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

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.”

Walter Zamora
Investment Finance

Walter entered UT hoping to pursue a business degree. After three semesters in UGS and a semester as a corporate communications major, he successfully transferred into McCombs. He is the financial director for the...

“My advice for UGS students is don’t worry too much about it. Find something you like or find useful and study that. … Also, get involved with student organizations as much as possible.”

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’t limit myself to classes in my major at all.”

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.”

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.”