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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE EUROPEAN 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 27, 2011, and June 7, 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 EUROPEAN STUDIES DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER IN the UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  EUROPEAN 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:
  Students will now have to choose between two tracks, pre-1700 and post-1700. Students will have a wider choice of foreign languages to choose from to fulfill their requirements for the major. Students will no longer have the option of taking two foreign languages. Students must now take one foreign language through 6 hours of upper level coursework. The major will now be 30 hours, instead of 24 hours, by adding to the requirements for the major 6 hours of upper level coursework in an approved foreign language.

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

 

Page 335


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

  1. Overall, the Direct of CES and Executive Committee, in consultation with Senior Associate Dean Richard Flores, wanted to give the EUS major more shape by offering 2 tracks, one pre-1700, the other post-1700.
  2. In light of the multiethnic make-up of Europe, we wanted to give students the opportunity to develop language skills in typically non-traditional European languages when a contemporary application of those skills will significantly enhance their work as distinctly European Studies scholars. A student interested in working on Turkish communities in Germany, for instance, would be well served developing language skills in Turkish.
  3. We decided that it would be best to simplify the EUS language requirement and require only one language for EUS majors; students must study that one foreign language through 2 semesters of upper-level coursework.
  4. We decided to increase the hours for the major from 24 to 30 by adding the additional 6 hours of upper-level language study into the GPA. In doing so, we are indicating to EUS majors the great importance CES attaches to foreign language study for an understanding of Europe.

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. Students will now have to complete as part of the required hours for a degree in EUS 6 (six) hours of upper-level coursework in an approved foreign language, but the overall number of required hours will not increase.


COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: March 28, 2011--Unanimously approved by the EC of CES and supported by the Director and Associate Director, 3/28/11: Douglas Biow, Director (ex officio); Mariah Wade, Associate Director (ex officio); Judy Coffin, History; Tracie Matysik, History; Paul Adams, Geography; John Clarke, Art History; Andrew Dell’Antonio, Music; Alexandra Wettlaufer, French and Italian; Peter Hess, Germanic Studies; Terri Givens, Government.
College:
Yes
Date: May 27, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: June 7, 2011

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