Minor and Certificate Programs

Minor

The transcript-recognized undergraduate academic minor must be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin. For more information regarding the requirements for achieving a minor, including a comprehensive list of minors, please visit the Minors and Certificate Programs section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Transcript-recognized undergraduate minors in foreign languages require a minimum of 15 hours of coursework in the minor area, but may not require more than 21 hours. None of the specified coursework from the minor can include unnumbered topics courses. Minors must include a minimum of nine hours beyond first year competence in the language, including at least three hours of upper division coursework. At least half of the required course work in the minor must be completed in residence at The University of Texas at Austin.

African and African Diaspora Studies Minor

Fifteen semester hours of African and African Diaspora Studies, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework:

RequirementsHours
AFR 303Introduction to Black Studies3
AFR 304Introduction to the Study of Africa3
One additional course on the subject of the continent of Africa, such as AFR 310K (Full list available from the department)
Two upper-division courses in one of the following tracks (track lists are available from the department):
Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Theories
Performance, Music, Art, and Literature
Language, History, and Behavioral and Social Sciences
Law, Education, Health, and Policy

American Sign Language Minor

by admission only

Student must have completed American Sign Language 610D and demonstrate Intermediate-Low to Intermediate-Mid proficiency following ACTFL speaking guidelines before applying to the minor. 

Twenty-one semester credit hours, including the following or their equivalents: 

RequirementsHours
ASL 601D
ASL 610D
American Sign Language I: Beginning
and American Sign Language II: Beginning
12
ASL 311DAmerican Sign Language III: Intermediate3
Six hours upper-division American Sign Language6

Candidates must apply for the ASL minor, and certification of completion of the requirements for the minor will be made by the ASL program director.

Anthropology Minor

RequirementsHours
Six hours from the following:
ANT 301Biological (Physical) Anthropology3
ANT 302Cultural Anthropology3
ANT 304Introduction to Archaeological Studies: Prehistoric Archaeology3
ANT 307Culture and Communication3

Nine additional hours upper-division Anthropology

A minimum of nine hours must be completed in residence.

A student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in courses taken at the University and counted toward the minor requirements.

Arabic Minor

Eighteen semester credit hours in Arabic, at least six of which must be upper-division, consisting of the following or their equivalents:

RequirementsHours
ARA 601CIntensive Arabic I6
ARA 611CIntensive Arabic II6
Six hours upper-division Arabic6

Asian American Studies Minor

Fifteen semester hours, including Asian American Studies 301 or 312 and at least nine hours of upper-division coursework. 

Asian Religions Minor

RequirementsHours
R S 310Introduction to the Study of Religion3
ANS 301RHistory of the Religions of Asia3
Nine hours (at least six upper-division) chosen from an approved list9

Chinese Minor

At least 15 semester credit hours Chinese, of which at least three must be upper-division, including: 

RequirementsHours
CHI 506
CHI 507
First-Year Chinese I
and First-Year Chinese II
6-10
or CHI 604 Accelerated First-Year Chinese
CHI 412K
CHI 412L
Second-Year Chinese I
and Second-Year Chinese II
6-8
or CHI 612 Accelerated Second-Year Chinese
Three hours upper-division Chinese3

Classical Studies Minor

RequirementsHours
GK 506First-Year Greek I5
or LAT 506 First-Year Latin I
12 hours from any Classic Civilization course or:12
AHC 319Introductory Surveys in Roman and Greek History3
or AHC 325 Topics in Ancient History
or AHC 378 Undergraduate Seminar in Ancient History
At least six of these hours must be upper-division

Comparative Literature Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
C L 301Introduction to Comparative Literature3
C L 315Masterworks of World Literature3
Six semester credit hours of Comparative Literature 323, Topics in Comparative Literature, in a single regional or linguistic area 6
Three additional semester hours of any Comparative Literature 323, Topics in Comparative Literature3

Core Texts and Ideas Minor

Fifteen semester of hours of coursework in Core Texts and Ideas, including at least six hours of upper-division and at least nine hours in residence.

Economics Minor

The transcript-recognized minor in economics allows students not majoring in Economics to master an important and useful set of concepts, simple models, and analytical skills in economics. Students may focus on analytical skills and quantitative methods by taking theory courses and courses in economic statistics and econometrics; or they may take a cluster of upper-division economics courses in order to explore a field of economics in some depth.

