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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Majors and Minors

Major requirements.The Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, requires the completion of all requirements for one major. Requirements for majors offered by the College of Liberal Arts are given in this section; those for majors offered by the College of Natural Sciences are given in chapter 9.

The major subject is not shown on the diploma. It is not possible for a student to receive a second Bachelor of Arts degree from the University.

Advising of majors.A student who has chosen a major is advised during registration periods in the department of the major. Students who have not chosen a major are advised through the program for undeclared majors in the Student Division, College of Liberal Arts, located on the first floor of the West Mall Office Building. For matters concerning degree requirements, specific academic problems, petitions, and academic advice in general, the student should go to the Student Division.

Hour requirements for the major.Unless the requirements of the major state otherwise, a major consists of at least twenty-one but no more than thirty-six semester hours, with at least twelve hours in upper-division courses. Of these twelve hours, six must be taken in residence. These restrictions exist in the context of the general residence requirement for the major of eighteen semester hours.

Unless otherwise indicated, a course taken to meet the requirements under "Prescribed Work" may also be counted toward fulfillment of the major requirements.

A student who earns credit by examination with a grade of C or better will be given the appropriate grade and degree credit, including hours required in the major.

Minors.To receive the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, with a major other than ancient history and classical civilization, archaeological studies, ethnic studies, humanities, or Latin American studies, the student must also fulfill the requirements of a minor. The minor consists of a specific number of semester hours of coursework completed outside the student's major field; in some departments, the minor field may be the same as the major. The requirements of the minor are established by the major department and are given with the major requirements. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the academic department(s) in which the student takes the courses used to fulfill the requirements of the minor; before planning to use a course to fulfill the minor requirement, the student should also consult the department or program that offers the course.

The same courses may not be used to fulfill the requirements for both a major and a minor. Courses used to fulfill the requirements for a minor must be taken on the letter-grade basis, and six of the required semester hours must be taken in residence.

Unless otherwise indicated, a course taken to meet the requirements under "Prescribed Work" may also be counted toward fulfillment of the minor requirements.

Majors in departments in other colleges and schools. With the approval of the deans of the colleges involved, a Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, student may major in another college or school of the University.

The dean of the College of Liberal Arts may, in consultation with other faculty members and deans, arrange for the development of major programs by departments in other colleges and schools on the Austin campus. If a student wishes to major in a department in another school or college for which a major program has not already been developed, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and other deans involved may prepare such a program on the petition of the student, with the condition that the deans must approve the major in question.

American Studies

Major: The American studies major requires twenty-one semester hours of American studies coursework: (1) American Studies 355 and 356; (2) six additional hours of American studies courses; and (3) nine semester hours of American studies seminars chosen from topics of American Studies 370.

Minor for American studies majors: An interdisciplinary minor consisting of twelve semester hours of American content courses, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, chosen from the following areas: anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art, business administration, communication, comparative literature, economics, education, English, ethnic studies, folklore, geography, government, history, humanities, journalism, museum courses, music, philosophy, psychology, social work, or sociology; or, with the consent of the undergraduate adviser, a minor proposed by the student that is consistent with these guidelines. No more than six hours in any one department or program may be counted toward the minor.

Ancient History and Classical Civilization [4]

Major: Thirty-three semester hours of coursework in history, classical civilization, and Greek or Latin, consisting of

  1. Six semester hours of United States history.
  2. Three semester hours of non-United States, non-European history.
  3. Six semester hours of upper-division European history. Greek or Roman history is preferred, but other courses may be used with the consent of the adviser.
  4. Nine semester hours of classical civilization, Greek history, Roman history, Greek, or Latin.
  5. Six semester hours of upper-division Greek or Latin.
  6. History 350L (Topic: Ancient History and Historiography) or another topic approved by the undergraduate adviser.

Anthropology

Major: Twenty-four semester hours of anthropology, including Anthropology 301, 302, and at least fifteen hours of upper-division coursework; three of the fifteen hours of upper-division coursework must be in a culture/geographic area course.

