College of Liberal Arts, Undergraduate Catalog 1996 - 1998

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Deans
General Information
Arts and Sciences Education
Scholarships Awarded through the College of Liberal Arts
Career Services
Admission and Registration
Admission
Registration
Academic Advising
Academic Policies and Procedures
Honors
Dean's Honor List
Plan I Honors Programs
Scholastic Honorary Societies
Graduation
Special Requirements of the College of Liberal Arts
Receiving a Degree Audit and Applying for Graduation
Degrees
Program in Comparative Literature
Applicability of Certain Courses
Physical Activity Courses
ROTC Courses
Other Courses
Admission Deficiencies
Correspondence and Extension Courses
Courses Taken on the Pass/Fail Basis
Bachelor of Arts, Plan I
Summary of the Bachelor of Arts Degree, Plan I
Degree Requirements, Specific
Prescribed Work
Special Requirements
Concentrations
Majors and Minors
Bachelor of Arts, Plan II
Special Requirements
Choice of Work
Order of Work
Courses


Sheldon Ekland-Olson
PhD
Dean

Larry D. Carver
PhD
Associate Dean

Brian E. Roberts
PhD
Associate Dean

Deborah A. Fuller
Assistant Dean

John K. Knudsen
PhD
Assistant Dean

Barbara M. Myers
BA
Assistant Dean

Web site
http://www.dla.utexas.edu

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 forty-five semester hours of coursework 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, Student Division, and in departmental undergraduate offices. Completed applications must be returned to the Dean's Office 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[1]

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:
Chairman, 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:
Chairman, Department of Anthropology, on or before March 1

Center for Asian Studies

Scholarship:
Asian Studies Fellowship 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 sufficiently good knowledge of Greek or Latin to justify the expectation that he or she will help to further the study of the classics
Apply to:
Chairman, Department of Classics, by April 1

Scholarship:
Ruth and Myron Kuhlman Scholarship in Classics
Donor:
Myron G. Kuhlman
Amount:
$1,500
Eligibility:
Any student who is 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:
Chairman, 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 several students
Eligibility:
Undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Classics. Preference is given to students seeking teacher certification.
Apply to:
Chairman, Department of Classics, by April 1

Scholarship:
Lourania Miller Scholarship in Classical Languages
Donor:
Mrs. Lourania Miller, by bequest, 1961
Amount:
Up to $500, usually divided between two students
Eligibility:
Undergraduates majoring in Latin or Greek
Apply to:
Chairman, Department of Classics, by April 1

Department of English

A selection committee considers the student's grade point average, faculty recommendations, the number of English courses the student has completed at the University, and other criteria in awarding scholarships. 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:
From $150 to $1,000
Eligibility:
Undergraduate English majors

Scholarship:
Cora Crawford Scholarship
Donor:
Cora Crawford, by bequest, 1926
Amount:
From $150 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:
$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 $100 to $750
Eligibility:
Undergraduate English majors

Scholarship:
The Witt Family Scholarship
Donors:
Willis and Lois Witt, 1978
Amount:
From $100 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
Donors:
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:
Chairman, Department of French and Italian, by March 15

Scholarship:
Christopher B. Schulze Scholarship
Donors:
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:
Chairman, Department of French and Italian, by March 15. The department chairman 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:
Chairman, 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:
Chairman, Department of French and Italian, by November 25

Department of Germanic Studies[2]

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:
George Stuart Heyer Scholarship
Donor:
Mrs. Jane Gregory Marachal
Amount:
Up to three awards of $2,000 each
Eligibility:
Upper-division government major with a grade point average of at least 3.50
Apply to:
Chairman, Department of Government, on or before March 1

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:
Chairman, Department of Government

Department of History

Scholarship:
Eugene and Dora Bonham Memorial Fund
Donors:
Eugene and Dora Bonham, 1974
Amount:
$3,000 for a graduate student in history; $250 awarded to undergraduate honors history majors
Eligibility:
Graduate and undergraduate students in history. Nominations are made by the department.

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 history 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:
Chairman, Department of History, on or before March 1

Humanities Program

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

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 Plan I Honors Programs office.

Language and Area Center for Latin American Studies

Scholarship:
Republic of Mexico Solidaridad Endowed Presidential Scholarship
Donor:
Discretionary gifts dedicated by the president of the University in honor of President Carlos Salinas de Gortari of Mexico
Amount:
$2,000
Eligibility:
Citizen of Mexico for study at the University. The student may be pursuing any academic major at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Apply to:
Mexican Center, Language and Area Center for Latin American Studies

Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

Scholarship:
Dan C. Danciger Scholarships in Hebrew Studies
Donor:
Dan Danciger Foundation, by endowment
Amount:
Varies
Eligibility:
Undergraduate and graduate students who show high quality of work, overall and in Hebrew courses, and who need financial assistance. Students must be enrolled in a Hebrew language or literature course.
Apply to:
Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, by October 15

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 Middle Eastern languages and cultures 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:
Chairman, Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, on or before March 1

Scholarship:
Rabbi Israel H. Levinthal Scholarship in Hebrew Studies
Donor:
Moshana Foundation (annual donation)
Amount:
Varies
Eligibility:
Outstanding students in Hebrew with a grade point average of 3.00 or above. Students must be enrolled in a Hebrew language or literature course. Considerations of need are taken into account.
Apply to:
Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, by October 15

Department of Philosophy

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 philosophy 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:
Undergraduate adviser, Department of Philosophy, on or before March 1

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