Bachelor of Arts, Plan II

The Plan II Honors Program is designed to provide a broad, liberal, and challenging education for a limited number of students whose high school class standing and admission test scores indicate strong academic potential and motivation. The enrollment in Plan II is limited; admission to the program is separate from and in addition to admission to the University. Application materials and information about deadlines are available online at http://www.bealonghorn.utexas.edu/

The Plan II Honors Program is not available to transfer applicants. Disappointed transfer applicants interested in the liberal arts are encouraged to seek departmental honors tracks in the College of Liberal Arts. More information about departmental honors programs is available in the Academic Policies and Procedures section. 

The Plan II Honors Program includes the basic coursework required of Plan I students, but much of this work is done in small sections that are restricted to Plan II students and taught by professors selected for their excellent teaching records. Additional required courses explore the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences and provide considerable opportunity for individual research, writing, and speaking. The remainder of the student’s program is made up of approved electives.

The academic programs of most Plan II students include 36 semester hours or more of elective coursework. The student may use electives to pursue a second major in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences. Dual degree programs are available in conjunction with most other undergraduate colleges.

Qualified students who are accepted into both the Plan II Honors Program and the Cockrell School of Engineering may pursue a curriculum leading to both the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Students interested in this dual degree program must apply both to Plan II and to the Cockrell School. Further information is available from the director of Plan II and from the Office of Student Affairs in the Cockrell School.

Qualified students who are accepted into both the Plan II Honors Program and the McCombs School of Business may pursue a curriculum leading to both the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, and the Bachelor of Business Administration. Students interested in this dual degree program must apply both to Plan II and to the McCombs School of Business. Further information is available from the director of Plan II and from the McCombs School.

A dual degree program is also available that leads to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, and Bachelor of Architecture. Students must apply both to Plan II and to the School of Architecture. Additional information is available from the director of Plan II and from the School of Architecture.

In addition to the following requirements, the student must fulfill the University's General Requirements and the requirements of the College of Liberal Arts given in Special Requirements of the College.

Special Requirements

Students who fail to maintain a University grade point average of at least 3.25 will be considered for academic dismissal from Plan II. All students whose grade point average falls below 3.25 but not below 2.50 will be put on academic review. Students whose grade point average falls below 2.50 at any point after their first semester in Plan II will be dismissed from the program. In addition, any student who fails to earn a final grade of at least a C- in any of the following required courses will be dismissed from the program: English 303C, 303D, Philosophy 610QA, 610QB, Social Science 301, Tutorial Course 302, 303C, 303D, 358, 359T, 660HA, 660HB. Students may only register for Tutorial Course 660H or 359T if their University grade point average is 3.25 or higher. All of these stipulations may be appealed and exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis by the director of Plan II in consultation with the associate director, assistant director, and academic advisers. A student who is academically dismissed from the Plan II program is eligible to continue to enroll in the College of Liberal Arts in another academic program if the student fulfills the academic requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, and the scholastic standards for continuance in the University given in the General Information Catalog. Students in scholastic difficulty should discuss their problems with a Plan II academic adviser and the director.

Choice of Work

A degree program must include at least 120 semester hours, including at least 36 hours of upper-division coursework. Without special permission from the director and the dean, no more than 36 hours in one field of study in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences and no more than 36 hours in courses offered in any other college or school may be counted toward the degree.

Plan II students may use credit by examination to fulfill certain program requirements. More information on testing policies and credit by examination is available from a Plan II academic adviser.

Tutorial Course 302 and two semesters of Tutorial Course 358 are required. Tutorial Course 660H is required of students seeking special honors in Plan II, students pursuing the Plan II degree alone, and students writing creative theses. In exceptional situations, students completing dual degree programs may be approved by the Plan II associate director to enroll in Tutorial Course 359T, Essay Course, in lieu of Tutorial Course 660H. Other requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, are outlined below. All courses offered in the Plan II Honors Program are subject to approval by the Plan II Faculty Advisory Committee; in some areas the committee will prescribe certain courses for all students in the program. Current information on these matters is available in the Plan II office.

