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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN COURSES IN
THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008


Dean Richard Lariviere of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the applicability of ROTC courses in the College of Liberal Arts of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the school and the dean approved the proposed changes on October 18, 2005, and February 2, 2006. The dean submitted the changes to the secretary on April 1, 2006. 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 April 10, 2006, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on April 11, 2006. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on XXX, 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 XXX, 2006.

Greninger signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


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

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CHANGES TO APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN COURSES IN
THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008


On page 268, under the heading DEGREES, in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN COURSES

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COURSES

{no changes}

ROTC COURSES

ROTC units are maintained on campus by the Departments of Air Force Science, Military Science, and Naval Science. For information about each program, consult the chair of the department concerned.

Nine semester hours of designated University of Texas at Austin coursework in air force science, military science, or naval science may be counted toward any degree in the College of Liberal Arts. [Such] In general, this credit may be used only as electives [and/or] or to fulfill the substantial writing component requirement[, and only by students who are commissioned by the University ROTC program]. However, cross-listed courses may be used as appropriate to fulfill other degree requirements. A list of approved ROTC courses is available in the Office of the Dean, Student Division.


RATIONALE: A course has academic merit or it does not. The College of Liberal Arts currently counts up to nine hours of ROTC coursework toward the Bachelor of Arts degree, dependent on the student also being commissioned, regardless of course content. If part of the foundation for awarding semester hour credit is commission-based rather than academically based, then academic integrity comes into question. We will now have a committee of faculty members review ROTC courses. Our intention is for the faculty committee to be academically conservative, approving only courses that contain regular elements and/or areas of a liberal arts education: reading and composition, arts and literature, foreign language, historical study, international study, social and behavioral sciences, philosophy and values, quantitative reasoning, and physical sciences.


INTERNSHIP COURSES

No more than six semester hours of credit earned in internship courses may be counted toward a single major in the College of Liberal Arts.

No more than nine semester hours of credit earned in internship courses may be counted toward a degree in the College of Liberal Arts.


RATIONALE: There are no current restrictions limiting the number of semester hours of internship credit that may be counted toward a degree in the College of Liberal Arts.  It has become necessary for the college to limit the number of internship credit hours students may count toward the major and degree for the following reasons:

1) Departments have made or are proposing changes (from pass/fail basis to letter-grade basis and from non-repeatable for credit to repeatable) to their internship courses that may allow for greater major and degree applicability.

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2) The academic component of internship courses has lax coordination.

3) Other colleges impose restrictions on the applicability of internship courses. The McCombs School of Business, for example, has placed the following restrictions on their internship courses:
a) Must be taken on the pass/fail basis only.
b) Only one internship course offered in their college may be counted.
c) May not be counted toward the student's major requirement.

Our deans have approved catalog statement one “no more than six hours…toward a single major…” based on the most common department restriction for major applicability. Statement two allows for an additional internship course outside of the major, but still keeps internship credit from being more than 10% of the total numbers of hours required for a degree.



College of Liberal Arts Catalog Changes, 2005-2006