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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

APPLICABILITY OF ROTC COURSES IN THE CORE CURRICULUM

On behalf of the Educational Policy Committee, Professor Janet Staiger (radio-television-film) has submitted the following proposal that clarifies the applicability of ROTC courses in the core curriculum. The Secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. It will be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on October 31, 2011.

The proposed changes were approved by the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee (UGSAC) at its meeting on October 18, 2011. At its meeting on October 21, 2011, the Educational Policy Committee recommended approval to the Faculty Council. 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 UT System.
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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council

 

APPLICABILITY OF ROTC COURSES IN THE CORE CURRICULUM

The School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) is proposing adding the following language to chapter two in the Undergraduate Catalog.

The University does not allow ROTC courses to substitute for legislatively required core courses in either history or government.

Rationale:
In the legislative requirements that govern the government and history requirements of State of Texas public higher education students, there is a clause that says the institution may allow substantially equivalent ROTC coursework to count for part of those requirements. Since the Dean of Undergraduate Studies oversees the core curriculum, we feel it is appropriate to add this content to our chapter and remove it from the purview of the individual colleges, where it has historically rested.

UGS has been working with ROTC and the College of Liberal Arts to determine whether there is an acceptable way to allow ROTC coursework to substitute for up three hours of coursework in the American History core requirement and three hours of coursework in the American and Texas Government core requirement. This will require changes to the ROTC curriculum or requirements, which if they are to happen, will take more time.  Until such changes can be agreed upon, we feel the catalog should reflect this common policy for all undergraduate degrees.

 

 

This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council website on October 26, 2011.