Minor for anthropology majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one other field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.

Arabic Language and Literature

Major: Eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in Arabic, including Arabic 322, 330K, 330L, and 360L. Only courses conducted primarily in Arabic may be counted toward the major.

Minor for Arabic language and literature majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.

Archaeological Studies

Students majoring in archaeological studies must take at least thirty semester hours in courses approved for the major by the Archaeological Studies Committee, including the following:

  1. Archaeology 301 or Anthropology 304, and Archaeology 302 or Classical Civilization 302K.
  2. Two courses approved as archaeological techniques courses.
  3. At least twelve semester hours (in addition to the preceding requirements) in a subfield of archaeology, as prescribed by the Archaeological Studies Committee. Examples of the subfields are anthropological archaeology, classical archaeology, Middle Eastern archaeology, and pre-Columbian archaeology. The following are special requirements for each subfield. A list of courses in each subfield is available from the archaeological studies undergraduate adviser.
    1. Anthropological archaeology: At least fifteen semester hours, including three hours of geological sciences or geography and three hours of biological science. One upper-division course in cultural anthropology may be substituted for a course in anthropological archaeology.
    2. Classical archaeology: At least fifteen semester hours, including six hours of ancient history. The student, especially one who is considering graduate study, is strongly encouraged (but not required) to use Greek or Latin to fulfill the foreign language requirement for the bachelor's degree.
    3. Middle Eastern archaeology: Three semester hours in Middle Eastern geography is required. Hebrew, Arabic, or Persian is recommended (but not required) to fulfill the foreign language requirement for the bachelor's degree.
    4. Pre-Columbian archaeology: Courses covering at least two of the following three geographical areas: the Andes, Mesoamerica, Anglo-America. The student must use Spanish to fulfill the foreign language requirement for the bachelor's degree.
    5. Other: Special programs in other subfields may be designed where appropriate and where offerings are available, with the approval of the Archaeological Studies Committee.
  4. At least one upper-division course in anthropological archaeology and one upper-division course in classics or art history that deals with archaeology. (This requirement may be fulfilled in whole or in part by courses taken to meet requirement 3.)

Asian Cultures and Languages

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Asian cultures and languages is offered with specialization in Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Malayalam, or Sanskrit.

Major: Eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in the language of specialization; at least twelve of these hours must be in courses that are conducted primarily in the language.

Minor for Asian cultures and language majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.

Asian Studies

Major: Twenty-four semester hours of Asian studies coursework, at least eighteen of which must be upper-division. In addition, students must take two years of an Asian language. The twenty-four semester hours of coursework must include

  1. At least one core Asian history course. A list of courses that fulfill this requirement is available in the Department of Asian Studies.
  2. At least one course in each of the following three areas: China, Japan, South Asia. A list of courses that fulfill this requirement is available in the Department of Asian Studies.
  3. Asian Studies 378.

Minor for Asian studies majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.

Classics

Major: Twenty-one semester hours of coursework in Latin, Greek, and classical civilization, including at least six hours in upper-division Latin, at least six hours in upper-division Greek, and at least six hours in classical civilization courses of any level. With the approval of the Department of Classics, specific courses outside the department may be counted as courses in classical civilization.

Minor for classics majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.

Czech

Major: Twenty-four semester hours of Czech, including at least twelve hours of upper-division coursework. Czech 506 and 507 may be counted as part of the twenty-four hours.

Minor for Czech majors: Either (1) twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study in the University; or (2) nine semester hours of coursework beyond 507 or the equivalent in a second foreign language, including at least three hours of upper-division coursework. Six of the required hours must be taken in residence.

Economics

Mathematics 403K and 403L, or 408C and 408D, or the equivalent, are required of all students majoring in economics.

Major: Twenty-four semester hours of economics, including Economics 320K, 320L, 329, and at least nine additional hours of upper-division coursework. Economics 320K and 320L must be completed in residence. No economics course taken on the pass/fail basis may be counted toward the major requirement.

