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; students pursuing an integrated undergraduate/graduate program must complete the requirements for the minor within one year after completing the undergraduate requirements of their program.

Minors in all areas except foreign languages. Transcript-recognized undergraduate minors require a minimum of 15 hours of coursework in the minor area, but may not require more than 18 hours. None of the specified coursework from the minor can include unnumbered topics courses. Minors must include a minimum of six hours of upper division coursework. 

Minors in foreign languages. 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.

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.

Transcript recognition is awarded at the time of undergraduate degree completion.

Each of the following transcript-recognized minor programs is described in the catalog section for the college that sponsors it. 

School of Architecture 

  • Architectural History Minor 
  • Architectural Studies Minor
  • Interior Design Minor
  • Landscape Studies Minor

McCombs School of Business

  • Accounting Minor
  • Accounting Minor for Business Economics Option Program
  • Business Minor
  • Entrepreneurship Minor
  • Finance Minor
  • Finance Minor for Business Economics Option Program
  • Management Minor
  • Management Information Systems Minor
  • Marketing Minor
  • Supply Chain Management Minor

Moody College of Communication

  • Communication and Social Change Minor
  • Communication Studies Minor
  • Digital Media Minor
  • Global Communication Minor
  • Health Communication Minor
  • Journalism Minor
  • Media and Entertainment Industries Minor
  • Media Studies Minor
  • Science Communication Minor
  • Sports Media Minor
  • US Latino and Latin American Media Studies Minor
  • Visual Media Minor

College of Education

  • Educational Psychology Minor
  • Kinesiology and Health Education Minor

Cockrell School of Engineering

  • Materials Science and Engineering Minor

College of Fine Arts 

  • Art History Minor
  • Arts Management and Administration Minor
  • Minor in Studio Art

School of Information

  • Information Studies Minor

College of Liberal Arts

  • African and African Diaspora Studies Minor
  • American Sign Language Studies Minor
  • American Studies Minor
  • Anthropology Minor
  • Arabic Minor 
  • Archaeology Minor
  • Asian American Studies Minor 
  • Asian Religions Minor
  • Chinese Minor 
  • Classical Studies Minor
  • Comparative Literature Minor
  • Core Texts and Ideas Minor 
  • Cultural Anthropology Minor
  • Economics Minor 
  • English Minor 
  • European Studies Minor
  • Evolutionary and Functional Anatomy Minor
  • French Studies Minor 
  • Geography Minor
  • German, Scandinavian, and Dutch Studies Minor
  • Government Minor 
  • Greek Minor 
  • Hebrew Minor 
  • History Minor 
  • Iberian and Latin American Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics Minor
  • Islamic Studies Minor
  • Italian Studies Minor 
  • Korean Minor
  • Language, Culture, and Communication Minor
  • Latin Minor
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Sexualities Studies Minor 
  • Medieval Studies Minor
  • Mexican American and Latina/o Studies Minor
  • Middle Eastern Studies Minor 
  • Persian Minor
  • Philosophy Minor
  • Philosophy of Law Minor
  • Philosophy of the Mind and Language Minor
  • Portuguese Minor
  • Primatology Minor
  • Religious Studies Minor
  • Rhetoric and Writing Minor
  • Russian Minor
  • Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Minor
  • Slavic and Eurasian Languages Minor
  • Sociology Minor
  • Turkish Minor
  • UTeach-Liberal Arts Minor
  • Women's and Gender Studies Minor 

School of Social Work

  • Disability Studies Minor
  • Social Work Minor 

Transcript-Recognized Certificate Programs

Transcript-recognized certificate programs offer interdisciplinary curricula that support and extend a student’s major or curricula in a specific academic or technical field that support a student's educational goals. 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 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.

A student may not earn a certificate in the same field as his or her major, and at least one certificate course must be outside the requirements of the major. However, certificate courses outside the major may be counted toward other degree requirements.

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.

The above requirements do not apply to Extended Campus students who are not seeking a degree from The University of Texas at Austin. For Extended Campus students, all of the required course work in a certificate program must be University of Texas at Austin credit, unless otherwise specified for a specific program. Extended Campus students apply for transcript recognition at the time of certificate completion and transcript recognition is awarded at that time.

Not all transcript-recognized certificate programs are available to Extended Campus students. More information about certificate programs available through TEXAS Extended Campus (TEC), including related policies, is on the TEC website. 

Each of the following transcript-recognized certificate programs is described in the catalog section for the college that sponsors it. Certificate programs that do not lead to transcript recognition are also described in the following sections of this catalog.

School of Undergraduate Studies

  • Children and Society Certificate
  • Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies Certificate
  • Design Strategies Certificate
  • Digital Arts and Media Certificate
  • Environment and Sustainability Certificate
  • Ethics and Leadership in Business Certificate
  • Ethics and Leadership in Health Care Certificate
  • Ethics and Leadership in Law, Politics, and Government Certificate
  • Ethics and Leadership in the Technology and the Media Certificate
  • Global Studies Certificate
  • Human Rights and Social Justice Certificate
  • Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Certificate
  • Media, Culture, and Identities Certificate
  • Museum Studies Certificate
  • Public Policy Certificate
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofits Certificate
  • Social Inequality, Health, and Policy Certificate

McCombs School of Business

  • Business and Public Policy Certificate
  • Business of Healthcare Certificate
  • Energy Management Certificate
  • Global Management Certificate
  • Real Estate Certificate
  • Risk Management Certificate

School of Engineering

  • Computational Science and Engineering Certificate
  • Humanitarian Engineering Certificate
  • National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program Certificate

Jackson School of Geosciences 

  • Computational Science and Engineering Certificate

School of Information

  • Digital Humanities Certificate

College of Liberal Arts

  • African Studies Certificate
  • Business Spanish Certificate
  • Computational Science and Engineering Certificate
  • Core Texts and Ideas Certificate
  • Creative Writing Certificate
  • Digital Humanities Certificate
  • German Certificate
  • History and Philosophy of Science Certificate
  • Ibero-American Cultural Diversity Certificate
  • Indigenous Studies Certificate
  • Japanese Certificate
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Sexualities Studies Certificate
  • Security Studies Certificate
  • Spanish for Medical Professions Certificate

College of Natural Sciences

  • Applied Statistical Modeling Certificate
  • Computational Science and Engineering Certificate
  • Elements of Computing Certificate
  • Evidence and Inquiry Certificate
  • Food and Society Certificate
  • Forensic Science Certificate
  • Marine Science Certificate
  • Pre-Health Professions Certificate
  • Scientific Computation and Data Sciences Certificate
  • Textile Conservation and Museum Studies Certificate
  • UTeach Natural Sciences Secondary Teaching Option Certificate
  • UTeach Teacher Certification

School of Social Work

  • Public Safety Certificate