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 more than 50 majors for students to pursue. 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).
There are 34 languages offered at the University of Texas, including modern and ancient languages. They are offered by a variety of departments across Liberal Arts. Learn more about what languages are taught and which departments are responsible for offering them by clicking the above link.
There are a number of tools available to help you determine which classes you may be interested in taking in a given semester.
The course schedule lists all the courses being offered each semester, their timelines, locations, instructors (if available) and unique numbers (which are used to register for those classes).
Most departments in the college of Liberal Arts post descriptions of their courses each semester. Course descriptions usually contain more details about the content and expectations for a course than the course schedule.
Use this site to look for the syllabus of a class you are in or considering signing up for. Syllabi contain details about assignments, grading, textbooks, and instructor office hours. This site also alows you to search for your instructor's CV so you can learn more about his/her education, publications and previous work history.
At the end of every semester, students fill out a Course Instructor Survey to report on various aspects of the course and instructor. Some students find it helpful to review the survey results for an instructor and class when making decisions about which classes they should take.
Through the Interactive Degree Audit (IDA), students may view and request degree audits online, project how future courses might apply toward a degree, and locate advising resources.
Advisors are staff members dedicated to providing you with information about degree plans, university and college academic policies, and university resources. We recommend you talk to relevant advisor(s) regularly about your progress toward degree, academic goals and questions about the university.
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:
You should see a Student Division advisor if you are:
The Student Division advisors are located in Gebauer 2.306.
Students who have a major see departmental advisors. Departmental advisors see students who are:
You can learn more about how to contact an advisor in a particular department by going to that departmental website. Websites for all Liberal Arts departments can be found here.
All departments have faculty advisors. Faculty advisors see students who are:
This is where you can find the official policies of the College of Liberal Arts. Should you ever have questions about policies or dates and deadlines, it is always best to ask your academic advisor.
The Undergraduate Catalog contains requirements for all degrees, course descriptions, information on honors programs, and college and departmental scholarships. The General Information Catalog covers registration, grading policies, and standards.
This link takes you to a list of the dates and deadlines of which you should be aware.
For information about how to send your test scores to UT, please visit the provided link.
Once the scores are received by Student Testing Services, they are evaluated and a determination will be made as to the type of course credit that can be earned (if any). If there is a possibility to earn credit, then you will need to petition online (also known as “claiming credit”) to have the credit-by-examination become part of your official academic record. During orientation, you will need to talk to your academic advisor prior to claiming the credit.
To review exams and scores accepted by the University visit the Student Testing Services website.
Some courses have placement tests that measure your proficiency in a subject to ensure you are placed in the appropriate level course. You will not be allowed to register for these courses if you have not taken the required tests. Several placement tests are available during orientation, including math, some foreign language, chemistry, and the Texas government tests. Please feel free to contact an academic advisor prior to orientation or during orientation if you have any questions about placement exams.
Students who are interested in taking Calculus, Chemistry for B.S. Degrees or pre-med coursework should take the College of Natural Science Math and Chemistry assessments. There is a web-based assessment and learning tools that provide targeted, individualized instruction. Students wishing to take Calculus will also need to complete an in-person exam during orientation or the Monday before class begins in August. To learn more information about these assessments, please see the following website: http://www.cns.utexas.edu/students/incoming-students/assessments#3-complete-the-aleks-math-and-chemistry-assessments
It is strongly recommended that students with prior knowledge of American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish, or Russian, however acquired, take a placement test before enrolling for the first time in a UT Austin course in that language. Tests in foreign languages other than the ones listed above are scheduled on an individual basis; students who need to take placement tests in such languages should make arrangements directly with the appropriate foreign language departments. Tests used for placement in foreign languages generally serve as bases for credit-by-examination in one to four courses. Foreign language tests may be taken only once. There is no need to sign up for a placement exam if you plan on enrolling in a foreign language in which you have no previous knowledge.
While in high school, some students take courses that count towards high school requirements and toward college credit. This is called dual enrollment and the courses are typically taken through a community college. Credit earned through dual enrollment (“dual credit”) does not appear on your high school transcript.
To have dual credit reflected on your UT record, you must have an official transcript sent from the community college with which your high school works with to the Office of Admissions at The University of Texas at Austin.
Here are some examples of common dual credit:
Use the Registration information sheet to see your registration and add/drop schedule. You can also use this page to determine if you have any bars on your registration.
A bar is a code placed on your record that prevents registration. All bars will be listed on your Registration Information Sheet (RIS). Types of bars that may appear include:
During orientation, you have Orientation Advisors on hand to assist you with the registration process. However, in future semesters, you will register for classes on your own. This site provides a guideline for registration. Though it may not be required by your department, it is highly recommended that you meet with your academic advisor before registering for classes each semester.
Check your Registration Information Sheet to find out your add/drop access schedule. You will use the same registration system you used to register for classes when you add/drop courses online.
