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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS IN THE
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES IN
THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008



Dean Roderick Hart of the College of Communication has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in communication studies in the College of Communication chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty and the dean of the college approved the proposed changes on October 11, 2005. The dean submitted the changes to the secretary on October 14, 2005. 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 27, 2006, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on January 27, 2006. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on February 20, 2006, 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 Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on March 3, 2006.

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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council



This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on February 24, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

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CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS IN THE
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES IN
THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008



On pages 80-82, under the heading DEGREES, in the College of Communication chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, the candidate must complete 120 semester hours of coursework and fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements on pages 18-19, the college graduation requirements on page 74, and the special requirements, prescribed work, and major requirements below.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Students may take no more than nine hours of communication studies coursework, including transfer work, before they have declared a major in communication studies. Exceptions may be made for students who have officially declared a communication studies minor with their colleges. Students minoring in communication studies may take only the number of hours required for the minor.

To enroll in upper-division communication studies courses, a student 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 communication studies 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 communication studies must have a grade of at least C in each course taken in the College of Communication that is counted toward the degree; if the course is offered on the pass/fail basis only, the student must have the symbol CR.

A student majoring in communication studies may not register for more than nine semester hours of communication studies in one semester or summer session.

RATIONALE: The College of Communication is under an enrollment management program. Currently the Department of Communication Studies restricts most of its courses to its majors. This nine-hour rule would allow the department to loosen its previous course restrictions with the knowledge that all students looking to transfer into the department will be limited to these hours until they have been officially accepted into the major. This rule also would accommodate students who officially declare a minor in communication studies.

{No changes to the sections “Prescribed Work,” “Major Requirements,” and “Order and Choice of Work.”}

[TEACHER CERTIFICATION]

[Students seeking a degree in communication studies and a teaching certificate should fulfill the major Requirements above by taking courses that also fulfill the certification requirements of the State Board of Educator Certification and should take the College of Education courses required for certification as Electives. These students must have their course schedules approved each semester by the appropriate adviser in the Department of Communication Studies. Students with approved courses will be recommended for student


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teaching in the senior year.]

RATIONALE: The Department of Communication Studies no longer offers advising or services regarding teacher certification.