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:

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 13
Six hours of upper-division courses in one of the following tracks: 26
Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Theories
Performance, Music, Art, and Literature
Language, History, and Behavioral and Social Sciences
Law, Education, Health, and Policy
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1. Full list available from the department
2. Track lists available from the department

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
Please Note:
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.

American Studies Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
AMS 310Introduction to American Studies3
AMS 311SIntroductory Seminar in American Studies3
AMS 355Main Currents of American Culture to 18653
or AMS 356 Main Currents of American Culture since 1865
AMS 370Seminar in American Culture3
Three additional semester credit hours of American studies3
Please Note:
Must include nine hours of upper-division courses

Anthropology Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
Two of the following courses:6
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Archaeological Studies: Prehistoric Archaeology
Culture and Communication
Nine additional hours upper-division anthropology9
Please Note:
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, consisting of the following or their equivalents:

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

Archaeology Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
ANT 304Introduction to Archaeological Studies: Prehistoric Archaeology3
or ANT 304T Introduction to Texas Archaeology
Three semester credit hours from the following courses:3
Topics in Anthropology 1
Archaeological Analysis
Archaeological Laboratory Analysis
Field Archaeology
Archaeological Techniques
Nine hours of upper-division courses, chosen from an approved list available in the department office9
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1. Chosen from one of the three following topics: Topic 3: Primitive Technology, Topic 33: Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing for Archaeology and Paleontology, or Topic 58: Digital Data Systems in Archaeology

Asian American Studies Minor

Fifteen semester hours, including:

RequirementsHours
AAS 301Introduction to Asian American Studies3
or AAS 312 Introduction to Asian American History
Nine hours of upper-division coursework9
Three additional semester credit hours of Asian American studies3

Asian Religions Minor

Fifteen semester hours, including:

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, including: 

RequirementsHours
First-Year Chinese Requirement6 or 12
First-Year Chinese I
and First-Year Chinese II
Accelerated First-Year Chinese
Second-Year Chinese Requirement6 or 12
Second-Year Chinese I
and Second-Year Chinese II
Accelerated Second-Year Chinese
Three hours upper-division Chinese3

Classical Studies Minor

Seventeen semester credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
GK 506First-Year Greek I5
or LAT 506 First-Year Latin I
Twelve hours from the following: 112
Any Classical Civilization course or
Introductory Surveys in Roman and Greek History
Topics in Ancient History
Undergraduate Seminar in Ancient History
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1. 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 credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
Fifteen hours of Core Texts and Ideas courses 115
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1. Must include at least six hours of upper-division courses and at least nine hours in residence

Cultural Anthropology Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
ANT 302Cultural Anthropology3
ANT 305Expressive Culture3
Nine upper-division semester credit hours chosen from an approved list9

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 at least 15 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 a letter-grade basis. Up to three of the upper-division hours may be from an approved list of courses offered by a different department at The University of Texas at Austin.  A substitute for Economics 329 may satisfy the prerequisite for Economics 420K but may not count toward upper-division economics hours applied to the minor in economics.

The transcript-recognized minor in economics requirements are:

RequirementsHours
ECO 304KIntroduction to Microeconomics3
ECO 304LIntroduction to Macroeconomics3
One of the following:3 or 4
Microeconomic Theory
Microeconomic Theory For Business
One upper-division economics course with a pre-requisite of ECO 420K or 421K
Two additional upper-division economics courses, excluding ECO 420K and 421K 6 or 7

English Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours in English, including:

RequirementsHours
Fifteen semester hours in English 115
Please Note:
A grade of C- or higher is required in each course counted toward fulfillment of the minor.
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1. Must include at least nine hours of upper-division coursework and nine hours in residence.

