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 8
 Liberal Arts
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Admission and Registration

Admission

Admission and readmission of all students to the University is the responsibility of the director of admissions. Information about admission to the University is given in General Information.

Registration

General Information gives information about registration, adding and dropping courses, transfer from one division of the University to another, and auditing a course. The Course Schedule, published before registration each semester and summer session, includes registration instructions, advising locations, and the times, places, and instructors of classes. The Course Schedule and General Information are sold at campus-area bookstores. They are also published on the World Wide Web and are accessible through the registrar's Web site, http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/.

Academic Advising

The Undergraduate Dean's Office of the College of Liberal Arts provides administrative support and student services for the college. Student services include maintenance of student academic records, academic counseling on a walk-in basis for students in the college, development of official degree audits for students, and graduation certification.

In addition to the academic counseling available to students in the college, advisers in the Undergraduate Dean's Office are available to assist any student with questions about scholastic progress, degree requirements, rules and regulations, and campus services such as career or personal counseling.

Advisers are available in each department to help students choose appropriate coursework to fulfill their degree requirements and to support their career goals.

Every student in the college receives an advising audit in his or her major department each semester during registration. The advising audit lists are produced for advising purposes only and are not official degree audits.

Academic Policies and Procedures

Honors

University-wide honors are described in chapter 1 and in General Information. In addition, the College of Liberal Arts provides recognition through the Dean's Honor List and the Plan I Honors Programs. Students may also graduate with departmental honors and earn membership in one or more of the honorary scholastic societies open to undergraduates.

Dean's Honor List

The Dean's Honor List, prepared at the end of each long-session semester, gives official recognition and commendation to students whose grades for the semester indicate distinguished academic accomplishment. Both the quality and the quantity of work done are considered; a grade of F in any course makes the student ineligible, regardless of other grades.

The Honor List is divided into five groups; according to the number of grade points they earn, students are listed under one of the following classifications:

Summa cum Laude (67 or more grade points)

Cum Laude Ampla et Magna (61-66 grade points)

Magna cum Laude (58-60 grade points)

Ampla cum Laude (55-57 grade points)

Cum Laude (52-54 grade points)

Liberal Arts Honors Programs, Plan I

Liberal Arts Honors Programs coordinates the various honors opportunities available to Plan I students in the College of Liberal Arts: the Freshman Honors Program, the departmental honors programs, and the Liberal Arts Honors Program. This array of choices is designed for students who seek flexibility and choice in their honors work and for those who want to pursue an honors degree in a particular discipline.

The Freshman Honors Program gives students the opportunity to enroll in special one-hour classes, have access to supplemental academic advising, and take honors sections of the basic education requirement courses. It serves as a natural gateway to departmental honors programs and the Liberal Arts Honors Program. Students must apply to the program when they apply to the University. Admission decisions are based on the applicant's SAT or ACT score and high school record.

Those seeking to do honors work at the upper-division level in the major should apply to the departmental honors adviser. Each department and program has suitable honors requirements and coursework; most involve a mixture of special classes and individual research projects. These programs are described below.

The upper-division Liberal Arts Honors Program offers challenging and intensive interdisciplinary courses taught by award-winning faculty members. Students who have completed at least sixty semester hours of coursework and have earned a University grade point average of at least 3.35 are eligible to enroll in these courses. There is no application process.

The requirements for graduation with liberal arts honors are (1) graduation from the College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor of Arts, Plan I; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.50 at graduation; (3) completion of at least three upper-division liberal arts honors courses with a grade of at least B in each; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree. The statement "Liberal Arts Honors" appears on the transcript of each graduate who fulfills these requirements. The student may earn both liberal arts honors and special honors in his or her major department.

Departmental Honors Programs

Most departments in the College of Liberal Arts offer departmental honors programs to their majors. Minimum requirements for the completion of all such programs include (1) a University grade point average of at least 3.00; (2) a three-semester-hour thesis or research project, or a reasonable equivalent; (3) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination in the major field, or a reasonable equivalent; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, with a major outside the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Natural Sciences may also seek special honors in the major; the requirements that the student will meet to earn departmental honors must be approved in advance by the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the dean of the college or school in which the student's major is offered.

The statement "Special Honors in (name of department or program)" appears on the transcript of each graduate certified as having completed the honors program of that department. Normally, students may receive special honors in only one department or program, and only in a department or program in which they have completed the requirements for a major. Students seeking an exception to this policy should consult the academic dean.