To fulfill the requirements of the transcript-recognized minor in economics, students must complete 16 semester hours of coursework as described below. All of the upper-division economics courses must be taken in residence at The University of Texas at Austin. All courses must be taken on the letter-grade basis.

The transcript-recognized minor in economics requirements are:

RequirementsHours
ECO 304KIntroduction to Microeconomics3
ECO 304LIntroduction to Macroeconomics3
ECO 420KMicroeconomic Theory4
Two additional upper-division economics courses6

English Minor

Fifteen semester hours in English, including at least nine hours of upper-division coursework and nine hours in residence. A grade of C- or higher is required in each course counted toward fulfillment of the minor.

European Studies Minor

RequirementsHours
Requirements
EUS 305Introduction to European Studies3
EUS 350Governments and Politics of Western Europe3
or GOV 351D The Theoretical Foundations of Modern Politics
One course chosen from the following:
EUS 346Topics in European Anthropology, Geography, History, and Sociology3
EUS 347Topics in European Culture, Literature, Art, Music, and Media3
EUS 348Topics in European Economics, Government, Business, and Policy3
Six additional hours of upper-division European Studies Courses6

Evolutionary and Functional Anatomy Minor

by admission only

RequirementsHours
ANT 301Biological (Physical) Anthropology3
And 12 hours from the following:
ANT 432LPrimate Anatomy4
ANT 348Human Origins and Evolution3
ANT 348KCurrent Topics in Biological (Physical) Anthropology (Topic 8: Evolutionary Anatomy of the Head and Neck)3
ANT 348KCurrent Topics in Biological (Physical) Anthropology (Topic 11: Early Hominid Evolution)3
ANT 349CHuman Variation3
ANT 350CPrimate Sensory Ecology3
ANT 351EPrimate Evolution3
ANT 366Anatomy and Biology of the Human Skeleton3

A minimum of nine hours must be upper-division.

A minimum of nine hours must be completed in residence.

A student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in courses taken at the University and counted toward the minor requirements.

French Minor

RequirementsHours
FR 601CBeginning French6
FR 611CIntermediate French6
FR 317CEnhancing French Skills3
FR 320EAdvanced French I3
Three additional semester credit hours of upper-division French3

German, Scandinavian and Dutch Studies Minor

A minimum of 15 hours German, Scandinavian, and Dutch Studies coursework; at least nine hours of which must be upper-division coursework.

Government Minor

Eighteen hours of coursework in government, including at least nine hours of upper-division coursework and at least nine hours in residence.

Greek Minor

At least 19 semester credit hours in Greek, of which at three must be upper-division, including:

RequirementsHours
GK 506
GK 507
First-Year Greek I
and First-Year Greek II
10
GK 311Intermediate Greek I3
GK 312KIntermediate Greek II3
or GK 312L Intermediate Greek II: Biblical Greek
Three hours chosen from:
GK 324Advanced Greek3
GK 328Advanced Biblical Greek3

Hebrew Minor

At least 15 hours of Hebrew, at least three of which must be upper division, including:

RequirementsHours
HEB 506
HEB 507
First-Year Hebrew I
and First-Year Hebrew II
6-10
or HEB 601C Intensive Hebrew I
HEB 412K
HEB 412L
Second-Year Hebrew I
and Second-Year Hebrew II
6-8
or HEB 611C Intensive Hebrew II
Three hours upper-division Hebrew3

History Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours of coursework in history including at least six hours of upper-division.

Islamic Studies Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
ISL 310Introduction to Islam3
ISL 340Topics in Islam3
Nine additional hours of upper-division Islamic studies, chosen from:
ISL 340Topics in Islam3
ISL 372Topics in Islamic Cultures3
ISL 373Topics in Middle Eastern Islamic Cultures3

Italian Minor

Eighteen semester credit hours of Italian, of which six must be upper-division, including:

RequirementsHours
ITL 601CBeginning Italian6
ITL 611CIntermediate Italian6
ITL 328Composition and Conversation3
Three additional semester credit hours of upper-division Italian3

Korean Minor

At least 15 semester credit hours Korean, of which at least three must be upper-division, including:

