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CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
The University

CHAPTER 2
School of Architecture

CHAPTER 3
Red McCombs
School of Business


CHAPTER 4
College of Communication

CHAPTER 5
College of Education

CHAPTER 6
College of Engineering

CHAPTER 7
College of Fine Arts

CHAPTER 8
College of Liberal Arts

CHAPTER 9
College of
Natural Sciences


CHAPTER 10
School of Nursing

CHAPTER 11
College of Pharmacy

CHAPTER 12
School of Social Work

CHAPTER 13
The Faculty

Texas Common Course Numbering System
(Appendix A)

APPENDIX B
Degree and Course Abbreviations



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Bachelor of Science in Public Relations

The degree program in public relations is interdisciplinary, drawing on the Departments of Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism, and Radio-Television-Film. Students complete forty-five semester hours of coursework in the College of Communication.

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Relations, the candidate must complete 120 semester hours of coursework and must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements in chapter 1, the college graduation requirements in this chapter, and the special requirements, prescribed work, and major requirements below.

Special Requirements

To enroll in upper-division public relations courses, a student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade point average in courses in the College of Communication of at least 2.00. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be dropped from upper-division public relations courses, normally before the twelfth class day. This requirement is waived for the transfer student during the first semester of coursework, while he or she is establishing a University grade point average.

In addition, a student with a major in public relations must have a grade of at least C in each course taken in the College of Communication that is counted toward the degree; if the course is offered on the pass/fail basis only, the student must have a grade of CR.

A passing score on the College of Communication Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test is required for admission to all public relations courses and to most other courses in the major. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be dropped from these courses, normally before the twelfth class day.

A student majoring in public relations may not register for more than nine semester hours of public relations in one semester or summer session.

Prescribed Work

  1. Rhetoric and Composition 306, English 316K, and an additional three-semester-hour course in either English or rhetoric and composition.

  2. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component, both of which may be taken within the College of Communication. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

  3. Three semester hours of coursework in the College of Communication dealing with the study of communication issues concerning at least one minority or nondominant group within the United States. Courses that fulfill this requirement may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. A partial list of these communication and culture courses is given in this chapter; a complete list is available in the college's Office of Student Affairs before registration for each semester and summer session. The courses are also identified in the Course Schedule.

  4. Three semester hours of fine arts, chosen from courses in art (including art history, studio art, visual art studies), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), and theatre and dance.

  5. Students must complete four semesters in a single foreign language. These courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. The usual course sequence is 406 or 506, 407 or 507 or 508K, 312K, and 312L. For some languages, different course numbers are used; such courses may be counted toward this requirement if they are designed to provide first-semester-level through fourth-semester-level proficiency. Any part of this requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination.

    Students who enter the University with a foreign language deficiency must take the first two semesters in a foreign language without degree credit to remove the deficiency. Students must then complete two semesters beyond those courses in the same language to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

    An extensive foreign language testing program is available at the University. Students with knowledge of a language are encouraged to take appropriate tests both to earn as much credit as possible and to be placed at the proper level for further study. Students should consult the Measurement and Evaluation Center or the department concerned for information on testing.

  6. Fifteen semester hours of social science, consisting of six hours of American history; six hours of American government, including Texas government; and three hours of anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.

  7. Three semester hours of mathematics.

  8. Nine semester hours of natural sciences, of which six hours (and no more than six) must be taken in one field of study. Courses must be chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, marine science, physical science, and physics. For this requirement, a student may take three hours of mathematics beyond those used to fulfill requirement 7.

  9. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

  10. No more than twelve semester hours of transfer credit may be counted toward the major requirements given below.

  11. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours. No more than thirty-six semester hours in one subject and no more than forty-eight hours in the College of Communication may be counted toward the degree.

Major Requirements

  1. The following courses: Communication 360, Journalism 315, 363, Public Relations 321K, 333, 348, 367, 377K.

  2. Twenty-one semester hours chosen from the following courses, including at least three hours in theory courses and three in skills courses. At least six of these hours must be in upper-division courses.

