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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION WITH SPECIAL HONORS IN ART HISTORY IN THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

Dean Robert Freeman of the College of Fine Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposed changes in the graduation with special honors in art history in the College of Fine Arts chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of the school approved the proposed changes on January 15, 2003. The dean approved the changes on January 22, 2003, and submitted them to the secretary on January 22, 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 September 10, 2003, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on October 31, 2003. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on December 11, 2003, 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 an 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 January 23, 2004.

<Signed>

John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on January 15, 2004. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION WITH SPECIAL HONORS IN ART HISTORY IN THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

On page 201, in the section ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, under the heading HONORS, of the College of Fine Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes.

SPECIAL HONORS IN ART HISTORY

The Honors Program in Art History gives outstanding a rt history majors an opportunity to undertake an advanced research and writing project under the supervision of a faculty member. The notation “Special Honors in Art History” appears on the transcript of each graduate who completes the program.

ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM

The honors program is available to qualified art history majors pursuing the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Art. At the beginning of the senior year, an interested art history major should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the program. The criteria for admission are
1. Completion of at least ninety semester hours of college credit.

2. A University grade point average of at least 3.00.

3. A grade point average of at least 3.50 in all art history courses attempted, both at the University and elsewhere.

4. Completion of at least fifteen semester hours in art history. If the hours in art history were not earned at the University, admission is at the discretion of the honors adviser.

5. Approval of the honors adviser, who is responsible for maintaining the high standards for admission to and completion of the program.

GRADUATION WITH SPECIAL HONORS IN ART HISTORY

To complete the program, students must meet the following requirements by the end of the semester in which they graduate.

1. Graduation as an art history major.

2. Completion in residence at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

3. A University grade point average of at least 3.00.
4. A grade point average of at least 3.50 in all art history courses taken at the University

5. Completion of Art History 375 with a grade of at least B.

6. Approval of the honors adviser.1

7. Completion of Art History 379H with a grade of A. [in addition to the minimum number of hours in art history required for the degree.] This conference course, in which the student researches and writes a thesis, [must be completed with a grade of A for graduation with special honors in art history] may not be counted toward the minimum number of hours of art history required for the degree.
    To enroll in Art History 379H, the student must have the consent of the honors adviser. Consent is based on a written prospectus for the student’s honors thesis and a letter of support from the art history faculty member who will supervise the thesis. The prospectus and letter of support must be submitted to the honors adviser by the end of the semester preceding the semester in which the student plans to take Art History 379H. The student may develop the honors project and prepare the prospectus either in Art History 376 or in another art history course:

a. With the approval of the honors adviser, the student may complete the independent study course Art History 376 with an art history faculty member who agrees to supervise the student’s work. Art History 376 may be counted toward the degree as elective art history credit. The student must earn a grade of at least B in order to progress to Art History 379H.

1On March 31, 2004, the strikethrough was removed at the request of the College of Fine Arts and with the approval of Vice Provost Lucia Gilbert.


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b. The student may also base the prospectus on a project undertaken in another art history course in which he or she earned a grade of at least B.
[8] 7. Submission of a departmental honors degree audit application to the Office of the Dean of the College of Fine Arts. This degree audit application may be submitted when the student is admitted to the honors program; it must be on file when the student applies for graduation. Failure to meet this requirement will preclude graduation with special honors in art history.

Rationale: The proposed changes are designed to ensure that students who enroll in ARH 379H, Thesis Course for Departmental Honors, already have a well-conceived project and a developed working relationship with the supervising professor. The honors semester can thus be devoted to more intense research and, especially, to the task of writing. These proposed changes would help make the Art History Honors program more comparable to similar honors programs in the University (i.e. Plan II, Humanities).