DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
PROPOSED CHANGE IN THE PUBLIC RELATIONS MAJOR IN THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION
CHAPTER, THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006
Dean Ellen Wartella of the College of Communication has
filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposal
to change the degree requirements for students pursuing a bachelor of
communication in the Department of Public Relations 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 October
7, 2003. The dean submitted the changes to the secretary on October 10,
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 April 6,
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
On April 16, 2004, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a
no-protest basis. At the request of the College of Communication, the
provost returned the proposal for revision on May 3, 2004. The legislation
was resubmitted to the Council on May 7, 2004, with no-protest deadline
of May 13, 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 April 8, 2004. Amended proposal posted on May 7, 2004. Paper
copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty,
PROPOSED CHANGE IN THE PUBLIC RELATIONS MAJOR
IN THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER, THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG,
|On pages 81-82, in the College of Communication chapter of The
Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, under the heading DEGREES,
in the section
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC RELATIONS, make
the following changes:
To enroll in upper-division public relations courses, a student
must have earned a grade of at least B in Advertising 318J
and 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 public relations 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.
In addition, a student with a major in public relations must
have a grade of at least C in each course taken in the College
of Communication that is counted toward the degree and a grade
of at least C in each course counted toward the major requirements;
if the course is offered on the pass/fail basis only, the student
must have the symbol CR
A passing score on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling
and Punctuation Test is required for admission to some courses
in the major. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will
be dropped from these courses, normally before the twelfth class
A student majoring in public relations may not register for more
than nine semester hours of public relations in one semester
or summer session.
||Rhetoric and Composition 306, English 316K, and [
three-semester-hour course in either English or rhetoric and composition]
six semester hours chosen from Rhetoric and Composition 309K,
309L, and 309S.
||Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component,
both of which may be taken within the College of Communication.
Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in
the Course Schedule.
||Three semester hours of coursework in the College of
Communication dealing with the study of communication issues
concerning at least one minority or nondominant group within
the United States. Courses that fulfill this requirement may
also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. A partial
list of these communication and culture courses is given on page
71; a complete list is available in the college’s Office
of Student Affairs before registration for each semester and
summer session. The courses are also identified in the Course
||Three semester hours of fine arts, chosen from courses in art
(including art history, studio art, visual art studies), fine arts,
music (including music, instruments, ensemble), and theatre and
||Students must complete four semesters in a single foreign language.
These courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. The usual
course sequence is 406 or 506, 407 or 507 or 508K, 312K, and 312L.
For some languages, different course numbers are used; such courses
may be counted toward this requirement if they are designed to
provide first-semester-level through fourth-semester-level proficiency.
Any part of this requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination.
Students who enter the University with a foreign language deficiency
must take the first two semesters in a foreign language without
degree credit to remove the deficiency. Students must then complete
two semesters beyond those courses in the same language to fulfill
the foreign language requirement.
An extensive foreign language testing program is available at the
University. Students with
||knowledge of a language are encouraged to take appropriate
tests both to earn as much credit as possible and to be placed
at the proper level for further study. Students should consult
the Measurement and Evaluation Center or the department concerned
for information on testing.
||Fifteen semester hours of social science, consisting
of six hours of American history; six hours of American government,
including Texas government; and three hours of anthropology,
economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.
|Three semester hours of mathematics.]
Mathematics 303D, 305G, or a substitute as required for
||Nine semester hours of natural sciences, of which six hours
(and no more than six) must be taken in one field of study. Courses
must be chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology,
chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, marine science,
physical science, and physics. For this requirement, a student
may take three hours of mathematics beyond those used to fulfill
|Six] Twelve semester hours of [ upper-division]
coursework in [ the Red McCombs School of Business,] business, preferably
three hours in marketing, [ and] three hours in
management, three hours in accounting, and three hours in
either legal environment of business or finance. At least
six of the twelve hours must be in upper-division coursework. Marketing
338 may not be [ used to fulfill] counted toward this
||At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.
||No more than twelve semester hours of transfer credit may be
counted toward the major requirements given below.
|Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester
hours. No more than thirty-six semester hours in one subject
may be counted toward the degree.
||At least [
|thirty] thirty-six but no more than [ thirty-six] forty-two semester
hours of coursework, of which at least twenty-four hours must
be upper-division. The following courses are required:
|| Advertising 318J[
|;], 344K[ ;], Journalism 315, [ or
Rhetoric and Composition 309K, 309L, 309S, 325M, or 379C
(Topic: Grammar and Style for Writers);] 360, Public Relations
321K, 331 or 333[ ;], 334, 348[ ;], 367[ ;], and 377K. [ A
rhetoric and composition course counted toward this requirement
may not also be used to fulfill requirement 1 of the prescribed
To take Journalism 315, students must have 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. Students who
register without meeting this requirement will be dropped
from the course, normally before the twelfth class day.
A statistics course is a prerequisite for certain upper-division
courses in the major. A list of statistics courses that
may be used is available from the public relations adviser.
|Nine additional hours of advertising, or coursework
chosen from the list of approved courses available from
the public relations undergraduate adviser.] Six
additional hours in public relations, advertising, and
journalism, preferably chosen
from Advertising 378, Public Relations 378, and Journalism
||At least six semester hours of coursework must be taken in
the College of Communication but outside [
|the Department of
advertising and public relations. The following are preferred:
Communication Studies 306M, 313M, 332, 367 (approved topics),
Journalism 363; a list of approved topics of Communication Studies
367 is available from the public relations adviser. [ However,
no] No student may count toward the degree more than [ forty-two]
forty-eight hours (including transfer credit) in College of Communication
coursework [ ; in the context of this requirement, all courses
listed in requirement 1a above and all courses on the list of
courses that may be used to fulfill requirement 1b above are
treated as if they were College of Communication courses].
||No College of Communication course to be counted toward the
degree and no course to be counted toward major requirement 1
above may be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless the course
is offered only on that basis.
1. Amended due to clarification
by department on May 4, 2004.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The requirement for public
relations students to complete Advertising 318J with a grade of B or
better is being imposed so that students will have the required
the degree under the revised curriculum.
The requirement for students to have a passing score on the GSP
is no longer applicable due to changes in the public
relations curriculum that were
instituted when public
relations was placed under the Department
The limit of nine semester hours or less of public
relations courses per semester
is no longer needed and is being deleted accordingly.
PRESCRIBED WORK: The other changes
in prescribed work involve courses taken as a part of the Business
Foundations Program of the Red McCombs School
These changes are needed to insure public relations students will
be able to take the required business courses and better prepare
for a career in public relations.
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: Public relations students
were constantly requesting appeals to take more hours within the
major. Increasing the total number of hours within the department
and the college will allow students the flexibility to take more
courses in different areas of interest within the public relations
major. The minimum number of hours required has changed because
more hours are now required for the major in order to better prepare
students for a career in public relations.