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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

DELETION OF THE CONCENTRATION AND
ADDITION OF A MAJOR IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE 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 proposed addition of a concentration in women’s and gender studies for the Bachelor of Arts degree 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 February 6, 2006, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on February 10, 2006. The committee returned the proposed changes to the college for re-working on February 20, 2006. The college submitted the edited version on April 6, 2006, with approval from both the faculty and the dean. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on April 6, 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 April 14, 2006.



Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on April 7, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

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DELETION OF THE CONCENTRATION AND
ADDITION OF A MAJOR IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN
THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008



On page 272, under the heading DEGREES, in the CONCENTRATIONS subsection in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, delete the following:

[Women’s and Gender Studies]

[The concentration in women’s and gender studies offers an interdisciplinary specialization in contemporary scholarship and research on women and on gender. The program of study is designed to complement the student’s major, with courses drawn from the humanities, the empirical social sciences, the natural sciences, the arts, and multicultural studies. Students completing the concentration may choose to present a thesis involving original research or scholarship. With the approval of his or her dean and the women’s and gender studies adviser, a student outside the College of Liberal Arts may complete a concentration in women’s and gender studies.]

[The student must fulfill the following requirements. Courses required for the concentration may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements if applicable.]

[1. A departmental major or the equivalent.]

[2. Eighteen semester hours, consisting of six semester hours chosen from Women’s and Gender Studies 321, 322, and 323 and twelve additional semester hours in women’s and gender studies. At least three of these twelve hours must be in a topic of Women’s and Gender Studies 340 and at least six of them must be upper-division. Women’s and Gender Studies 360 may be included among the eighteen semester hours required.]



RATIONALE: The College of Liberal Arts is proposing a new major in women’s and gender studies. Once approved, a concentration in women’s and gender studies will no longer be needed.


On page 280, under the heading DEGREES, in the MAJORS AND MINORS subsection in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, add the following changes:


Women’s and Gender Studies

Major: Thirty semester hours of coursework, consisting of twenty-seven hours in women’s and gender studies and a three-hour research methods course. The research methods course must be chosen from a list approved by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. Of the twenty-seven hours in women’s and gender studies, eighteen must be in upper-division coursework. It is recommended that six hours be taken in women’s and gender studies courses from outside liberal arts. The twenty-seven hours must include:


1. Women’s and Gender Studies 301, Introductory Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies.
2. Six hours in Women’s and Gender Studies 340, Cross-Cultural Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies.
3. Three hours in feminist theory, chosen from a list of courses approved by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.
4. Women’s and Gender Studies 379L, Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies, or 360, Research and Thesis in Women’s and Gender Studies.
5. Women’s and Gender Studies 379S, Senior Seminar.


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Minor for Women’s and Gender Studies majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one other field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.


RATIONALE: The College of Liberal Arts has offered a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) for many years. WGS courses are very popular among students in a variety of disciplines. Students have shown an increased interest in WGS as a major; we have over 250 faculty affiliates associated with WGS, and our faculty has decided to support the creation of a new major in this field. Moreover, The University of Texas is the only university among our peer institutions that does not offer a WGS major.
No additional funding is required.