Department of Geography and the Environment


Academic Advising

Virtual Front Desk: Our virtual front desk is closed during the summer months. Please reach out to us through our e-mail address or Calendly links below.

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30; Friday 1:00-4:30

For the latest updates on Liberal Arts course policies, advising, and student notifications, please visit the Liberal Arts Student Affairs home page.

Program Director

Paul Adams


If you are a current Urban Studies major at UT Austin, probably so! Though we may refer you to another campus resource for additional assistance, we're always eager to assist you as you navigate the university. That being said, a few common concerns are handled primarily by other offices:

Texas One Stop: financial aid, tuition and billing; transcripts and certifications.

Liberal Arts Career Services and Texas Career Engagement: major or career exploration, coaching for your job search, internship questions and guidance, etc.

Liberal Arts Student Division: Dean's Office requests, including Q-drops, Withdrawals, and Pass/Fail transactions; Graduation Applications and related items.

If you'd like to talk through your Q-drop, Withdrawal, or Pass/Fail options with us before visiting the Student Division, please feel free to make an appointment with us below (using the links in the next section).  


Please feel free to visit our virtual front desk (details at top of page) or e-mail us at for any general inquiries. A good rule of thumb is to utilize the front desk or e-mail address for any quick questions that would not involve looking up your personal academic record. For anything else, let's have a conversation!

Current Urban Studies majors only can set up advising appointments through the Calendly, online here.


Current UT students may change to (or add) the Urban Studies major after fulfilling the math requirements available on our Admissions page, then meeting with one of our advisors.

Please see instructions on our Admissions page for information about required math prerequisites, before declaring the Urban Studies major. When you have met all prerequisites and are ready to declare, please feel free to schedule a Major Declaration appointment, online here.

If you aren’t yet prepared to “declare” Urban Studies as your major (or have not yet met the required math prerequisites), but would still like to have a preliminary conversation about the major with an advisor, then please also feel free to schedule a Prospective URB Major appointment (via the link above).

We meet with current UT students who are interested in the Urban Studies major throughout the year, excepting the first few days of each semester, the registration advising period (release of the Course Schedule through the end of registration), and New Student Orientation days.


Thank you for your interest in our Urban Studies program at UT Austin! Prior to being admitted to UT Austin, our Office of Admissions will be your primary contact. While you are waiting to attend your orientation session, some of the links below may be particularly helpful to our future Longhorns. We can’t wait to meet you—and hook ‘em!

Liberal Arts Prospective Students
Urban Studies Major Overview
Campus Visits
Course Transferability and Transfer Guides
Credit by Exam

  • Department of Geography and the Environment

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E. 23rd Street, A3100
    RLP 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712