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Click on any student to learn more about his or her School of Undergraduate Studies experience.

Caleb Ingels
Broadcast Journalism

Caleb spent two semesters in UGS before being admitted in the College of Communications where he will be graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism this spring. As a UGS student, Caleb received crucial help from his...

“My advice for undecided students is to … pay attention to what makes you lean forward when you talk, and find a way to study that.”

Erick Munoz
Radio, Television, Film

An international student from Mexico, Erick was initially accepted to the School of Undergraduate Studies instead of his first choice—Radio, Television, Film (RTF). As a UGS student, Erick completed core...

“When I found out I was accepted to UGS, I didn’t really know how it worked. But I just realized, ok, I need to work harder to get into what I want.”

MyHanh Ta
Sociology

MyHanh was originally interested in biology and pre-dental, but after four semesters in UGS she declared sociology and hopes to become a counselor or therapist.

“The most surprising thing about my major was learning that a sociology degree can open doors and lead one to many academic and career opportunities. I feel that there are really no limits to what a degree in sociology enables one to pursue in life.”

Taryn Moore
Education: Youth and Community Studies

Originally interested in majoring in math and doing the pre-med track, Taryn spent two semesters exploring her interests in UGS before declaring an education major.

“I would advise other UGS students to be patient and try out different classes.”

Andrew Cavazos
Government
Business Foundations Certificate

Andrew was accepted to the School of Undergraduate Studies instead of his first choice, architecture. After a tough first semester, Andrew worked with his advisor in the Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling to pull up...

“[The School of Undergraduate Studies] gave me the time to actually find a major that fit what I wanted to, instead of coming into UT as a certain major, going through that curriculum and realizing, I don’t really like this.”

Horacio Villarreal
History and Government

Horacio is the 2013-2014 UT student body president. Originally interested in biology and medicine, Horacio spent two semesters exploring his options as a student in the School of Undergraduate Studies and is now double majoring in history...

“The School of Undergraduate Studies was an amazing opportunity for me to test out a few fields of study that I considered for a possible major.”

Ivy Mestrovic
Anthropology
Theatre and Dance

Ivy spent her first two years in UGS exploring majors before discovering a European folklore class that changed everything. Now an anthropology major, Ivy will graduate this spring and begin her graduate studies in the fall.

“Everything felt open to me [in UGS] and it’s stayed that way even now. I now feel free to experiment with classes, and I don