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Week of January 13th Walk-In Advising Times

Monday | Walk-In 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm* 
Tuesday | Walk-In 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm* 
Wednesday | Walk-In Cancelled - Please email or call 512-471-1442
Thursday | Walk-In 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm* 
Friday | Walk-In 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm* 

Week of January 20th Walk-In Advising Times

Tuesday | Walk-In 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm* (First Class Day)
Wednesday | Walk-In 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm* 
Thursday | Walk-In 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm* 
Friday | Walk-In 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm* (Fourth Class Day)

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

Add/Drop Advising:

  • During the add/drop advising period (now through February 5) advising sessions will be limited to 15 minutes to discuss immediate concerns related to course registration for spring 2020. Students wishing to discuss more long-term plans such as study abroad summer 2020 or beyond, adding/dropping a second major/minor/certificate, making a 4-year plan should plan to come in after February 5.
  • Remember, the Fourth Class Day, January 24, at 5pm is the last day students can add themselves to classes using the registration system. After January 24, the waitlist system will close and students wishing to add classes will need to do so by departmental approval. 
  • No appointment is needed to meet with an Academic Advisor (Katie), please come by the Plan II Office (RLP 2.102) whenever is convenient for you during walk-in advising hours and sign-in at the front desk. Pro-tip: mornings are less busy! 
  • Academic Advisors (Katie) can also connect with you via email or phone but please be patient as response times will be longer than normal and if you are not inquiring about an immediate spring 2020 registration matter or drop deadline question we may not respond until after February 5.

Jump to Spring 2020 Registration Information


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. Advanced appointments are required for Skype advising sessions and space is limited, if you would like to schedule a Skype advising session please email a Plan II Academic Advisor. 



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 at the following here.

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 Guide, and many other useful planning tools.

Maximum Hours

Students wishing to enroll in over max hours (17) for the spring 2020 semester will need to visit the Collage of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office in GEB 2.200. 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. Please note that if you are a student in a second college, you may also inititate this process with your second college.

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 topics 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. Once everyone has had a chance to register for at least one T C 358, if seats remain open students may then attempt to register for an additional course. An announcement will be posted in Plan2News and on the Plan II website when and if students may register for additional T C 358 courses.
PLEASE NOTE: ONLY T C 358 sections fulfill the Junior Seminar requirement. T C courses offered under other numbers DO NOT fulfill the Plan II Junior Seminar requirement.

Special Note regarding Study Abroad Maymesters:

During the Oct. 28-Nov 8 registration period all Maymester classes will be listed as “open;reserved” on the course schedule; this does not mean a program is full, all interested students should apply to their program of choice by the Nov. 15 deadline. If admitted to a Maymester Program, students will be manually registered during a special registration window in December for their Maymester course and, in some cases, a required International Learning Seminar “ex LA 119” that is offered during the Spring semester. More information about 119 course meeting times can be found here. When registering for Spring courses, students must keep those times available. Contact your Program Coordinator for additional information.

Philosophy (PHL 610QB) Registration Policy

Students taking the second half of Plan II Philosophy (PHL 610QB) this spring must register for the same professor. Switching professors midyear is typically not permissible, please try to work out any time conflicts by adjusting your other planned courses. Contact a Plan II Advisor if you need further assistance.

Modes of Reasoning (TC 310) Registration Information

Professor Lewis’s version of TC 310 (41695) 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.

Professor Navratil's verion of TC 310 (41690) focuses on Computer Science; this class has no prerequisite.

Honors Social Science (SS 302) Registration Information
The SS 302 topics offered during the spring 2020 semester are as follows:

41595 – Prof. Aiken – Reproductive Health: From Human Biology to Public Policy
41600 - Prof. Pierce - An Introduction to Etymology
41605 – Prof. Gregg – Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

41610 – Prof. Domjan
NOTE: Students who have already taken an introductory PSY 301 course either at UT or another institution of higher education will not be permitted to enroll in this section of SS 302; students who have credit by exam for PSY 301 will be allowed to enroll.

Detailed course descriptions for all four SS 302 courses offered in spring 2020 can be found here

Spring 2020 Non-STEM Natural Science Pairings - UPDATE

  • Changes were recently made to the University’s core curriculum to give you greater choice and flexibility in completing the state-mandated nine hours of science and technology requirement. An updated list can be found here.
TC 302 First-Year Signature Course Information
First-year students should enroll in the TC 302 course they received in the course lottery at orientation this past summer. If you are unsure of which professor/section you received in the lottery, please contact a Plan II Advisor.