American Studies Honors Program

Majors who are candidates for special honors in American studies should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program at least two semesters before expected graduation. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission. In addition to the requirements of the major, requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) American Studies 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of at least B in each half; (2) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive honors examination; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the major in American studies; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Anthropology Honors Program

Majors who are candidates for special honors in anthropology should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program no later than two semesters before expected graduation; an applicant must be recommended by the faculty member who will supervise honors work. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in anthropology of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Anthropology 679HA, Honors Tutorial Course: Readings, with a grade of A; (2) Anthropology 679HB, Honors Tutorial Course: Thesis, with a grade of A; (3) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive oral examination centered on the thesis; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in anthropology of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Arabic Language and Literature Honors Program

Majors who are candidates for special honors in Arabic language and literature should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program at the beginning of their third year; they must apply no later than the beginning of their last year before graduation. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission to the honors program. The requirements for graduation with special honors, which are in addition to the requirements for the major, are (1) Arabic 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A in each half; (2) completion of an honors paper in an upper-division Arabic course, and a grade of A in that course; (3) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive honors examination; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Arabic of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Asian Cultures and Languages Honors Program

Majors who wish to qualify for special honors in Asian cultures and languages should apply to the undergraduate adviser for admission to the honors program before their senior year. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission to the honors program. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Asian Studies 378, Senior Seminar in Asian Studies, with a grade of at least B; Asian Studies 378 may also be counted toward the required minor for Asian cultures and languages majors; (2) Asian Studies 379H, Honors Tutorial Course, in which the student must present a thesis judged acceptable for honors; (3) satisfactory performance on an oral or written examination centered on the honors thesis; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in the major of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Asian Studies Honors Program

Majors who wish to qualify for special honors in Asian studies should apply to the undergraduate adviser for admission to the honors program before their senior year. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission to the honors program. Requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Asian Studies 378, Senior Seminar in Asian Studies, with a grade of at least B; (2) Asian Studies 379H, Honors Tutorial Course, in which the student must present a thesis judged acceptable for honors; (3) satisfactory performance on an oral or written examination centered on the honors thesis; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Asian studies of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Classics Honors Program

Majors who are candidates for special honors in Greek, special honors in Latin, or special honors in classics should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program at least one full academic year before their expected graduation. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Greek (for Greek majors), Latin (for Latin majors), or Greek, Latin, and classical civilization combined (for classics majors) of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors, which are in addition to the requirements of the major, are (1) Greek 679H, Latin 679H, or Classical Civilization 679H, Honors Tutorial Course; (2) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive honors examination; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Greek (for Greek majors), Latin (for Latin majors), or Greek, Latin, and classical civilization combined (for classics majors) of at least 3.50; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Economics Honors Program

Majors who are candidates for special honors in economics should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program the first semester of their junior year; they must apply no later than two semesters before graduation. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in economics of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) at least thirty semester hours in economics; (2) a grade of at least B in an honors section of at least two of the following courses: Economics 304K, 304L, 320K, 320L; (3) Economics 378H and 379H; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in economics of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

English Honors Program

The English Honors Program consists of seminar and individual study courses that are available to students accepted into the program. To be eligible, the student must have completed English 603 or 316K and must have a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in English of at least 3.50. Application forms and statements of application procedure are available in the English Undergraduate Advising Office, Parlin Hall 116.

Both English majors and nonmajors are eligible for the program; but only students who, upon graduation, have met the following requirements may receive special honors in English: (1) a major in English; (2) at least two sections of English 679HA, English Honors Seminar, with a grade of at least B in each; (3) English 679HB, English Honors Tutorial Course, in which the student must present a thesis and defense judged Acceptable for Honors; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in English of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree; in other words, of the 120 semester hours required for the degree, no more than sixty may be transferred from another institution.

French Honors Program

Majors who are candidates for special honors in French should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program during the semester before they achieve upper-division standing; they must apply no later than the beginning of their last full year before graduation. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in French of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) French 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of at least B in each half; (2) in addition to 679H, eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework, including French 320E, 326K, 326L, and six semester hours in French courses numbered 350 or above; (3) satisfactory performance on an honors examination; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in French of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Geography Honors Program

Majors who are candidates for special honors in geography should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program no later than two semesters before expected graduation. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in geography of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Geography 679HA, Honors Tutorial Course: Thesis Reading, with a grade of A; (2) Geography 679HB, Honors Tutorial Course: Thesis Writing, with a grade of A; (3) a comprehensive honors examination with a grade of A; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in geography of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Germanic Studies Honors Program