All students must complete the University’s Core Curriculum. In the process of fulfilling the core curriculum and other degree requirements, all students are expected to complete the Skills and Experience flags:

  1. Writing: three flagged courses beyond Rhetoric and Writing 306 or its equivalent
  2. Quantitative Reasoning: one flagged course
  3. Global Cultures: one flagged course
  4. Cultural Diversity in the United States: one flagged course
  5. Ethics and Leadership: one flagged course
  6.  Independent Inquiry: one flagged course

Courses that may be used to fulfill core curriculum and flag requirements are identified in the Course Schedule. They may be used simultaneously to fulfill other requirements, unless otherwise specified. Please note, students may not earn the cultural diversity and global cultures flags from the same course. Students are encouraged to discuss options with a departmental academic adviser. 

The following are the specific requirements of the Plan II program. In some cases, a course that is required for the BA, Plan II, may also be counted toward the core curriculum; these courses are identified below.

  1. English 303C and 303D, or Tutorial Course 303C and 303D. Each set of courses also meet the English composition and humanities requirements of the core curriculum.
     
  2. Two courses beyond Rhetoric and Writing 306 or the equivalent that carry a writing flag. One of these courses must be upper-division. Courses that carry a writing flag are identified in the Course Schedule. They may be used simultaneously to fulfill other requirements, unless otherwise specified.
     
  3. Proficiency in a language other than English is required.  

    The study of a second language contributes in an important way to a broad education for today's students, who live in a world where the overwhelming majority of people do not speak or read English and where much of the knowledge that is disseminated may never appear in English. Knowledge of a second language is important for an appreciation of the culture of the people using that language, and it also helps students to understand the structure and complexities of their own native language. Students with sufficient preparation may be able to use the second language for study in their chosen discipline. An intermediate level of competency as determined by the completion of any one of the following options: 

    a. Certified proficiency on a placement or credit-by-exam test. 

    b. Students with previous experience in the language they plan to use to meet the language requirement must take a language placement test. A student may not select for credit a language course below this placement level without departmental permission. 

    c. A passing grade in a language course listed below: 

    RequirementsHours
    American Sign Language
    ASL 311DAmerican Sign Language III: Intermediate3
    Arabic
    ARA 611CIntensive Arabic II6
    Bengali
    BEN 312LSecond-Year Bengali II3
    Chinese
    CHI 612Accelerated Second-Year Chinese4-6
    or CHI 412L Second-Year Chinese II
    Czech
    CZ 611CIntensive Czech II4-6
    or CZ 412L Second-Year Czech II
    Danish
    DAN 612Accelerated Second-Year Danish6
    Dutch
    DCH 612Accelerated Second-Year Dutch6
    French
    FR 611CIntermediate French6
    German
    GER 612Accelerated Second-Year German: Readings in Modern German6
    Greek
    GK 312KIntermediate Greek II3-4
    or GK 412 Intensive Greek
    GK 312LIntermediate Greek II: Biblical Greek3
    GK 610CIntermediate Modern Greek3-6
    or GK 310K Second-Year Modern Greek II
    Hebrew
    HEB 612CIntensive Biblical Hebrew II6
    HEB 611CIntensive Hebrew II6
    Hindi
    HIN 312LSecond-Year Hindi II3
    Italian
    ITL 611CIntermediate Italian6
    Japanese
    JPN 611DIntermediate Japanese6
    Korean
    KOR 412LSecond-Year Korean II4
    Latin
    LAT 312KIntermediate Latin II3
    Malayalam
    MAL 312LSecond-Year Malayalam II3
    Norwegian
    NOR 612Accelerated Second-Year Norwegian6
    Pashto
    PSH 312LSecond-Year Pashto II3
    Persian
    PRS 611CIntensive Persian II6
    or PRS 612C Intensive Persian for Heritage Speakers
    Polish
    POL 312LSecond-Year Polish II3
    Portuguese
    POR 611DSecond-Year Portuguese6
    Russian
    RUS 611CIntensive Russian II4-6
    or RUS 412L Second-Year Russian II
    Sanskrit
    SAN 312LSecond-Year Sanskrit II3
    Serbian/Croatian
    S C 312LSecond-Year Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II3
    Slavic & Eurasian Languages
    SEL 611CIntensive Slavic and Eurasian Languages II3-6
    or SEL 312L Second-Year Slavic and Eurasian Languages II
    Spanish
    SPN 611DSecond-Year Spanish6
    or SPN 612 Accelerated Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Learners
    Swahili
    SWA 611CIntensive Swahili II6
    Swedish
    SWE 612Accelerated Second-Year Swedish6
    Tamil
    TAM 312LSecond-Year Tamil II3
    Telugu
    TEL 312LSecond-Year Telugu II3
    Turkish
    TUR 611CIntensive Turkish II6
    Urdu
    URD 312LSecond-Year Urdu II3
    Yiddish
    YID 612Accelerated Second-Year Yiddish6
    Yoruba
    YOR 312LSecond-Year Yoruba II3


