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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007

Libraries and Other Academic Resources

The University Libraries

The libraries of the University are a resource center for Texas and the Southwest, as well as a national resource center for library materials on Latin America, Texas, the history of the American South and West, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century British, French, and American literature. The library system consists of the University of Texas Libraries, the Center for American History, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, and the Joseph D. Jamail Center for Legal Research: Tarlton Law Library. The University of Texas Libraries are the Perry-Castaneda Library, the Undergraduate Library, the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, six science and technology libraries, and several other branch and special collections.

The University Libraries Web site serves as the gateway to an array of online information resources. These include UTNetCAT, the online catalog that provides information on most items located in the collections of the University of Texas Libraries, the Center for American History, and the Humanities Research Center, and a partial listing for items in the Law Library. The University Libraries Web site also offers access to more than two hundred databases, full-text of thousands of books and millions of journal articles, and other specialized full-text resources. A variety of library services are also available online.

Detailed information about the University Libraries is given in General Information.

Perry-Castaneda Library

This six-level open stack library contains more than three million volumes and is the main library of the University. It serves most subject areas but emphasizes the humanities; the social sciences; business; education; nursing; social work; and European, East European, Asian, Middle Eastern, Hebraic, and Judaic studies. Special materials include United States and United Nations official documents, current journals and newspapers, and a large collection of research materials in microform. On-site reference service is offered and photoduplication services are available during most hours the library is open. Graduate students may consult subject bibliographers to identify useful resources and gain access to them.

Center for American History

The Center for American History is a special collections library, archive, and museum that facilitates research and sponsors programs on the historical development of the United States. The center supports research and education by acquiring and preserving research collections and making them accessible and by sponsoring exhibitions, conferences, fellowships, and grant-funded initiatives. Research collection strengths are the history of Texas, the South, the Southwest, and the Rocky Mountain West, congressional history, and other specific national topics.

More information is given in General Information.

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center is one of the world's foremost institutions for literary and cultural research. It offers resources in a number of disciplines and periods, but its principal strength is in its collections of twentieth-century British, American, and French literature. The center houses about a million books, thirty million manuscripts, five million photographs, and more than one hundred thousand works of art.

Additional information is published by the Ransom Center and is given in General Information.

Law Library

The Joseph D. Jamail Center for Legal Research: Tarlton Law Library is one of the largest academic law libraries in the country, with more than a million volumes of codes, statutes, court decisions, administrative regulations, periodicals, textbooks, and treatises on law and related fields. It offers a strong collection of foreign and international legal materials.

More information is given in General Information.

Special Collections and Branch Libraries

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, an internationally recongized resource for research in Latin American and United States Latino studies, contains more than a million volumes of books, pamphlets, and journals in addition to manuscripts, maps, newspapers, and microfilms. It includes materials on any subject related to Latin America or written by a Latin American, regardless of language.

The University has a variety of special collections that serve the research needs of scholars in many fields. The Edie and Lew Wasserman Public Affairs Library, located in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, provides information resources on the creation, implementation, and evaluation of public policy. The library is an official depository for United States and Texas government documents.

The branch libraries are the Architecture and Planning Library (including the Alexander Architectural Archive), the Mallet Chemistry Library, the Classics Library, the McKinney Engineering Library, the Fine Arts Library, the Walter Geology Library, the Life Science Library, the Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library, and the Marine Science Library in Port Aransas. Reference, circulation, and reserves services are available at all branch libraries.

Other Libraries in Austin

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, located on campus, is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. This library is a valuable resource for the study of the twentieth century. Faculty members and students also have access to other public and private libraries in the Austin area, including several special-interest libraries.

Research Facilities

The University offers some of the most extensive university research facilities in the United States. There are more than a hundred organized research units on campus and many other informally organized laboratories; they give graduate students the opportunity to conduct laboratory and field research in almost all fields of study. Internships are also offered in many fields.

