UT AUSTIN
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UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG
1998 - 2000


CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
The University

CHAPTER 2
School of Architecture

CHAPTER 3
College of Business Administration

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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 Chapter 4
 Communication
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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.

A student majoring in radio-television-film may not 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. English 306, 316K, and a three-semester-hour course taught in the Department of English.

  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 are identified in the Course Schedule. They may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. A partial list of these courses is given in this chapter.

  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. Some language departments use different course numbers to designate the first four semesters of coursework; such courses may be used to fulfill 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, botany, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, marine science, microbiology, physical science, physics, and zoology. Students may fulfill this requirement by completing nine hours of coursework in the fields that are part of the Division of Biological Sciences--biology, botany, microbiology, and zoology; no more than six hours may be in a single field. 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 in radio-television-film may be counted toward the degree.

  11. Enough additional coursework to make a total of 120 semester hours. No more than thirty-six semester hours in one subject 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 (Applications of New Communications Technologies), 334, 335, 342, 345, 347C, 348, 359, 365, 365M, 369, and 370.

    Each student may design an individual program of study to fulfill requirement 1 by choosing from one or more of the principal areas of study 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.

  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 meet two goals. The first is to prepare students for media careers by providing advanced analysis of the historical and contemporary role in society of radio, television, film, and other communication media and technologies. The second is to provide initial training in media research, creative writing, and various production fields.

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, 346C, 366, 367K, 367L, 368, and 368S.

      2. Open production: Radio-Television-Film 331L, 337, 337P, 340, 341, 341C, 343, 344, 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.

    2. New media: Radio-Television-Film 331P (Topic 1: Challenge of Interactive Media), 331Q, 331R, 331S, 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.

  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 (Applications of New Communications Technologies), 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.

The following new media courses are identified as "intensive": Radio-Television-Film 331P (Topic 1: Challenge of Interactive Media), 331Q, 331R. To enroll in these courses, students must present a portfolio of appropriate creative work to a faculty jury as described above. Each student in the intensive new media sequence must take these three courses and an additional upper-division, three-semester-hour new media course.

Order and Choice of Work

First Year

  1. The student must take three courses from the following group each semester:
    1. English 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 taught in the Department of English.
    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.

Bachelor of Science in Speech

To be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Speech, the candidate must complete 120 semester hours of coursework and 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 speech 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 speech 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 speech 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 student majoring in speech may not register for more than nine semester hours of speech in one semester or summer session.

Prescribed Work

  1. English 306, 316K, and a three-semester-hour course taught in the Department of English.

  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 are identified in the Course Schedule. They may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements. A partial list of these courses is given in this chapter.

  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. Some language departments use different course numbers to designate the first four semesters of coursework; such courses may be used to fulfill 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, botany, chemistry, computer sciences, geological sciences, marine science, microbiology, physical science, physics, and zoology. Students may fulfill this requirement by completing nine hours of coursework in the fields that are part of the Division of Biological Sciences--biology, botany, microbiology, and zoology; no more than six hours may be in a single field. 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 in speech may be counted toward the degree.

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

Major Requirements

  1. At least thirty but no more than thirty-six semester hours of speech. At least fifteen hours must be in upper-division coursework. Each student must complete one of the following tracks:
    1. Communication Studies
      1. Speech 305, 313, or 319; 315M; 332K; and 334K.
      2. Twelve semester hours chosen from the following courses: Speech 317C, 332, 340K, 350K, 352, 353, 354, 358, 365K, and the following topics of Speech 367: African-American Performance History, Performance and Culture, Language and Culture.
      3. Six additional semester hours of speech.
    2. Corporate Communication Studies
      1. Speech 310K, 316L, 319, 332, 350K, and 370L.
      2. Six semester hours chosen from the following courses: Speech 317C, 331K, 332K, 350M, 351, 352, 353, 354, 370K, and the following topics of Speech 367: Applied Interpersonal Communication, Communication and Business Ethics, Organizational Communication in a Changing Society, New Communication Technologies, Communication and Human Resources Management.
      3. Six additional semester hours of speech.
    3. Human Relations
      1. Speech 305, 313, or 319; 314L; 315M; and 355K.
      2. Twelve semester hours chosen from the following courses: Speech 334K, 348K, 354, 357, 358, 361K, 365K, 366K, and the following topics of Speech 367: Performance and Culture, Applied Interpersonal Communication, Language and Culture.
      3. Six additional semester hours of speech.
    4. Public Communication
      1. Speech 305, 313, or 319; 317C; 332K; and 352.
      2. Twelve semester hours chosen from the following courses: Speech 320L, 331K, 332, 340K, 342K, 345K, 353, 354, 365K, and the following topics of Speech 367: Performance and Culture, Language and Culture.
      3. Six additional semester hours of speech.
  2. At least six semester hours of coursework must be taken in the College of Communication but outside the major. However, no student may count toward the degree more than forty-two semester hours (including transfer credit) in College of Communication coursework.
  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. English 306.
    2. Courses to be counted toward requirements 6, 7, and 8 of the prescribed work.
    3. Courses in a foreign language.
  2. Enough additional coursework (if only three of the courses under item 1 above are taken) 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 taught in the Department of English.
    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. Lower-division speech courses recommended by the student's adviser.
  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. The remaining courses listed as major requirements. Students should note that some upper-division courses have a series of prerequisites that take up to three semesters to complete.
  4. Enough additional coursework to raise the student's course load to fifteen or sixteen hours each semester.

Secondary School Teacher Certification

Students seeking a degree in speech and a teaching certificate should fulfill the major requirements above by taking courses that also fulfill the certification requirements of the Texas Education Agency and should take the College of Education courses required for certification as electives. These students must have their course schedules approved each semester by the appropriate adviser in the Department of Speech Communication. Students with approved courses will be recommended for student teaching in the senior year.



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