European Studies Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
EUS 305Introduction to European Studies3
EUS 350Governments and Politics of Western Europe3
or GOV 351D The Theoretical Foundations of Modern Politics
One of the following courses:3
Topics in European Anthropology, Geography, History, and Sociology
Topics in European Culture, Literature, Art, Music, and Media
Topics in European Economics, Government, Business, and Policy
Six additional hours of upper-division European Studies Courses6

Evolutionary and Functional Anatomy Minor

by admission only

Fifteen semester credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
ANT 301Biological Anthropology3
Twelve hours from the following courses:12
Primate Anatomy
Human Origins and Evolution
Current Topics in Biological Anthropology (Topic 8: Evolutionary Anatomy of the Head and Neck)
Current Topics in Biological Anthropology (Topic 11: Early Hominid Evolution)
Human Variation
Primate Sensory Ecology
Primate Evolution
Anatomy and Biology of the Human Skeleton
Please Note:
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 Studies Minor

Twenty-one semester credit hours, including:

Either: 

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

Or: 

RequirementsHours
FR 406
FR 407
Introductory French I
and Introductory French II
8
FR 412KIntermediate French I4
FR 317CEnhancing French Skills3
FR 320EAdvanced French I3
Three additional semester credit hours of upper-division French3

Geography Minor:

A minimum of 15 hours in Geography, including:

RequirementsHours
GRG 301C/401CThe Natural Environment 13/4
or GRG 301K Weather and Climate
GRG 305This Human World: An Introduction to Geography3
GRG 310CSpatial Data and Analysis3 or 4
or GRG 460G Environmental Geographic Information Systems
or GRG 462K Introduction to Remote Sensing of the Environment
Six additional semester credit hours of upper-division geography6
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1. Course is GRG 301C now and becomes GRG 401C beginning Fall 2018.

German, Scandinavian and Dutch Studies Minor

A minimum of 15 hours German, Scandinavian, and Dutch Studies coursework:

RequirementsHours
Fifteen hours of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch Studies 115
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1. Must include at least nine hours of upper-division coursework.

Government Minor

Eighteen semester hours, including:

RequirementsHours
Eighteen hours of coursework in government 118
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1. Must include 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, 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
One of the following upper-division courses:3
Advanced Greek
Advanced Biblical Greek

Hebrew Minor

At least 15 hours of Hebrew, including:

RequirementsHours
First-Year Hebrew Requirement6 or 10
First-Year Hebrew I
and First-Year Hebrew II
Intensive Hebrew I
Second-Year Hebrew Requirement6 or 8
Second-Year Hebrew I
and Second-Year Hebrew II
Intensive Hebrew II
Three hours upper-division Hebrew3

History Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
Fifteen hours of coursework in history 115
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1. Must include at least six hours of upper-division.

Iberian and Latin American Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics

Eighteen semester credit hours, consisting of:

RequirementsHours
SPC 320CTopics in Iberian or Latin American Studies3
SPN 327CAdvanced Grammar and Writing in Context3
or SPN 327N Academic Writing for Heritage Speakers
SPN 328CIntroduction to Literatures and Cultures3
or SPN 330L Introduction to Language and Linguistics in Society
Nine additional semester credit hours of SPN numbered 328 or above9

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 from the following:9
Topics in Islam
Topics in Islamic Cultures
Topics in Middle Eastern Islamic Cultures

Italian Studies Minor

Eighteen semester credit hours of Italian, including:

RequirementsHours
ITL 601CBeginning Italian6
ITL 611CIntermediate Italian6
ITL 320Advanced Italian3
Three additional semester credit hours of upper-division Italian3
Please Note:
Six of the credit hours must be upper-division.

Korean Minor

At least 15 semester credit hours Korean, including:

RequirementsHours
First-Year Korean Requirement6 or 12
First-Year Korean I
and First-Year Korean II
Accelerated First-Year Korean
Second-Year Korean Requirement6
Second-Year Korean I
and Second-Year Korean II
Accelerated Second-Year Korean
Three hours upper-division Korean3
 

Language, Culture, and Communication Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours, including: 

RequirementsHours
ANT 302Cultural Anthropology3
ANT 307Culture and Communication3
Nine upper-division credit hours chosen from an approved list9

Latin Minor

Eighteen semester credit hours in Latin, consisting of: 

RequirementsHours
LAT 506
LAT 507
First-Year Latin I
and First-Year Latin II
10
LAT 511KAccelerated Intermediate Latin5
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 from the following courses:6
Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
An upper-division WGS course
Another course approved by Research Cluster chair3

Medieval Studies Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
Three hours of coursework in literary approaches to the Middle Ages, chosen from an approved list.3
Three hours of course work in historical approaches to the Middle Ages, chosen from an approved list.3
Nine additional hours, chosen from either of the above two lists.9
Please Note:
Must include nine hours upper-division and nine hours in residence.

