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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
Graduate School of
Library and
Information Science

CHAPTER 10
College of
Natural Sciences

CHAPTER 11
School of Nursing

CHAPTER 12
College of Pharmacy

CHAPTER 13
School of Social Work

CHAPTER 14
The Faculty

Texas Common Course Numbering System
(Appendix A)

APPENDIX B
Degree and Course Abbreviations

 

    

8. College of Liberal Arts

 

Richard W. Lariviere
PhD
Dean

Linda Ferreira-Buckley
PhD
Associate Dean

Neil F. Foley
PhD
Associate Dean

Brian E. Roberts
PhD
Associate Dean

Kathryn V. Foster
BS
Assistant Dean

Megan Seaholm
PhD
Assistant Dean

Web site
www.utexas.edu/cola/

General Information

Arts and Sciences Education

The academic program offered cooperatively by the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Natural Sciences provides what is sometimes referred to as a "liberal arts" or an "arts and sciences" education. No matter what area of knowledge a student intends to specialize in, the program of study will require courses in both colleges. The colleges work together to ensure that the individual interests and needs of the students pursuing an arts and sciences program of study are provided for as effectively as possible.

Guidelines for developing a coherent plan of study are provided by major requirements, by sequential prerequisites, and by optional patterns of emphasis. Departmental majors, areas of concentration, and interdepartmental programs are designed to enable every student to study at least one field in depth. These programs are sufficiently broad in scope to allow students in the same major to develop quite different plans of study in pursuit of their individual interests and goals. Each student should choose courses that are intellectually challenging and that contribute to his or her long-term objectives.

Arts and sciences students are required to take a certain number of courses in the natural sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. Consequently, whatever their fields of study, they have the opportunity to learn something about the basic differences in the ways questions are raised and answered in several fields of inquiry, and about the techniques for validating the answers and putting the results to use. At the same time, they may gain some of the philosophical and historical perspectives that illuminate and give form to general or specialized knowledge and help to reveal its relevance.

The assumption is sometimes made by both teachers and students that independent and creative study is exclusively for the gifted. In fact, the primary condition is that the student be highly motivated, although he or she must also demonstrate ability. The departments that make up the two arts and sciences colleges encourage all qualified students to work independently--not only in special honors courses and seminars and in conference, studio, or laboratory work, but also in their regular courses. The student is free to define a major, to determine whether a given assignment will be an adventure or a chore, free to develop its latent possibilities or merely satisfy its explicit demands. True creativity presupposes more than a gift for innovation; it requires an unceasing commitment to thinking and working at one's highest level.

As competence is gained in a chosen field, the mind should be progressively sharpened, disciplined, and enriched. The student who leaves arts and sciences studies with an enhanced understanding of self and humankind, of cultural and historical heritage, of the world and the universe, and of the moral values conducive to significant living, will have made the most of education, having gained something over and above the objective of vocational preparedness.

Scholarships Awarded through the College of Liberal Arts

College of Liberal Arts

In addition to the assistance available through the Office of Student Financial Services, various scholarships established by individuals and foundations are open to undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts. A number of scholarships of $500 to $2,000 are awarded each year in a college-wide competition. To qualify for these scholarships, students must have completed at least thirty semester hours of coursework on the letter-grade basis at the University, including at least one semester of coursework in the College of Liberal Arts. Also required are a University grade point average of at least 3.70 and evidence of achievement in leadership and service to the college and the community. Students who meet these requirements are encouraged to apply.

The annual selection process for college-wide scholarships begins in mid-January. Application forms are available in the Office of the Dean and in departmental undergraduate offices. Completed applications must be returned by the end of February, and award winners are notified by mid-April.

Financial assistance is also available in many College of Liberal Arts departments for specific undergraduate majors. In addition, the Study Abroad Office administers a number of awards for qualified students enrolled in international programs.

