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CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A
MAJOR IN MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 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 Middle Eastern Studies 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 September 26, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on January 11, 2010, 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 20, 2010.



Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on January 14, 2010.


CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A
MAJOR IN MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES IN THE
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Arts with a major in Middle Eastern Studies

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
  • Add the clarifying phrase “not cross-listed with Middle Eastern Studies” to the statement allowing Middle Eastern language courses to apply to the degree.
  • Add a statement restricting the number of Islamic Studies cross-listed courses that can be applied to the Middle Eastern Studies degree. Remove redundant limitation on conference courses.
Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. page 326

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
The first change listed above serves to clarify that the six-hour limit on upper-division Middle Eastern language courses applies only to those that are not cross-listed with Middle Eastern Studies. This allows us to distinguish between language courses such as Arabic 420K, Third-Year Arabic I; Arabic 325K, Egyptian Arabic; and Arabic 322K Levantine Arabic, and content-driven topics courses such as Arabic 360L, Topics in Arabic Literature and Culture and Arabic 372, Topics in Arab History and Society. Only the latter would be cross-listed as Middle Eastern Studies courses and should not be included in the six-hour limit on the applicability of language courses.
Our primary motivation underlying the second change is to create a firmer demarcation between the Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies degree plans. In achieving this goal, we will restrict the number of courses that are cross-listed with Islamic Studies that can be counted towards the Middle Eastern Studies major. Students will therefore be required to take at least nine hours of Middle East-focused coursework that has minimal Islamic studies content and that is chosen from a variety of disciplines, such as history, political science, and literature.
The six-hour limit on conference courses will become college-wide policy via a separate proposal.

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 23, 2009
College Approval Date: September 26, 2009
Dean Approval Date: September 26, 2009

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