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Plan II Academic Advising 

Mondays | No Advising, Summer Orientation
Tuesdays | No Advising, Summer Orientation
Wednesdays | Walk-In 2pm-4pm*
Thursdays | Walk-In 1pm-4pm* | Skype 10am-2pm
Fridays |Walk-In 9am-4pm*

*Sign-up for Advising ends 20 minutes before the end times noted above.

Academic Advising is a resource available to you year-round, don’t hesitate to visit, email or call at any time of the year. 


WHAT WE DO: The Plan II Academic Advisors are here to help students with academic decisions, goal setting and planning.  We want to work with each student to create an academic plan incorporating both coursework and enrichment activities beyond the classroom such as study abroad, internships, undergraduate research, etc...   We can assist students to select their courses each semester in preparation for registration, connect with opportunities across the UT campus and beyond, understand UT policies, and provide referrals to other UT resources as needed.  

HOW TO CONNECT WITH YOUR ADVISOR: To see one of the Plan II Academic Advisors simply stop by the Plan II Office during walk-in advising hours and sign in at the front desk.   The student receptionist will let the Advisors know you are here. Have a seat in the office and wait for one of the Advisors to come out and get you.  Advisors see students in the order in which they signed up and rarely make appointments. Please do not walk back to the advising offices on your own without being called as we must protect the privacy of other students and their information.  Students may also connect to a Plan II Academic Advisor via email, phone, or Skype (see below).

On rare occasion, the Plan II Academic Advisors are out of the office or unavailable during the hours posted above due to meetings, appointments, trainings, etc... Our goal is to be accessible to all Plan II students for advising and to make the experience relatively painless. Please feel free to contact either Academic Advisor via email (preferred) or phone if you are unable to meet with one of them during walk-in hours (please include your UT EID on all email correspondence).  Plan II Academic Advisors see most students on a walk-in basis and typically do not make appointments.

SKYPE ADVISING: The Plan II Honors Program is now offering advising sessions via Skype. This service enables students to talk to an Academic Advisor from any location with an internet connection and is an ideal way to connect for students who cannot visit the Plan II Office in person. Skype advising sessions will be held on Wednesdays; advanced appointments are required and space is limited, if you would like to schedule a Skype advising session please email Melissa Ossian.




Course Descriptions
Detailed course descriptions for all Plan II TC and SS classes, and other cause offerings from the College of Liberal Arts, can be found online at the following website.  

Advising Resources
The Advising Resources page on the Plan II website is where you can find approved course lists for Non-US History, Plan II Fine Arts, Degree Checklists (be sure to look at the correct catalog based on your first semester at UT), the Plan II Science Substitution Guide, and many other useful planning tools: access this important site here.

Maximum Hours
Students wishing to enroll in over max hours (17) for the fall 2019 semester will not be approved to do so until August after spring grades have come in, at that point they will need to visit the Collage of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office in GEB 2.200. The exception is fall 2019 graduating seniors who can get the approval now, but still need to do so in GEB. Plan II Advisors can discuss the merits of this idea and the drawbacks with students, but cannot actually approve them to take additional hours, here is information on the policy/process.

Using the Schedule

The Office of the Registrar made a small but noticeable change to the course status listing. In the old system, a course with seats saved for department majors would have stated “open; restricted.” The new system changes that designation to “open; reserved” to designate that some seats in the course are saved for specific majors or students. This designation does not mean that all seats are saved for specific majors or students. You may still try to register for a course that states that it is “open; reserved” as there may be undesignated seats available to all UT students.

Junior Seminar (T C 358) Registration Policy
To ensure that students can register for the classes they need to progress in their degree plan, registering for multiple sections of T C 358 (Plan II Junior Seminar course) in the same semester is prohibited. Students who register for more than one section of T C 358 in the same semester will be dropped. During the add/drop period in August, if seats remain open students may then attempt to register for an additional TC 358 section.

 EXCEPTION:  Professor Kornhaber’s NEW version of TC 358 (unique 41380) is titled Best Pictures and is a College of Liberal Arts Crucible Course dedicated to the methodologies and critical processes of formal film analysis via the close examination of recent critically lauded films. The same techniques will be used to analyze older films that informed and influenced recent awardees and comprise these best pictures’ cinematic genealogy. Best Pictures is open to Plan II students in ALL cohorts (pending successful application). Registration Reserved. All students who applied will be notified of their application status by April 19, 2019. 

PLEASE NOTE: ONLY T C 358 sections fulfill the Junior Seminar requirement. T C 325 and T C 330 DO NOT fulfill the Plan II Junior Seminar requirement.

Philosophy (PHL 610QA) - Required for all rising second-year students
Using ancient and modern texts, students usually consider problems in ethics, political theory, metaphysics, and epistemology. These classes are larger than the first-year seminar courses, but still small for UT standards. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for two semesters.

