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Government Courses (legislative requirement)
The Texas Education Code §51.301 requires Texas public university and community college students to complete six semester hours of coursework in government/political science. But the statute does not specify how the required course content (study of the Federal and Texas constitutions and related topics) should be distributed across the six required semester hours.
As a result, two patterns of instruction have evolved among Texas universities and community colleges in which Federal and Texas government are studied either separately or in parallel.
The Texas Common Course Numbering (TCCN) system identifies two pairs of courses applicable to the legislative requirement:
The two courses taught at a single institution always transfer to fulfill the requirement at UT, but combining courses from two institutions with different instructional patterns may omit some state-mandated content.
It is strongly recommended that students complete both required government courses at one institution to avoid problems in satisfying the legislative requirement. Students who choose to take the required courses at two different institutions should at least be certain they transfer as one of the following combinations:
Other credit combinations usually omit the Texas constitution component of the legislative requirement. For students with such credit, and for those with five or more semester hours of applicable government credit transferred from out-of-state institutions, a one semester hour course is available to complete the requirement – GOV 105, Texas Government, offered by University Extension.
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revised 23 August 2013
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