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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES IN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN II DEGREE IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

Dean Richard W. Lariviere of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council proposed changes in the requirements for the bachelor of arts, plan II degree in the College of Liberal Arts chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the proposed changes on December 1, 2003, and submitted them to the secretary on November 24, 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 January 30, 2004, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on February 2, 2004. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on March 10, 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 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 March 26, 2004.


<signed>

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 10, 2004. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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On pages 265-267, under the heading DEGREES in the section BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN II in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:

BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN II

The Plan II Honors Program is designed to provide a broad, liberal, and challenging education for a limited number of students whose high school class standing and admission test scores indicate strong academic potential and motivation. The enrollment in Plan II is limited; application to the program is separate from and in addition to application to the University. Application materials and information about deadlines are available from the Plan II office in Will C. Hogg 4.104 or on-line at http://www.utexas.edu/cola/plan2/. Transfer students may apply for admission, but an overall grade point average of at least 3.80 is required, and it is the policy of Plan II not to consider applicants who will have earned more than thirty semester hours of college credit at the time of proposed entry into the program.

The Plan II Honors Program includes the basic [work] coursework required of Plan I students, but much of this work is done in small sections that are restricted to Plan II students and taught by professors selected for their excellent teaching records. Additional required courses explore the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences and provide considerable opportunity for individual research, writing, and speaking. The remainder of the student’s program is made up of approved electives.

The academic programs of most Plan II students include thirty-six semester hours or more of elective coursework [, which must be approved by the director]. The student may use electives to pursue a second major in the College of Liberal Arts or in the College of Natural Sciences [in addition to the interdisciplinary major in the Plan II Honors program]. Dual degree programs are [also] available in conjunction with [the Colleges of Communication, Fine Arts, and Natural Sciences] most other undergraduate colleges.

Qualified students who are accepted into both the Plan II Honors Program and the College of Engineering may pursue a curriculum leading to both the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Students interested in this dual degree program must apply both to Plan II and to the College of Engineering. Further information is available from the director of Plan II and from the Office of Student Affairs [of] in the College of Engineering.

Qualified students who are accepted into both the Plan II Honors Program and the Red McCombs School of Business may pursue a curriculum leading to both the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, and the Bachelor of Business Administration. Students interested in this dual degree program must apply both to Plan II and to the Red McCombs School of Business. Further information is available from the director of Plan II and from the McCombs School.

A dual degree program is also available that leads to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, and Bachelor of Architecture. Students must apply both to Plan II and to the School of Architecture. Additional information is available from the director of Plan II and from the School of Architecture.

In addition to the following requirements, the student must fulfill the University requirements for graduation given in chapter 1 and the requirements of the College of Liberal Arts given on page 251.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Students who fail to maintain a University grade point average of at least 3.25 will be considered for academic dismissal from Plan II. Under special circumstances and at the discretion of the director, a student may be allowed to continue in the Plan II program under academic review. A student who is academically dismissed from the Plan II program is eligible to continue to enroll in the College of Liberal Arts in another academic

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program if the student fulfills the minimum scholastic requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, given on page 254 and the scholastic standards for continuance in the University given in General Information. Students in scholastic difficulty should discuss their problems with a Plan II academic adviser and the director.

CHOICE OF WORK

A degree program must include at least 120 semester hours, including at least thirty-six hours of upper-division coursework. Without special permission from the director and the dean, no more than thirty-six hours in one subject in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences and no more than thirty-six hours in courses offered in any other college or school may be counted toward the degree.

Plan II students may use credit by examination to fulfill certain program requirements. For more information on testing policies and credit by examination, contact a Plan II academic adviser.

[The following tutorial courses are required: Tutorial Course 301, two semesters of 357, and 359T or 660H.] Tutorial Course 301 and two semesters of Tutorial Course 357 are required. Either Tutorial Course 359T, Essay Course, or 660H, Thesis Course, is also required; Tutorial Course 660H is required of all students seeking special honors in Plan II. Other requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, are outlined below. All courses offered in the Plan II Honors Program are subject to approval by the Plan II Faculty Advisory Committee; in some areas the committee will prescribe certain courses for all students in the program. Current information on these matters is available in the Plan II office.

AREA A

English: English 603 or Tutorial Course 603.

Writing: In addition to English 603 or Tutorial Course 603, each student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component. One of these courses must be upper-division. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill other area requirements or major requirements, unless otherwise specified. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

Foreign language: Students must complete four semesters in a single foreign language.

The foreign language requirement is the attainment of a certain proficiency, as well as the completion of a specified number of courses; however, the courses taken to gain this proficiency are not electives and may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. Any part of the requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination. Students may accelerate their progress at any point in the sequence by means of credit by examination.

