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Plan II Special Honors Program
Plan II students who wish to qualify for special honors in Plan II should apply to the director of the Plan II Honors Program for enrollment in Tutorial Course 660H, Thesis Course, at least two semesters before their expected graduation. A University grade point average of at least 3.50 is required. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) thirty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework, two semesters of Tutorial Course 357, and Tutorial Course 660H with a grade of A in each half or a departmental equivalent with a grade of A; (2) completion of a comprehensive honors examination with a grade of at least 85; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.50; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Psychology Honors Program
Candidates for special honors in psychology should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program during the junior year. The application deadline is one week before the first registration period for the semester in which the student wants to enter the program. Requirements for admission are (1) a major or a concentration in psychology; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in psychology of at least 3.50; (3) completion of Psychology 301 or the equivalent, Psychology 418, and two additional psychology courses before entering the honors program; and (4) consent of the honors adviser. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) thirty-one semester hours of psychology, including Psychology 458, 158H, 359H, and 379H; (2) completion of an acceptable honors thesis; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in all psychology courses of at least 3.50; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Honors Program[1]
Candidates for special honors in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program during the junior year or the first semester of the senior year. The application deadline is one week before the first registration period for the semester in which the student wants to enter the program. Requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of at least B each semester; (2) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies courses of at least 3.50; and (3) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree. Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies 679H is taken in addition to the usual requirements of the major.

Slavic Languages Honors Program
Majors who are candidates for special honors in Russian or special honors in Czech should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program during the first semester of their third year; they must apply no later than the beginning of their fourth year. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Russian or Czech of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) Russian 679HA or Czech 679HA, Honors Tutorial Course (reading for comprehensive honors examination), with a grade of at least B in the honors examination at the end of the course; (2) Russian 679HB or Czech 679HB, Honors Tutorial Course (honors paper), in which an honors paper judged "Acceptable for Honors in Russian or Czech" is presented; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Russian or Czech of at least 3.50; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Sociology Honors Program
Majors who are candidates for special honors in sociology should apply to the honors adviser for admission to the honors program no later than the beginning of the second semester of their junior year. Requirements for admission are a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in sociology of at least 3.50. Students are encouraged to complete the required courses for sociology majors (Sociology 302, 317L, 317M, and 379M) before seeking admission to the honors program. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) twenty-seven semester hours of sociology; (2) Sociology 679HA and 679HB, Honors Tutorial Course (which must be taken in addition to the twenty-one hours in sociology required for the major); (3) satisfactory performance on an oral defense of the senior thesis completed in Sociology 679H; (4) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in sociology of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Spanish Honors Program
The Spanish Honors Program offers selected students more advanced and independent study than is possible under the regular degree plan. Students interested in this program should contact the department honors adviser prior to their senior year. A University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in Spanish of at least 3.50 are required for admission. The requirements for graduation with special honors are (1) completion of the twenty-four semester hours of coursework required for the major in Spanish; (2) satisfactory performance in two honors courses, Spanish 378H and 379H; this coursework may be counted toward the twenty-four semester hours in Spanish required for the major; (3) a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average in upper-division Spanish of at least 3.50; and (4) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Spanish 378H is offered as an organized course while 379H is offered by individual instruction, so that requirement 2 may be fulfilled in three ways: (1) the student may complete two honors seminars offered under the number 378H; (2) he or she may register for Spanish 379H for two semesters in order to write an honors thesis in Spanish under the supervision of a department faculty member; or (3) he or she may complete an honors seminar (378H) in the first semester and an honors report (379H), in Spanish, in the second semester.

Qualified students in other programs who have a concentration in Spanish are encouraged to participate in the Spanish Honors Program.

Turkish Language and Literature Honors Program
Majors who are candidates for special honors in Turkish 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) Turkish 679H, Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A in each half; (2) an honors paper in an upper-division Turkish 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 Turkish of at least 3.50; and (5) completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Scholastic Honorary Societies

In addition to Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma, honor societies for qualified freshman students in all academic fields, the University sponsors chapters of the following national organizations for which College of Liberal Arts students are eligible:

Alpha Epsilon Delta. National honorary premedical fraternity for students who have completed at least three semesters of premedical work.

Alpha Kappa Delta. National honorary sociology fraternity.

Delta Phi Alpha. National honorary German fraternity.

Dobro Slovo. National honorary Slavic fraternity.

Eta Sigma Phi. National honorary classical languages fraternity.

