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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ENGLISH
AND TO THE ENGLISH HONORS PROGRAM
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 Bachelor of Arts in English and to the English honors program in the College of Liberal Arts chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college approved the changes on July 19, 2007, and the dean approved the changes on September 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 November 7, 2007, 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 December 11, 2007.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 3, 2007. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ENGLISH
AND TO THE ENGLISH HONORS PROGRAM
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 ENGLISH AND ENGLISH HONORS PROGRAM
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. Rather than requiring a grade of A in each half of E 679H, a grade of at least B in the first half will be permitted.
2. The English department currently places a limit of six semester hours of English coursework in which a student may enroll in any given semester. The department seeks to change the limit to nine hours, along with a recommendation that students take no more than six, allowing ambitious students the option of completing the major faster than the six-hour restriction currently allows.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Pages 287-288 and 302

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):
1. E 679ha is an organized course (rather than one by "individual instruction"). We would like to give the instructor the ability to post real evaluations of student work in the course without necessarily jeopardizing the student's final thesis grade and, thus, his or her ability to graduate with departmental Honors.
2. Currently, students must obtain consent of the undergraduate adviser in order to take more than two upper-division English courses in a semester. While we will encourage students to follow that guideline, we would like to remove the restriction for the following reasons:
A. A number of exceptions to the rule are made each semester. We are aiming to align our rules with current practice.
B. Most of the exceptions to this requirement have been made for students who would be able to graduate in a timelier manner by taking three upper-division English courses in a semester. This rule change would allow students who are able to manage a heavier workload to complete our major requirements with fewer obstacles.
C. Technological advances have made this rule problematic. Specifically, students who have been granted permission to take a third upper-division English course are not able to take advantage of electronic "wait lists" for courses. As a result of the current requirement, students who are already enrolled in six hours of upper-division English are bypassed in the registration system when a space in another English course becomes available.
D. With a thoughtfully planned combination of courses, enrolling in nine hours of English can be appropriate. By discouraging students from enrolling in more than six hours, we hope that they will be prompted to discuss course scheduling items with an academic advisor prior to enrolling in an additional course.
E. Students are already able to circumvent the current requirement by taking cross-listed courses. We would like our catalog language to reflect both the danger of doing so, as well as to permit our ambitious students the opportunity to take additional hours without having to operate outside of posted guidelines.


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

Person Communicated With: N/A
Date of communication: 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.


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COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department: yes Date: June 27, 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.