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Degree Requirements, Specific

Specific requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, are divided into four areas: A, B, C, and D. Interdepartmental courses and credit by examination may be used to meet these requirements. 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 be used to 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.

In addition to the following requirements, the student must fulfill the University requirements for graduation given in chapter 1 and the requirements of the College of Liberal Arts given in this chapter.

Prescribed Work

Area A
English: English 306 and 316K.

Writing: In addition to English 306 and 316K, each student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component. One of these courses must be upper-division; both must be taken for a letter grade. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill other area requirements or major requirements, unless otherwise specified. Courses with a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.

Foreign language: Students must complete four semesters in a single foreign language. Students who enter the University with fewer than two high school units in a single foreign language must take the first two semesters in a language without degree credit to remove their language deficiency, then complete the equivalent of two semesters beyond those courses in the same language to fulfill their foreign language requirement.

The foreign language requirement is the attainment of a certain proficiency, as well as the completion of a specified number of courses; however, the courses taken to gain this proficiency are not electives and may not be taken on the pass/fail basis. Any part of the requirement may be fulfilled by credit by examination. Students may accelerate their progress at any point in the sequence by means of credit by examination.

To achieve proficiency in a foreign language as rapidly as possible, qualified students are urged to take advantage of the intensive foreign language study program. Information about this program is available from the appropriate language department. Courses used to fulfill the foreign language requirement must be language courses; literature-in-translation courses, for example, may not be counted.

Area B
Eighteen semester hours, distributed among at least four of the following fields of study. Courses in social sciences not listed may be used if approved by the dean. None of the courses used to fulfill Area B requirements may be taken on the pass/fail basis. Courses in anthropology, geography, and psychology used to fulfill Area B requirements may not also be used to fulfill Area C requirements.
  1. Six hours in each of the following fields of study:
    1. American government, including Texas government
    2. American history
  2. Three hours each from any two of the following fields of study:
    1. Anthropology
    2. Economics
    3. Geography
    4. Linguistics
    5. Psychology
    6. Sociology
Area C
Each student must have credit for three semester hours in a course offered by the University of Texas at Austin Department of Mathematics, excluding Mathematics 301, 316K, and 316L. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the Area C requirement or toward the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301, 303D, or 304E without degree credit to remove their deficiency.

Fifteen additional semester hours, with no more than nine in any one department, from the fields of study listed below. Courses in natural sciences not listed below may be used if approved by the dean. No more than nine hours of mathematics and computer sciences combined may be included in these fifteen hours. Nine of these fifteen hours must be taken in courses in the College of Natural Sciences, items 1 through 9 below, with at least six hours in one subject; these nine hours may include no more than three hours of mathematics.

A maximum of three semester hours in courses in the history of science and the philosophy of science may be used to fulfill Area C requirements; any course used must have a prerequisite of six semester hours of biological or physical sciences.

A course listed in two or more departments may be used as a course in only one department in fulfilling requirements under Area C. Courses in anthropology, geography, and psychology used to fulfill Area C requirements may not also be used to fulfill Area B requirements.

  1. Astronomy
  2. Biological sciences
  3. Chemistry
  4. Computer sciences
  5. Geology
  6. Marine science
  7. Mathematics
  8. Physical science
  9. Physics
  10. Experimental psychology
  11. Physical anthropology
  12. Physical geography
  13. History of science and philosophy of science
"Biological sciences" includes courses offered by the Division of Biological Sciences and the Departments of Botany, Microbiology, and Zoology. Students should confer with their departmental advisers or with counselors in the Student Division to determine which courses are included in items 10, 11, 12, and 13.

Students, counselors, and advisers are urged to make careful selection of Area C courses in order to develop a meaningful pattern and a coherent sequence.

Area D
Six semester hours from the fields of study listed below. Three of these six hours must be chosen from subarea 1, 2, 3, or 4 (excluding courses in logic).

A student who uses Greek or Latin to meet the foreign language requirement may use additional coursework in the same language to meet the Area D requirement, but only upper-division courses may be used.

  1. Architecture
  2. Classics, including classical civilization, Greek, Latin
  3. Fine arts, including art history, design, ensemble, fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, visual art studies
  4. Philosophy
  5. Other courses that emphasize the topics listed above, if approved by the Office of the Dean

Special Requirements

Elective Requirements and Limitations
In addition to the area requirements given above and the major requirements given in "Majors and Minors" in this chapter, the student must take enough elective coursework to complete the 120 semester hours required for the degree. A student may count no more than twelve semester hours of lower-division Bible courses, nine hours of lower-division ROTC courses, sixteen hours of coursework taken on the pass/fail basis, thirty-six hours in any one subject offered in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences (except where the requirements for the major state otherwise), and thirty-six hours in courses offered in any other single college or school of the University.

Minimum Scholastic Requirements
The student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in all courses taken at the University of Texas at Austin (including credit by examination, correspondence, and extension) for which a grade or symbol other than Q, W, X, or CR is recorded; in addition, the student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in courses taken at the University and counted toward the major requirement. The student should also refer to the description of his or her major program in the section "Majors and Minors" in this chapter, since some majors include higher minimum scholastic requirements.

