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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADDITION OF THE TEXAS INTERDISCIPLINARY PLAN MINOR OPTION FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE, PLAN I, 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 addition of the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan Minor option for the Bachelor of Arts Degree, Plan I, 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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ADDITION OF THE TEXAS INTERDISCIPLINARY PLAN MINOR OPTION FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE, PLAN I, IN
THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008


On page 272, under the heading DEGREES, in the BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I section, in the MAJORS AND MINORS subsection in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (Texas IP) Curriculum

The Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (Texas IP) curriculum allows students to pursue an integrated course of study with a focus on the development and application of critical thinking skills. The eighteen-semester-hour program of study is designed to complement the student’s major with an interdisciplinary sequence of courses that may encompass the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and the arts. Students have the opportunity to present an original work in a capstone seminar. Those who plan to pursue the Texas IP curriculum should apply to the program adviser for admission no later than the end of their sophomore year. For more information, see http://www.utexas.edu/tip/TexasIP/

Students who complete the requirements for the Texas IP curriculum receive a certificate. The requirements are

1. Critical Thinking Seminar:Liberal Arts 302, Philosophy 311, Natural Sciences 302, or Natural Sciences 311. Selected courses may be substituted on a petition basis.

2. Critical Writing Seminar: Rhetoric and Writing 309K or 309S. Selected courses in the Division of Rhetoric and Writing may be substituted on a petition basis.

3. Three additional courses, including at least three semester hours of upper-division coursework, from an interdisciplinary topic area prescribed by the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan; or, with approval of the Texas IP Faculty Advisory Panel, a three-course interdisciplinary topic area designed by the student.
4. Senior Capstone Seminar: Liberal Arts 371 or Natural Sciences 371.


In the College of Liberal Arts, the Texas IP curriculum may be used to fulfill the minor requirements in the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, with the exception of majors in Latin American studies, if all eighteen semester hours are completed. Spanish majors pursuing the Hispanic linguistics concentration are also excluded from using the Texas IP curriculum for the minor. Final approval of the Texas IP minor coursework rests with the College of Liberal Arts associate dean for academic and student affairs or the associate dean’s authorized representative.

In the College of Natural Sciences, the Texas IP curriculum may be used to complement any major. Some courses that are required by the Texas IP curriculum will also fulfill degree requirements established by the student’s major department and given later in this chapter; however, some of the eighteen hours in the curriculum may be in addition to the number of hours required for the degree.


RATIONALE: In conjunction with the College of Natural Sciences and TIP, this proposal offers our majors an interdisciplinary alternative to the regular minor requirement for the BA.