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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Proposed changes to The spanish and Portuguese 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 5 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 spanish and Portuguese degree Program in the College of Liberal Arts SECTIOn in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016

NAME OF CHANGE:
  Degree Program 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:

In 2011, the Higher Education Coordinating Board identified the undergraduate degree program in Portuguese as a low-producing program and granted us a temporary four-year extension to raise the number of graduates to twenty-five over a five-year period. This is not a realistic goal. The courses, faculty, and research in Portuguese, however, are a vital component of Latin American Studies on campus and essential to the work of our department. Therefore, we are requesting the consolidation our current undergraduate program in Spanish and Portuguese.

We also plan to eliminate the separate tracks and offer more flexibility in the upper-division coursework, which would have the effect of simplifying the program and improving time to degree. These changes will also make our program more attractive to students.

The new courses we propose reflect the current state of the fields represented in our department. The traditional configuration of departments and programs in Spanish and Portuguese reflects a particular understanding of languages and cultures that has increasingly come to be questioned by scholars. After the 1990s, with the advent of cultural studies, Iberian and Spanish American literary studies have shifted their interests away from general coverage of the field toward themes, including the cultural and linguistic diversity in those geographical regions, as well as the impact of the ensuing and continued contact among indigenous people, Africans, and Europeans as a result of conquest, slavery, and migration. It is precisely those flows and encounters that have interested a growing majority of the faculty of our department over the last decade. The new courses therefore better represent our areas of research.


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: January 29, 2013
College:
Yes
Date: April 5, 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.