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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE TO THE WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES MAJOR 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 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 September 14, 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 October 13, 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 October 6, 2011.




PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE TO THE WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES MAJOR IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  WOMEN’S AND GENDER 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. Addition of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Departmental Honors Program

2. Update to the description of Major for WGS - Language for “feminist theory” requirement will include specific WGS course number that will meet the requirement, “Women’s and Gender Studies 350, Feminist Theory.” Please note the degree requirements are not changing, but a specific WGS course will be identified for the requirements.

3. Update to the description of Major for Women’s and Gender Studies - Language for “research methods” requirement will include specific WGS course number that will meet the requirement, “Women’s and Gender Studies 356, Introduction to Feminist Research Methods.” Please note the degree requirements are not changing, but specific courses will be identified for the requirements.

4. Update of Women’s and Gender Studies 350, Feminist Theory will reflect an upcoming inventory change.

5. Addition of WGS 679H will reflect upcoming additions to inventory to support WGS Departmental Honors Program.

6. Addition of “Women’s and Gender Studies 305, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies” as an option for a lower-division introductory course to the major, as an addendum to the established “Women’s and Gender Studies 301, Introductory Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies” requirement.

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

 

Pages 326, 343, 506-510


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
1. Addition of WGS Departmental Honors Program is necessary due to the increased number of majors in our undergraduate program who wish to graduate with an honors degree and who otherwise will select another department through which complete an honors program.

2. The update of the major description to include Women’s and Gender Studies 350, Feminist Theory as a specific course that meets the feminist theory degree requirement, will help when advising students. While the center will still accept other courses on the approved list for this requirement, the Center for Women’s and Gender studies plans to offer this course once a year specifically for undergraduate majors. Featuring this course in our degree plan will help populate it.

3. The update of the major description to include Women’s and Gender Studies 356, Introduction to Feminist Research Methods, as a specific course that meets the research methods degree requirement, will help when advising students. While the center will still accept other courses on the approved list for this requirement, the Center for Women’s and Gender studies plans to offer this course once a year specifically for undergraduate majors. Featuring this course in our degree plan will help populate it.

4. Update to Women’s and Gender Studies 350, Feminist Theory reflectS an upcoming inventory change.

5. The addition of the Women’s and Gender Studies 679H, Honors Tutorial Course will reflect the upcoming inventory additions to support our proposed departmental honors program. The inventory additions will be submitted, once the update period opens for adding new courses, in Fall 2011.

6. The addition of “Women’s and Gender Studies 305, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies” as an option for a lower-division introductory course to the major, will reflect the establishment of a comprehensive introduction to the field of Women’s & Gender Studies distinct from the “Women’s and Gender Studies 301, Introductory Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies.” Our goal is to create and provide an annual, inclusive introductory course for our undergraduate students, so that students will begin the Women’s and Gender Studies major with a similar foundation for the remaining upper-division 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 29, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: May 13, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: May 27, 2011

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