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Admission for Current UT Students

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.

Alternative application route:

Students who take HMN 102T Design a Path and successfully complete the course with an A or A- will be admitted into the Humanities major.  In this class, offered only in the fall, students design their Humanities application and hone public speaking skills. While this class is primarily intended for new external transfer students, any remaining seats will be given to current students.  Please contact the Humanities advisor for permission to register.


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.



To apply for admission to the program, students should have at least 24 credit hours (30 hours are recommended) earned in residence at UT Austin and a GPA of 3.5 or better. Students should generally apply before they have accumulated 70 hours of credit. Applicants who already have more than 90 of hours of credit will probably not be admitted to the program. Freshmen are particularly encouraged to initiate the advising consultations that precede admission, though they must complete their first year at UT before applying to the program.  Exceptions to these prequisites may be waived for students who have transferred to UT from another institution.

This major is not appropriate for the student who hopes simply to sample many interesting courses with no particular direction. Nor is it appropriate for the student who has a strong interest in a subject taught by a given department, but hopes to avoid certain parts of the major in that department. Proposals that fall into either of those categories will not be approved.