    Theory courses: Advertising 318J, 319, 334, 335, Communication Studies 310K, 315M, 332K, 350K, Journalism 360, Radio-Television-Film 305, 309, 312C.

    Skills courses: Advertising 348, Communication Studies 305 or 319, 331K, 332, Journalism 327, 330, 336, 375, 376D, Public Relations 374, Radio-Television-Film 317, 318.

  3. No College of Communication course to be counted toward the degree may be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless the course is offered only on that basis.

Order and Choice of Work

First Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester:
    1. Rhetoric and Composition 306.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work above.
    3. Courses in a foreign language.
  2. Six semester hours to be counted toward major requirement 2 above.
  3. Additional coursework, if needed, to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester. Courses should be chosen with the guidance of a college adviser.

First-year students may not take two beginning language courses in the same semester. First year students may not take more than eight semester hours in one department.

Second Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester; four are recommended:
    1. English 316K and any three-semester-hour course in English or rhetoric and composition.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work, including courses in American government or American history.
    3. Courses in the foreign language, unless the language requirement has been fulfilled.
  2. Journalism 315.
  3. Six semester hours to be counted toward major requirement 2 above.
  4. Enough additional coursework, if needed, to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester.

Third and Fourth Years

  1. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component.
  2. Any outstanding requirements included in the prescribed work.
  3. Required major courses, in the following order:
    1. First semester, third year: Communication 360, Journalism 363, and Public Relations 333.
    2. Second semester, third year: Public Relations 348, 367, and a three-semester-hour theory or skills course to be counted toward major requirement 2 above.
    3. Fourth year: Journalism 331K, Public Relations 377K, and any remaining courses listed as major requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film, the candidate must complete 120 semester hours of coursework and must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements in chapter 1, the college graduation requirements in this chapter, and the special requirements, prescribed work, and major requirements below.

Special Requirements

To enroll in upper-division radio-television-film courses, a student must have a University grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade point average in courses in the College of Communication of at least 2.00. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be dropped from upper-division radio-television-film courses, normally before the twelfth class day. The grade point average requirement is waived for the transfer student during the first semester of coursework, while he or she is establishing a University grade point average.

In addition, a student with a major in radio-television-film must have a grade of at least C in each course taken in the College of Communication that is counted toward the degree; if the course is offered on the pass/fail basis only, the student must have a grade of CR.

Consent of the instructor is part of the prerequisite for most upper-division radio-television-film courses. The departmental consent process is described in this chapter.

It is not recommended that a student majoring in radio-television-film register for more than twelve semester hours in radio-television-film in one long-session semester or more than nine semester hours in a summer session.

Prescribed Work

  1. Rhetoric and Composition 306, English 316K, and an additional three-semester-hour course in either English or rhetoric and composition.

  2. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component, both of which may be taken within the College of Communication. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

  3. Three semester hours of coursework in the College of Communication dealing with the study of communication issues concerning at least one minority or nondominant group within the United States. Courses that fulfill this requirement may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. A partial list of these communication and culture courses is given in this chapter; a complete list is available in the college's Office of Student Affairs before registration for each semester and summer session. The courses are also identified in the Course Schedule.

  4. Three semester hours of fine arts, chosen from courses in art (including art history, studio art, visual art studies), fine arts, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), and theatre and dance.

  5. Students must complete four semesters in a single foreign language. These courses may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. The usual course sequence is 406 or 506, 407 or 507 or 508K, 312K, and 312L. For some languages, different course numbers are used; such courses may be counted toward this requirement if they are designed to provide first-semester-level through fourth-semester-level proficiency. Any part of this requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination.

