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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROTEST TO PROPOSED CHANGE IN THE FINE ARTS REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS IN THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

Lawrence Abraham (curriculum and instruction), a voting member of the Council, has filed a protest to the proposed change in the Fine Arts registration requirements (D 2770-2771). The reasons for the protest are stated below. This item will be introduced at the regular meeting of the Faculty Council on December 8, 2003.

John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council

 

PROTEST TO PROPOSED CHANGE IN THE FINE ARTS REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS IN THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

From Professor Lawrence (Larry) Abraham (curriculum and instruction):

What is intended for students who are acquiring minors in studio art? And will this apply to the course titled "Studio Art for non-majors?"

Remark received from Professor Gary Hamrick (mathematics), acting chair of the Committee on Undergraduate Program Review: It was pointed out in our committee that at least one option for the BS in human ecology requires a course in studio art which the students can virtually never get at UT Austin. This is actually part of a more general problem in the University where a number of colleges and departments restrict many of their courses to majors only. But we decided that this is an issue that transcends the scope of our committee, which is supposed to be catalog review only.

It is the secretary’s understanding that human ecology students may register for the required course by petition. However, this leaves the general question of courses restricted to majors and how non-majors are to know of the possibility of registering by petition. This issue seems significant enough to justify discussion in the Faculty Council.


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 2, 2003. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.