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Core Curriculum, Signature Courses & Flags

The UT core curriculum requirements, shared by every undergraduate, are designed to put the major coursework into a broader intellectual context, incorporating the perspectives of a wide variety of disciplines. Visit the Center for the Core Curriculum for more information.

Signature Courses, are interdisciplinary courses for first-year students taught by faculty from every college and school. Signature Courses cover a vast array of topics and incorporate required common elements that cultivate a community of learners.

Flagged courses, found in every department, ensure that all students acquire skills in writing, independent inquiry, and quantitative reasoning, while being exposed to content relating to cultural diversity, global cultures, and ethics and leadership. View flag proposal tips and find other faculty/staff resources relating to course flags here.

The School of Undergraduate Studies uses a team-based process involving faculty, staff, and students in assessing core courses, flagged courses, and signature courses.

Teaching Support

Teaching support and resources are available to all UT professors.

Signature Course faculty receives training before classes begin and participates in round table discussions throughout the semester that offer opportunities to ask questions and exchange thoughts and ideas with fellow instructors.

Sanger Learning Center works with departments and professors to identify courses and TAs that would be a good match for the Supplemental Instruction program. Typically, SI supports large-enrollment (100 or more students), historically-difficult (high D, F, Q, and W rates), lower-division courses.

We are proud to work with the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in an initiative to support promising young faculty.

Staff Resources

Visit our wiki for information regarding school policies and procedures.

If you are looking for information about your timesheet, holiday information, benefits information, insurance overview, or other questions pertaining to being a UT Austin staff member, we recommend that you also check the UT Austin staff homepage.

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