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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN ENGLISH AND IN THE ENGLISH HONORS PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Randy Diehl of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposed changes to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and in the English Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on August 14, 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 November 23, 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 for 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 January 12, 2010.



Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on January 6, 2010.


CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN ENGLISH AND IN THE ENGLISH HONORS PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
I. Bachelor of Arts with a major in English
II. English Honors Program


EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
I. BACHELOR OF ARTS WITH A MAJOR IN ENGLISH
1. Remove Rhetoric and Writing 306 from major requirement, replace with three hours of English.
2. Require English 314J, L, or V for existing English elective requirement.
3. Replace “literary period or survey” with a course in literature or language prior to 1630.
4. Replace “literary genre or theme” with a course in literature or language from 1630-1830.
5. Replace “language or writing” with a course in literature or language from 1830-1940.
6. Replace “comparative or interdisciplinary” with a diverse perspectives course.
7. Change title of the E 379S “Senior Seminar” to “Research Seminar”.
8. Since the required “C in each course used for the major” has changed to “C-” the dean’s office has added a clarifying statement that a 2.00 grade point average is still required for the major, as it is for all other liberal arts majors.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made.
pages 321-322

II. DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAM IN ENGLISH
1. Remove requirement of “three courses in literature or language before 1900, two of which must be in literature or language before 1800…”
2. Change required course grade in 679HA from B to at least B+ and required grade in 679HB from A to at least A-.
3. Change minimum University grade point average required for graduation with special honors from 3.00 to 3.33; change minimum major coursework grade point average required from 3.50 to 3.66.
4. Remove excess text.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 307-308

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
I. BACHELOR OF ARTS WITH A MAJOR IN ENGLISH
1. All UT Austin students complete Rhetoric and Writing 306 as part of the University Core Curriculum. Most English majors earn credit by exam for this course. At one point, Rhetoric and Writing 306 was a Department of English offering, but is now housed in the Department of Rhetoric & Writing. We wish to strengthen our preparation for upper-division work in English by requiring more work in English language and literature.
2. English 314L was a recommended course for English majors, but many students would opt to take another English course for the English elective requirement. English 314J, L, and V have been restructured in order to fully prepare students for later coursework in English, and, thus, should be required.
3-5. The department collectively decided to increase the emphasis on the historical development of English and American language and literature.
6. As an area, “comparative or interdisciplinary” had become too nebulous as a defining principle. We felt it appropriate to align an English requirement with the University’s Global Cultures and Cultural Diversity in the United States flags.
7. We affirm the need for a seminar based upon research (Independent Inquiry flag), but wish to allow students to complete the course earlier in their academic career. E 379S will be renamed and no longer restricted to students with over 90 hours of coursework.
8. A simple affirmation that a minimum 2.00 grade point average is still required for all majors in the college.


II. ENGLISH HONORS PROGRAM
1. With proposed changes to English major requirement for 2010, this requirement becomes superfluous.
2. With the advent of plus/minus grading on the undergraduate level at UT Austin, these grade requirements should change in order to reflect the established expectations for graduation with special honors in English.
3. Every student who graduated with special honors in English in 2008 and 2009 met these proposed standards; a number of students who were unable to complete required coursework for special honors did not. For prospective honors students, these grade point averages should reflect the level of scholarship needed for successful completion of the program. For special honors graduates, these grade point averages should reflect the true level of accomplishment.
4. In the interest of clarity and accuracy, additional text was excised and replaced with copy that mimics the language of similar honors programs (e.g., History).


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:
Departmental Approval Date: June 24, 2009
College Approval Date: August 14, 2009
Dean Approval Date: August 14, 2009

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