Gamma Theta Upsilon. National honorary geography fraternity.

Kappa Kappa Psi. National honorary band fraternity.

Mortar Board. National honorary society for seniors.

Omicron Delta Epsilon. National honorary economics fraternity.

Omicron Delta Kappa. National honorary leadership fraternity.

Phi Alpha Theta. National honorary history fraternity.

Phi Beta Kappa. National honorary society recognizing academic achievement in the arts and sciences.

Phi Kappa Phi. National honor society open to students in all academic fields.

Pi Delta Phi. National honorary French fraternity.

Pi Sigma Alpha. National honorary political science fraternity.

Psi Chi. National honorary psychology fraternity.

Sigma Delta Pi. National honorary Spanish fraternity.

Sigma Tau Delta. National honorary English society.

Tau Beta Sigma. National honorary band society.

Graduation

Special Requirements of the College of Liberal Arts

All students must fulfill the general requirements for graduation given in chapter 1. Students in the College of Liberal Arts must also fulfill the following requirements.

  1. The University requires that the student complete in residence at least thirty semester hours of the coursework counted toward the degree. For the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, these thirty hours must include at least eighteen hours in the major. For the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, these thirty hours must be taken in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences.
  2. The University requires that at least six semester hours of advanced coursework in the major be completed in residence. For additional requirements of majors in the College of Liberal Arts, see the major requirements in "Majors and Minors" in this chapter.
  3. An Air Force, Army, or Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps student who elects the basic and/or advanced program in air force science, military science, or naval science will not be approved for graduation until the student's government contract is completed or the student is released from the ROTC.

Receiving a Degree Audit and Applying for Graduation

An official degree audit lists all the requirements of the student's major, according to the catalog the student has chosen. The audit also includes any requirements that are specific to the student's individual program. It is the official statement by the Office of the Dean, Student Division, of the student's progress toward a degree.

The degree audit normally provides an accurate statement of requirements, but the student is responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree as stated in a catalog under which he or she is entitled to graduate and for registering so as to fulfill these requirements. The student should seek an official ruling in the Student Division before registering if in doubt about any requirement.

A student may obtain an official degree audit once he or she has declared a major in the Student Division. A student may declare a minor and/or concentration at any time after declaring the major. It is strongly recommended that the student declare a major by the time he or she has completed sixty semester hours of coursework and a minor and/or concentration by the time he or she has completed seventy-five hours of work. After the student has declared a minor or concentration, the Student Division updates the advising audit; the division will notify the student by mail, usually within two weeks, when the updated audit is available. Before this time, the student may request an advising audit in any department in the college.

In the semester or summer session in which the degree is to be conferred, the candidate must be registered at the University and must file a graduation application form in the Student Division. This should be done at the beginning of the last semester; it must be done by the deadline to apply for an undergraduate degree, which is given in the official academic calendar. No degree will be conferred unless the graduation application form has been filed on time.

Degrees

The College of Liberal Arts offers two degree programs: the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, and the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II.

The requirements of the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, begin below. For this degree students may major in any of the departments of the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences; these majors are listed under the heading "Degree Programs" in chapter 1. With the approval of the appropriate deans, the student may also seek the Bachelor of Arts with a major in another college or school of the University.

The Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, a broad liberal arts program for outstanding students, is described in this chapter.

Program in Comparative Literature

The program in comparative literature approaches the study of literature from a variety of viewpoints rather than from the viewpoint of a single language or nation. Courses in literary history, practical criticism, and critical theory stress the relationship between literature and other disciplines in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. The program offers both the doctoral and the master's degree and sponsors courses on both the graduate and the undergraduate level, ranging from courses in a specific literary genre or period to those in literary criticism and theory.

Applicability of Certain Courses

Physical Activity Courses

Physical activity (PED) courses are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. They may not be counted toward a degree in the College of Liberal Arts. However, they are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the grades are included in the grade point average.

ROTC Courses

ROTC units are maintained on campus by the Departments of Air Force Science, Military Science, and Naval Science. For information about each program, consult the chairman of the department concerned.

Nine semester hours of coursework in air force science, military science, or naval science may be counted toward any degree in the College of Liberal Arts. Such credit may be used only as lower-division electives and only by students who have completed the third and fourth years of the ROTC program.

Other Courses

Music 101G may not be counted toward any degree in the College of Liberal Arts. Other introductory courses, such as Music 201J, 201M, and 201S, may be counted toward degrees in the college.