RequirementsHours
KOR 506
KOR 507
First-Year Korean I
and First-Year Korean II
6-10
or KOR 604 Accelerated First-Year Korean
KOR 412K
KOR 412L
Second-Year Korean I
and Second-Year Korean II
6-8
or KOR 612 Accelerated Second-Year Korean
Three hours upper-division Korean3

Latin Minor

Nineteen semester credit hours in Latin, consisting of: 

RequirementsHours
LAT 506
LAT 507
First-Year Latin I
and First-Year Latin II
10
LAT 311
LAT 312K
Intermediate Latin I
and Intermediate Latin II
6
LAT 322Advanced Latin I3

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Sexualities Studies Minor

by admission only

Fifteen semester-credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
WGS 303Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies3
or WGS 305 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
WGS 335Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies3
Six semester credit hours chosen from:
WGS 335Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies3
An upper-division WGS course
Another course approved by Research Cluster chair

Middle Eastern Studies Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours, consisting of:

RequirementsHours
MES 301KIntroduction to the Middle East: Religious, Cultural, and Historical Foundations3
MES 301LIntroduction to the Middle East: Adjustment and Change in Modern Times3
Nine hours of upper-division MES coursework chosen from:9
MES 341Topics in the Middle East: Social Science3
MES 342Topics in the Middle East: Arts and Humanities3
MES 343Topics in the Middle East: History3

Persian Minor

At least 15 semester credit hours of Persian, at least six of which must be upper-division.

RequirementsHours
For students new to the Persian language:
PRS 601CIntensive Persian I6
PRS 611CIntensive Persian II6
PRS 322KIntermediate Persian I3
PRS 329Topics in Persian Language, Literature, and Culture3
For heritage speakers of Persian:
PRS 612CIntensive Persian for Heritage Speakers6
PRS 322KIntermediate Persian I3
Six semester credit hours of Persian 329, Topics in Persian Language, Literature, and Culture6

Philosophy Minor

Fifteen semester of hours of coursework in philosophy including at least six hours of upper-division and at least nine hours in residence. 

Philosophy of Law Minor

RequirementsHours
PHL 304
PHL 347
Contemporary Moral Problems
and Philosophy of Law
6
Three hours chosen from one of the following:
PHL 312Introduction to Logic3
PHL 313Introductory Symbolic Logic3
PHL 313QLogic and Scientific Reasoning3
Three hours chosen from one of the following:
PHL 318Introduction to Ethics3
PHL 318KIntroduction to Political Philosophy3
Six hours chosen from:
PHL 325CEnvironmental Ethics3
PHL 322KHistory of Ethics3
PHL 325KEthical Theories3
PHL 325LBusiness, Ethics, and Public Policy3
PHL 325MMedicine, Ethics, and Society3
PHL 342Political Philosophy3
PHL 354Philosophy in Context (Topic 5: Origins of Liberalism) Prerequisite: upper-division standing3
PHL 318Introduction to Ethics (If not taken for 3 hours, above)3
PHL 318KIntroduction to Political Philosophy (If not taken for 3 hours, above )3

Philosophy of Mind and Language Minor

RequirementsHours
PHL 332Philosophy of Language (Prerequisite: 6 hours of PHL completed)3
PHL 313Introductory Symbolic Logic3
or PHL 313Q Logic and Scientific Reasoning
PHL 303MMind and Body (Prerequisite: 6 hours of PHL completed)3
or PHL 323M Philosophy of Mind
Six additional hours chosen from:
PHL 344KIntermediate Symbolic Logic (Prerequisite: PHL 313, 313K, or 313Q)3
PHL 358Philosophical Logic (Prerequisite: PHL 313, 313K, or 313Q)3
PHL 365Selected Problems in Philosophy (Topic 2: Introduction to Cognitive Science)3
PSY 305Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (Prerequisite: PSY 301 with a grade of at least a C)3
PHL 327Contemporary Philosophy (Topic 4: Interpretation and Meaning) Prerequisite: upper-division standing3
PHL 303MMind and Body (if not taken above)3
PHL 323MPhilosophy of Mind (if not taken above) Prerequisite: 6 hours of PHL completed3
LIN 306Introduction to the Study of Language3
LIN 350Special Topics in the Study of Language (Topic 2: Language and Thought) Prerequisite: upper-division standing3
LIN 353NNatural Language Processing3
LIN 372LSyntax and Semantics: The Structure and Meaning of Utterances (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and LIN 306)3

Portuguese Minor

by admission only

Students outside the College of Liberal Arts should contact their dean’s office for permission to complete a minor program and for the applicability of minor requirements toward their individual degrees. Students in the College of Liberal Arts may complete the Transcript-Recognized Portuguese minor program within consultation of their major adviser and a Spanish-Portuguese Department adviser. Students must complete the Transcript-Recognized Portuguese Minor application at the latest by the 12th class day of their expected graduation semester or summer session.

