper-division journalism course unless
he or she has been admitted to the program. Students who register for
upper-division journalism courses without having been admitted to the
program will be dropped from those courses, normally before the twelfth
To enroll in upper-division journalism courses, a student must have
a University grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade point
average in courses in the College of Communication of at least 2.00.
Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be dropped from upper-division
journalism courses, normally before the twelfth class day. This requirement
is waived for the transfer student during the first semester of coursework,
while he or she is establishing a University grade point average.
The student must complete at least eighty semester hours outside journalism.
At least sixty-five hours must be in liberal arts and natural sciences.
] A score of at least 45
on the College of Communication
Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test and a score of at least 29
the School of Journalism Word Processing Test are required for admission
to most journalism courses. Students who do not fulfill this requirement
will be dropped from these courses, normally before the twelfth class
Additional information about the preceding requirements is available
from the School of Journalism at (512) 471-1845 or http://journalism.utexas.edu/
A student majoring in journalism may not register for more than nine
semester hours in journalism in one semester or summer session.
Any student enrolled in a journalism course who does not attend the
first class meeting or laboratory session may be dropped from that
A student with a major in journalism must have a grade of at least
in each course taken in the College of Communication that is counted
toward the degree; if the course is offered on the pass/fail basis
only, the student must have the symbol CR
This is an effort
to formalize as part of our curriculum a requirement of the Accrediting
Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC),
which sets the standards for accredited journalism programs.
The Council says that we must provide curricula that ensure that students
have a balance between courses in journalism and courses in other disciplines,
primarily in the liberal arts and sciences. To ensure compliance with
that standard (and thus maintain accreditation), a journalism program
must ensure that at least 95 percent of its
graduates meet the 80/65 provision. Under this provision,
students must take a minimum of 80 semester hours outside of journalism
and no fewer than 65 must be in the liberal arts and sciences.
Because of our curriculum guidelines and the advising students receive,
most of our students do tend to meet this requirement. But because
it is not spelled out in the catalogue or on the advising checklist,
it is entirely possible for a student to fail to do so. This wording
change makes the requirement explicit and eliminates that possibility.
But it does not change the basic curriculum requirements now in place.