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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES IN REQUIREMENTS TO THE
DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS 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 departmental honors programs 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 November 4, 2005. The dean submitted the changes to the secretary on November 21, 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 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 May 1, 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 May 8, 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 May 1, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

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CHANGES IN REQUIREMENTS TO THE
DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS IN
THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008


On pages 260-264, under the heading ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES , in the HONORS section in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, 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] preparation for departmental honors programs and the upper-division Liberal Arts Honors Program. Students must apply to the Freshman Honors Program [program] when they apply to the University. Admission decisions are based on the applicant’s SAT or ACT score, [and] high school record, and an essay.

The upper-division Liberal Arts Honors Program offers challenging and intensive interdisciplinary courses taught by [award-winning] distinguished 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] the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I or [a] the 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 (LAH) courses with [a grade of at least B in each] grades of A in two of the courses and a grade of at least B in the third; 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 academic record of each graduate who fulfills these requirements. The student may earn both liberal arts honors and special honors in his or her major department.

The three upper-division liberal arts honors courses required for graduation with liberal arts honors may be used, with a fourth LAH course, to fulfill the twelve-hour minor requirement for the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, unless the work in the minor is specified by the student’s major department.


RATIONALE: The option to pursue an LAH minor will provide incentive for students to pursue Liberal Arts Honors, and to take more challenging courses than might otherwise be required for the minor. The higher grade requirements will increase the challenge for honors students in the College of Liberal Arts, and bring the requirements for upper-division Liberal Arts Honors more nearly in line with the requirements for departmental honors in the college.

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DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS

{no changes to introductory section or African and African American, American Studies, Ancient History and Classical Civilization, Anthropology, Arabic Language and Literature, and Asian American Studies Honors Programs}

Asian Cultures and Languages Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special honors in Asian cultures and languages should apply to the undergraduate adviser for admission to the honors program after completing six semester hours in the Department of Asian Studies but before their senior year. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Asian Studies 378, Senior Seminar in Asian Studies, with a grade of at least B; (2) Asian Studies 379H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the major and for honors; and (4) completion in residence at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

RATIONALE:  To make application for and completion of the honors program more rigorous.


Asian Studies Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special honors in Asian studies should apply to the undergraduate adviser for admission to the honors program after completing six semester hours in the Department of Asian Studies but before their senior year. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Asian Studies 378, Senior Seminar in Asian Studies, with a grade of at least B; (2) Asian Studies 379H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the major and for honors; and (4) completion in residence at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

RATIONALE:  To make application for and completion of the honors program more rigorous.


Classical Archaeology Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special honors in classical archaeology should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program at least one full academic year before they expect to graduate. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission, as is a grade point average of at least 3.50 in all coursework required for the major that the student has completed. The requirements for graduation with special honors, which are in addition to the requirements of the major, are (1) Classical Civilization 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A in each half; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the major and for honors; and (3) completion in residence at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

RATIONALE: To provide an honors program for the proposed new major in classical archaeology.


{no changes to Classics, Czech Language and Culture, and Economics Honors Programs}

English Honors Program

The English Honors Program consists of special honors courses and individual study courses that are available to students accepted into the program. To be eligible for admission, the student must have


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completed Rhetoric and [Composition] Writing 306 and English 316K, or their equivalents, and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in either English or rhetoric and [composition] writing; he or she must also have a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in English and rhetoric and [composition] writing of at least 3.50. Applicants are considered each fall and spring for the following long-session semester. Application forms and information about the program are available in the English Undergraduate Advising Office, Parlin Hall 114.

The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) completion of the requirements for a major in English, except that English 679HB is substituted for the senior seminar; [the student must complete at least six hours of the English coursework required for the major in honors sections and] (2) completion of three or more English honors courses with grades of at least B; these courses may be counted toward the requirements of the major; two of these courses must be completed before the semester in which the student takes English 679HA; (3) three courses in literature or language before 1900, two of which must be in literature or language before 1800; these courses may be counted toward the requirements of the major; [(2)] (4) English 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A in each half[; in this course, the student must present a thesis], resulting in the presentation and defense of a thesis judged Acceptable for Honors; [(3)] (5) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the major and for honors; and [(4)] (6) completion in residence at the University of at least sixty semester hours counted toward the degree.

RATIONALE: The substitution of E 679HB for the senior seminar will reduce the unfair burden on our honors students, who were essentially writing two senior theses, a substantial project in the senior seminar and an honors thesis; the requirement as it stands is otherwise discouraging good, hard-working students from applying for English honors. The new historical requirements are meant to ensure that our honors students gain historical breadth in their understanding of literature.


{no changes to French, Geography, German, Government, Hebrew, History, Humanities, Islamic Studies, Italian, and Jewish Studies Honors Programs}

Latin American Studies Honors Program

Majors who plan to seek special honors in Latin American studies should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program no later than two semesters before they expect to graduate. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Latin American content coursework of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Latin American Studies 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of at least B in each half; in this course, the student writes a thesis [and makes an oral presentation] that must be approved for honors by both the student’s supervisor and the honors adviser; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average [in Latin American content courses] of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the major and for honors; and (3) completion in residence at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

RATIONALE: To clarify the requirements for all Latin American Studies Honors students by removing a requirement that is no longer enforced.

{no changes to Linguistics Honors Program}

Mexican American Studies Honors Program

Ethnic studies majors who plan to seek special honors in Mexican American studies should apply to the undergraduate adviser for admission to the honors program no later than two semesters before they expect to

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graduate. The requirements for admission are a University grade point average of at least [3.25] 3.00 and a grade point average at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the concentration in Mexican American studies. The requirements for graduation with special honors[, which are in addition to the requirements for the major,] are (1) thirty-nine semester hours of coursework in Mexican American studies, including Mexican American Studies 679H; [(1)] (2) a grade of A in Mexican American Studies 361 or 362; [(2)] (3) Mexican American Studies [379H] 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of at least B; [(3)] (4) satisfactory performance on an oral presentation centered on the honors thesis completed in Mexican American Studies [379H] 679H; [(4)] (5) a University grade point average of at least [3.25] 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the concentration and for honors; and [(5)] (6) completion in residence at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

RATIONALE: To maintain consistency with other Liberal Arts departmental honors programs, and to increase student eligibility and participation in the program.


{no changes to Middle Eastern Studies and Persian Language and Literature Honors Programs}

Philosophy Honors Program

[The Philosophy Honors Program provides an opportunity for good students to carry out original projects in the field. Philosophy majors and Plan II majors with philosophy concentrations are eligible for honors work if they have a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and have completed Philosophy 329K or 329L or a course equivalent to either on entering their last year. Application forms are available in the Department of Philosophy Undergraduate Office, Waggener 415.]

Majors who plan to seek special honors in philosophy should apply to the undergraduate adviser for admission to the honors program at least two semesters before they expect to graduate. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission, as well as completion of either Philosophy 329K or 329L with a grade of at least B.

The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Philosophy 371H or 375M, with a grade of at least B; [(1)] (2) Philosophy 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, [which consists in research and writing to produce a senior thesis; the student must earn] with a grade of at least B in both 679HA and 679HB; [(2) a passing grade] (3) satisfactory performance on an oral examination centered on the [topic of the] thesis completed in Philosophy 679H[, broadly construed, conducted by the thesis supervisor and a second reader]; [(3)] (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the major and for honors; and [(4)] (5) completion in residence at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Philosophy 371H or 375M may be counted toward the requirements of the major; Philosophy 679H is taken in addition to the [usual] requirements of the major.

RATIONALE: To strengthen the requirements for graduation with special honors by requiring an honors seminar, and to delete extraneous text.