° Students are required to take the full year-long sequence, both the fall (PHL 610QA) and spring (PHL 610QB) semesters, with the same professor/student-cohort.
° Both the fall and spring PHL 610Q courses are worth three credit hours each, six total credit hours for the year-long sequence.
° Students planning a semester away from UT Austin next year (study abroad, etc.) should discuss the timing of the PHL 610Q sequence with a Plan II academic advisor.

Logic and Scientific Reasoning (PHL 313Q, aka Plan II Logic)
PHL 313Q is only offered during the fall semester. This course (unique numbers: 42055-42065) provides an introduction to formal proofs, semantics, quantifiers, inductive methods, decision theory, and scientific reasoning. There are no prerequisites.

Modes of Reasoning (TC 310)

NEW Professor Kirk and Professors Huk’s version of TC 310 (unique 41330) is titled Ancient Eyes: Tarsiers as a unique opportunity for understanding evolutionary, anatomical, ecological, and neural underpinnings of perception. The course will use tarsiers as a model system for addressing some of the fundamental and outstanding questions in core subfields within anthropology, psychology and neuroscience (i.e. primate sensory ecology and visual neuroscience). This Modes section is a College of Liberal Arts Crucible Course. It is open to all Plan II students.

NOTE regarding LOGIC and MODES: Plan II students are required to take either Logic (PHL 313Q) or Modes of Reasoning (TC 310) or an approved substitution in order to fulfill the Plan II requirement.

Detailed course descriptions for both TC 310 (Modes) sections and PHL 313Q (Logic) can be found here.

Honors Social Science (SS 302) Curriculum Update
The Plan II Honors Social Science course numbering has been updated to create separate SS classes for each of the different social science fields/topics that are typically offered. The content of these courses has not changed from the old SS 301 offerings and the Degree Audit will accept both SS 301 (prior to fall 2018) and SS 302 (fall 2018 and after) to fulfill the Plan II Honors Social Science requirement. Starting with fall 2018, these are the SS classes that Plan II will offer:

  • SS 302C Honors Social Science: Methods and Theory - An introduction to the study of the individual, society, or culture using the methods and theories of one of the Social Sciences.
  • SS 302D Honors Social Science: Psychology - An introduction to the study of the individual, society, or culture using the methods of the social science discipline of Psychology.
  • SS 302E Honors Social Science: Anthropology - An introduction to the study of the individual, society, or culture using the methods of the social science discipline of Anthropology.
  • SS 302F Honors Social Science: Economics - An introduction to the study of the individual, society, or culture using the methods of the social science discipline of Economics.
NOTE: For Plan II/Business students: All sections of SS 302 have been approved by McCombs to fulfill the business Human Behavior Requirement.

During the fall 2019 semester, Plan II will offer two sections of SS 302:
  • SS 302E - unique 41220 – Prof. Keating – HONORS SOCIAL SCIENCE: Anthropology {No Prerequisite}
  • SS 302F - unique 41225 – Prof. Boyarchenko - HONORS SOCIAL SCIENCE: Economics – ECONOMIC DECISIONS/UNCERTAINTY {Prerequisites: Calculus (required) and Probability/Statistics (strongly recommended)
Detailed course descriptions for all SS 302 sections can be found here.

Modern Physics: Plan II (PHY 321) UPDATE
 Plan II Physics (PHY 321) will be offered during both the fall 2019  and spring 2020 semesters; it is the last year that the legendary Dr. Austin Gleeson will be teaching at UT before he retires.  There will NOT be an alternate Plan II upper division science course offered during the 19-20 academic year.  

Note: Starting in the 20-21 academic year, Plan II Physics will continue to be offered and will still be approved to fulfill both UT Core and Plan II science requirements, but the course will have a new instructor.  In addition, Plan II is working with the College of Natural Sciences to expand the Plan II upper division science course offerings to include additional fields of study (details TBA).  Students could then choose between taking PHY 321 or one of these other newly created courses.  Note: any new courses offered in alternate natural sciences fields of study will fulfill the Plan II upper division science requirement, but will NOT fulfill UT Core requirements.

