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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ART HISTORY MAJOR IN THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Douglas Dempster of the College of Fine Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposed changes to the Bachelor of Arts in art history and to the special honors in art history. The change will appear in the in the College of Fine Arts chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The dean of the college approved the request on March 10, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to the University.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review approved the proposal at its meeting on April 14, 2009, 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 May 4, 2009.


Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on April 22, 2009.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ART HISTORY MAJOR IN THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Arts in Art: Art History Major and Special Honors in Art History

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. Special Honors in Art History will be keeping the flat grades as prerequisites rather than changing to A- or B- minus.
2. The text has changed to reference chapter two for core curriculum. Degree requirements are now broken down into Prescribed Work, Major Requirements, and Electives. Additional Basic Education Requirements are now listed under Prescribed Work.
3. Require one of the following options for additional foreign language:
a. Six additional hours of upper-division coursework in the same foreign language used to fulfill foreign language part one.
b. Ten semester hours consisting of 506 and 507/508K, or the equivalent, in a second foreign language.
4. Rename the major-specific fine art or humanities requirement to general culture.
5. Reduce art history area requirements from fifteen hours to twelve hours.
6. Restructure and rename art history area requirements and require one three-hour course from each area:
-Ancient
-Medieval/Early Modern (will encompass Renaissance/Baroque)
-Modern
-Non-Western
7. Reduce electives requirement by six to ten semester hours, leaving seventeen to twenty-one remaining elective hours.
8. New electives statement has been added.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made.
Pages 231-232, 245

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

1. Special Honors in Art History will be keeping the flat grades as prerequisites rather than changing to A- or B- minus.
2. Text has been reorganized to remain consistent with other colleges’ chapters in the Undergraduate Catalog.
3. 3. Six to ten hours of additional foreign language have been added, since students intending to pursue further study or careers in the field of art history (academia, research, curatorial, museum director) will require higher degrees. Advanced study in the field requires mastery of at least one foreign language and exposure to and working knowledge of a second (and sometimes a third) language. This new additional foreign language requirement addresses the department’s desire that art history majors begin acquiring a second or third language sooner than graduate school; it also improves the overall rigor of the major and degree.
4. The existing major-specific fine arts or humanities requirement (in addition to the requirements of the core curriculum) has been renamed “general culture,” because the new core curriculum has a requirement named “humanities.”
5. Three hours were removed from the art history area requirements to accommodate new core curriculum requirements and to remain at 120 hours required for the degree.
6. The art history area requirements have been restructured and renamed to address the fact that the program is shifting from teaching art history from a Western point-of-view to a more global perspective; this goal will also be accomplished by requiring students to take three hours chosen from the non-Western category.
7. Six to ten hours of electives have been removed to accommodate the new additional foreign language requirement.
8. Since double-dipping between core and major requirements is allowed, an electives statement has been added indicating that additional coursework may be needed to attain the 120 hours required for the degree.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? These changes could impact the foreign language departments in the College of Liberal Arts due to the addition of two more courses in foreign language beyond what is already required on the degree plan.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. Yes. Shane Sullivan, senior program coordinator for undergraduate programs, provided Dean Flores a detailed explanation of changes, statistical data, and visual aids by email. Dean Flores replied that the changes would have minimal impact on the college, and he endorsed the changes.
Person communicated with: Dr. Richard Flores, associate dean, academic affairs, College of Liberal Arts
Date(s) of Communication: Via e-mail on February 5, 2009, and via his reply February 11, 2009.

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. Yes, it incorporates the new core curriculum requirements.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: 2/25/2009
College:
Yes
Date: 3/5/2009
Dean:
Yes
Date: 3/10/2009

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