Mexican American and Latina/o Studies Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours total, including:

RequirementsHours
MAS 301Introduction to Mexican American and Latina/o Studies3
One of the following courses:3
Introduction to Mexican American Cultural Studies
Introduction to Mexican American Policy Studies
Bilingualism in the Americas
One of the following courses:3
Mexican American Cultural Studies Seminar
Mexican American Policy Studies Seminar
Sociolinguistics in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Six additional semester credit hours Mexican American Latina/o Studies, including three upper-division6
Please Note:
Must include six hours upper-division and eight hours in residence.

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
Topics in the Middle East: Social Science
Topics in the Middle East: Arts and Humanities
Topics in the Middle East: History

Persian Minor

At least 15 semester credit hours of Persian, including:

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
Please Note:
Must include at least six hours of upper-division courses.

Philosophy Minor

Fifteen semester hours, including:

RequirementsHours
Fifteen hours of coursework in philosophy 115
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1. Must include at least six hours of upper-division and at least nine hours in residence.

Philosophy of Law Minor

Eighteen credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
PHL 304
PHL 347
Contemporary Moral Problems
and Philosophy of Law
6
One of the following courses:3
Introduction to Logic
Introductory Symbolic Logic
Logic and Scientific Reasoning
One of the following courses:3
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Political Philosophy
Six hours chosen from the following courses:6
Environmental Ethics
History of Ethics
Ethical Theories
Business, Ethics, and Public Policy
Medicine, Ethics, and Society
Political Philosophy
Philosophy in Context (Topic 5: Origins of Liberalism) 1
Introduction to Ethics (If not taken for 3 hours, above)
Introduction to Political Philosophy (If not taken for 3 hours, above)
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1. Prerequisite: upper-division standing

Philosophy of Mind and Language Minor

Fifteen semester credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
PHL 332Philosophy of Language 13
PHL 313Introductory Symbolic Logic3
or PHL 313Q Logic and Scientific Reasoning
PHL 303MMind and Body 13
or PHL 323M Philosophy of Mind
Six additional hours chosen from the following courses:6
Intermediate Symbolic Logic 2
Philosophical Logic 2
Selected Problems in Philosophy (Topic 2: Introduction to Cognitive Science)
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology 3
Contemporary Philosophy (Topic 4: Interpretation and Meaning) 4
Mind and Body (if not taken above) 1
Philosophy of Mind (if not taken above) 1
Introduction to the Study of Language
Special Topics in the Study of Language (Topic 2: Language and Thought) 4
Natural Language Processing
Syntax and Semantics: The Structure and Meaning of Utterances 5
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1. Prerequisite: 6 hours of PHL completed
2. Prerequisite: PHL 313, 313K, or 313Q
3. Prerequisite: PSY 301 with a grade of at least a C
4. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing
5. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and LIN 306

Portuguese Minor

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

Either: 

RequirementsHours
Lower-division Portuguese for non-Spanish speakers:
POR 601DFirst-Year Portuguese I6
POR 610DFirst-Year Portuguese II6
POR 611DSecond-Year Portuguese6
One of the following courses:3
Advanced Grammar and Writing in Context
Introduction to Literatures and Cultures
Introduction to Language and Linguistics in Society

Or: 

RequirementsHours
Lower-division Portuguese for Spanish speakers:
POR 610SPortuguese for Spanish Speakers I6
POR 611SPortuguese for Spanish Speakers II6
Three semester credit hours of upper-division Portuguese3
One of the following courses:3
Advanced Grammar and Writing in Context
Introduction to Literatures and Cultures
Introduction to Language and Linguistics in Society