The student must make a grade of at least C in Economics 320K, 320L, and 329, and must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in all other economics courses taken at the University and counted toward fulfillment of the major requirement. No student may register for more than nine semester hours of economics in any one semester without approval of the undergraduate adviser.

Minor for economics majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one other field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.

English

Major: Thirty-three semester hours of English, including twenty-four hours in three-semester-hour upper-division courses. The upper-division coursework must consist of two electives and one course in each of the following six areas: a single- or dual-author course; a literary period or survey course; a course on a literary genre or theme; a course in either language or writing; a comparative or interdisciplinary course; and a senior seminar. A list of the courses in each area is available from the Undergraduate Advising Office, Parlin Hall 114.

The student must make a grade of at least C in each course in English taken at the University and counted toward fulfillment of the major requirement.

No student may take more than two upper-division English courses in a semester or a summer term without the consent of the undergraduate adviser in English.

Minor for English majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one other field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence. If the minor is in a foreign language other than that used to fulfill the Area A foreign language requirement, the twelve hours may be lower-division but must include at least six hours beyond course 507 or the equivalent.

Ethnic Studies

The ethnic studies program is administered through the Center for African and African American Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies. The directors and executive committees of these centers advise students, prescribe groups of courses that fulfill content requirements, and authorize course substitutions when appropriate. Students majoring in ethnic studies must choose one of two areas of concentration and meet the requirements of that concentration as outlined below.

African American Studies

  1. African and African American Studies 301.
  2. Eighteen semester hours in a single discipline, including at least twelve hours of upper-division coursework and six hours of African American content coursework.
  3. Nine semester hours of African American content coursework in disciplines other than the one used to fulfill requirement 2, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework.

Mexican American Studies

  1. Mexican American Studies 310, 312, 316, and 318.
  2. Spanish 346 or an approved equivalent.
  3. Eighteen semester hours in a single discipline, including at least nine hours of upper-division coursework, six hours of Mexican American content coursework, and a three-hour Mexican content course. Students using English to meet this requirement may substitute an approved three-hour Mexican content course in another discipline.

French

Major: Twenty-four semester hours of upper-division French, including French 320E, 322E, 326K, and 326L; French 340C, 340P, or 340T; and six hours of French courses numbered 350 or above.

Minor for French majors: Either (1) twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study in the University; or (2) nine semester hours of coursework beyond 507 or the equivalent in a second foreign language, including at least three hours of upper-division coursework. Six of the required hours must be taken in residence.

Geography

Major: Thirty semester hours of geography, at least eighteen of which must be upper-division, including a twenty-one-hour core requirement consisting of two courses in physical geography, two in human geography, two in methods/techniques, and Geography 374. In addition to the core requirement, the student must complete at least nine semester hours in one of the following tracks: (1) cartography/remote sensing/techniques, (2) cultural geography, (3) environmental resources, (4) general geography (designed for students who do not wish to specialize at the undergraduate level), (5) urban and regional analysis, (6) earth science, and (7) regional and world geography (designed for prospective secondary school teachers). Courses used to fulfill the core requirement may not be counted toward the completion of a track. A list of courses that fulfill the core requirement is available in the Department of Geography.

Minor for geography majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one other field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.

German

Major: Twenty-four semester hours of upper-division German, consisting of (1) six semester hours in language, chosen from German 328, 348D, 356, and 366K; (2) twelve semester hours in literature and culture, chosen from German 322, 324, 325, 361K, and 361L; and (3) six semester hours of topic seminars, chosen from German 363K, 369, and 373. Twenty-one of the twenty-four hours must be taken in residence.

Minor for German majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence. The minor in German film studies requires six semester hours of Germanic Civilization 361E and six hours of combined cinema and culture courses.

Government

Major: Twenty-seven semester hours of government, at least eighteen of which must be upper-division, including at least one upper-division course from each of three of the six fields into which the department's work is divided: (1) political theory, (2) American government and politics, (3) public law, (4) public administration, (5) comparative government, and (6) international relations and American diplomacy.

Minor for government majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one other field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.