The Transcript-Recognized Portuguese Minor requires students to take between 15 and 21 hours through the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UT Austin or an accredited institution with the Study Abroad Office. At least nine hours should be categorized as in-residence.

RequirementsHours
Lower-division Portuguese for non-Spanish speakers:
POR 601DFirst-Year Portuguese I6
POR 610DFirst-Year Portuguese II6
POR 611DSecond-Year Portuguese6
Lower-division Portuguese for Spanish speakers:
POR 610SPortuguese for Spanish Speakers I6
POR 611SPortuguese for Spanish Speakers II6
Upper-division Portuguese for both non-Spanish speakers and Spanish speakers:
POR 327CAdvanced Grammar and Writing in Context3

In order to apply for the Transcript-Recognized Portuguese Minor, please visit the Spanish and Portuguese Advising Office at BEN 2.108 to speak with an adviser.

Primatology Minor

by admission only

RequirementsHours
ANT 301Biological (Physical) Anthropology3
And 12 hours from the following:
ANT 310LIntroductory Topics in Anthropology (A list of approved topics is available from the Anthropology Academic Advisor)3
ANT 432LPrimate Anatomy4
ANT 346LPrimate Social Behavior3
ANT 346MComparative Primate Ecology3
ANT 347CMethods in Primate Biology3
ANT 348KCurrent Topics in Biological (Physical) Anthropology (Topic 10: Primate Conservation)3
ANT 348KCurrent Topics in Biological (Physical) Anthropology (Topic 12: Sex and Human Nature)3
ANT 350CPrimate Sensory Ecology3
ANT 351EPrimate Evolution3

A minimum of nine hours must be upper-division.

A minimum of nine hours must be completed in residence.

A student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in courses taken at the University and counted toward the minor requirements.

Religious Studies Minor

A student may not earn a minor in the same field of study as his or her major, and at least nine of the hours required for the minor must include coursework not used to satisfy the requirements of the student’s major. However, courses in the minor may fulfill other degree requirements such as general education requirements or required elective hours.

RequirementsHours
R S 310Introduction to the Study of Religion3
Twelve hours of course work from an approved list
At least six hours of upper-division coursework
Fifty percent of coursework to be taken in residence
Specified coursework cannot include unnumbered topics

Rhetoric and Writing Minor

Fifteen hours, including at least nine hours of upper-division coursework, as follows:

RequirementsHours
RHE 321Principles of Rhetoric3
Three hours chosen from one of the following:
RHE 330CAdvanced Studies in Digital Rhetoric3
RHE 330DHistory of Rhetoric3
RHE 330ERhetorical Theory and Analysis3
One of the following upper-division courses:
RHE 330CAdvanced Studies in Digital Rhetoric3
RHE 330DHistory of Rhetoric3
RHE 330ERhetorical Theory and Analysis3
RHE 325MAdvanced Writing3
RHE 328Topics in Professional and Technical Writing for Liberal Arts Majors3
RHE 360MRhetoric and Writing for Teachers of English3
RHE 368EEditing for Publication3
And two additional courses, either upper-division (see list above) or lower-division (RHE 309K, 309S, 310, 312, 315, or 317)6

Russian Minor

RequirementsHours
At least 15 semester credit hours in Russian, three of which must be upper-division, including:
RUS 506
RUS 507
First-Year Russian I
and First-Year Russian II
6-10
or RUS 601C Intensive Russian I
RUS 412K
RUS 412L
Second-Year Russian I
and Second-Year Russian II
6-8
or RUS 611C Intensive Russian II
RUS 324Third-Year Russian I3

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Minor

RequirementsHours
REE 301Introduction to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies3
REE 301LIntroduction to Russian Literature3
REE 325Topics in Language, Literature, and Culture3
Six additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies6