Primatology Minor

by admission only

Fifteen credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
ANT 301Biological Anthropology3
Twelve hours from the following courses:12
Introductory Topics in Anthropology (A list of approved topics is available from the Anthropology Academic Adviser)
Primate Anatomy
Primate Social Behavior
Comparative Primate Ecology
Methods in Primate Biology
Current Topics in Biological Anthropology (Topic 10: Primate Conservation)
Current Topics in Biological Anthropology (Topic 12: Sex and Human Nature)
Primate Sensory Ecology
Primate Evolution
Please Note:
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 coursework from an approved list12
Please Note:
Must include at least six hours of upper-division coursework.
Fifty percent of coursework must be taken in residence.
Specified coursework cannot include unnumbered topics.

Rhetoric and Writing Minor

Fifteen hours, including:

RequirementsHours
RHE 321Principles of Rhetoric3
One of the following courses:3
Advanced Studies in Digital Rhetoric
History of Rhetoric
Rhetorical Theory and Analysis
One of the following upper-division courses:3
Advanced Studies in Digital Rhetoric
History of Rhetoric
Rhetorical Theory and Analysis
Advanced Writing
Topics in Professional and Technical Writing for Liberal Arts Majors
Rhetoric and Writing for Teachers of English
Editing for Publication
Two additional courses, either upper-division (see list above) or lower-division (see list below):6
Topics in Writing
Critical Reading and Persuasive Writing
Intermediate Expository Writing
Writing in Digital Environments
Introduction to Visual Rhetoric
Technical Writing
Please Note:
Must include at least nine hours of upper-division coursework

Russian Minor

At least 15 semester credit hours in Russian, including:

RequirementsHours
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
Please Note:
Must include three hours of upper-division coursework.

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Minor

Fifteen credit hours, including:

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.

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, including:

RequirementsHours
SOC 302Introduction to the Study of Society3
Twelve additional hours of sociology coursework12
Please Note:
At least six hours must be upper-division coursework.
Nine of the required semester hours must be taken in residence.

Turkish Minor

Between 15 and 21 hours of Turkish, 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 undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin 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 GPA of 2.5 at the University.

Application Process

  1. Complete the UTeach-Liberal Arts Undergraduate Program Application. Our Program Adviser 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 350GAdolescent Development3
Six hours chosen from:6
Teaching in Secondary Schools (LOTE)
Teaching in Secondary Schools (English)
Teaching in Secondary Schools (Social Studies)
Three hours chosen from:3
Individual Differences (SEC)
Individual Differences
Please Note:
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.

State of Texas teacher certification requirements are governed by the Texas Education Agency and are subject to change. Students must adhere to current teacher certification requirements, even if they differ from those listed in the University catalogs.

Women's and Gender Studies Minor

by admission only

Fifteen credit hours, including:

RequirementsHours
One of the following courses:3
Introductory Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
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. 

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.

Students must fulfill the following requirements: 

RequirementsHours
AFR 304Introduction to the Study of Africa 13
AFR 310KIntroduction to Modern Africa 13
Twelve additional semester hours (upper- or lower-division) chosen from courses on an approved list or with prior approval from AADS 212
Please Note:
The student must earn a grade of at least C 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.
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1. Or an alternative course taken with approval from AADS.
2. One of the courses 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

Business Spanish Certificate

Between 18 and 24 semester credit hours of Spanish, consisting of: 

RequirementsHours
For non-heritage speakers:
SPN 601DFirst-Year Spanish I6
SPN 610DFirst-Year Spanish II6
SPN 611DSecond-Year Spanish6
SPN 327CAdvanced Grammar and Writing in Context3
or SPN 327N Academic Writing for Heritage Speakers
SPN 367PSpanish for the Professions (Topic 2: Business in Hispanic Life and Culture)3
RequirementsHours
For heritage speakers:
SPN 604Accelerated Introductory Spanish for Heritage Learners6
SPN 612Accelerated Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Learners6
SPN 327CAdvanced Grammar and Writing in Context3
or SPN 327N Academic Writing for Heritage Speakers
SPN 367PSpanish for the Professions (Topic 2: Business in Hispanic Life and Culture)3

