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Basic Degree Requirements

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All students at the university are required to have


  • Three hours of a first-year signature course.
  • Three hours of composition.
  • Three hours of sophomore-level literature.
  • Six hours of U.S. history.
  • Six hours of U.S. government, including the federal and Texas constitutions.


Beyond that common foundation, all students must take social science, culture, math, science, and foreign language courses, though the colleges and schools vary in their specific requirements. The College of Liberal Arts requires


  • Six hours of social science.
  • Three hours of math.
  • 15 hours of science.
  • Six hours of fine arts and culture.
  • Foreign language: a complete lower-division language sequence, for the Bachelor of Arts; second-semester proficiency or foreign culture courses, for the Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Environmental Science. 
  • A major ranging between 24 and 39 hours.
  • In most cases, a minor consisting of 12 hours in one subject.
  • Elective hours to reach 120 hours total.


Students in the Plan II Honors program complete a parallel curriculum.


For more specific information on the more than 50 majors in the college, see http://www.utexas.edu/cola/student-affairs/Majors-and-Degrees/



As of fall 2010, all colleges and schools follow the university‚Äôs 42-hour core curriculum. For more on the core, see Undergraduate Studies Web information: http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/core


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