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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK IN THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Barbara White of the School of Social Work has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposed changes to the Bachelor of Social Work. The changes will appear in the School of Social Work chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The dean of the college approved the request on February 23, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to one college or school.

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 five p.m. on April 28, 2009.


Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on April 23, 2009.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK IN THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Social Work

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Changes are due to implementation of the new university core curriculum.
1. According to the current University core curriculum, all undergraduate students are required to fulfill a Language Arts Literature Requirement. The current Language Arts Literature Requirement will be changed to the Humanities Requirement under the new University core curriculum. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
2. In the current University core curriculum, all undergraduate students are required to fulfill a Humanities Requirement. The Humanities Requirement will be renamed the Visual and Performing Arts Requirement under the new University core curriculum.
3. Currently undergraduate students are required to complete 12 total hours of science/math. The science/math requirement will be split into two areas of requirements: Mathematics and Natural Sciences Part I and Part II.
4. Three elective hours that are currently required will be replaced by a First-Year Signature Course (UGS 302 or 303).
5. The multicultural component will be replaced by three elective hours.
6. In the current Bachelor of Social Work degree program, three substantial writing component courses are required. These substantial writing component courses will be replaced by the three writing flag courses.
7. The following additional flags will be required:
a. Cultural Diversity in the United States Flag – 3 hours; SW 310 and SW 325 have been approved to fulfill the Cultural Diversity in the United States Flag.
b. Ethics and Leadership Flag – 3 hours; SW 332 and SW 333 have been approved to fulfill the Ethics and Leadership Flag.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made.
Pages 622-623, 627-629

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

Changes are due to implementation of the new university core curriculum.
1. The current Language Arts Literature Requirement, which is fulfilled by E 316K, will be categorized as a humanity course in accordance with the core curriculum framework promulgated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The same course will still fulfill the requirement, therefore no substantive changes will take place.
2. The current Humanities Requirement will be re-categorized as the Visual and Performing Arts Requirement in accordance with the new University core curriculum. No substantive changes will take place.
3. Three hours will still be required for the mathematics portion. Natural Science courses have been arranged such that Part I includes broad introductory courses and Part II includes courses on special topics in science. No substantive changes will take place.
4. The First-Year Signature Course will be required during a student’s first year in residence and is designed to introduce UT undergraduates to academic discussion and analysis of complex real-world issues presented from an interdisciplinary perspective. This will be replacing three hours of elective coursework so as not to increase the number of hours required to complete a BSW degree, while also not detracting from other elements of the program.
5. The purpose of the multicultural component, which is currently required in the Bachelor of Social Work degree program, is being served by the Cultural Diversity in the United States flag, therefore the multicultural component will be removed from the degree requirements. These hours will be replaced by elective hours.
6. The substantial writing component courses will be replaced by writing flags in accordance with the University core curriculum. No substantive changes will take place.
7. There will be two flags in addition to the writing flags – the Cultural Diversity in the United States flag and the Ethics and Leadership flag. These are being added to fulfill University standards. The flags will be fulfilled by courses already required in the Bachelor of Social Work degree plan, therefore posing no substantive changes.

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. Yes, it reflects the changes to the new University core curriculum.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: 1/30/2009
College:
Yes
Date: 2/9/2009
Dean:
Yes
Date: 2/23/2009

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