Slavic and Eurasian Languages Minor

The Slavic language minor is for students wishing to pursue the study of Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Polish (or another Slavic or Eurasian language, such as Ukrainian) at intermediate and advanced levels. Required courses:

RequirementsHours
For Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian:
S C 506First-Year Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I5
S C 507First-Year Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II5
S C 312K
S C 312L
Second-Year Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I
and Second-Year Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II
6
S C 325Third-Year Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I3
For Czech:
CZ 506First-Year Czech I5
CZ 507First-Year Czech II5
CZ 412K
CZ 412L
Second-Year Czech I
and Second-Year Czech II
8
CZ 325Third-Year Czech I3
For Polish:
POL 506First-Year Polish I5
POL 507First-Year Polish II5
POL 312K
POL 312L
Second-Year Polish I
and Second-Year Polish II
6
POL 325Third-Year Polish I3
Other Slavic and Eurasian Languages:
SEL 506First-Year Slavic and Eurasian Languages I5
SEL 507First-Year Slavic and Eurasian Languages II5
SEL 312K
SEL 312L
Second-Year Slavic and Eurasian Languages I
and Second-Year Slavic and Eurasian Languages II
6
or SEL 611C Intensive Slavic and Eurasian Languages II
Three hours of upper-division coursework in Slavic and Eurasian Languages3

Sociology Minor

Fifteen semester hours of coursework in sociology, including Sociology 302 and at least six hours of upper-division coursework. Nine of the required semester hours must be taken in residence.

Turkish Minor

Between 15 and 21 hours of Turkish, at least three of which must be upper division, including:

RequirementsHours
TUR 506
TUR 507
First-Year Turkish I
and First-Year Turkish II
6-10
or TUR 601C Intensive Turkish I
TUR 412K
TUR 412L
Second-Year Turkish I
and Second-Year Turkish II
6-8
or TUR 611C Intensive Turkish II
Three hours upper-division Turkish3

UTeach-Liberal Arts Minor

by admission only

The University recommends students for teacher certification to TEA. To be recommended for a certificate to teach in secondary school, an undergraduate student must earn a degree as well as complete an approved teacher certification program, of which the coursework below is only a part.

Admissions Requirements

  • The UTeach-Liberal Arts undergraduate program requires at least a four long-semester commitment.
  • The program is open to current UT Austin undergraduates and incoming transfer students.
  • Students are eligible to enter the program second semester freshman year through senior year.
  • Admission to UTeach-Liberal Arts requires a minimum overall UT GPA of 2.5.

Application Process

  1. Complete the UTeach-Liberal Arts Undergraduate Program Application. Our Program Advisor will notify you about your admissions status via email within 5-10 business days of your application submission.
  2. Once Admitted, you will receive instructions on how to reserve a spot for UTL 101 "Introduction to Teaching", the first UTeach course.

Once you have reserved a spot, you may register for the course during your normal registration access period. Failure to register for your spot will result in losing your reservation in UTL 101.

Fifteen semester hours of required UTeach coursework must be completed as follows:

RequirementsHours
UTL 101Introduction to the Teaching Profession1
UTL 202Introduction to Teaching in the Middle School2
EDP 363MPersonality and Mental Health (Topic 3: Adolescent Development)3
Six hours chosen from:
UTL 640 Teaching in Secondary School-LOTE6
UTL 640 Teaching in Secondary School-English6
UTL 640 Teaching in Secondary School-Social Studies6
Three hours chosen from:
ALD 322 Individual Differences-SEC3
ALD 322 Individual Differences3

Coursework for the UTeach-Liberal Arts program is dictated by the State Coordinating Board for Higher Education and the State Board for Educator Certification, not by University catalogs. Therefore, changes in requirements may be independent of major and university requirements and may take place at any time.

Women's and Gender Studies Minor

by admission only

RequirementsHours
Three hours chosen from one of the following:
WGS 301Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies3
or WGS 303 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
or WGS 305 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
WGS 340Cross-Cultural Topics in Women's and Gender Studies3
WGS 340Cross-Cultural Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (Different WGS 340 topic from that counted above, or other upper-division course in Women’s and Gender Studies)3
WGS 350Feminist Theory (or other upper-division courses in Women's and Gender Studies)3
Three additional hours of Women's and Gender Studies3

Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts offers several certificate programs, which are open to all degree-seeking University undergraduates. Undergraduates who complete certificate requirements in conjunction with their degree requirements or within one year after earning the degree receive recognition on the University transcript; students in integrated undergraduate/graduate programs must complete certificate requirements within one year after they complete their undergraduate degree requirements. A maximum of nine semester hours of certificate coursework may be taken after the student has earned the undergraduate degree. At least half of the required certificate coursework must be completed in residence at the University; some programs may require more work in residence.