    Students who enter the University with a foreign language deficiency must take the first two semesters in a foreign language without degree credit to remove the deficiency. Students must then complete two semesters beyond those courses in the same language to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

    An extensive foreign language testing program is available at the University. Students with knowledge of a language are encouraged to take appropriate tests both to earn as much credit as possible and to be placed at the proper level for further study. Students should consult the Measurement and Evaluation Center or the department concerned for information on testing.

  6. Fifteen semester hours of social science, consisting of six hours of American history; six hours of American government, including Texas government; and three hours of anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, or sociology.

  7. Three semester hours of mathematics.

  8. Nine semester hours of natural sciences, of which six hours (and no more than six) must be taken in one field of study. Courses must be chosen from the following fields: astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, marine science, physical science, and physics. For this requirement, a student may take three hours of mathematics beyond those used to fulfill requirement 7.

  9. At least thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework.

  10. No more than twelve semester hours of transfer credit may be counted toward the major requirements given below.

  11. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours. No more than thirty-six semester hours in one subject and no more than forty-eight hours in the College of Communication may be counted toward the degree.

Major Requirements

  1. At least thirty but no more than forty-two semester hours of radio-television-film, of which at least eighteen hours must be upper-division. All students must take Radio-Television-Film 305, nine additional hours of lower-division coursework, and two courses chosen from the following: Radio-Television-Film 330K, 331K, 331M, 331N, 331P, 334, 335, 342, 345, 347C, 348, 359, 365, 365M, 369, and 370.

    Each student may design an individual program to fulfill requirement 1 by choosing from one or more of the principal areas described in the section "Areas of Study" below.

  2. At least six semester hours of coursework must be taken in the College of Communication but outside the department. However, no student may count toward the degree more than forty-eight hours (including transfer credit) in College of Communication coursework. Coursework in American Sign Language may not be used to fulfill any major requirement and is not included in the forty-eight hours of coursework in the college that may be counted toward the degree.

  3. No College of Communication course to be counted toward the degree may be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless the course is offered only on that basis.

Areas of Study

The program in radio-television-film is designed to prepare students for careers in media research, creative writing, and various production fields. It is also intended to train students to analyze the role in society of communication media and technologies.

To meet these goals, the department offers a multidisciplinary curriculum. The three principal areas of study are production/creative studies, screenwriting, and media studies. Students in production/creative studies may focus on film, video, and audio or on new media; those in media studies may focus on critical and cultural studies, ethnic and minority studies, gender and sexuality studies, mass communication, international communication, or communication technology and policy.

Each student's program of study is planned by the student and the adviser to meet the student's academic and professional goals. Since upper-division courses in each area require specific lower-division prerequisites, students should choose their lower-division courses with care. The following are the upper-division radio-television-film courses in each area, and the prerequisite lower-division courses.

  1. Production/creative studies

    1. Film, video, and audio

      1. Intensive production: Radio-Television-Film 333P, 338, 346, 346C, 366, 367K, 367L, 368, and 368S.

      2. Open production: Radio-Television-Film 331L, 337, 337P, 340, 341, 341C, 343, 344, 346, 346C, 351, 351C, 366K, and 367K.

      Prerequisite lower-division courses: Radio-Television-Film 305, 317, 318, and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

      Students who plan to take production courses should be aware that these courses may require five to ten hours of independent production or studio time each week in addition to the class meetings listed in the Course Schedule. All costs of production, such as cost of film and film processing, actors' fees, and location fees, are borne by the student. The cost of most equipment is covered by the college Learning Equipment Fee and the incidental fees assessed for each course.

    2. New media: Radio-Television-Film 331Q, 331R, 331S, 331T, and 344M.

      Prerequisite lower-division courses: Radio-Television-Film 305, 309, 318, and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

      Students interested in new media may study theory and production techniques in Radio-Television-Film 331Q, 331R, 331S, 331T, and 344M. Radio-Television-Film 331Q is a prerequisite for the other four courses; following the completion of 331Q, the courses may be taken in any order.

