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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE TO THE AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA STUDIES MAJOR IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

Dean Randy Diehl of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the College of Liberal Arts Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on May 19, 2011, and June 2, 2011, respectively. The Secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on September 14, 2011, 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 October 13, 2011.


Greninger Signature

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


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council website http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/ on October 6, 2011.



PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA STUDIES MAJOR IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  African and African Diaspora Studies


IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS YES, THE COLLEGE MUST CONSULT NEAL ARMSTRONG WHO WILL DETERMINE WHETHER SACS-COC APPROVAL IS NEEDED.:
• Is this a new degree program? No
• Does the program offer courses that will be taught off campus? No
• Will courses in this program be delivered electronically? No

EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
 
• First, the name of the field of study for AFR is in the process of being changed from “African and African American Studies” to “African and African Diaspora Studies.” Therefore, the titles of AFR courses in this document will be listed with the new field name.

• AFR 301, “African American Culture,” will no longer be required. This course will be replaced with the mandatory “Introduction to African and African Diaspora Studies.” Additionally, students will now be required to complete 36 hours of coursework for the major instead of 33, including 24 upper-division (the additional 3 major hours will reduce the number of hours for electives, thus not increasing the overall number of required hours).

• The curriculum will no longer be organized by the current intellectual area concentrations (Africa, the African Diaspora, Blacks in the United States: Expressive Culture, Blacks in the United States: History, Politics, and Society). Instead, students will be required to take at least twenty-four hours of upper-division coursework, including 12 hours upper-division, from 5 career-centered concentrations, and 3 hours upper-division (six hours total) chosen from 6 diasporic themes, which are required.

• Coursework used in requirements 4, 5, and 6 must cover at least two geographical regions of the African Diaspora, identified as U.S., Latin America, Africa, or Europe. A list of courses with their geographical affiliation is available in the department advising office.

• For students interested in taking courses within the major that incorporate activism, in addition to the community internship required for all majors, courses will be flagged as “community engaged;” a list of the community engaged courses is available in the department advising office.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made.

 

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GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
The establishment of the African and African Diaspora Studies Department in the Fall of 2010 necessitated a reconceptualization of the AFR major to incorporate the African Diaspora outside of the United States and revamp the thematic structure of the major accordingly. Additionally, the degree program is being redesigned to provide students the option to select career-centered concentrations. For example, students interested in pursuing careers in education, psychology, government, law, or policy will have the option to choose a concentration that develops their critical thinking skills within those relevant fields.

The current degree requirements offer four intellectual concentrations: Africa; The African Diaspora; African American Expressive Culture; and Blacks in the US. As is evident, these concentrations are largely US-centric. The proposed changes in the concentrations offer a more thematic approach to the study of the African Diaspora. They are: Critical Black Studies; Black Education, Psychology, and Mental Health; Black Popular Culture: Music, Art, Literature, and Sports; Blacks in Government, Law, and Policy; and African & African Diasporic Cultures and Languages.

The current AFR major requires students to complete six hours in the “areas” of Africa and the African Diaspora. This Africa/not-Africa binary limits the thematic scope of the major. In order to enhance the intellectual coherence of the major and to adopt a more diasporic approach, the proposed degree requirements eliminate those two required areas and instead demand six hours of coursework in two of the six aforementioned “themes.”

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
 

No


If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
 

 


Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?

  No

If yes, explain:
   

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
  No


COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: April 26, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: May 19, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: June 2, 2011

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