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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

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

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (LAS)


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:
  All communication is a regular concentration rather than a special concentration. Portuguese 341 is a possible substitute for one of the upper division Latin American history courses in the major core.

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

 

Page 339


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

  • Addition of All Communication as a regular concentration—All Communication can now be declared as a minor for most majors in Liberal Arts, and no special programming is required. Latin American Studies majors can also declare All Communication for their concentrations, and no programming is needed in those cases as well. Requiring a form to be filled out listing the courses the students will use is therefore superfluous and creates extra paperwork for students and staff and extra programming that is not necessary.

• Elimination of POR 341 as an alternative for one LAS history—the original intent was to allow students to use a specific POR 341 titled “Luso-Brazilian Civilization and Culture” for this purpose. However, POR 341 is an umbrella for a number of courses that all come under the rubric “Luso-Brazilian Civilization and Culture” as well. The specific course intended as the substitution has not been taught in many years, but a few students have been able to use the loophole created by the fact that POR 341 can include other types of courses not intended for this purpose to substitute it for one history. We would like to close that loophole.

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

No, while we use courses from the College of Communication for the All Communication concentration, this change should not alter anything for them.


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: May 4, 2011. Approved by Dr. Seth Garfield, LLILAS Undergraduate Faculty Advisor and Dr. Juliet Hooker, LLILAS Associate Director.
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.