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Proposed changes to The African and african diaspora studies degree Program in the College of Liberal Arts SECTIOn in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016

 

Dean Randy Diehl in the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the College of Liberal Arts section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on April 19 and May 23, 2013, 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 November 6, 2013, 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 UT System.

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 November 19, 2013.

Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 12, 2013.



Proposed changes to The African and african diaspora studies degree Program in the College of Liberal Arts SECTIOn in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016

NAME OF CHANGE:
  Academic Change

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:
  • We are changing the number of hours for the degree from thirty-six to twenty-four, including fifteen hours of upper-division coursework instead of eighteen hours. This twelve-four-hour difference will be made up by removing a required track course, removing the two required theme courses, and removing a required additional or “elective” course. This reduction will create room for a student to minor in a field outside of African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) and will also simplify the degree plan to make it more accessible, understandable, and attractive to students.
  • We are changing the number of tracks to four instead of five and are requiring students to take three courses (nine hours) in the track of their choosing instead of twelve hours. By reducing the number of hours students must take in upper-division tracks, students will find it more accessible to graduate in a timely manner.
  • We are also changing the composition and titles of the tracks in order to have them better represent our faculty and the classes we offer. This change is to ensure that the tracks have a distribution of courses robust and varied enough to allow students to graduate in a timely manner.
  • We are eliminating the themes and will instead work to include those academic areas into each of our courses. This will simplify the degree plan and will also allow room for students to minor in another field outside of AADS.
  • We are reducing the number of additional or “elective” hours a student must take from nine hours to six hours. This will simplify the degree plan and will also allow room for students to minor in another field outside of AADS.
  • We are changing the geographical areas to better represent our faculty’s research interests and course fields.
  • We are removing the additional community engaged flag system to simplify the major.
  • We are adding a minor requirement for African and African Diaspora Studies majors.
  • We are requesting cosmetic changes to the title of the department, to make sure African and African Diaspora Studies is always capitalized when it is written out.

 


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:
  N/A

Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?

  No
If yes, explain:
  N/A

Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
  No
If yes, explain:
  N/A

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
  No
If yes, explain:
  N/A

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion?
  No
If yes, explain:
  N/A

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department:
Yes
Date:

The AADS Faculty Curriculum Committee (internally named “AADS Executive Committee”),  composed of Michael Ray Charles, King Davis, Kevin Foster, Edmund Gordon, Kali Gross, Frank Guridy, Charles Hale, Minkah Makalani, Matt Richardson, and Cherise Smith, voted to approve the changes suggested by the AADS Undergraduate Curriculum Committee on January 18, 2013.

College:
Yes
Date: April 19, 2013
Dean:
Yes
Date: May 23, 2013

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