For more information about grades and the grade point average, see General Information.

Requirements in Order of Work
In general, it is desirable that a student register for a foreign language course in the first long-session semester and continue the foreign language sequence until the requirement is complete. A freshman may not take two first-semester language courses.

A freshman may not register for more than eight semester hours in one department in a single semester.

Each regularly enrolled student must have completed fifteen semester hours of required coursework by the end of the first long session (or two long-session semesters) in residence, thirty semester hours by the end of the second, and forty-five semester hours by the end of the third, including credits and exemptions earned by examination. If the student has not passed the required number of hours by the end of the specified period, he or she must register for at least nine semester hours of required coursework in each long-session semester in residence until the deficiency is removed.

If there is a conflict between these requirements and orderly progress in the student's major program or preprofessional program, exceptions may be authorized by the dean upon recommendation of the department chairman or program supervisor in the student's major field. "Major program" is understood to mean all work, in any department, necessary to the program.

Concentrations

Within the general requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts and the requirements of the major, a student may also complete a concentration in one of the following programs offered by the College of Liberal Arts.

Any course taken to meet the requirements under "Prescribed Work," above, may also be counted toward the requirements of a concentration, unless otherwise specified.

European Studies
The concentration in European studies is designed to complement departmental specialization with an integrated sequence of courses that emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to modern European history, politics, and culture. Students who wish to enter the program should consult the European studies adviser.

The student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. A departmental major or the equivalent.
  2. Competence in an appropriate European language. Students must fulfill the foreign language requirement given under "Prescribed Work." In addition, they must take at least one upper-division language course that provides practice in writing and speaking.
  3. European Studies 301 and 362. With the approval of the European studies adviser, an upper-division course may be substituted for European Studies 301. European Studies 362, taken near the end of the program, is fashioned to suit the student's individual needs and interests. It includes the writing of a substantial research paper, which must be interdisciplinary in theme, perspective, or methodology. Two readers from different disciplines supervise and judge the paper.
  4. Five three-semester-hour courses in the field of European studies, chosen in consultation with the European studies adviser from a list prescribed by the European studies faculty committee.
Folklore
The concentration in folklore allows students to pursue a program of interdisciplinary specialization in addition to the major. Students who wish to enter the folklore program should consult the undergraduate adviser in the Center for Intercultural Studies in Folklore and Ethnomusicology.

A student in the program must fulfill the requirements of a major in English, anthropology, history, sociology, psychology, a foreign language, ethnic studies, American studies, Latin American studies, or another field approved by the adviser. The student must also complete a folklore concentration consisting of (1) Anthropology 325K or English 325K, Anthropology 325L or English 325L, and Folklore 340; (2) three other courses from a group of folklore-related courses prescribed by the Folklore Committee; and (3) two other courses from a group of supporting courses prescribed by the Folklore Committee. Courses required for the concentration may also be counted toward the major requirement.

Religious Studies
This concentration provides an interdisciplinary program in the academic study of religion. The program is designed to complement the student's major by setting forth the relationship between religion and other areas of study in the humanities, the social sciences, literature, and the arts. The concentration is open to liberal arts majors and, with the approval of their deans, to students of other colleges and schools. It requires the completion of eighteen semester hours of coursework, consisting of six hours in religious studies and twelve hours of related coursework in other areas.

The student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. A departmental major or the equivalent.

  2. Religious Studies 310 and 356.

  3. Twelve semester hours of coursework with content related to religious studies. Such courses are offered by the Departments of American Studies, Anthropology, Art and Art History, Asian Studies, Classics, English, History, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, and Sociology, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and others.

    These twelve semester hours must be chosen with the approval of the religious studies adviser and must include the study of more than one religious tradition and at least six semester hours of upper-division coursework. Three semester hours in a classical or foreign language may be used in fulfilling this requirement, if the language is relevant to the area of study. Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Sanskrit, and modern languages might be used.

    Bible courses may not be counted toward the concentration in religious studies.

  4. Courses required for the concentration may also be used to fulfill requirements of the student's major.
With the approval of his or her major department, a student may earn a minor in religious studies. Information about the minor is available from the undergraduate adviser in the student's major department.

Women's Studies
The concentration in women's studies offers an interdisciplinary specialization in contemporary scholarship and research on women and on gender differentiation. The program of study is designed to complement the student's major, with courses drawn from the humanities, the empirical social sciences, the natural sciences, and multicultural studies. Students completing the concentration may choose to present a thesis involving original research or scholarship. With the approval of his or her dean and the women's studies adviser, a student outside the College of Liberal Arts may complete a concentration in women's studies.

The student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. A departmental major or the equivalent.
  2. Eighteen semester hours, consisting of six semester hours chosen from Women's Studies 321, 322, and 323 and twelve additional semester hours in women's studies. At least three of these twelve hours must be in a topic of Women's Studies 340 and at least six of them must be upper-division. Women's Studies 360 may be included among the eighteen semester hours required.
  3. Courses required for the concentration may also be used to fulfill major requirements.

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