A student may not earn a certificate in the same field as his or her major, and may not count the certificate towards their minor requirement if more than six hours of the certificate's coursework may also be counted toward the requirements of the major. A certificate counted in place of a minor must meet the minimum requirements for a minor. However, certificate courses outside the major may be counted toward other degree requirements. For certificates not counting toward the minor requirement, at least one certificate course must be outside the requirements of the major.

Students should apply for the certificate when they apply for graduation or when they complete the certificate program, whichever is later. Transcript recognition is awarded at the end of that semester or summer session.

Students outside the College of Liberal Arts should contact their dean’s office for permission to complete a certificate program and for the applicability of certificate requirements toward their individual degrees. Students in the College of Liberal Arts may complete certificate programs offered through other colleges. These are described in Transcript-Recognized Certificate Programs and by each college that offers a transcript-recognized certificate program. Certificate programs that do not lead to transcript recognition are also described in the respective college's catalog section.

African Studies Certificate

The African Studies Certificate allows students to engage with scholarship on African peoples, cultures, and history through the theoretical lens of black studies. Through the certificate, undergraduates develop interdisciplinary expertise in African studies related to the student’s personal field of interest. The African and African Diaspora Studies undergraduate adviser (AADS) is available to steer certificate candidates towards areas of interest, which can include: expressive cultures, gender and sexuality studies, literature, language, history, politics, and society as these topics relate to theories of blackness on the African continent. 

The certificate program requires 18 semester hours of coursework, including at least nine semester hours completed in residence. 

Students must fulfill the following requirements: 

  1. African and African Diaspora Studies 304, Introduction to the Study of Africa , or an alternative course taken with approval from AADS 
  2. African and African Diaspora Studies 310K, Introduction to Modern Africa , or an alternative course taken with approval from AADS 
  3. Twelve additional semester hours (upper- or lower-division) chosen from courses on an approved list or with prior approval from AADS 
  4. One of the courses listed in requirement 3 must carry a writing flag from the School of Undergraduate Studies and/or place an emphasis on research and writing, such as African and African Diaspora Studies 372G or an alternative course taken with approval from AADS 
  5. Earn a grade of at least in each of the courses taken to fulfill the African Studies Certificate requirements 

Each semester the list of approved courses that meet the requirements above is available in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies undergraduate advising office. 

Courses the student has completed at the time of application to the program may be counted toward the certificate. Students may not earn a certificate in the same field of study as their major and at least one course counting toward this certificate must be taken outside of the requirements of the student’s undergraduate degree. Students apply for transcript-recognized undergraduate academic certificates at the time they complete their undergraduate degree or the certificate program, whichever comes later. Transcript recognition is awarded at that time.

Computational Science and Engineering Certificate

The Computational Science and Engineering Certificate program is sponsored by the Cockrell School of Engineering, the Jackson School of Geosciences, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Natural Sciences; it is administered by the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). Information regarding the specific requirements of the Certificate can be found in the Cockrell School of Engineering's Minor and Certificates section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Core Texts and Ideas Certificate

The certificate program in core texts and ideas is designed to provide a coherent path through the University’s core curriculum with an integrated, interdisciplinary sequence of courses on great works of philosophy, literature, science, and the arts that emphasizes debates about fundamental questions of enduring human concern. The program provides a grounding in the major ideas that have shaped the Western world and gives students the opportunity to study Eastern works as well. Students complete courses in four required areas and two elective areas. The four required areas are the philosophy and literature of the ancient world, especially Greece; basic texts of major world religions; the history of political philosophy; and the principles that formed the basis for the founding of the United States. Elective areas include philosophy, the arts, history, literature, and the history and philosophy of science and mathematics.