TC 127 Civic Viewpoints with Professor Lee Walker

Explore civic engagement and innovative solutions for societal justice. This course is open to all Plan II students regardless of classification and can be taken more than once. The course is a lecture series featuring Austin community leaders, focusing on areas of education, healthcare, human rights, and civic engagement. Professor Lee Walker leads each session, which includes an engaging lecture from the week’s speaker and a period of question-and-answer from the audience.

NOTE: UT Austin classroom assignment pending, enrolled students will be notified of the classroom location on main campus before the first class meeting of the spring 2020 semester. Class meets January 27; February 10, 24; March 2, 30; April 6, 13, 27; and May 4.

About Professor Walker: Raised in Three Rivers, Texas, Lee Walker graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics (class of 1963) graduating Phi Kappa Phi (top academic 10% of his class), receiving NASA and National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for his post graduate work in nuclear physics (theoretical cosmic ray research). He was named Honorable Mention All Southwest Conference Basketball Team his senior year. Lee received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1967. He served as the President of Dell Computer Corporation through its formative years. After leaving Dell in 1990 for health reasons, Lee was asked to teach at the University of Texas at Austin. The success of his “Elements of Entrepreneurship” and “Not for Profit Excellence” courses in the Graduate School Business Management Department earned him best teaching award three times. Currently, Lee teaches freshman courses “Pathways to Civic Engagement” and “Civic Viewpoints” in the Plan II Honors Program. Lee serves on several boards, includes the board of Seton Family of Hospitals. The Austin Chamber of Commerce recognized Lee as their 1998 Austinite of the Year. In 2000 Lee was a founder of Envision Central Texas. In 2004, Lee received the Texas Nature Conservancy Lifetime Achievement award. In 2006 Lee and his wife Jennifer Vickers received the AFP’s Outstanding Philanthropists of the year.

Spring 2020 Thesis (TC 660HA) Registration Instructions

If you are a Plan II senior/junior who (a) plans to start your senior thesis Spring 2020 or a Plan II Junior who (b) plans to study abroad next spring and start your thesis Fall 2020, please read the following registration instructions carefully:

1. Prepare: Read through the Plan II Thesis Manual and carefully consider your thesis topic ideas. Talk to your professors. Consult the model theses in the Plan II office for ideas and inspiration. Think about questions and issues you have studied in previous courses that you find intriguing and exciting.

2. Topic Approval & Registration: Bring the Thesis Registration Form Part One to an in-person meeting with either Associate Director Janet Davis or John Morán González.

To register for TC 660HA course during the spring 2020 registration period, October 28 - November 8, you must have this step completed and submitted to Plan II no later than October 25. If you are not able to meet with Dr. Davis or Dr.González before October 25, please work to meet with them as soon as possible as you will not be able to register for the class without their approval.

3. Find Your Thesis Advisors: Once your topic idea is approved, begin scheduling meetings with potential faculty Supervisors and Second Readers to discuss your thesis and if they would be a good fit to work with you. Bring the Thesis Registration Form Part Two with you to these meetings. If they agree to work with you, have them sign the form. Once you have signatures from two professors, attach a brief description of your thesis topic and a copy of your resume.

Submit the completed Part Two form to the Plan II office no later than December 6.
Failure to turn in a completed Part Two form will result in being dropped from the thesis course, TC 660HA.

Completing a Departmental Thesis? If you will be completing your senior thesis through courses offered by your second major, your only requirement is to complete the Departmental Thesis Form and turn it into the Plan II office. See the "Departmental Thesis" section of the Plan II Thesis Manual for more details.

Studying Abroad this Spring? Most Juniors will complete these steps next semester, in order to start their thesis Fall 2020; however, we STRONGLY advise juniors who will be abroad next spring to come in this fall to complete these three steps for a Fall 2020 start. It is much easier to communicate your ideas in person rather than by email while you are abroad.

Questions? Concerns? Check out the Thesis section of the Plan II website and come on by to talk!

Plan II Academic Advisors:

Katie O'Donnell

Katie O'Donnell, Senior Academic Advisor

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