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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CLARIFICATION OF REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATING WITH LIBERAL ARTS HONORS AND DEPARTMENTAL HONORS 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 the following clarification of the requirements for graduating with liberal arts honors and departmental honorsin 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.


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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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CLARIFICATION OF REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATING WITH LIBERAL ARTS HONORS AND DEPARTMENTAL HONORS IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

On pages 242-243, in the section HONORS under the heading ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:

LIBERAL ARTS HONORS PROGRAMS, PLAN I

Liberal Arts Honors Programs coordinates the various honors opportunities available to Plan I students in the College of Liberal Arts: the Freshman Honors Program, the departmental honors programs, and the Liberal Arts Honors Program. This array of choices is designed for students who seek flexibility and choice in their honors work and for those who want to pursue an honors degree in a particular discipline.

The Freshman Honors Program gives students the opportunity to enroll in special one-hour classes, have access to supplemental academic advising, and take honors sections of the basic education requirement courses. It serves as a natural gateway to departmental honors programs and the Liberal Arts Honors Program. Students must apply to the program when they apply to the University. Admission decisions are based on the applicant’s SAT or ACT score and high school record.

The upper-division Liberal Arts Honors Program offers challenging and intensive interdisciplinary courses taught by award-winning faculty members. Students who have completed at least sixty semester hours of coursework and have earned a University grade point average of at least 3.50 are eligible to enroll in these courses. There is no application process.

The requirements for graduation with liberal arts honors are (1) graduation from the College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor of Arts, Plan I or a Bachelor of Science in Psychology; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.50 at graduation; (3) completion of at least three upper-division liberal arts honors courses with a grade of at least B in each; and (4) completion in residence at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree. The statement “Liberal Arts Honors” appears on the transcript of each graduate who fulfills these requirements. The student may earn both liberal arts honors and special honors in his or her major department.

DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS

Most departments in the College of Liberal Arts offer honors programs to their majors. Minimum requirements for departmental honors are (1) a University grade point average of at least 3.00; (2) a three-semester-hour thesis or research project, or a reasonable equivalent, with a grade of at least B; (3) completion, with a grade point average of at least 3.50, of the coursework required for a major in the field; and (4) completion in residence at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree. Each department may establish additional or more rigorous requirements.

The statement “Special Honors in (name of field)” appears on the transcript of each graduate certified as having completed the honors program.


RATIONALE: This is a simple clarification of the requirements that we have enforced for the past twenty years or longer: we have always required departmental and liberal arts honors candidates to earn sixty hours in residence at UT. This change will also be made to the description of each honors program in our college, pages 243-250.