UT Liberal Arts Handbook

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Academic Policies Academic Resources CoLA Majors


Treat Yourself Well Get Support


Make Friends Find Your Career


Review the UT Austin Honor Code and practice academic integrity. Find the academic calendar, posted yearly by the Registrar. Understand the grading system and the rules regarding pass/fail courses. Learn more about Liberal Arts’ policies regarding registration, drops, withdraws, probation and dismissal, and much more.



ACADEMIC RES TO STAY ON TRACK ACADEMICALLY, YOU WILL WANT TO Learn how to read the Course Schedule. Understand how to register for courses. Claim credit-by-exam claim credit you have already earned, or register to take a future exam. Find out how courses at other colleges and universities transfer to UT Austin. Achieve academic excellence through tutoring, peer academic coaching, attending free workshops and classes, and meeting with a learning specialist at the Sanger Learning Center. Strengthen your writing skills with the help of the Undergraduate Writing Center. Learn about Services for Students with Disabilities. Discover financial aid resources through the Office of Student Financial Services. Pursue undergraduate research through your department or other campus programs. Check out information on the UT Austin Libraries. Explore the services offered by Information Technology Services.



The College of Liberal Arts offers students the largest number of majors of any college at UT Austin. Students may choose majors in the humanities, social sciences, foreign languages, and interdisciplinary fields. All students are expected to declare a major by the time they have completed 60 credit hours. What else would you like to do with your major and degree plan? Find your academic advisor. Download a copy of your degree plan (after confirming your catalog placement with your advisor). Learn how to run an interactive degree audit (IDA 2.0). This system will show you how your college coursework, including credit-by-exam, fits into your degree plan so you can graduate on time. Know where to find the Undergraduate Catalog and General Information Catalog so you can learn everything about UT Austin undergraduate programs, policies, and procedures.

Did you know? UT Austin has a Student Portal where you can find additional information about academic support, registration, financial matters, and more!




TREAT YO STAY HEALTHY Visit a physician or nurse at University Health Services. Get advice from a nurse 24/7. Receive the emotional and mental support you need at the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC). Learn more about women’s health issues and schedule an appointment.

OURSELF WELL HAVE FUN Play sports, join teams, and exercise using the facilities and programs managed by RecSports. Join one of hundreds of student organizations (Hornslink). Find activities and events through Campus Events + Entertainment. Plan your trip to Study Abroad.

Report safety concerns and crimes on campus to the UT Police Department (UTPD). Contact Sure Walk for a safe walk home late at night. Call the Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) if you are concerned about the behavior of anyone—students, faculty, or staff—on campus. Meet with a representative of the Student Ombuds to speak confidentially about a conflict with a fellow student, faculty member, or staff member. Communicate your concerns about relationship violence, sexual violence, or stalking to Voices Against Violence (VAV). Reach out to Student Emergency Services for help with personal, academic, and medical emergencies. Visit Legal Services for Students for free legal consultations on a variety of issues. Consult with Student Judicial Services (SJS) regarding academic honesty and University conduct. Connect with fellow students in recovery in a supportive environment at the Center for Students in Recovery.

TREAT OTHERS WELL Practice the Core Values of The University of Texas at Austin. Abide by the Student Honor Code. Learn and live by University Standards of Conduct.



GO THROUGH VOLUNTEERING Longhorn Center for Community Engagement Service Learning Courses The Project THROUGH ACTIVITIES SPONSORED THE OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS Hornslink Gender and Sexuality Center Greek Life Leadership & Ethics Institute Multicultural Engagement Center Student Government Student Veteran Services Develop leadership skills through the Liberal Arts Council (LAC) and individual department organizations (see department websites).




Visit the career advisors at Liberal Arts Career Services (LACS) to get career and internship coaching and advising about graduate school.



FIND YOUR CAREER out the Vick Center for additional career advising.

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