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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE AMERICAN STUDIES DEGREE PROGRAM 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 10, 2011, and May 24, 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 August 31, 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 September 8, 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 September 1, 2011.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE AMERICAN STUDIES DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  AMERICAN 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:
  Reducing the additional hours of required AMS from 6 to 3 to accommodate adding AMS 311S as a required course for the American Studies major.

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

 

Page 331


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

  Adding AMS 311S as a required course for American Studies majors: AMS 311S “Introductory Seminar in American Studies” is a writing-intensive, seminar-style course that requires students to engage with the material, instructor, and each other. In AMS 311S, students will learn valuable analytical reading and writing skills that will prepare them for the challenging course work in AMS 370 “Seminar in American Culture.”

Reducing the additional hours of AMS from 6 to 3: A major in American studies requires 24 hours of coursework. Given that most students come to us in their junior year, we feel that 24 is still an appropriate number of hours for the major. To accommodate the addition of AMS 311S as a required course, we are choosing to reduce the “elective” AMS hours to 3 so the overall number of hours required for the major remains the same. Currently, all new majors are encouraged to take an AMS 311S course. Anecdotal evidence shows that students who use 3 of their “elective” AMS hours to take AMS 311S are better prepared and better able to engage with the information presented in the 9 required hours of AMS 370.

Approval Process: These changes were initially discussed at the American Studies departmental retreat on 2-26-10 where preliminary approval was given. The changes were given final approval at the subsequent departmental retreat on 2-11-11. The American studies faculty as a whole approved the change.

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: February 11, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: May 10, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: May 24, 2011

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