Greek

Major: Twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in Greek, and nine semester hours of either Latin or classical civilization or a combination of both.

Minor for Greek majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.

Hebrew Language and Literature

Major: Eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in Hebrew, including Hebrew 321, 322, and 325. Only courses that are conducted primarily in Hebrew may be counted toward the major.

Minor for Hebrew language and literature majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.

History

Major: Thirty semester hours of history, including at least twelve hours of upper-division coursework. At least six hours of coursework must be in United States history; at least nine hours must be in non-United States history. Of the nine hours in non-United States history, at least three hours must be in European history and at least three hours must be in non-European history (Latin American, African, Asian, and Middle Eastern). Three hours of non-United States history must be in upper-division coursework. All history majors must take History 350L as part of their thirty semester hours.

Minor for history majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one other field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.

Humanities

Major: Forty-two semester hours beyond the prescribed work. A majority of the forty-two hours are normally in the College of Liberal Arts, but at least nine hours must be in other colleges or schools. At least nine of the forty-two hours must be taken in a single department or program of the College of Liberal Arts and at least nine of the forty-two must be in one or more of the other departments of the college. The forty-two hours must include at least thirty hours of upper-division coursework, of which at least six hours must be in courses offered by the humanities program. All humanities majors must take Humanities 370 or 679HB as three of these six hours.

A student who wishes to major in humanities develops, in conference with the humanities adviser, a degree plan that serves as a contract for the student's personal program leading to the Bachelor of Arts. The student and the adviser define the objectives, general plan of study, and central subject areas of the degree program, which should be structured in accordance with the student's distinctive interests and should provide for adequate depth in each of the central areas of study. After the program is approved by the humanities adviser, it is sent to the dean for approval. Upon petition, the original program can be modified in response to changes in the student's interests or new opportunities in the University curriculum.

Students normally enter the program in the sophomore or junior year.

Islamic Studies

Major: Eighteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in Islamic studies, including courses on Islamic religion, doctrines, and philosophy. These courses must be approved by the undergraduate adviser. At least two years of Arabic are also required.

Minor for Islamic studies majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.

Italian

Major: Twenty-one semester hours of upper-division coursework in Italian. With the consent of the undergraduate adviser, Italian Civilization 360 may be counted toward this requirement.

Minor for Italian majors: Either (1) twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study in the University; or (2) nine semester hours of coursework beyond 507 or the equivalent in a second foreign language, including at least three hours of upper-division coursework. Six of the required hours must be taken in residence.

Latin

Major: Fifteen semester hours of upper-division coursework in Latin, including Latin 324, and six semester hours of either Greek or classical civilization or a combination of both.

Minor for Latin majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence.

Latin American Studies

All Latin American studies majors must take the following core courses: Latin American Studies 301, Geography 319 or Economics 355, Government 328L, and History 346K and 346L. Spanish 322K or Portuguese 341 may be substituted for either History 346K or 346L, but not for both.

In addition, all Latin American studies majors must take twenty-one semester hours in a single discipline chosen from the following: anthropology, art history, business administration, economics, geography, government, history, Latin American literature and civilization, sociology, Portuguese, or Spanish. A concentration in another area may be organized with the approval of the Undergraduate Program Committee of the Language and Area Center for Latin American Studies. The twenty-one hours must include at least twelve hours of Latin American content coursework and at least twelve hours of upper-division coursework.

Students must complete the equivalent of at least two years in Spanish or Portuguese. Credit used to fulfill this requirement may also be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I.

Linguistics

Major: Linguistics 306, 344K, 345, 372K, 372L, and six additional hours of upper-division linguistics. Students should consult the undergraduate adviser for information about counting other courses toward the major requirements.

Minor for linguistics majors: Twelve semester hours, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework, in any one other field of study in the University. Six of the required twelve hours must be taken in residence. If the minor is in a foreign language other than that used to fulfill the Area A foreign language requirement, the twelve hours may be lower-division but must include at least six hours beyond course 507 or the equivalent.



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