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Majors

More than sixty majors and concentrations are available. In addition, students with particular interests may develop more than one major if they wish. Thus, this requirement is made sufficiently flexible to meet the needs of any student in the college. A major consists of at least 30 but not more than 48 credit hours in a single subject area in courses numbered at the 200 level or above, as specified by each department.

As many as 6 credit hours taken in the major may also satisfy Foundations or Perspectives requirements where listed. However, courses used to satisfy a Major Requirement may not also be used to satisfy Upper-Level Distribution Requirements. Likewise, courses used to satisfy Upper-Level Distribution Requirements may not be used to satisfy a Major Requirement.

A minimum grade of “C” must be earned in every course counted toward a major. Courses to be counted in the major may NOT be taken S/NC unless they are offered only on that grading basis. Transfer students must complete at least 9 credit hours at UT in a chosen major.

List of Departments in the College of Arts & Sciences.


Declaring a Major

You should meet with an advisor in your major interest area as soon as possible. Once you have selected a major, you should formally declare your major within your intended major department. Most majors may be officially declared as soon as you enroll at the University. If you wish to declare an Interdisciplinary major, please come by Arts & Sciences Advising Services, 313 Ayres Hall.

If you are considering the pre-health professions and are not assigned to a departmental advisor, you will be advised by pre-health advisors in Arts & Sciences Advising Services.

If you have yet to declare your major or are still exploring possibilities, you will be assigned an advisor in Arts & Sciences Advising Services.


Optional Multiple Majors

After the general requirements of Foundations, Perspectives, and Upper Level Distribution and a major have been satisfied, additional majors may be recorded on the transcript without regard to course overlaps among the additional majors and Foundations, Perspectives, and Upper Level Distribution, provided a minimum of 18 distinct credit hours differentiates the primary major from the additional majors. You will declare your additional major in your department. You must also declare your intention to satisfy requirements for multiple majors when you apply for graduation. Once you graduate, your additional major becomes subject to the University’s second degree requirements. Please click on the links for additional information concerning Second Majors and a Second Bachelor’s degree.

You may satisfy degree requirements in a college other than Arts & Sciences and pursue a major in the College of Arts & Sciences, as well. In this case, you need to complete only the major requirements, not the Foundation, Perspectives, and Upper Level Distribution requirements. Both majors will be listed on your transcript.


What Undergraduate Catalog are you following?

You will typically follow the catalog of the year you entered the university. You can elect to “move up” in catalog year, but you never have the option to go back to a catalog published before you entered the university.

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