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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE DEGREE PROGRAM IN SPANISH 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 10, 2011, and May 24, 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 DEGREE PROGRAM IN SPANISH IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  SPANISH


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. Literature:
    (A) Remove SPN 367K as a language requirement and replace with SPN 345L.
    (B) Remove SPN 375 as a requirement choice for literature.
  2. Hispanic Linguistics:
    (A) Remove SPN 361E from the catalog and as a requirement to the degree program.
    (B) Allow two different topics of SPN 367K: Syntax and Stylistics to be used in the degree plan.
  3. Language Teaching: Reduce from six hours to three hours of literature as the requirement. Allow a Spanish literature course, numbered SPN 351 or higher, or SPN 368L, Spanish Language Structure, to be a choice in the major.
  4. Spanish Honors Program: We propose to reshape the Honors Program in Spanish by eliminating the Honors Seminar SPN 378H and creating a model close to what other units on campus have already developed, with strong emphasis on the individual student-faculty relationship and tutorial workshops on research methodologies.


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

Pages 342, 325-326, 499


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
  1. (A) SPN 345L is one of our basic linguistics courses and fulfills the spirit of the requirement for this concentration.
    (B) The current trends of Hispanic literary studies conceive the field in terms of regions and topics rather than restricted to national boundaries. Eliminating this requirement allows students to opt for more topic courses, thus having more opportunities to explore different subjects of Hispanic literature.
  2. (A) We will no longer be teaching SPN 361E and plan to remove it from our course inventory. The faculty member who initially proposed and planned to support the course is no longer teaching at UT.
    (B) Allowing students to use two sections of SPN 367K would expand the choices students have to fulfill their degree requirements in this concentration, and would remove one obstacle that could potentially affect time to degree.
  3. The faculty decided to allow the students to take SPN 368L (Advanced Spanish Grammar), which would substitute one of the literature courses. The faculty made this change because so many of the teacher candidates are weak in grammar, and they believe it would be more beneficial than a second literature course.
  4. Enrollment in SPN 378H, Honors seminar, has been declining since Fall 2006. Some of the courses taught were a variation of those taught in the regular topic-oriented undergraduate courses. In the last two years, Spanish Honors Seminars have been cancelled due to low enrollment. The approach of the Dean has been to cancel this type of courses if the enrollment is low; there is no policy that gives special consideration for Honors Seminars regarding enrollment. Due to the course cancellations in recent years, some students have been left with no other recourse but to drop the Honors Program in Spanish and change their plans for undergraduate study.

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 20, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: May 10, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: May 24, 2011

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