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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND GLOBAL 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 19, 2011, and June 2, 2011, respectively. 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 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 11, 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 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND GLOBAL STUDIES DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND GLOBAL 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:
  A. Add ECO 304L, Introduction to Macroeconomics, as an option under the five core courses in section 1. b. and ECO 304K, Introduction to Microeconomics, to section 1. e.

B. Replace the required Government 360N, Topics In International Relations, with a new course, International Relations and Global Studies 320F, Foundations of International Relations and Global Studies, which must be taken prior to or concurrently with the first track coursework.

C. Strike the second sentence of section 1. e.: "Another course may be used with the approval of the faculty..."

D. The addition of African studies as an option for the minor.

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

 

Page 338


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

  A. The Economics option was originally limited to 304K, Introduction to Microeconomics, because the Department of Economics requires students to take that course before 304L, Introduction to Macroeconomics. However, many transfer students have credit for macroeconomics. Forcing these students to count macroeconomics for section e. and take microeconomics for section b. narrows the major in a way not justified or intended.

B. IRG 320F, Foundations of International Relations and Global Studies, is designed as a bridge between the IRG major’s introductory course and track specific coursework. Its objectives are (1) to provide an overview of the field that surveys its various aspects with emphasis on their intersection; and (2) to introduce students to the themes, concepts and vocabulary that distinguish the field. The course will provide common intellectual ground for those students concentrating their studies in one dimension of international relations & global studies.

C. The sentence, "another course may be used with the approval of the faculty adviser and the associate dean for academic affairs," could apply to any degree requirement, so it serves no purpose. On the recommendation of Academic Affairs, we would like to strike this sentence to avoid confusion.

D. There is an interest in African studies, even though it is not a field of study. The department will provide a list of approved courses.

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 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.