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Applying to the Program

Admission to the Humanities Program requires a few simple steps:

  1. Meet with the Humanities adviser Dr. Linda Mayhew. Make your appointment by calling the LAH Office at 512-471-3458.
  2. Create a contract proposal. This proposal will include a letter explaining the goals and intention of your study and a contract of courses that you feel meet the requirements and mission of your letter.
  3. Revise and consult your adviser until you are ready to submit.

The contract is an essential component of applying to the Humanities major. There are two contract models that students may follow while writing their proposal: original and alternative. The only difference between the two options is the grouping of course department hours. Both formats require students to determine core areas of interest, while still drawing from multiple disciplines.

Before consulting with the Humanities adviser, consider research topics, themes, or questions that you would like to use as the basis for designing your Humanities major. You may also compile a list of disciplines - within and outside of the College of Liberal Arts - that support your academic interests.  This information will allow you to begin building your contract.

If you are interested in the program but are not sure what you would like to research, then you can see current student profiles here and some example contracts here.

Your application to the Humanities program can take anywhere from a week to longer than a semester. It all depends on how ready you are to start. Our adviser will help and discuss ideas and questions with you from start to finish.