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; major religious texts and their interpreters; 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 6 hours of upper division coursework and at least 12 hours completed in residence. Students must fulfill the following requirements:

RequirementsHours
The requirements of an undergraduate major
The following 12 semester hours of coursework:12
Introduction to Ancient Greece
Classics of Social and Political Thought
World Religions: Traditions and Texts
Constitutional Principles: Core Texts 1
Six additional upper-division semester credit hours of coursework chosen from a list of approved electives.6
Please Note:
All courses must be taken on the letter-grade basis.
The Certificate Plan and list of approved electives for each semester are available from the academic adviser in the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas.
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1. Or approved alternatives as listed on the CTI Certificate Plan

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: 

RequirementsHours
The requirements of an undergraduate major
Six semester hours of coursework from English, theatre and dance, or radio-television-film. 6
One of the following courses:3
Playwriting I
Fiction Writing
Creative Writing
Poetry Writing
One of the following courses:3
Playwriting II
Short Story Workshop
Poetry Workshop
Intensive Creative Writing (Part A)
One of the following courses:3
Playwriting III
Advanced Fiction Workshop
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Intensive Creative Writing (Part B)
Three additional hours of coursework chosen from a list of approved courses available from the program adviser3
Please Note:
The student must 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, with a grade of at least A-
  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.

Digital Humanities Certificate

The digital humanities represent the area of study where humanities disciplines and studies in information engage digital tools, archives, artifacts, and information technologies. This certificate is designed to introduce students to the ideas, materials, and computational tools that underlie this field. It is open to students of all majors. Students take 18 credit hours from a selection of courses taught in different departments and colleges at The University of Texas at Austin and must earn a letter grade of C- or better in all courses required for certification. Some courses required by the certificate may also fulfill degree requirements established by a student's major department.

To earn the certificate, students must take:

RequirementsHours
Introduction to the Digital Humanities3
Information and Culture (Topic: Introduction to Digital Humanities)
Twelve hours of coursework including at least one methods-based course12
Skills
Foundations of Music Technology
Foundations of Digital Imaging and Visualization
Film and Game Scoring
Digital Production Art 2-D
Digital Production Art 3-D
Advanced 3-D Modeling
Transmedia: Digital Time-Art I
Transmedia: Digital Time-Art II
Transmedia: Digital Time-Art III
Information and Culture (Topic: Introduction to Databases)
Information in Society (Topic: Introduction to Audio Preservation and Reformatting)
Topics in Specialized Journalistic Skills (Topic 1: Mapping in Storytelling)
Foundations of Digital Sound and Music
Electives
Visual Media and Interaction
Digital Communications
Introduction to Information Studies
Information and Culture (Topic: Human Computer Interaction)
Information and Culture (Topic: Introduction to Digital Cultures)
Information and People (Topic: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga)
Information and People (Topic: Media & Literacy)
Information Technology (Topic: Concepts and Practices in Information Security)
Beyond Google
Information in Cyberspace
Information Technology (Topic: Information Ethics)
Information Technology (Topic 1: Technologies of the Book)
Information in Society (Topic: Historical Museums: Context and Practice)
Social Media Journalism
Living in the Information Age
Topics in Writing (Approved title)
Advanced Studies in Digital Rhetoric (Topic: Digital Rhetorics of Satire)
Advanced Studies in Digital Rhetoric (Topic 8: Writing with Sound)
Advanced Studies in Digital Rhetoric (Topic 9: Digital Self and Rhetoric)
Topics in New Communication Technologies (Topic: Internet Cultures)
Tech Culture
Introduction to Electronic Media
Introduction to Computer Music
A capstone course involving project-based Digital Humanities work3
(Honors Tutorial Course)
(Honors Tutorial Course)
(Honors Tutorial Course)
(Honors Thesis)
(Honors Tutorial Course)
(Honors Tutorial Course)
(Honors Tutorial Course)
Advanced Studies in Digital Rhetoric
Honors Tutorial Course
(Honors Tutorial Course)
(Honors Tutorial Course)
Honors Tutorial Course
Honors Tutorial Course
Undergraduate Research Experience
Undergraduate Research Experience
Please Note:
Capstone courses may also be arranged as individual study courses between one student and one faculty member.

