The primary purpose of a bachelor’s degree from the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin is to prepare you to confront the realities of the twenty-first century. In a rapidly changing world, a liberal arts education allows for your development as an individual citizen, prepares you to engage successfully in a new global economy, and enables the growth of your intellectual and practical skills. At its completion, a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts should leave you with a fundamental as well as profound knowledge of the human, physical, and natural worlds—a knowledge that enables you to apply your skills to new settings and complex problems in the workplace or beyond.
The College of Liberal Arts offers over 50 majors for students to pursue. Many students enter into the university as an Undeclared Liberal Arts major. There are only a few majors in Liberal Arts that require a special application process-- Psychology, Humanities, and the Plan II Honors Program. You will have an opportunity during orientation to talk to your academic advisor regarding your intended major(s).
Academic advisors are a very important resource to utilize during your academic career at UT. There are three different types of advisors—Student Division advisors, departmental advisors, and faculty advisors. During orientation, you will be required to meet with one of the following advisors depending on your situation:
The Dean's Advising Office of Liberal Arts is located in GEB (Gebauer) 2.200 and the phone number is 512-471-4271. Dean's Office advisors (aka Student Division advisors) see students who are
• Undeclared and needing registration advising.
• On dismissal.
• Seeking an exception to general degree requirements.
• Seeking an official degree check once they have reached 90 hours of credit.
• Applying to graduate.
• In an emergency situation.
• In need of referrals to other student services.
• Seeking the “permission of the dean.”
Students who have a major see departmental advisors. Departmental advisors see students who are
• Declared in that particular advisor’s major(s) and seeking registration advising.
• Seeking an exception to major or minor requirements.
• Interested in learning more about the courses offered by a particular department or center.
• Interested in learning about potential career paths and graduate school options related to a major.
• Exploring the possibility of declaring that department’s major(s).
All departments have faculty advisors. Faculty advisors see students who are
• Looking for in-depth information on fields related to the major.
• Considering going to graduate school or looking for advice on evaluating graduate programs.
• In need of letters of recommendation for graduate school.
• Seeking departmental honors.
While we do not expect you to memorize all of the university policies or College of Liberal Arts policies, we want you to know where to find them, and we want you to be accountable for them. Should you ever have questions about policies or dates and deadlines, it is always best to ask your academic advisor.
• Dates and Deadlines
If you want to review special programs offered by the College of Liberal Arts, or peruse the vast number of foreign languages offered at UT, then the following links will be very informative.
• Foreign Language Study
• Special Academic Programs
• Liberal Arts honors possibiities
Getting involved at UT is very important—whether you want to be involved in a social organization, undergraduate research, political group, student government, etc. Once you have declared a major, you will find that there are many additional organizations related to your academic path. This is just the beginning!
• Research Opportunities
• Liberal Arts Council
If you have questions about anything related to the College of Liberal Arts, you will find that Ask Libby is a great source. It hosts an ever-growing FAQ section as well as an area for submitting questions for topics not covered on the site.
• Ask Libby