The certificate program requires 18 semester hours of coursework, including at least 12 hours completed in residence. Students must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. The requirements of an undergraduate major
  2. The following 12 semester hours of coursework:
    1. Philosophy and literature of the ancient world: Core Texts and Ideas 301, Ancient Philosophy and Literature
    2. History of political philosophy: Core Texts and Ideas 302, Classics of Social and Political Thought or Core Texts and Ideas 303, Competing Visions of the Good Life
    3. Basic texts of major world religions: Core Texts and Ideas 304, World Religions: Traditions and Texts
    4. Principles of the founding of the United States: Government 312P, Constitutional Principles: Core Texts
  3. Six additional semester hours of coursework chosen from a list of approved electives available from the academic adviser in the Thomas Jefferson Center for Core Texts and Ideas

All courses must be taken on the letter-grade basis. Each semester a list of approved alternatives to the courses in the four required areas is available from the academic adviser in the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas.

Creative Writing Certificate

The Creative Writing Certificate is intended for any University student interested in advanced study of creative writing, both as reader and as writer. Those who plan to pursue the certificate should apply to the program adviser for admission no later than the end of their sophomore year. More information about the Creative Writing Certificate is given at the Department of English website.

The certificate program requires 18 semester hours of coursework, including at least nine hours completed in residence. Students must fulfill the following requirements: 

  1. The requirements of an undergraduate major
  2. Six semester hours of coursework from English, theatre and dance, or radio-television-film. 
  3. Creative Writing 325F,  325M, or 325P
  4. Creative Writing 330
  5. Creative Writing 340F340P, or 660 (part A). 
  6. Creative Writing 355F355P660 (part B), or three hours of coursework chosen from a list of approved courses available from the program adviser. 
  7. Earn a grade of at least C- in each course taken to fulfill the Creative Writing Certificate requirements. 

Honors Option 

To earn an Honors Creative Writing Certificate, students must fulfill the following additional requirements: 

  1. Creative Writing 370H, Honors Creative Writing Project
  2. A University Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.66 in the coursework required for the Creative Writing Certificate and a cumulative University GPA of at least 3.33.

History and Philosophy of Science Certificate

The History and Philosophy of Science Certificate provides students an opportunity to gain a coherent, cross-disciplinary command of the methods and findings that the liberal arts have contributed to our understanding of the sciences. Students analyze the dynamic development, concepts, and roles in society of various sciences, as well as the personal, dramatic struggles of famous scientists. Students must complete four courses in two required areas: history of science, and philosophy of science,  as well two electives to be selected from a list of pre-approved courses in history, philosophy, astronomy, physics, or core texts and ideas. 

The certificate program requires 18 semester hours of coursework, of which at least 12 semester hours of coursework must be upper-division, and including at least nine semester hours completed in residence. 

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. History 322D, The Scientific Revolution of the Seventeenth Century , and History 322M, History of Modern Science
  2. Philosophy 313, Introductory Symbolic Logic , or Philosophy 363, Scientific Method
  3. Philosophy 316K, Science and Philosophy , or Philosophy 322, Science and the Modern World
  4. Six additional semester credit hours, chosen from an approved list 

Each semester, the list of approved courses that meet the requirements above is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.

Courses the student has completed at the time of application to the program may be counted toward the certificate. Students apply for transcript-recognized undergraduate academic certificates at the time they complete their undergraduate degree or the certificate program, whichever comes later. Transcript recognition is awarded at that time.

Indigenous Studies Certificate

The main goal of the indigenous studies certificate program is to encourage active intellectual and community engagement with indigenous peoples and cultures. The program allows undergraduate students to develop interdisciplinary expertise in indigenous studies and comparative approaches to their primary field of interest. Each student develops a specialization within the program that is tailored to his or her academic and professional development. Students concentrate their studies in two of the following eight strands: Mayan culture, Mesoamerica, indigenous arts, indigenous peoples of Latin America, indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada, indigenous peoples of the Americas, indigenous politics and human rights, and indigenous writing and language.

Courses the student has completed at the time of application to the program may be counted toward the certificate. Upon completion of the course requirements, the student writes a three- to four-page essay that describes his or her intellectual work in the program and how the experience contributed to his or her academic career at the University.

