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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

REQUEST TO ADD AN LGBTQ/SEXUALITIES STUDIES 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 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ)/Sexualities Studies 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 AN LGBTQ/SEXUALITIES STUDIES 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?
    No
    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. No
    c. Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
    No
    If the answer to 2a, 2b, or 2c is “yes”:
      How many students do you expect to be impacted?
    N/A
      Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
  3. Official Certificate Name: LGBTQ/Sexualities Studies Certificate

  4. Proposed Implementation Date: Fall 2014

  5. CIP Code (administrative unit awarding the certificate): 24.0199 Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, other.

  6. Statement of Objective:
    The field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)/sexualities studies has emerged over the past thirty years. The importance of distinguishing between gender (definitions of masculinity and femininity) and sexuality (which concerns sexual orientation and desire) was an early insight of women’s and gender studies (WGS) scholars, and LGBTQ)/sexualities studies has become a distinct subfield addressing those areas. The decisive impact of queer theory, a critique of normative assumptions about sexual orientation, desire, and sexual identity, on cultural studies is evident across the humanities. The field is also shaped by and shapes new developments in area studies and interdisciplinary work, and responds to and influences social movements including AIDS activism, increased visibility in media and mainstream culture, advances in obtaining civil rights, including domestic partner benefits, and struggles over marriage, immigration, and other issues.

    Founded in 2004, the LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster brings together faculty, graduate students and undergraduates from across campus to share research in feminist and queer studies, the history of sexuality, and related fields. Students began lobbying the Research Cluster in the early 2000s to provide a program of study in this area, and with new hires in Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS) and other programs and departments, we now have a robust roster of courses and faculty in many disciplines to meet this demand. The LGBTQ/Sexualities Studies Certificate recognizes undergraduate students who have completed eighteen hours of course work approved by the LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster faculty chair. These courses are also listed in a LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster publication known as the “Pink Book” every semester.

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

  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
    Cvetkovich, Ann (chair) Liberal Arts/English Professor* PhD, Cornell (1988)
    Gonzalez-Lopez, Gloria Liberal Arts/Sociology Associate Professor* PhD, University of Southern California (2000)
    Hoad, Neville Liberal Arts/English Associate Professor* PhD, Columbia University (1998)
    Moore, Lisa Liberal Arts/English Professor* PhD, Cornell (1988)
    Richardson, Matt Liberal Arts/English, African Diaspora Studies Assistant Professor* PhD, University of California, Berkley (2005)