Department of American Studies

Scholarship: Dr. Bailey R. Collins/Ellene Collins Ward/Mary Sue Collins Hibbs Scholarship

Donor: Mary Sue Hibbs Estate

Amount: Up to $2,000; may be divided between two students

Eligibility: Undergraduate American studies major who has completed at least sixty semester hours of undergraduate work, including at least thirty hours in residence at the University, with a grade point average of at least 3.70

Apply to: Chair, Department of American Studies, on or before March 1

Department of Anthropology

Scholarship: Dr. Bailey R. Collins/Ellene Collins Ward/Mary Sue Collins Hibbs Scholarship

Donor: Mary Sue Hibbs Estate

Amount: Up to $2,000; may be divided between two students

Eligibility: Undergraduate anthropology major who has completed at least sixty semester hours of undergraduate work, including at least thirty hours in residence at the University, with a grade point average of at least 3.70

Apply to: Chair, Department of Anthropology, on or before March 1

Center for Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Scholarship: Asian Studies Scholarship for Study Abroad

Source: International Office, The University of Texas at Austin

Amount: To be determined by Asian studies faculty

Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students with demonstrated commitment to Asian area studies and at least one year of Asian language study who wish to study in Asia

Apply to: Department of Asian Studies, by early February

Department of Classics

Scholarship: William James Battle Scholarship in Classical Languages

Donor: Commander Robert Eikel Jr., United States Navy, 1945

Amount: Up to $500, usually divided between two students

Eligibility: Any undergraduate classics major who shows a sufficient knowledge of Greek or Latin to justify the expectation that he or she will help to further the study of the classics

Apply to: Chair, Department of Classics, by April 1

Scholarship: Velma and E. O. Box Jr. Scholarship in Classics

Donors: Velma and E. O. Box Jr.

Amount: Up to $800, usually divided among students

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Classics. Selected on the basis of merit and need by the Undergraduate Studies Committee of the Department of Classics.

Apply to: Chair, Department of Classics, by April 1

Scholarship: Ruth and Myron Kuhlman Scholarship in Classics

Donor: Myron G. Kuhlman

Amount: $1,500

Eligibility: Undergraduates majoring in classics, Greek, or Latin. Preference is given to students planning a career teaching Latin. The award is made on the basis of academic excellence, need, and the student's potential for a productive teaching career. Minimum requirements are sixty semester hours of undergraduate credit, a grade point average of 3.00, and a grade point average in Latin of 3.00.

Apply to: Chair, Department of Classics, by April 1

Scholarship: Mildred Masters McCarty Scholarship in Classics

Donor: Mildred M. McCarty, 1979

Amount: Up to $700, usually divided among two or more students

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Classics. Selected on the basis of merit and need by the Undergraduate Studies Committee of the Department of Classics.

Apply to: Chair, Department of Classics, by April 1

Scholarship: Lourania Miller Scholarship in Classical Languages

Donor: Mrs. Lourania Miller, by bequest, 1961

Amount: Up to $600, usually divided among students

Eligibility: Undergraduates majoring in classics, Greek, or Latin. Selected on the basis of merit and need by the Undergraduate Studies Committee of the Department of Classics.

Apply to: Chair, Department of Classics, by April 1

Department of English

The selection method for the following scholarships is determined by the scholarship coordinator. Additional information is available at the Undergraduate Advising Center, Department of English.

Scholarship: Janet Guthrie Andrews Endowed Presidential Scholarship in English

Donor: Bolivar C. Andrews, 1991

Amount: $2,000

Eligibility: Qualified students in the Department of English, with preference to students of English literature

Scholarship: The Betty Yarnell Brown Endowed Presidential Scholarship in English

Donor: Barbara Brown Munford, 1991

Amount: $2,000

Eligibility: Deserving undergraduate in the Department of English; preference may be given to a young woman who demonstrates intellectual promise and an interest in teaching English at the secondary school level

Scholarship: Adele Steiner Burleson Scholarship

Donor: Adele Steiner Burleson, by bequest, 1959

Amount: Up to $1,000

Eligibility: Undergraduate English majors

Scholarship: Cora Crawford Scholarship

Donor: Cora Crawford, by bequest, 1926

Amount: From $500 to $1,000

Eligibility: Undergraduate English majors

Scholarship: Sarah Dodson Endowed Scholarship in English

Donors: Relatives of Sarah Dodson, 1987

Amount: $500

Eligibility: Deserving undergraduate in the Department of English

Scholarship: The James A. Michener Undergraduate Scholarships in Writing

Donor: James A. Michener, 1994

Amount: From $500 to $2,000

Eligibility: Undergraduate students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in Department of English creative writing courses

Scholarship: The Susan Scanlon Scholarship

Donor: Susan T. Scanlon, 1993

Amount: Up to $1,000

Eligibility: Worthy and promising undergraduate student in creative writing

Scholarship: Joanne Marye Thaman Endowed Presidential Scholarship for the Department of English