Students can add available classes for which they meet the prerequisites online through the fourth class day during a long-session semester and the second day of a summer session.
Between the fifth and twelfth class days (third and fourth days for summer), students must seek the permission of the department offering the course in order to be added. Instructor approval may also be required.
After the twelfth class day (fourth for summer), students must come to the Student Division for instructions on adding courses. Adding courses at this time is rarely allowed.
Students can drop classes online up through the twelfth class day of a long-session semester (and the fourth class day of a summer session). Students who drop during this period may be entitled to a refund. Courses dropped during this period do not appear on a student's record.
From the thirteenth class day through the midsemester deadline in a long-session (fifth through last day in summer), students must obtain a form from the Student Division, and then obtain the instructor's signature to drop a course with a Q.
After the midsemester long-session deadline, students must speak with a Dean's Office (Student Division) advisor in GEB 2.306 and will only be approved to drop a course for urgent, substantiated, and nonacademic reasons. Drops are rarely allowed during this time. A student might be able to use his/her One-Time-Exception (OTE) to drop a single class or withdraw from all classes after the deadline for academic reasons, but must speak with a Dean's Office advisor to see if they qualify. International students will also need the permission of the International Office in order to pursue a drop.
Limit on Q-drops
Students who entered a Texas public institution of higher education in fall 2007 or later will be restricted to six Q-drops in their academic careers. Exceptions may be made for documented, non-academic circumstances.
Every department has its own policies about signing up for closed and restricted courses. If you are interested in a course that is closed or restricted you may contact the department that is offering the course to ask about that department's policies. Please do not contact faculty directly to ask to be added to a course unless you are directed to do so by the department.
The Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling helps students explore major and career interests. Services include career counseling, career testing, and graduate school planning assistance.
Liberal Arts Career Services (LACS) career coaches help Liberal Arts students write a resume, prepare for job interviews, apply to law school, or figure out how to best use their liberal arts degrees.
The Health Professions Office (HPO) provides students with the information necessary to make informed academic and career decisions related to various health professions. The HPO can help students interested in a future in dentistry, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and veterinary medicine.
This service, housed in Liberal Arts Career Services, assists with researching and applying to law school, hosts the annual Law Fair, and provides general information related to the legal profession.
"UTeach-Liberal Arts is a professional middle and high school teacher preparation program for The University of Texas at Austin undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students planning to teach English, languages other than English, or social studies. Our four-semester program aims to transform secondary school teacher certification from the ground up with a balanced practical and theoretical approach to teacher preparation.” –from UTeach website.
The Liberal Arts Career Services offer advising specifically for graduate school preparation. Resources include graduate school handbooks specific for different Liberal Arts majors.
The Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling offers graduate school resources such as a timetable for when certain steps in the process of graduate applications should be completed, advice on asking for letters of recommendation and more.
The Office of Student Financial Services coordinates and manages loan, grant, federal work-study, and scholarship programs from a variety of public and private sources.
Go to this Web site for information on various scholarships available to qualified UT students.
Go to this Web site for information on Liberal Arts merit scholarships and other scholarship opportunities specifically for Liberal Arts students.
The UT Learning Center (UTLC) provides a range of services designed to enhance both individual learning and in-class performance with the goal of helping students achieve academic excellence.
The Undergraduate Writing Center provides individualized, professional advice on all aspects of writing to university undergraduates on a drop-in basis or by appointment.
This Web site provides information on university libraries and museums, including access to important research tools and library hours of operation.
University Health Services provides non-urgent medical services, health promotion and maintenance programs, public health services, and pharmacy services.
The Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) helps students with their personal concerns so that they can meet the daily challenges of student life. The CMHC is staffed by psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other licensed mental health professionals.
The primary goal of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) is to support the academic efforts of students working with this office.
The Study Abroad Office Web site has information on study abroad programs, credit and grades, financial aid and scholarships, library resources, advising, and the application process.
The Division of Recreational Sports develops and conducts recreational sports programs for university students. Among the many services and activities provided by Rec Sports are intramural sports, UT Sport Club Association, fitness/wellness programs, and open recreation facilities, including Gregory Gym.
Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) promotes student organizations and leadership development, community service, and co-curricular programming. SALD is home to over 900 registered student organizations. To find the organization that’s right for you, use their online Student Organization Database.
There are a variety of different options for students interested in honors programs offered through the College of Liberal Arts.
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!
Learn about the different kinds of research opportunities available to undergraduates and the value of undergraduate research.
Liberal Arts Council (LAC) is the link between students and Liberal Arts faculty, administration and professional world. Any Liberal Arts student is eligible to become a member of LAC.
Use the UT Directory to search for the contact information for members of the university community.
Be professional when communicating with faculty and staff members
We live in a culture of increasingly rapid, brief, and informal communication. However, when communicating with university personnel it is important to conduct yourself in an adult and professional manner. We have included some tips for writing appropriate emails to faculty and staff
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.
And, of course, you can contact your advisor with any questions you have.