Bible courses may be counted as lower-division electives in College of Liberal Arts degree programs that have room for such electives. No more than twelve semester hours of Bible courses may be counted toward any degree offered by the University.

Admission Deficiencies

Students admitted to the University with deficiencies in high school units must remove them by the means prescribed in General Information. Course credit used to remove deficiencies may not be counted toward the student's degree.

Correspondence and Extension Courses

Credit that a University student in residence earns simultaneously by correspondence or extension from the University or elsewhere or in residence at another school will not be counted toward a degree in the College of Liberal Arts unless specifically approved in advance by the dean. In very special circumstances, the dean may allow a student in residence to take one or more courses by extension or correspondence. No more than 30 percent of the semester hours required for any degree offered in the College of Liberal Arts may be taken by correspondence. For additional information about correspondence work by resident students, see General Information.

Courses Taken on the Pass/Fail Basis

No more than sixteen semester hours taken on the pass/fail basis may be counted toward the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I; no more than nineteen semester hours taken on the pass/fail basis may be counted toward the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II. In general, only electives may be taken on the pass/fail basis. Complete rules on registration on the pass/fail basis are given in General Information.

Bachelor of Arts, Plan I

The requirements for the Bachelor of Arts under Plan I are designed to give each student flexibility in the selection of courses to meet individual needs. Except for the limits imposed by specific requirements in the Plan I degree program, there is no restriction on the number of courses a student may take in other colleges and schools of the University.

Students in the Bachelor of Arts program, Plan I, are permitted, with the approval of the deans of the colleges or schools involved, to major in departments in other colleges and schools of the University.

Summary of the Bachelor of Arts Degree, Plan I

The following is a brief overview of the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I; for detailed regulations see "Degree Requirements, Specific," below.

A total of 120 semester hours is required for the degree. Of the 120 hours, thirty-six must be in upper-division courses. At least thirty hours, including eighteen hours of upper-division coursework, and at least twenty-four of the last thirty hours must be taken in residence at the University. Provided residence rules are met, credit may be earned by examination, by correspondence (up to 30 percent of the hours required for the degree), or, with the approval of the dean, by work transferred from another institution. A maximum of sixteen semester hours of classroom and/or correspondence coursework may be taken on the pass/fail basis.

Three categories of work must be completed: prescribed work, major and minor requirements, and electives to provide a total of 120 semester hours.

Prescribed Work

For all majors for the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, there are four specific area requirements that make up about half of the degree program:

Area A (English, writing, and foreign language): Six semester hours of English, in specific courses, are required. In addition, each student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component. One of these courses must be upper-division. The foreign language requirement is the attainment of a certain proficiency as well as the completion of a specified number of courses; the actual number of hours varies with the language selected and with previous knowledge of the language.

Area B (social sciences): Eighteen semester hours must be completed, including courses in four subjects. Of these eighteen hours, six hours must be in American history and six hours must be in American government, including Texas government.

Area C (natural sciences): Eighteen semester hours are required, including three hours of mathematics. No more than nine of the eighteen hours may be in any one subject. Lists of courses that may be used to fulfill this requirement are available in the Student Division.

Area D (general culture): Six semester hours are required. Lists of courses that may be used to fulfill this requirement are available in the Student Division.

Courses in the major and minor may be used to fulfill area requirements unless expressly prohibited. A course taken to meet the requirements of one area may not also be used to fulfill the requirements of another area. The only exception to this rule is that a course taken to fulfill another area requirement may also fulfill the requirement for courses having a substantial writing component, if the course is so certified. No courses used to fulfill area requirements may be taken on the pass/fail basis.

Major

Each candidate must select a major. The number of semester hours required in the major varies with the field selected. Some majors require specific courses in other subjects as well. At least eighteen hours of coursework in the major, including six hours of upper-division coursework, must be completed in residence at the University.

Minor

To complete the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, with a major other than archaeological studies, ethnic studies, humanities, or Latin American studies, the student must fulfill the requirements for a minor. General requirements are given in "Majors and Minors," in this chapter. Specific requirements for a minor are listed with each set of major requirements.

Electives

The remaining coursework needed for the required total of 120 semester hours consists of electives. In particular, no more than thirty-six hours may be counted in any one subject (including the major, unless major requirements state otherwise) or in courses offered in any one college or school other than the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences. A maximum of sixteen hours of elective coursework may be taken on the pass/fail basis.

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