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Plan II Academic Advising  

COVID-19 Changes: Beginning March 16, 2020, we are advising students remotely by appointment. No in-person, on-campus advising services are being offered. 

CURRENT & INCOMING STUDENTS: To schedule a remote appointment with a Plan II Honors academic advisor, please click on the "Book Appointment" button below. Once you have scheduled a remote appointment, your advisor will reach out to you with instructions for connecting with them during your appointment time.

Outages: Plan II advisors will take some time off over the next few weeks to enjoy some staycationing! Their availability is reflected through the "Book Appointment" application. Friday, August 7 both advisors will be unavailable for advising with limited access to email. 

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For other concerns related to COVID-19, please check the main page for the latest information from University leadership. For Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 and Academics, visit the Texas One Stop page:

For information about the fall 2020 semester, visit:

Students enrolled in fall 2020 courses who need computer equipment, reliable internet access for online classes, or have other needs should complete the Student Emergency Fund application, and share specific information about their needs.




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 2020 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 College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office in GEB 2.200. The exception is fall 2020 graduating seniors who can get the approval starting April 27, but still need to contact the Liberal Arts Student Division, 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.

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.

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.

Detailed course descriptions for all TC 358 sections can be found here.


Professor Kornhaber’s TC 358 (unique 41145) 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 17, 2020. 

Admiral Inman’s TC 358 (unique 41165) is titled U.S. Foreign Policy. This course examines U.S. foreign policy, its formulation and execution, from the early days of the republic to the present. Registration Reserved. All students who apply will be notified of their application status by April 17, 2020. 

UPDATE: TC 358 Contemporary Visual Culture India (unique 41175) Cancelled for Fall 2020 - should be offered Spring 2021

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: 40675-40685) provides an introduction to formal proofs, semantics, quantifiers, inductive methods, decision theory, and scientific reasoning. There are no prerequisites.

Modes of Reasoning (TC 310)

Professor Lewis’s version of TC 310 (41115) focuses on Medical Problem Solving. The course has a prerequisite of credit for or concurrent enrollment in a Chemistry and Calculus course. The Chemistry course should be intended for Pre-Health students or those pursuing a Natural Science Major; CH 301 or higher level. Students not meeting both prerequisites will be dropped from the course.

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) Registration Information
The SS 302 topics offered during the fall 2020 semester are as follows:

  • SS 302C - 41015 – Prof. Gregg – HON SOCIAL SCIENCE: METHODS/THEORY: Classical and Contemporary Social Theory {No Prerequisite}
  • SS 302E - unique 41020 – Prof. Keating – HONORS SOCIAL SCIENCE: Anthropology {No Prerequisite}

Detailed course descriptions for all SS 302 sections can be found here.

Modern Physics: Plan II (PHY 321) SUBSTITUTION UPDATE


The NEW approved substitution for Plan II Physics. This one-semester substitution will fulfill the Plan II upper division science requirement, but will NOT fulfill UT Core requirements**. Approval pending for Liberal Arts Natural Science Requirement. Plan II expects to finalize list approvals by the start of the fall semester or earlier and will communicate updates to students enrolled in the course. 

The course has a prerequisite of credit for BIO 301E, BIO 311C, or BIO 315H and will be enforced by Plan II Honors, not the registration system.

**If you are a graduating senior fall 2020 and lack PHY 321 AND your Part I/Part II requirement for the University Core, please contact Plan II Advising at your earliest convenience.

Click here for the course description.

PHY 321, unique 55645, with Professor Paban is cancelled for fall 2020. 

Note: Plan II Physics (PHY 321) will offered the spring 2021 semester. The instructor of record for that course is TBA. PHY 321 will continue to satisfy the Core Natural Science, Part I and Liberal Arts Natural Science Requirements. If you are a graduating senior spring 2021 and lack PHY 321 AND your Part I/Part II requirement for the University Core, you should plan to take PHY 321 spring 2021 or contact a Plan II Advisor to discuss alternative options.

CORE Natural Science & Technology (NST) Part I and Part II Update

You may have seen the Daily Texan Article from November 11, 2019, that covers the changes in the Natural Science & Technology Parts I and II (NST Parts I & II) core curriculum requirements in the 2020-2022 Undergraduate Catalog. In a nutshell, the changes are as follows:

  • Remove the restriction of the NST Part I core curriculum requirement that requires students to choose six hours of coursework from the same field of study.
  • Move non-technology focused courses from the NST Part II list to the list of courses a student can choose to complete NST Part I.
  • Retain technology-focused computer science and engineering courses in the NST Part II list and increase the number of technology courses in that requirement. 

You can find an up-to-date list of approved courses for the Part I and Part II requirements here.

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 41135: Reserved enrollment**: students must have applied and be accepted into the year-long course/mentoring program.
  • TC 125K – unique 41130: Reserved enrollment**: students must apply to volunteer as KAL Mentor or PlanTutor to take this course.

**APPLICATION Due May 1: Click Here

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

Plan II Thesis (T C 660HA) Approval and Registration Information for Fall 2020

STEP ONE:  Thesis Topic Approval – Set-up a Zoom advising meeting with a Plan II Associate Director, Dr. Janet Davis or Dr. John González, to discuss thesis topic ideas. Complete Part One of the Thesis Registration Form prior to this meeting. Discuss your topic and supervisor ideas using Zoom screen share to review your Part One form. Dr. Davis or Dr. González will sign-off on your Part One form via UT Box. Please upload the form to UT Box after your conversation using the widget on the Plan II website.

Check the Plan II Website & Sign-up for Available Appointment Times – use notes section to indicate your preferred outreach method


STEP TWO: Register for TC 660HA during fall 2020 registration, April 27-May 8 . An approved form will not be required this semester to register for the course, but please note that you will be dropped for failure to satisfy all Plan II Pre-Registration requirements during the summer registration session.

STEP THREESecure a Supervisor and Second Reader. Students should make arrangements to contact appropriate faculty members based on the approved topic. Meet with your intended supervisor/second reader first by email or video conferencing. If they say yes, send the following Qualtrics form in lieu of an electronic signature:

Once you’ve secured a supervisor and second reader, submit the completed Part Two form as well as a resume and brief abstract to UT Box through the widget on the Plan II Thesis Website. If your supervisor and/or second reader is signing the Part Two form via Qualtrics, you only need to include their name under authorizations on the Part Two Form.


*DEPARTMENTAL THESIS OPTION: Students with approval to register for an honors thesis course with your 2nd major (or 3rd/4th), should complete the Departmental Thesis form (available on the Plan II website) and send to The form does not need to be approved by Dr. Davis or Dr. González. 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.

** Due to the disruption of normal University operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all deadlines for the Plan II thesis pre-registration process are considered recommended and Plan II will be flexible through the end of the semester in completing both forms by May 8 and possibly beyond. We recommend these specific dates because it usually becomes increasingly difficult to communicate with faculty during the summer semester and we want to ensure you start your project off on the right foot. Please keep in touch if you experience significant difficulties satisfying the pre-registration requirements.

T C 325

Elective Plan II courses taught by expert faculty. Detailed course descriptions can be found here.

  • Rejection Immunity – unique 41125 - Professor Daron Roberts
  • British History, Literature & Politics – unique 41120 - Professor William Louis -CANCELLED 


Plan II Academic Advisors:

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