Facilities associated with specific degree programs are described in chapter 4.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services supports the University's academic and research programs by providing an information-technology-based environment, technological capabilities, and a staff to assist students, faculty and staff members, academic departments, and research centers with their learning, teaching, research, and outreach activities. Information Technology Services (ITS) provides the University's core computing, wired and wireless networking, videoconferencing, satellite conferencing, remote dial access, network directory, domain name, and information processing infrastructure, as well as a broad range of services and support programs.

The facilities and services provided by ITS are described in General Information. Many academic units support additional information technology resources; these are described in chapter four of this catalog.

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Cooperative Arrangements

A cooperative arrangement between The University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System allows a graduate student at one institution to use unique facilities or courses at the other institution with a minimum of paperwork. The graduate student registers and pays fees at the home institution and may retain any fellowship or financial assistance awarded by it. Space must be readily available, and the instructor or laboratory director of the proposed work must consent to the arrangement. Approval must be given by the graduate dean of each institution.

A similar arrangement among component institutions of The University of Texas System has been authorized by the chancellor and the Board of Regents. The University has active arrangements with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Science Park in Bastrop County, and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Cooperative Degree Programs

With appropriate approval, the University of Texas at Austin and another component of The University of Texas System may enter into a cooperative agreement in which one component serves as the degree-granting institution while some or all of the courses in the degree program are taught at the other component. The component that grants the degree is the "sponsoring" institution. A student who enters such a cooperative program is admitted on the understanding that institutional sponsorship of the program may change during the student's enrollment. The student's continuation in the program will not be affected by such a transfer of sponsorship, but the student will become subject to the policies and procedures of the new sponsoring institution, which may differ from those of the original sponsor. The student will receive his or her degree from the component that sponsors the program at the time of the student's graduation.

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Financial Aid


University fellowships, which are administered through the Graduate School, are awarded to both new and continuing graduate students in most academic areas. Students must be nominated by their graduate advisers for any fellowship administered by the Graduate School. Additional information on University fellowships is published by the Office of Graduate Studies.

University fellowships for entering graduate students are awarded on the basis of scholastic excellence and adequate preparation for graduate study in the student's chosen field, as shown by his or her academic record and letters of recommendation. University fellowships for continuing students are awarded on the basis of the student's record since entering the Graduate School, including performance in relevant coursework and research or creative activity, letters of recommendation from University faculty members, and the endorsement of the graduate adviser; financial need is also considered. There are additional specific qualifications for many of the competitive fellowships awarded by the University and by graduate programs. Generally, fellowships require no service from the recipient. Some fellowships provide for payment of tuition and required fees in addition to the stipend.

Deadlines for financial aid. General deadlines for submitting all materials for financial aid are February 1 for summer or fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. However, some graduate programs have earlier or later deadlines. Applicants for fellowships and other forms of financial assistance should contact the program of interest to them for current deadlines.


Various teaching, research, and academic assistantships are awarded by the departments. These appointments require specific service. Nonresidents and international students who hold assistantships of twenty hours or more a week may pay resident tuition and fees if the assistantship duties are related to the student's degree program. An applicant to the Graduate School may indicate on the admission application that he or she would like to be considered for a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship. Enrolled students should apply directly to the department in which they would serve.

Additional Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Services offers financial assistance in the form of gift aid, which includes grants and scholarships, and self-help aid, which includes student employment programs and long-term loans. These programs are described in General Information. More information about financial aid is published by Student Financial Services. Information is also available by mail from The University of Texas at Austin, Office of Student Financial Services, P O Box 7758, Austin TX 78713-7758.

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Student Services

Support services for students are provided by several offices, including the Division of Housing and Food Service; University Health Services; Counseling, Learning, and Career Services; and Parking and Transportation Services. The functions of these and similar offices are described in General Information.

Graduate students are represented on campus and in the community by the Graduate Student Assembly, described below. In addition, there are social and professional groups for graduate students in most fields of study, and hundreds of registered student organizations that are open to undergraduates and graduate students.