    d. Students who wish to meet the requirement with proficiency in a language not listed in the table above should contact the Texas Language Center

  4. Social Science 301. This course also meets the social and behavioral sciences requirement of the core curriculum.
     
  5. Six semester hours of non-United States history in the same geographic area.
     
  6. Eighteen semester hours of coursework as outlined below. To satisfy the core curriculum and the mathematics and natural science requirement of the BA, Plan II, a student may count (1) no more than 12 hours in mathematics, computer science, and statistics and scientific computation combined; and (2) no more than nine hours in any single field of study. Substitutions do exist for some of the requirements outlined below; each Plan II student should meet with a Plan II academic adviser to discuss her/his individual academic plan.
     
    1. Mathematics 310P. This course also meets the mathematics requirement of the core curriculum. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward this requirement. 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 or 303D without degree credit to remove their deficiency.
    2. A three-hour course in logic or modes of reasoning designated for Plan II students, currently Tutorial Course 310 or a section of Philosophy 313Q.
    3. Six hours of coursework in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, physical science, or physics. This coursework may be used to fulfill the science and technology, part I, requirement of the core curriculum.
    4. Biology 301E and Physics 321. Either of these courses may also be used to fulfill the science and technology, part II, requirement of the core curriculum. A three-hour course in astronomy, chemistry, or geological sciences designated for Plan II students may be taken in place of Physics 321.
    5. Any remaining courses needed to provide 18 hours of work must be chosen from the following fields. No more than three hours may be in the history of science or the philosophy of science. A list of approved alternative courses (items 10 and 11) is available in the Student Division and on the College of Liberal Arts website
      1. Astronomy
      2. Biology
      3. Chemistry
      4. Geological sciences
      5. Marine science
      6. Nutrition
      7. Physical science
      8. Physics
      9. Mathematics, computer science, and statistics and data sciences
      10. Other alternative science courses approved by the dean
      11. Approved alternative courses in history of science and philosophy of science
  7. Philosophy 610Q.
     
  8. An approved three-hour course in art history, music history, or history of theatre and dance; or a three-hour upper-division course in classical civilization, humanities, literature, or philosophy.

Electives

In addition to the core curriculum and the preceding specific requirements, the student must complete enough elective coursework to provide the 120 semester hours required for the degree. These 120 hours may include no more than 12 hours of conference courses and internship courses combined as described in Conference Courses and Internship Courses; 12 hours of Bible; nine hours of designated coursework in air force science, military science, or naval science; 19 hours completed on the pass/fail basis; 36 hours in any one field of study in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences; and 36 hours in any other single college or school of the University. Mathematics courses at the level of college algebra may not count toward elective hours.

Order of Work

The usual order of work for students in Plan II is outlined below, although it is possible to make exceptions when there is good reason for doing so. There is some variation in the order of work for students in premedical, predental, and dual degree programs, for teacher certification candidates, and for students concentrating in science. Students in these areas should consult the director or an academic adviser.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

First Year:

Second Year:

Third and Fourth Years:

  • Three semester hours in the visual and performing arts
  • Three semester hours of humanities or courses in the history of fine arts
  • Six semester hours of American history
  • Six semester hours of Tutorial Course 358
  • Tutorial Course 359T or 660H
  • Physics 321 and three additional hours of science
  • Elective courses sufficient to make a total of at least 120 semester hours, with only upper-division courses usually being approved for third- and fourth-year students