  2. Screenwriting: Radio-Television-Film 333 and 369.

    Prerequisite lower-division courses: Radio-Television-Film 305, either 314 or 316, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

  3. Media studies

    1. Critical and cultural studies, ethnic and minority studies, gender and sexuality studies: Radio-Television-Film 331K, 335, 345, 359, 365 (Topic 4: History of United States Latino Media), 365 (Topic 5: Latin American Media), 365 (Topic 7: Narrowcasting), and 370.

      Prerequisite lower-division courses: Radio-Television-Film 305, either 314 or 316, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

    2. Mass communication, international communication, and communication technology and policy studies: Radio-Television-Film 330K, 331M, 331N, 331P, 334, 342, 347C, 348, 365 (Topic 1: Survey Research Methods), 365 (Topic 2: Latino Audiences), 365 (Topic 3: Mass Media and Ethnic Groups), 365 (Topic 6: Latinos and Media), and 365M.

      Prerequisite lower-division courses: Radio-Television-Film 305 and nine additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

  4. Options for independent study

    Radio-Television-Film 330L, Internship in Film and Electronic Media

    Radio-Television-Film 336, Special Projects in Radio-Television-Film

    Radio-Television-Film 178, Radio-Television-Film Internship

    Radio-Television-Film 378H, Honors Tutorial Course

    Prerequisites for these courses vary; they are given later in this chapter and in the Course Schedule.

Admission to Intensive Courses

Film, video, and audio courses are identified as "intensive" or "open." Students enter either intensive or open coursework after completing the lower-division requirements described above. Students who wish to enroll in intensive production courses present to a faculty jury a portfolio of appropriate creative work prepared as part of the coursework for Radio-Television-Film 318; on the basis of the portfolio and the student's academic performance, the jury decides whether the student may take intensive production courses. Each student in intensive production must take Radio-Television-Film 333P, 338, 366, and 367K; the student may then take additional intensive production courses to refine his or her creative abilities and technical skills.

After completing the lower-division requirements, students in production/creative studies who are interested in video or audio may choose to take open production courses. Although consent of the instructor is required for enrollment in these courses, there is no jury process.

Order and Choice of Work

First Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester:
    1. Rhetoric and Composition 306.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work.
    3. Courses in a foreign language.
  2. Radio-Television-Film 305 and one of the following: Radio-Television-Film 309, 312C, 314, 316, 316M.
  3. Enough additional coursework to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester. Courses should be chosen with the guidance of a college adviser.

First-year students may not take two beginning language courses in the same semester. First-year students may not take more than eight semester hours in one department.

Second Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester; four are recommended:
    1. English 316K and any three-semester-hour course in English or rhetoric and composition.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work, including courses in American government or American history.
    3. Courses in the foreign language, unless the language requirement has been fulfilled.
  2. Two lower-division courses in radio-television-film, including those that are prerequisite to the area(s) in which the student plans to take upper-division courses. During completion of the final two lower-division courses, the student should begin applying for consent to enroll in upper-division radio-television-film courses as described in this chapter.
  3. Enough additional coursework, if needed, to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester.

Third and Fourth Years

  1. Two courses certified as having a substantial writing component.
  2. Any outstanding requirements included in the prescribed work.
  3. Two upper-division radio-television-film courses to be counted toward requirement 1 of the major requirements.
  4. Twelve to twenty-four semester hours of upper-division coursework in radio-television-film.
  5. Enough additional coursework to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester.



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Contents
Chapter 1 - The University
Chapter 2 - School of Architecture
Chapter 3 - Red McCombs School of Business
Chapter 4 - College of Communication
Chapter 5 - College of Education
Chapter 6 - College of Engineering
Chapter 7 - College of Fine Arts
Chapter 8 - College of Liberal Arts
Chapter 9 - College of Natural Sciences
Chapter 10 - School of Nursing
Chapter 11 - College of Pharmacy
Chapter 12 - School of Social Work
Chapter 13 - The Faculty
Texas Common Course Numbering System (Appendix A)
Appendix B


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