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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES CONCENTRATION IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


Dean Randy Diehl of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the requirements for the African and African American Studies Concentration in the College of Liberal Arts chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college approved the changes on June 28, 2007, and the dean approved the changes on July 19, 2007. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on January 9, 2008, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

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 an 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 January 17, 2008.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 10, 2008. 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 FOR THE
AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES CONCENTRATION IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): BACHELOR OF ARTS WITH A MAJOR IN ETHNIC STUDIES: AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES CONCENTRATION
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
The Center for African and African American Studies proposes the following changes to the Undergraduate Catalog. Please note that there will be no change in the number of hours required for the major, presently 33 hours (including 18 upper-division) of prescribed coursework.
1. Change the following area titles:
  • “African and African American Expressive Culture" to "Blacks in the United States: Expressive Culture”
  • “Blacks in the United States” to “Blacks in the United States: History, Politics, and Society”
2. Currently, the major requires six hours taken in each of four "areas" (see a through d below), which accounts for 24 hours of the 33 hours required for the major.

There will be no change for areas a and b (still require two courses/six hours in each), which focus on Africa and the African Diaspora. The required hours in areas c and d, which focus on Blacks in the United States, will be changed to require only three hours in each rather than the present six hours. By reducing the number of hours required in major areas c and d, the “Blacks in the US” major requirements, from six to three hours each, we open up six hours of elective coursework in the major.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Page 302

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):
The Center for African and African American Studies proposes these changes to better define each required area of study within our discipline, in the hopes that students will have a clearer understanding of what courses count in each area, as well as to reducing the incidence of one course being able to count in several areas.
By allowing six hours of the 33 hours required for the major to be taken in AFR courses of their choosing, we hope to attract more majors to our program. Presently, lower-division courses taken by students during major exploration are often not applied to the AFR major simply because its requirements are currently 100% prescribed. Also, this will allow students more flexibility for pursuing their own academic interests/focus within the major.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
No.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
No.
Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain.
No.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department: yes Date: June 28, 2007
College: yes Date: July 19, 2007
Dean: yes Date: September 19, 2007


To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.