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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CREATION OF THE MAJOR IN AFRICAN AND
AFRICAN DIASPORA STUDIES IN THE
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER IN THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Randy Diehl of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following creation of the major in African and African Diaspora Studies in the College of Liberal Arts chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on September 2, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on October 28, 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 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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 November 9, 2009.



Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on October 29, 2009.


CREATION OF THE MAJOR IN AFRICAN AND
AFRICAN DIASPORA STUDIES IN THE
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER IN THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): African and African Diaspora Studies

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Change major from “Ethnic Studies with a Concentration in African and African American Studies” to a major in African and African Diaspora Studies

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made.
pages 305 and 322

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
The provost has approved the creation of a new Department of African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS). The new department will work in articulation with the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (WCAAAS), sharing staff and space with that unit. The AADS will operate within the College of Liberal Arts but will be fully interdisciplinary having affiliated faculty from across the University and working with other schools and colleges on initiatives that fall within its sphere of interest.
African and African Diaspora Studies (also commonly known as Africana, Black, African and African American, African and/or Black Diaspora Studies, etc.) is a nationally and internationally established field of academic inquiry that examines the lives of people of African descent throughout Africa and the African Diaspora including the United States. Scholars and students in African and African Diaspora Studies explore the political, cultural, social, economic, artistic, and intellectual processes of people of African descent, and the personal and public forces that impinge on their experiences.
The AADS will assume responsibility for the current undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies with a concentration in African and African American Studies as well as the other pedagogical and student funding activities normally associated with departments and presently undertaken by the WCAAAS.
Demand for a major in African and African Diaspora Studies is demonstrated by:
  • 30 undergraduate majors in Ethnic Studies with a concentration in African and African American Studies.
  • 789 students enrolled in 76 courses listed in African and African American Studies during the 2008-09 academic year, for a total of 2,451 semester credit hours.
  • Strong faculty teaching and research in African and African American Studies as demonstrated by the difficulty the University has in fending off recruitment raids from peer and other top U.S. institutions of higher learning.
  • Strong interest from within and outside the University in a policy and engagement capacity associated with the University and focused on the needs of communities of color in Texas.
  • Strong interest from within and outside the University in enhancing its reputation with Texas communities of color and in facilitating recruitment of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to the University.

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:
College Approval Date: September 2, 2009
Dean Approval Date: September 2, 2009

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