To achieve proficiency in a foreign language as rapidly as possible, qualified students are encouraged to take advantage of the intensive foreign language study program. Information about this program is available from the appropriate language department. Courses used to fulfill the foreign language requirement must be language courses; literature-in-translation courses, for example, may not be counted.

AREA B

1. Six semester hours in American government, including Texas government, and six semester hours in American history.

2. Six semester hours of non-United States history (or civilization courses) in the same geographic area, including a course in older or ancient history and a course in more modern history, approved by a Plan II academic adviser.

3. Social Science 301.

AREA C

Each student must complete eighteen semester hours of coursework in Area C, consisting of the following:

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1. A three-hour mathematics course designated for Plan II students, currently a section of Mathematics 310. Students with credit for Mathematics 408C and 408D; Mathematics 408K, 408L, and 408M; or Mathematics 427L are exempt from taking Mathematics 310. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the Area C requirement or toward the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 or 303D without degree credit to remove their deficiency. No more than twelve semester hours of mathematics and computer sciences combined may be counted toward the Area C requirement.

2. A three-hour course in logic or modes of reasoning designated for Plan II students, currently a section of Philosophy 313Q or Tutorial Course 310.

3. A three-hour course in physics, chemistry, or geological sciences designated for Plan II students, currently a section of Physics 341 entitled Selected Topics: Modern Physics. Other topics of Physics 341 may not be substituted. This requirement may also be met with six hours of upper-division coursework in chemistry, excluding Chemistry 368, 369K, 375K, and 475K, or six hours of upper-division coursework in physics, excluding Physics 370C and non-Plan II sections of Physics 341.

4. A three-hour course in biology designated for Plan II students, currently Biology 301E. This requirement may also be satisfied by credit for Biology 211, 212, and either 213 or 214.

5. Six hours in one subject chosen from the following fields. Courses counted toward requirements 3 and 4 above may also be counted toward this requirement.
a. Astronomy
b. Biology
c. Chemistry
d. Geological sciences
e. Marine science
f. Nutrition
g. Physical science
h. Physics

6. Any remaining courses required to fulfill the eighteen-hour Area C requirement may be chosen from the fields listed in item 5 above or from the following fields:
a. Mathematics
b. Computer sciences
c. Experimental psychology
d. Physical anthropology
e. Physical geography
f. Philosophy (courses in logic)
g. History of science and philosophy of science
h. Other science courses approved by the dean
A list of approved courses in these fields is available in the Student Division. Only three hours in the history or philosophy of science may be counted.

AREA D
1. Six semester hours of philosophy, currently Philosophy 610QA and 610QB.

2. Two approved three-semester-hour courses in one of the following: art history, music history, or history of theatre and dance; or two upper-division courses in one of the following areas: classical civilization, humanities, literature, or philosophy. [With special permission from the Plan II director, a student may fulfill this requirement with closely related courses from two of these areas or with another sequence of courses that concentrates on the humanities or the humanistic aspects of the arts. This requirement may be waived for students concentrating in fine arts or humanities.]

ORDER OF WORK

[The usual order of work for students in Plan II is outlined below, although] A suggested four-year plan is given below; it is possible to make exceptions when there is good reason for doing so. There is some variation in the order of work for students in premedical, predental, and dual degree programs, for teacher certification candidates, and for students concentrating in science. Students in these areas should consult the director or an

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academic adviser.


A SUGGESTED FOUR-YEAR PLAN

FIRST YEAR

Tutorial Course 603 or English 603.
[Six] Nine semester hours of Area C coursework: Biology 301E, Mathematics 310, and Philosophy 313Q or Tutorial Course 310.
Six semester hours of non-United States history.
Foreign language courses.
Tutorial Course 301.
A three-semester-hour elective.

SECOND YEAR

Philosophy 610Q.
[Six] Three semester hours of Area C coursework [: Biology 301C and three additional hours].
Government 310L and 312L.
Foreign language courses.
Social Science 301.
A three-semester-hour elective.

THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

Six semester hours of humanities or courses in the history of fine arts.
Six semester hours of American history.
Six semester hours of Tutorial Course 357.
Tutorial Course 359T or 660H.
Six semester hours of Area C coursework: Physics 341 and three additional hours.
Elective courses sufficient to make a total of at least 120 semester hours. Usually only upper-division courses are approved for third- and fourth-year students.


RATIONALE: 1) Plan II has decided to add substitutions that are regularly approved and appear in the Plan II student handbooks and advising manuals to the catalog. All of the substitutions, along with their restrictions, have been in practice for as long as the requirements have existed. We have also listed conference/independent research courses and some topics courses that are not allowed as substitutions. 2) Removal of statements that are no longer enforced or are no longer allowed.