The certificate program requires 18 semester hours of coursework, including at least nine semester hours completed in residence. Students must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. The requirements of an undergraduate major
  2. Three semester hours in a lower-division introductory or foundational course with indigenous studies content, such as English 314V (Topic 5: Native American Literature and Culture), History 317L (Topic 3: Introduction to Native American History), or other courses from an approved list
  3. Six semester hours of approved coursework in each of two of the following eight strands: Mayan culture, Mesoamerica, indigenous arts, indigenous peoples of Latin America, indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada, indigenous peoples of the Americas, indigenous politics and human rights, indigenous writing and language
  4. An approved upper-division capstone course in indigenous studies chosen from courses on an approved list
  5. At least three courses must be taken in a field of study outside of the student’s major department

Each semester a list of approved courses that meet the requirements above is available in the Department of Anthropology undergraduate advising office.

Japanese Certificate

Twenty-four semester credit hours, consisting of the following (or their equivalents):

RequirementsHours
JPN 601DJapanese I6
JPN 610DJapanese II6
JPN 611DIntermediate Japanese6
JPN 317CJapanese Grammar, Composition, and Conversation3
Three hours upper-division Japanese3

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Sexualities Studies Certificate

The certificate program requires 18 semester hours of coursework, including at least nine semester hours completed in residence. 

Students must fulfill the following requirements: 

  1. Women's and Gender Studies 303, Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies , or Women's and Gender Studies 305, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  2. Six hours in Women's and Gender Studies 335, Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
  3. Nine additional upper-division semester hours chosen from Women's and Gender Studies 335, Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies, or an upper-division WGS course or another course approved by LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster chair (See the listings in the Pink Book for suggested courses.)  At least three of these hours must be taken from outside the student’s major field of study. 
  4. Earn a grade of at least a in each of the courses taken to fulfill the LGBTQ/Sexualities Studies certificate requirements 

Each semester, the list of approved courses that meet the requirements above is available in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies undergraduate advising office. The list of courses known as the “Pink Book” is published on the Women’s and Gender Studies website

Courses the student has completed at the time of application to the program may be counted toward the certificate. Students apply for transcript-recognized undergraduate academic certificates at the time they complete their undergraduate degree or the certificate program, whichever comes later. Transcript recognition is awarded at that time.

Security Studies Certificate*

The Certificate in Security Studies recognizes students who focus their studies on international and national security affairs. Through the certificate, students develop an interdisciplinary expertise and practical job experience in security studies, including: diplomacy, defense, intelligence, foreign policy, homeland security, international affairs, international development, human rights, war, conflict, peace, and related fields. Students are required to take 21 credits hours across at least two different departments, including at least nine completed in residence, and complete an internship in a field related to security studies.

This certificate is open to students in the College of Liberal Arts.

Courses:

  • Government 360N (Topic 12: International Security)
  • Government 362L, Government Research Internship
  • Fifteen additional credit hours total chosen from at least two different departments, drawn from a list available on the certificate’s website. At least nine credit hours must be taken in residence at UT Austin.
  • Students must take courses on a grade basis and earn a combined grade point average of a 3.0 to fulfill certificate requirements.

Internship
Students must successfully complete an internship. Students will enroll in Government 362L, Government Research Internship, and will receive 3 credit hours for the internship.

  • Students are responsible for identifying internship opportunities, applying for internships, informing the Faculty Committee of their internship plans, submitting a proposal for an internship to satisfy the certificate requirement, and submitting proof that the internship was completed.
  • Internships must involve substantive work that exposes students to the professional work environment and offers opportunities for networking in their chosen career fields.
  • Internships may be with government agencies, think tanks, NGOs, research centers, consulting firms, or other entities that offer professional job experience.
  • Internships may be in the fields of diplomacy, defense, intelligence, foreign policy, national security, homeland security, international affairs, international development, human rights, and related fields.
  • The Faculty Committee reviews students’ internship experience to ensure it is relevant to security studies and was satisfactorily completed.
  • Internships must last a minimum of six weeks of full-time work, or its equivalent (240 hours).
  • Internships may be in the United States or abroad.
  • Internships may be paid or unpaid.
  • Students who accept unpaid internships are invited to apply for a stipend through the Clements Center for National Security’s Summer Student Development Fund. Funds are limited and stipends are not guaranteed for certificate students.

Waivers: Students may waive the internship requirement if they are enrolled in ROTC; have prior military experience with no major disciplinary actions against them; or have extensive prior civilian job experience directly related to security studies. The Faculty Committee reviews applications to waive the internship requirement.

*Certificate pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at the time of publication