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Dean Randy Diehl of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposed addition of the Indigenous Studies certificate and the request to recognize it on the University transcript. The dean of the college approved the changes on May 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 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 executive vice chancellor for academic affairs with notification to 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.


If the administrative unit requesting to recognize the certificate on the University transcript, please see the Minimum Criteria for Certificate Recognition on the Transcript section. The criteria in that section must be incorporated into the catalog language and included in the proposal.

1. Type of Proposal: new program

2. Official Certificate Name: Undergraduate Certificate: Indigenous Studies

3 Proposed Implementation date: Fall 2010

4. Administrative Unit Awarding the Certificate: Department of Anthropology

5. Statement of Objective (Include pages in undergraduate catalog where changes will be made): The main goal of the Indigenous Studies Certificate program is to encourage active intellectual and community engagement with Indigenous peoples and cultures. American Indian, Native American, and Indigenous Studies programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels have prominent roles at many of the University of Texas at Austin’s peer institutions, and the number of employment opportunities in this field has risen dramatically since the first programs began in the late 1960s and early 1970s. There is not, however, any substantial American Indian, Native American, and/or Indigenous Studies program in Texas. Our second main objective is to fill this void and make the University of Texas the place to go in the state and region for Indigenous Studies.
The certificate description will be added to page 302 of the College of Liberal Arts section of the undergraduate catalog, under a new section to be titled CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS.

6. Number of students expected to receive the certificate each semester: 25-30

7. Number of hours required for completion (Please note if there is a minimum or maximum number of hours): 18 credit hours

8. List faculty who are on the certificate program faculty committee. (For inclusion on transcripts, the faculty committee must have a minimum of five members and at least 2/3 of the committee must be tenured or tenure-track.) Note with an asterisk those faculty who are tenured or tenure track. Please also note the program chair, who will be responsible for authorizing the students’ certificates. Specify changes to the committee membership by noting those no longer on the committee and those added to the committee.
Name of Faculty Member College/Department Title at UT Austin Highest Degree and Awarding Institution
*Shannon Speed, program chair Liberal Arts/anthropology Associate Professor Ph.D., UC-Davis
*Arturo Arias Liberal Arts/Spanish and Portuguese Professor Ph.D., L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes
*James Cox Liberal Arts/English Assistant Professor Ph.D., Nebraska
*Steven Hoelscher Liberal Arts/American studies Associate Professor Ph.D., Wisconsin
*Pauline T. Strong Liberal Arts/anthropology Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Chicago

9. Academic course requirements:
Course Abbreviation and Number
Course Title
ANT 324L/AMS 321 Topic: Native Americans in Texas 3
ANT 324L/AMS 321 Topic: Native Americans in the Plains 3
ANT 324L Topic: Plains Prehistory and History 3
ANT 322M Topic: Indians of Mexico and Guatemala 3
ANT 324L/LAS 324L Topic: Indigenous Rights/Autonomy in Mexico 3
*ANT 324L Speed or Sturm
Topic: Comparitive Indigenous Cultures and Politics
  Strong or Sturm
ANT 322M Topic: Native American Cultures of the Greater Southwest 3
ANT 336L Native American Cultures North of Mexico 3
ANT 322M Topic: Mexican American Indigenous Heritage 3
  Steven Hoelscher  
AMS 310/HIS 306N Introduction to American Studies 3
ARH 347L Mesoamerican Art & Architecture 3
ARH 347M Maya Art & Architecture 3
ARH 370 Topics & Issues in Mesoamerican Art 3
  ENGLISH Liberal Arts
  Various Instructors  
E 314V Topic: Native American Literature and Culture 3
E 379S Topic: Contemporary American Indian Novelists 3
E 379S Topic: Twentieth-Century American Indian Literature 3
E 379N Topic: Twentieth-Century American Indian Literature 3
HIS 317L Topic: Intro to Native American History 3
HIS 350L Topic: Seminar in Twentieth-Century Native American History 3
HIS 356G History of the United States West 3
HIS 363K/LAS 366 Topic: Conquest and Colonialism in Mexico and Peru 3
HIS 350L/LAS 366 Topic: Memory, Identity and Nation: Forgin the History(ies) of Mexico 3
TC 357 Topic: Rethinking the Conquest of Mexico (Plan II only) 3
HIS 350L Topic: Race and Citizenship in U.S. History 3
GRG 319/LAS 319 Geography of Latin America 3
GRG 331K/ANT 324L Cultural Ecology 3
LIN 350 Topic: Indigenous Languages of the Americas 3
  MUSIC Fine Arts
MUSIC 342 /LAS 326/ AMS 325 Music of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas 3
MUSIC 334 Music of the Andean Countries 3
  Arias and Carcamo-Huechante  
  American Genesis: Indigenous Texts and Their Resonance 3
SPN 350 Topic: Indigenous Voices: From Nezahualcoytl to Radio 3

10. Other certificate requirements: At least three courses should be taken outside the student’s major or home department, and at least half of the required course work in the certificate program must be completed in residence at the University of Texas at Austin. Courses already completed at the time of application to the program can be counted toward the certificate.
Students will be required to take a total of 18 credit hours. They will complete one lower division course that has been identified as introductory or foundational on the approved list. They will then take twelve hours of courses in two of the eight strands listed in the program description. The final three credit hours will come from an upper division course that has been identified as a capstone on the approved list. Students will also write upon completion of the course requirements a three to four page essay that describes their intellectual work in the program and how this experience contributed to their academic career at The University of Texas at Austin.

11. Give a detailed rationale for change(s):
The University of Texas at Austin is uniquely situated to have the strongest undergraduate Indigenous Studies program in the state and region. Currently UT Austin has more than forty professors who work with indigenous communities and who teach indigenous studies classes in nine departments and two professional schools. The Indigenous Studies certificate program will allow undergraduate students to work with these faculty members in order to develop expertise in the interdisciplinary methodologies associated with Indigenous Studies and to develop broad-based knowledge that will allow comparative approaches with their own primary field of interest. The program will give the University of Texas at Austin a much greater opportunity to improve the recruitment of Indigenous students and faculty and to serve Indigenous communities in Texas, including those on the three reservations in the state (Alabama-Coushatta, Tigua at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, and Kickapoo) and the large communities in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, for example. We expect that students will make field experience and service learning important parts of their involvement in the program. The program will, therefore, also bridge the campus community with local communities by making campus intellectual work an active part of indigenous life in Austin and the state more broadly.

College/School Approval Process:
Approver: Richard R. Flores on May 14, 2009
Title: Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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