  10. Academic Course Requirements Use this table to identify the courses that qualify for this certificate program.
    Course Abbreviation and Number Course Title SCH
    AAS 330 3-Third World Feminist Theory 3
    AFR 317D 5-Introduction to Black Women’s Studies 3
    AFR 317E 1-Black Queer Diaspora Aesthetic 3
    AFR 311C Performance, Feminism, and Social Change 3
    AFR 372G 33-Sex and Power in the African Diaspora 3
    AFR 372C 4-Gender and Slavery in the US 3
    AFR 372C 12-Race, Gender, and Surveillance 3
    AFR 372C 15-Postcolonial Women Writers 3
    AFR 372E 13-Black Queer Literature and Film 3
    AFR 372E 15-Contemporary African American Women’s Fiction 3
    AMS 370 46-Latina/o Pop 3
    AMS 370 49-U.S Lesbian and Gay History, 20th Century 3
    ANT 310L 6-Black Queer Diaspora Aesthetics 3
    ANT 324L 45-Queer Ethnographies 3
    ANT 324L 48-Sex and Power in the African Diaspora 3
    C C 348 7- Women in Classical Antiquity 3
    C C 348 18-Ancient Mediterranean Masculinities 3
    C C 348 13-Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Novel 3
    C C 348 5-Homosexuality in Antiquity 3
    E 314V 4-Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture 3
    E 344L 5-Representations of Childhood and Adolescence in Literature and Film 3
    E 349S 7-Oscar Wilde 3
    E 360S 2-Literature of AIDS in Africa 3
    E 364S Language and Gender 3
    E 370W 3-Feminism and Mass Culture 3
    E 370W 7-Feminism and Cultural Politics 3
    E 370W 11-Women's Autobiographical Writing 3
    E 370W 8-Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture 3
    E 370W 9-Gender, Sexuality, Migration 3
    E 370W 12-American Literary Masculinities 3
    E 376M 8-Black Queer Literature and Film 3
    E 376M 7-Contemporary African American Women's Fiction 3
    EUS 347 19-Tolerance in Dutch Culture 3
    GOV 357M 4-Civil Liberties 3
    HIS 350R 14-Gender and Slavery in the US 3
    HIS 350R 8-Women in Postwar America 3
    HIS 350R 13-History of Sexuality in America 3
    HIS 350R 20-History of American Feminism 3
    HIS 364G 10-Gender and Sexuality in Japan 3
    LAS 322 10-Minorities and the Media 3
    LAS 322 3-Mass Media and Ethnic Groups 3
    LAS 370S 33-Sex and Sexuality in Latin America 3
    LAS 370P 5-Gender, Sexuality, and Labor in Brazilian Culture 3
    MAS 374 39-Latina/o Pop 3
    MAS 319 1-Ethnicity and Gender: La Chicana 3
    SOC 307K Fertility and Reproduction 3
    SOC 308D Ethnicity and Gender: La Chicana 3
    SOC 321F Third World Feminist Theory 3
    SOC 322M Sociology of Masculinities 3
    SOC 322P Sex and Violence in Popular Culture 3
    SOC 322V Race, Gender, and Surveillance 3
    SOC 333K Sociology of Gender 3
    SOC 340G Sociology of Sexualities 3
    WGS 301 14-Performance, Feminism and Social Change 3
    WGS 301 6-Ethnicity and Gender: La Chicana 3
    WGS 301 12-Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture 3
    WGS 301 16-Introduction to Black Women’s Studies 3
    WGS 301 17-Black Queer Diaspora Aesthetics 3
    WGS 301 20-Fertility and Reproduction 3
    WGS 303 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies 3
    WGS 305 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies 3
    WGS 322 1-Sociology of Gender 3
    WGS 322 5-Sociology of Sexualities 3
    WGS 322 10-Sex and Violence in Popular Culture 3
    WGS 322 8- Race, Gender, and Surveillance 3
    WGS 322 3-Sociology of Masculinities 3
    WGS 324 2-Women and Media Culture 3
    WGS 335 Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies 3
    WGS 340 37-Tolerance in Dutch Culture 3
    WGS 340 58-Queer Ethnographies 3
    WGS 345 31-Gender and Slavery in the US 3
    WGS 340 21-Mass Media and Minorities (Minorities and the Media) 3
    WGS 340 59-Ancient Mediterranean Masculinities 3
    WGS 340 47-Black Queer Literature and Film 3
    WGS 340 29-Contemporary African American Women’s Fiction 3
    WGS 340 52-Sex and Power in the African Diaspora 3
    WGS 345 37-Women in Postwar America 3
    WGS 345 28-Cult Movies and Gender Issues 3
    WGS 345 52-American Literary Masculinities 3
    WGS 345 53-Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Novel 3
    WGS 345 17-Language and Gender 3
    WGS 345 19-Postcolonial Women Writers 3
    WGS 345 36-Feminist Media Theory 3
    WGS 345 9-Women in Classical Antiquity 3
    WGS 345 49-History of American Feminism 3
    WGS 350 Feminist Theory 3
    WGS 350S Third World Feminist Theory 3

  11. Other Certificate Requirements:
    The certificate program requires eighteen semester hours of coursework, including at least nine semester hours completed in residence.

    Students must fulfill the following requirements:
    1. The requirements of an undergraduate major.
    2. Women’s and Gender Studies 303: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies; or Women’s and Gender Studies 305: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies.
    3. English 314V Topic 4: Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture, Women’s and Gender Studies 301 Topic 12: Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture, or an alternative course taken with prior approval from the LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster faculty committee.
    4. Twelve additional semester hours (upper-division) chosen from courses on an approved list. At least three of these hours must be taken from outside the student’s major field of study.
    5. Earn a grade of at least a C in each of the courses taken to fulfill the LGBTQ/Sexualities Studies certificate requirements

    Each semester, the list of approved courses that meet the requirements above is available in the WGS undergraduate advising office. The list of courses known as the “Pink Book” is published on the WGS website.

    Courses the student has completed at the time of application to the program may be counted toward the certificate. Students apply for transcript-recognized undergraduate academic certificates at the time they complete their undergraduate degree or the certificate program, whichever comes later. Transcript recognition is awarded at that time.

  12. Give a Detailed Rationale for Change(s):  The LGBTQ/Sexualities Studies Certificate recognizes LGBTQ scholarship and acknowledges widespread faculty expertise in this field within liberal arts and WGS. Many peer institutions have a program recognizing LGBTQ studies.

    There is significant student demand for formal recognition of participation in courses that include LGBTQ content. Many WGS majors would benefit from this certificate program, as well as students in majors across campus who would not be interested in the WGS major because of specific interests in sexuality studies, transgender studies, masculinity studies and other emphases.

  13. COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
    Approver: Lisa Moore
    Date September 23, 2013
    Title: Director, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies

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