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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES IN MAJOR REQUIREMENTS TO THE DEGREE PROGRAM IN MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES 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 June 27, 2011, and July 11, 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 IN MAJOR REQUIREMENTS TO THE DEGREE PROGRAM IN MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  MIDDLE EASTERN 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:
 
  1. Add 6 hours of upper-division Middle Eastern language coursework as requirement.
  2. Instead of unspecified upper-division coursework, require at least one course from each of three areas.
  3. Remove “Up to six hours in upper-division Middle Eastern language courses that are not cross-listed with Middle Eastern studies courses may be counted toward the major” line, because this is unnecessary now that the major requires 6 hours of upper-division language coursework.
  4. Remove “The courses counted toward the major may include no more than fifteen hours of upper-division Middle Eastern studies courses that are cross-listed with Islamic studies courses” line, because the structured upper division course work makes this line unnecessary.

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

 

Pages 339-340


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
  • The new configuration of the MES major would ensure that students are doing multi-disciplinary work by requiring at least one course in each of three distinct areas: social sciences, history, and arts / humanities. Additionally, requiring the additional language courses (beyond the language requirement) ensures that students have the language skills necessary to obtain and excel in a professional job post-graduation and/or will prepare them for entrance into a graduate program in Middle Eastern Studies.
  • This new setup will also increase efficiency by reducing the number of topics courses and will restrict the possible overlap of the Middle Eastern Studies, Islamic Studies, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures majors. Also, the proposed requirements mirror the configuration of our highly successful graduate program providing consistency at both levels and with what is going on in the field of area studies.

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: May 24, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: June 27, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: July 11, 2011

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