Donors: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Thaman and the Exxon Education Foundation, 1992

Amount: $2,000

Eligibility: Qualified students in the Department of English, with preference given to students demonstrating financial need

Scholarship: Lois Ware Scholarship

Donors: Eunice and Naomi Ware, 1974

Amount: From $500 to $1,000

Eligibility: Undergraduate English majors

Scholarship: The Witt Family Scholarship

Donors: Willis and Lois Witt, 1978

Amount: Up to $500

Eligibility: Undergraduate English majors

Competitive Awards in English

The Department of English administers several writing competitions each year, in poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and criticism. Some contests are held in the fall semester, others in the spring semester; some are open to all University students but others are limited to students enrolled in English classes. Awards are also given for master's theses, doctoral dissertations, and honors theses. Information about these competitions is available in the Department of English from the Main Office, the Undergraduate Advising Center, and the Graduate Office.

Department of French and Italian

Scholarship: French and Italian Studies Scholarship

Donor: Family and friends of Dr. Aaron Schaffer, 1957; of Giovanni Podio, 1985; and of Jason Sokolosky, 1990

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate students of French and Italian language and literature who propose to continue their study of either language at the University or abroad

Apply to: Chair, Department of French and Italian, by March 15

Scholarship: Christopher B. Schulze Scholarship

Donor: Christopher Schulze, 1991

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Students at the junior or senior level who are majoring in French and have a grade point average of 3.00 or better

Apply to: Chair, Department of French and Italian, by March 15. The department chair makes a recommendation to the Ex-Students' Association, which administers the fund.

Scholarship: Sellstrom Scholarship for Excellence in French and Italian

Donors: Professor Emeritus A. Donald Sellstrom and Mrs. Eleanor Sellstrom, 1991

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Undergraduate French majors studying at the University or in a French-speaking country who have a grade point average of 3.00 and who can demonstrate compelling need for financial aid

Apply to: Chair, Department of French and Italian, by March 15

Scholarship: Summer Study in Quebec Province, Canada

Donor: Societe de Professeurs Francais et Francophones en Amerique

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Advanced undergraduate students and graduate students

Apply to: Chair, Department of French and Italian, by November 25

Department of Germanic Studies

Scholarship: J. Lassen Boysen Scholarship

Donor: Helen M. I. Boysen

Amount: Approximately $500

Eligibility: German majors at the junior level with a grade point average of at least 3.50

Apply to: Department of Germanic Studies, by March 15

Scholarship: Linneas of Texas Swedish Centennial Endowed Scholarship

Donor: Linneas of Texas

Amount: Inquire at the Office of Student Financial Services

Eligibility: Preference will be given to Scandinavian majors; additional criteria available at the Office of Student Financial Services

Apply to: Office of Student Financial Services

Scholarship: W. F. and Marian Michael Play Scholarship

Donor: Contributions in connection with annual German play

Amount: Approximately $500

Eligibility: German majors with a grade point average of at least 3.00, fewer than ninety semester hours of credit, and interest in departmental activities and service

Apply to: Department of Germanic Studies, by March 15

Scholarship: Ralph R. Read Endowed Scholarship for Undergraduate Students

Donor: Dr. Ralph Read

Amount: Up to $1,000

Eligibility: Undergraduate in the College of Liberal Arts with fewer than ninety semester hours of credit and a grade point average of at least 3.25 who has completed at least thirty semester hours in residence. Special consideration is given to students in the Department of Germanic Studies.

Apply to: Office of Student Financial Services

Department of Government

Scholarship: Victor M. Aguilar Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Donors: Venilde Aguilar and Eloy Aguilar

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Government majors from south Texas who are in good standing and have demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to graduates of McAllen Memorial High School.

Apply to: Chair, Department of Government, by March 15

Scholarship: Jacqueline Eckert Timm Endowed Scholarship in Government

Donor: Dr. Jacqueline Eckert Timm

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Outstanding upper-division students majoring in government

Apply to: Chair, Department of Government, by March 15

Scholarship: Edward Taborsky Scholarship

Donor: Nolie Richard Keenan Jr. Estate

Amount: $3,000

Eligibility: Government major with financial need, an overall grade point average of at least 2.50, and a grade point average of at least 3.00 in government courses

Apply to: Chair, Department of Government, by March 15

Department of History

General eligibility. To qualify for the following scholarships, a student must be a history major; must have completed at least thirty hours in residence at the University, including at least nine hours in history; and must have a University grade point average of at least 3.00. Some scholarships have additional eligibility requirements.

