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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN ASIAN 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 Asian 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 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 ASIAN 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 Asian Studies

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
We would like to add a track in Taiwan Studies to the specialization in East Asia under the major in Asian Studies. The East Asia specialization will be divided into two tracks: the general track, which is the same as the current East Asia specialization, and the Taiwan track. The requirements for the Taiwan track are:
Taiwan track
1. At least three hours of Taiwanese history.
2. A three-hour Asian studies course related to South Asia.
3. Asian Studies 378.
4. Fifteen additional hours in Asian studies courses related to East Asia as follows:
  • at least six hours of courses related to Taiwan;
  • three hours related to China;
  • threee hours related to Japan;
  • three hours of upper-division coursework in Chinese language or in Asian studies related to East Asia
5. In addition, students must complete two years of Chinese language to fulfill the foreign language requirement. Students should focus on the traditional characters used in Taiwan in these courses. Courses counted toward the foreign language requirement may not also be counted toward the major.


Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. page 320

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
Many of the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin are among the best known leaders in various fields of Taiwan Studies, especially literature, political science, and anthropology. In addition, several new faculty members who have joined UT in the last few years have also demonstrated strong interest in the study of Taiwan. The strength of both UT as a whole and the Department of Asian Studies specifically in the area of Taiwan Studies enabled our department to successfully apply for a grant from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education for a program in Taiwan Studies. Given these strengths, we feel strongly that this is a natural direction in which to grow our program. Our overriding aim with the addition of the Taiwan specialization is to encourage students to approach the study of Taiwan from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective.

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: July 9, 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.