Fall 2019 Recommended Natural Science Pairings with BIO 301E or PHY 321
Students wishing to take a non-majors level Biology course (to pair with Plan II Biology, BIO 301E) toward the completion of the UT Core requirement of six natural science hours in one subject should consider one of the following courses for fall 2019:

  • BIO 301D – BIO FOR BUSINESS/LAW/LIBERAL ARTS (1 section offered)
  • BIO 301G – GENETICS IN THE 21st CENTURY (4 sections offered)
Students wishing to take a non-majors level Physics or Physical Science course (to pair with Plan II Physics, PHY 321) toward the completion of the UT Core requirement of six natural science hours in one subject should consider one of the following courses for fall 2019:
  • PHY 309K - ELEM PHY FOR NONTECH STUDENTS (1 section offered)
  • PS 303 - INTRO PHYS SCI I: MECH & HEAT (14 sections offered)

Plan II/KIPP Partnership (T C 126 and T C 125K) Registration Information
Mentorship of younger students attending an Austin-area Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school. Through mentoring and class meetings, students will be deeply immersed in issues related to education reform, (in)equality of educational opportunity, and in promising strategies, such as those used by KIPP, for addressing such issues.

  • TC 126 – unique 41355: Reserved enrollment: students must have applied and be accepted into the year-long course/mentoring program.
  • TC 125K – unique 41350: Reserved enrollment: students must apply to volunteer as KAL Mentor or PlanTutor to take this course.

Application closes: April 25 at 11:59pm

Students who have taken TC 125K are not required to retake the course to continue to volunteer in KIPP schools.

TC 330 - Burden of Disease, Health Care and Social Care in the United States: 18th Century to the 21st Century
This year-long course/internship program (unique 41360) is open to all Plan II students with an interest in medicine, public health, social services, and non-profit administration. In the fall 2019 semester, the course introduces students to the history of diseases as they relate to the development of the US health care sector and places students as interns in various social service organizations across Austin during the spring 2020 semester.

More information is available on the Plan II website. Professor Barnett will reach out after May 3 with a short questionnaire.

Note: the TC 330 is an upper division elective course and cannot be used to fulfill the Plan II Junior Seminar requirement.

Plan II Thesis (T C 660HA) Approval and Registration Information
STEP ONE: Thesis Topic Approval - Come in for individual advising meeting with Plan II Associate Director Janet Davis or Assistant Director Richard Reddick to discuss thesis topic ideas. Complete Part One of the Thesis Registration Form prior to this meeting and bring it to the meeting. Students must get Part One approved by Dr. Davis or Dr. Reddick to be able to register for the Plan II thesis course (TC 660HA); this form cannot be dropped off at the Plan II front desk without their approval.

Office Hours: Check the Plan II Website & Sign-up for Available Appointment Times 


STEP TWO: Register for TC 660HA during fall 2019 registration, April 22-May 3. An approved and signed Part One form must be submitted to the Plan II office before the registration system will allow students to register for the course.

STEP THREE: Secure a Supervisor and Second Reader - Students should make arrangements to meet with appropriate faculty members based on the approved topic during their office hours. Bring Part Two of the Thesis Registration form to these meetings. If the faculty member agrees to help with the project during the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters, ask them to sign the Part Two form. Submit the completed Part Two form to the Plan II office by the deadline with a resume and abstract attached—failure to do so will result in being dropped from the thesis course.


*DEPARTMENTAL THESIS OPTION: Students with approval to register for an honors thesis course with your 2nd major, should complete the Departmental Thesis form (available on the Plan II website) and turn it into the Plan II office; the form does not need to be approved by Dr. Davis or Dr. Reddick. Students enrolled in a departmental thesis course are not required to attend the Tuesday evening meetings for TC 660HA or TC 660HB, but are welcome to if they wish. More details about the departmental thesis option can be found in the Plan II Thesis Manual.

Required forms, the Thesis Manual, Supervisor guidelines and other links can be found here.

SUMMER 2019 PLANNING GUIDE (for coursework)
Options to consider if planning to take summer courses:
° In Residence (4 sessions: first, second, nine-week, whole summer; all are accelerated except whole session classes – 14 hours is the maximum allowed, fewer is the recommendation in accelerated sessions)
° Other schools in Texas - Use the ATE (Automated Transfer Equivalency) resource to look up course equivalencies - NOTE: must earn a C for credit to be eligible to transfer, not counted in UT GPA, must request that the other institution send an official transcript to UT after final grade/s post
° Other schools outside of Texas (pre-evaluation available, download the PDF in the transferring coursework section of the ATE site)
° UT Extension - Online self-paced course options for several UT Core requirements - NOTE: flexibility maximized, grades are factored into the UT GPA

NOTE: Plan II/UT/College requirements you can take at another institution: GOV, HIS, Foreign Language, Fine Arts, VAPA.  We recommend that each student compare costs for all of these options and consider other factors such as travel plans, proximity, etc. when planning their summer.

Other ways to spend your summer: Internships, Study Abroad, Research, Work, Volunteering/Service, Relaxing!

Plan II Academic Advisors:

Melissa Ossian

Melissa Ossian, Academic Advising Coordinator

Katie O'Donnell

Katie O'Donnell, Senior Academic Advisor

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