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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 Catalog, 2004-2006. 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 Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on April 2, 2004.

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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.

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PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR JOURNALISM MAJORS IN THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

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:


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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 Committee.

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 class day.

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.

[Passing scores] A score of at least 45 on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test and a score of at least 29 on 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 day.

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 course.

A student with a major in journalism must have a grade of at least C 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.


RATIONALE: 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

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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.