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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED DELETION OF MAJORS IN ARABIC LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, HEBREW LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, PERSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, TURKISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS; CONSOLIDATION INTO A NEW MAJOR—MIDDLE EASTERN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES AND ITS HONORS PROGAM 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 July 11, 2011, and July 27, 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 Texas Higher Education Coordination Board.

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 DELETION OF MAJORS IN ARABIC LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, HEBREW LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, PERSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, TURKISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS; CONSOLIDATION INTO A NEW MAJOR—MIDDLE EASTERN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES AND ITS HONORS PROGAM IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER IN the UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
 
ARABIC LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, HEBREW LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, PERSIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, TURKISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAMS, MIDDLE EASTERN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES MAJOR & DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAM


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? Yes
• 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:
 
DELETION OF MAJORS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE HONORS PROGRAMS; CONSOLIDATION INTO NEW MAJOR – MIDDLE EASTERN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES AND ITS HONORS PROGRAM

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

  ARA (319, 331-332); HEB (321, 337); PRS (323, 340); TUR (326, 343); MELC (323, 339)

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
 
An undergraduate major focused on an encompassing and comparative view of Middle Eastern languages and cultures, rather than narrowly-constituted majors in Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, and Persian studies, parallels the norms of the field of Middle Eastern languages and cultures and matches the graduate and undergraduate programs at top peer programs across the nation. MES faculty believes that students need a comprehensive view of Middle Eastern culture to be properly trained for future study or professional careers. Also, students increasingly choose to study more than one Middle Eastern language, and the current language-specific configuration does not permit this. Finally, over sixty percent of the department’s current faculty is new within the past five years, and their academic scholarship is comparative in nature. For these reasons, we have consolidated our graduate programs in Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian into a single degree beginning in the 2011 Graduate Catalog. Now, we seek to consolidate the undergraduate degrees and believe that the resulting MELC degree will be intellectually stimulating and rewarding, and attract greater numbers of students. This consolidation will also result in the reinstatement of the MEL field of study abbreviation, which will house the two prescribed courses for the degree, honors courses and interdisciplinary courses not conducted in Arabic, Persian, Hebrew or Turkish

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: March 25, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: July 11, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: July 27, 2011

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