German Certificate

At least 18 semester credit hours in German, including:

RequirementsHours
Eighteen hours of German coursework 118
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1. At least six of which must be upper-division hours.

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. 

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. More information is available at the Certificate on History and Philosophy of Science website: http://liberalarts.utexas.edu/hps/index.php

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

RequirementsHours
Six semester credit hours chosen from the following courses:6
The Scientific Revolution of the Seventeenth Century
History of Modern Science
History of the Modern Life Sciences
History of the Atomic Bomb
Undergraduate Seminar in History (Topic 32: The Galileo Affair)
Undergraduate Seminar in History (Topic 64: Einstein in the Age of Conflict)
PHL 313Introductory Symbolic Logic3
or PHL 363 Scientific Method
One of the following courses:
Science and Philosophy
Science and the Modern World
Topics in Philosophy of Science
Six additional semester credit hours, chosen from an approved list
Please Note:
Each semester, the list of approved courses that meet the requirements above is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.

Ibero-American Cultural Diversity Certificate

Eighteen semester credit hours, consisting of:

RequirementsHours
Six hours chosen from the following courses:6
Topics in Iberian or Latin American Studies (Topic 1: Jewish Voices from Latin America)
Topics in Iberian or Latin American Studies (Topic 2: Mediascapes: Literature and Media in the Caribbean)
Three hours chosen from one of the following courses:3
Topics in Brazilian Studies (Topic 2: Global Brazil: Immigration and Diaspora in Brazilian Culture)
Topics in Brazilian Studies (Topic 3: Afro-Luso-Brazilian Worlds)
Nine additional semester credit hours, chosen from an approved list 9

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:

RequirementsHours
The requirements of an undergraduate major
Three semester hours in a lower-division introductory or foundational course with indigenous studies content, such as:3
Introduction to Literature and Culture (Topic 5: Native American Literature and Culture)
Topics in United States History (Topic 3: Introduction to Native American History)
Or other courses from an approved list
Six semester hours of approved coursework in each of two of the following eight strands:12
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
An approved upper-division capstone course in indigenous studies chosen from courses on an approved list3
Please Note:
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. 

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.

Students must fulfill the following requirements: 

RequirementsHours
WGS 303Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies3
or WGS 305 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Six hours in the following course:6
Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies 1
Nine additional upper-division semester hours chosen from the following courses: 29
Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
An upper-division WGS course
Another course approved by LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster chair 3
Please Note:
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.
The student must earn a grade of at least a C in each of the courses taken to fulfill the LGBTQ/Sexualities Studies certificate requirements
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1. Choose any two topics from this course.
2. At least three of these hours must be taken from outside the student’s major field of study.
3. See the listings in the Pink Book for suggested courses.

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.

RequirementsHours
GOV 360NTopics in International Relations (Topic 12: International Security)3
GOV 362LGovernment Research Internship3
Fifteen additional credit hours total chosen from at least two different departments, drawn from a list available on the certificate’s website 115
Please Note:
Students must take courses on a grade basis and earn a combined grade point average of a 3.0 to fulfill certificate requirements.
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1. At least nine credit hours must be taken in residence at The University of Texas at Austin.

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.

Spanish for the Medical Professions Certificate 

Between 18 and 24 semester credit hours of Spanish, consisting of: 

RequirementsHours
For non-heritage speakers:
SPN 601DFirst-Year Spanish I6
SPN 610DFirst-Year Spanish II6
SPN 611DSecond-Year Spanish6
SPN 327CAdvanced Grammar and Writing in Context3
or SPN 327N Academic Writing for Heritage Speakers
SPN 367PSpanish for the Professions (Topic 1: Spanish for Health Care Professions)3
RequirementsHours
For heritage speakers:
SPN 604Accelerated Introductory Spanish for Heritage Learners6
SPN 612Accelerated Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Learners6
SPN 327CAdvanced Grammar and Writing in Context3
or SPN 327N Academic Writing for Heritage Speakers
SPN 367PSpanish for the Professions (Topic 1: Spanish for Health Care Professions)3