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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

REQUEST TO ADD A CREATIVE WRITING - HONORS CREATIVE WRITING UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AND REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION ON THE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS


Dean Randy L. Diehl in the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following addition of a Creative Writing Certificate program to the College of Liberal Arts section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. On October 31, 2013, the college approved the addition. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation as being of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty).

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on February 5, 2014, 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 February 21, 2014.
Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 10, 2014.



REQUEST TO ADD A CREATIVE WRITING - HONORS CREATIVE WRITING UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AND REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION ON THE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS

  1. Type of Proposal: New Certificate Program.

  2. Scope of Proposed Change:
    a. Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools?
    If yes, then how? Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the certificate program, demand for radio-television-film and theatre and dance courses could see a negligible increase. Most of the lower-division courses recommended for the program, though, are already in ample supply. Limited enrollment courses will be promoted as such, and any seats for certificate students will be negotiated directly with the offering department. Options exist for any College of Liberal Arts student to complete the certificate through coursework offered through the Department of English. Given that admission to the certificate program will be controlled, course availability is not expected to be problematic.

    In addition to benefitting students directly, the addition of a Creative Writing Certificate also serves those colleges/schools requiring or permitting students to complete a minor or certificate program.
    Yes
    b. Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
    If yes, explain. Our creative writing courses have long been a favorite of students from across campus; we’ve planned our certificate curriculum so that both certificate-seeking and non-certificate students will continue to have access to these courses.
    Yes
    c. Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
    See 2(a), above.
    Yes
    If the answer to 2a, 2b, or 2c is “yes”:
      How many students do you expect to be impacted? None negatively
      Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:

    Department of Radio-Television-Film
      Person communicated with: Jeff Hallock, Jeffrey Marsh, Jay Williams (academic advisors)
      Date of communication: October 23, 2013
      Response: No objection.

    Department of Theatre and Dance
      Person communicated with: Brant Pope (chair)
      Date of communication: October 23, 2013
      Response: No objection.

  3. Official Certificate Name: Creative Writing Certificate; Honors Creative Writing Certificate

  4. Proposed Implementation Date: Fall 2014

  5. CIP Code (administrative unit awarding the certificate): 2313020001

  6. Statement of Objective: The Creative Writing Certificate is intended for any University student interested in advanced study of creative writing, both as reader and as writer. Demand for formal instruction in creative writing is high, and a number of our peer institutions offer a minor (California-Berkeley, California-Los Angeles, North Carolina), concentration (Florida, Penn State), or sub-concentration (Michigan) comparable to a certificate. Though some institutions do provide a track within the BA (Illinois, Washington), to do that would alter the nature of our undergraduate degree program, given its emphasis on the study of literature as a scholar, rather than solely as reader or writer. We believe that the transcript-recognized certificate option will be appealing to UT Austin students and is essential for those preparing for an MFA in Creative Writing or similar course of study.

  7. Number of Students Expected to Receive the Certificate Each Semester: Sixty annually

  8. Number of Hours Required for Completion(Please note if there is a minimum or maximum number of hours): Eighteen

  9. List Faculty on the Certificate Program Faculty Committee
    Name of Faculty Member College/Department Title at UT Austin Highest Degree and Awarding Institution
    Oscar Casares* English Associate Professor MFA, Iowa
    Elizabeth Cullingford* English Department Chair; Professor PhD, Oxford
    Elizabeth McCracken* English Professor MFA, Iowa
    Lisa Olstein*, Program Chair English Associate Professor MFA, Massachusetts-Amherst
    Dean Young* English Professor MFA, Indiana

  10. Academic Course Requirements Use this table to identify the courses that qualify for this certificate program.
    Course Abbreviation and Number Course Title
    SCH
    CRW 325 Topics in Creative Writing (#C L 315, E 603B, 316K, 316L, 316M, 316N, or T C 603B)
    3
    CRW 325M Creative Writing (#C L 315, E 603B, 316K, 316L, 316M, 316N, or T C 603B)
    3
    CRW 325F Fiction Writing (#C L 315, E 603B, 316K, 316L, 316M, 316N, or T C 603B)
    3
    CRW 325P Poetry Writing (#C L 315, E 603B, 316K, 316L, 316M, 316N, or T C 603B)
    3
    CRW 330 Literature for Writers (#CRW 325F, 325M, 325P, E 325F or E 325P)
    3
    CRW 340F Short Story Workshop (#CRW 325F, 325M, or E 325F)
    3
    CRW 350P Poetry Workshop (#CRW 325M, 325P, or E 325P)
    3
    CRW 355F Advanced Fiction Workshop (#CRW 340F or E 341)
    3
    CRW 355P Advanced Poetry Workshop (#CRW 340P or E 341L)
    3
    CRW 660 Intensive Creative Writing (#C L 315, E 603B, 316K, 316L, 316M, 316N, or T C 603B)
    6
    RTF 333 Introduction to Screenwriting (#upper-division standing, RTF 305, nine additional hours of lower-division RTF coursework)
    3
    T D 325 Playwriting II (#T D 315, upper-division standing, consent of instructor)
    3
  11. Other Certificate Requirements:
    Six additional hours of English, radio-television-film, or theatre and dance; grade of C- or higher in each course counted toward certificate; nine hours of certificate coursework must be completed in residence.

    Honors Creative Writing Certificate: Creative Writing 370, Honors Creative Writing Project (#consent of instructor); University GPA of at least 3.33 and GPA of at least 3.66 in coursework required for certificate.

  12. Give a Detailed Rationale for Change(s): N/A

  13. COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
    Approver: Richard Flores
    Date October 31, 2013
    Title: Senior Associate Dean

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