Graduate Student Assembly

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) has been the official representative body for graduate students since 1994. Other groups, including the Council of Graduate Students, represented graduate students between 1968 and 1994. GSA addresses issues that are important to its constituents, not only as students but also as teaching assistants, research assistants, and assistant instructors. GSA reports administratively to the vice provost and dean of graduate studies. Administrative expenses are funded through an allocation from the student services fee.

The objectives of GSA are to represent the views of graduate students to the University community and the community at large; to facilitate graduate student communication and interaction; to gather and disseminate information pertinent to graduate students; to conduct activities that promote the general welfare of graduate students; and to provide a means of assisting in the selection of graduate student members of departmental, college, and University bodies.

More information about the GSA, including contact information for officers, current representatives, meeting agendas and minutes, and current and past activities, is published online.

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Student Responsibility

While University faculty and staff members give students academic advice and assistance, each student is expected to take responsibility for his or her education and personal development. The student must know and abide by the academic and disciplinary policies given in this catalog and in General Information, including rules governing quantity of work, the standard of work required to continue in the University, warning status and scholastic dismissal, and enforced withdrawal. The student must also know and meet the requirements of his or her degree program; must enroll in courses appropriate to the program; must meet prerequisites and take courses in the proper sequence to ensure orderly and timely progress; and must seek advice about degree requirements and other University policies when necessary.

The student must give correct local and permanent postal addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail address to the Office of the Registrar and must notify this office immediately of any changes. Official correspondence is sent to the postal or e-mail address last given to the registrar; if the student has failed to correct this address, he or she will not be relieved of responsibility on the grounds that the correspondence was not delivered. Students may update their addresses and telephone numbers online.

The student must register by the deadlines given in the Course Schedule and must verify his or her schedule of classes each semester, must see that necessary corrections are made, and must keep documentation of all schedule changes and other transactions.

Students should be familiar with the following sources of information:

University catalogs. General Information gives important information about academic policies and procedures that apply to all students. It includes the official academic calendar, admission procedures, residence requirements, information about tuition and fees, and policies on quantity of work, grades and the grade point average, adding and dropping courses, and withdrawal from the University. This catalog also gives historical and current information about the University's organization and physical facilities. It describes the services of the Division of Student Affairs and the libraries and research facilities that support the University's academic programs.

The Graduate Catalog gives information about degrees offered by the Graduate School. It describes academic policies and procedures that apply to graduate students and lists courses and members of Graduate Studies Committees. The Undergraduate Catalog and the Law School Catalog give similar information about undergraduate programs and the programs of the School of Law.

Printed catalogs are available at campus-area bookstores, by mail from the Office of the Registrar, and online.

The Course Schedule. The Course Schedule is published by the Office of the Registrar. It is available before registration for each semester and summer session at campus area bookstores and online. The Course Schedule includes information about registration procedures; times, locations, instructors, prerequisites, and special fees of classes offered; and advising locations.

The University Directory. The printed University directory is distributed by Texas Student Publications each fall. It gives physical and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of University offices and of students and faculty and staff members. Current directory information is available online.

World Wide Web. The address for the University's home page on the World Wide Web is In addition to the publications described above, the Web site includes sites maintained by departments, colleges, graduate programs, museums, libraries, research units, and student-service offices.

The Office of Graduate Studies is the central source of information for graduate students. Doctoral and master's degree evaluators provide information about procedures for submission of reports, theses, dissertations, and treatises, and the student services section assists with registration and related matters. Information for both prospective and current students is available online.

Graduate advisers, assistant graduate advisers, and graduate coordinators. The graduate adviser for each program is a faculty member designated to advise students and represent the Graduate School in matters pertaining to graduate study. He or she provides information about the program, including admission and degree requirements, and about fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. The assistant graduate adviser, also a faculty member, serves in the absence of the graduate adviser. The graduate coordinator, a staff member who assists the graduate adviser and other faculty members in the administration of the program, also provides services to students.

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