Majors who are candidates for special honors in Germanic studies should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program upon completion of thirty semester hours; they must apply no later than upon completion of ninety semester hours. Admission is by means of a special examination; a University grade point average of at least 3.00 is also required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors, which are in addition to the requirements for the major, are (1) an honors paper in an upper-division course (other than German 356) and a grade of A in that course; (2) German 679HA and 679HB or Scandinavian 679HA and 679HB, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A in each; (3) a comprehensive honors examination with a grade of A; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in German or Scandinavian of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Government Honors Program

Majors who are candidates for special honors in government should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program no later than the beginning of their last year before graduation. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) thirty semester hours of government, including Government 679HA and 679HB, Honors Tutorial Course, taken in the senior year; (2) regular participation in honors seminars; (3) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive oral or written honors examination; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in government of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Hebrew Honors Program

Majors who are candidates for special honors in Hebrew should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program at the beginning of the second year; they must apply no later than the beginning of the fourth year. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission to the honors program. The requirements for graduation with special honors, which are in addition to the requirements for the major, are (1) Hebrew 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A in each half; (2) an honors paper in an upper-division course, and a grade of A in that course; (3) three additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in Hebrew in a subject relevant to the honors paper; (4) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive honors examination; (5) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Hebrew of at least 3.50; and (6) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

History Honors Program

Upper-division history majors who wish to qualify for special honors in history should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program before or at the beginning of the first semester of the junior year. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) completion of six semester hours in history in addition to the thirty hours required for the major; (2) completion of the following courses: History 350L, Undergraduate Seminar in History; History 347L, Seminar in Historiography, for juniors in the honors program; History 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, a two-semester course to be completed in the senior year with a grade of at least B in each half; (3) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive honors examination; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in history of at least 3.50 at graduation; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Humanities Honors Program

Majors who are candidates for special honors in humanities should apply to the humanities adviser for admission to the honors program no later than the first semester of the junior year. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) a major in humanities; (2) Humanities 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A in both 679HA and 679HB; (3) a grade of "Recommended for Special Honors" on an oral examination, conducted and graded by faculty members qualified in the student's area of work, covering the thesis and a reading list; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in humanities major work of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Islamic Studies Honors Program

Majors who are candidates for special honors in Islamic studies should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program at the beginning of their third year; they must apply no later than the beginning of their last year before graduation. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission to the honors program. The requirements for graduation with special honors, which are in addition to the requirements for the major, are (1) Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A in each half; (2) an honors paper in an upper-division Middle Eastern languages and cultures course, and a grade of A in that course; (3) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive honors examination; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Islamic studies of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Latin American Studies Honors Program

Students who are candidates for special honors in Latin American studies should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program no later than two semesters before graduation. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Latin American content coursework of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Latin American Studies 679HA, Honors Tutorial Course: Readings, with a grade of at least B; (2) Latin American Studies 679HB, Honors Tutorial Course: Thesis, in which the student writes a thesis and makes an oral presentation that must be approved for honors by both the student's supervisor and the honors adviser; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Latin American content courses of at least 3.50; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Linguistics Honors Program

Upper-division linguistics majors who wish to qualify for special honors in linguistics should apply to the undergraduate honors adviser for admission to the honors program no later than the beginning of their last year. A University grade point average of at least 3.50 or, in exceptional cases, approval of the undergraduate adviser is required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Linguistics 379H, Honors Tutorial Course; (2) completion of at least one supervised research project and paper in conjunction with Linguistics 379H; (3) satisfactory performance on an honors examination administered by the supervising professor; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours counted toward the degree.

Middle Eastern Cultures Honors Program

Majors who are candidates for special honors in Middle Eastern cultures should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program at the beginning of their third year; they must apply no later than the beginning of their last year before graduation. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission to the honors program. The requirements for graduation with special honors, which are in addition to the requirements for the major, are (1) Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A in each half; (2) an honors paper in an upper-division Middle Eastern languages and cultures course, and a grade of A in that course; (3) satisfactory performance on a comprehensive honors examination; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Middle Eastern languages and cultures of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Middle Eastern Studies Honors Program

Upper-division Middle Eastern studies majors who wish to qualify for special honors in Middle Eastern studies should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program no later than the beginning of their last year before graduation. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 is required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) thirty semester hours of Middle Eastern area coursework, including the two-semester course Middle Eastern Studies 679H, Honors Tutorial Course; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Middle Eastern area coursework of at least 3.50; and (3) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.



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