Applications. Undergraduate history majors interested in scholarship opportunities should contact the History Advising Office. Applications and procedures for the departmental scholarships listed below are available annually beginning November 1. The deadline for submission of all materials (including a history faculty recommendation and a brief essay) is in mid-March. The department chair and the History Scholarship Committee select scholarship recipients.

Scholarship: Ann Schumacher Adkins Scholarship in German-Texas History

Donor: Mr. Ward N. Adkins

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: In addition to the general eligibility requirements above, the student must be a Texas resident who is studying or planning to study the lives and work of German Texas immigrants and their descendants. Preference is given to those who plan to study immigrants to the Gulf Coast and central Texas. Scholarship merit is a major consideration in making the award.

Scholarship: Matilda Weeden Barker Scholarship in History

Donor: Abigail Curlee Holbrook Estate

Amount: $800

Scholarship: Dr. Bailey R. Collins/Ellene Collins Ward/Mary Sue Collins Hibbs Scholarship

Donor: Mary Sue Hibbs Estate

Amount: Up to $2,000; may be divided between two students. Nominations for this scholarship are made by the department.

Scholarship: Anne Perkins Garrison Scholarship in History

Donor: Abigail Curlee Holbrook Estate

Amount: $800

Scholarship: Gardner F. Marston Endowed History Scholarship Fund

Donor: Gardner F. Marston

Amount: $500

Scholarship: Thad W. Riker Scholarship

Donor: Nolie Richard Keenan Jr. Estate

Amount: Up to $3,000 (two or three $1,000 awards)

Scholarship: Grace Rebecca Rubert Scholarship (American and Texas History)

Donor: Grace Rebecca Rubert Estate

Amount : $500

Eligibility: In addition to the general eligibility requirements above, preference is given to deserving students majoring in American and Texas history.

Awards and Prizes in History

The Ferguson Prize is given each year to the senior history honors student with the best thesis. The recipient is chosen each spring by the director of the History Honors Program. The Segrè Prize is awarded annually to the history major with the best research paper in a history seminar. Faculty members nominate candidates and the winner is chosen by a faculty committee.

The Department of History often receives donations from individuals who wish to reward outstanding effort by history majors. These awards or prizes are typically for a specific area of historical study and may be available for several years. Two current awards were donated by Mr. Billie Ellis of Fort Worth. They are the Louis Tuffly Ellis Award for Excellence in the Study of Texas History and the Lewis L. Gould Award for Excellence in the Study of American History. The procedures for applying for such awards are determined by the department chair and the faculty Undergraduate Scholarship Committee.

Humanities Program

Scholarship: Karyn Diana Cameron Endowed Presidential Scholarship

Donors: Dr. and Mrs. Guy N. Cameron

Amount: $2,000

Eligibility: Undergraduates accepted into the Humanities Program

Apply to: Humanities Program, in December

Scholarship: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin K. Collie Endowed Presidential Scholarship

Donors: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin K. Collie

Amount: $2,000

Eligibility: Undergraduates accepted into the Humanities Program

Apply to: Humanities Program, in December

Scholarship: James and Dorothy Doyle Scholarship in Western Civilization

Donors: Mr. and Mrs. James T. Doyle

Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Undergraduates accepted into the Humanities Program, with academic emphasis in Western civilization

Junior Fellows Program

Various scholarships are available for students participating in Junior Fellows, a program administered by the College of Liberal Arts but open to all qualified students on campus. The scholarships vary in amount, depending on the amount of financial assistance needed by the student for his or her research project. Applications should be submitted to the director of the Junior Fellows Program in November. For further information, contact the College of Liberal Arts Student Division office.

 


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Undergraduate Catalog
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 - Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Chapter 10 - College of Natural Sciences
Chapter 11 - School of Nursing
Chapter 12 - College of Pharmacy
Chapter 13 - School of Social Work
Chapter 14 - The Faculty
Texas Common Course Numbering System (Appendix A)
Appendix B - Degree and Course Abbreviations

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