College of Liberal Arts

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B On Time Loan Forgiveness
Dean's List
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Declaring a major or minor
Double majors or Dual degrees
Dropping a class
Foreign language proficiency
Grade of D or F counting
Graduation Preparation
Pass/fail a class
Raising maximum semester hours
Scholastic probation or dismissal
Transferring to Liberal Arts

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B-On-Time Loan Forgiveness

Eligible graduates can apply for loan forgiveness with this form. The College of Liberal Arts can help complete section two. Forms can be submitted in person in Gebauer 2.200 or by email to Linda Nemec.


If, before the first class day, a student decides not to attend after registering and paying for an upcoming semester, they may request a cancellation of their registration by sending the Cancellation of Registration form to the Dean’s Office. If they have registered but not paid, this process can be completed online via the Registrar’s website.

Dean's List

The Dean's Honor List, prepared at the end of each long semester, officially recognizes and commends students whose grades for the semester indicate distinguished academic accomplishment. Students must be enrolled full time, earn a minimum of 52 grade points, and not earn a grade of F in any course. The Dean's list cannot be viewed online, but students may complete a form at the Liberal Arts Dean's Office in Gebauer 2.200 to receive a letter confirming their Dean's List status. Students will receive an email at the beginning of the spring or summer semesters if they qualified for the Dean’s List in the prior semester.

Dean's Recommendation Letter

If you are considering transferring to another university or applying to graduate school, the other institution may request information about your academic and student conduct records. College of Liberal Arts students can get this information from the University by requesting a Dean's Recommendation Letter from the College with this form. Forms can be submitted in person in Gebauer 2.200 or by email to Linda Nemec.

Declaring a Major or Minor

If you are a student in the College of Liberal Arts and want to declare a Liberal Arts major, you must make an appointment with an academic advisor for the major you wish to declare.

Most Liberal Arts majors require a minor. Your major advisor can help you declare a minor. Click here for more information.

Double Majors or Dual Degrees

A double major means you have two majors that are the same degree, for example, a Bachelor of Arts in both English and French. When you complete your degree requirements, you will receive only one diploma. To add a second major in Liberal Arts, follow the process for declaring a major.

A dual degree (sometimes called simultaneous major) means that you are pursuing two different degrees, for example a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. You may have dual degrees from different colleges, but you must be admitted by both colleges. Adding a dual degree from another college becomes official during the first eight days of a semester. Click here for more information.

Dropping a Class

Students may drop a class online between the 1st and 12th class days of the semester and the course will not appear on the student's permanent record. After the 12th class day, students must complete a form in the Dean's Office in Gebauer 2.200 to drop a class. A drop during this time will count as a Q. Click here for more information. To drop a class after the drop deadline, see the policy on the One-Time Exception.

Foreign Language Proficiency

The College of Liberal Arts requires that students achieve intermediate proficiency in a foreign language as part of their degree requirements. The number of semesters and total number of credits required to complete this vary by language. Click here for more information.

Grade of D or F

For many core and Liberal Arts general education requirements a minimum grade of D- will count. However, there are some exceptions. A minimum grade of C or C- may be required to continue on to the next class in a sequence; for example, a C in FR 601C is required to continue with FR 611C.

For major requirements, a D- may count for some requirements. However, an overall major GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate and some majors require a minimum grade of C- or C for some or all major requirements. See your department academic advisor and degree plan for more details.

An F never fulfills a requirement and UT Austin does not do grade replacement. Some courses are limited to two attempts. Courses from other institutions in which grades lower than C- are earned do not transfer.

Graduation Preparation

In the semester prior to graduation, students are strongly encouraged to schedule an official degree check appointment with an academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office. Official degree checks are intended to complement, not replace, regular semester-by-semester meetings with your departmental academic advisor.

Students must apply for graduation in their final semester. For currently enrolled students, all necessary coursework must be posted or in progress at the time the graduation application is submitted.

Graduation ceremonies are in May. Students who graduated the previous fall, or who will graduate the subsequent summer, can still participate in spring ceremonies by signing the walk list.


Students may change a class to pass/fail by meeting with a Dean's Office academic advisor in Gebauer 2.200 before the mid-semester deadline. Any class taken pass/fail will become an elective and may not apply to any core, flag, general education, major, or minor requirements. To take a class pass/fail the following requirements apply:

  • The student has completed at least 30 hours.
  • A grade of D- is required to pass.
  • Only 16 hours of pass/fail courses will count toward your degree.
  • The student takes no more than two classes pass/fail in one semester.

All pass/fail changes are final with no exceptions.

Raising Maximum Semester Hours

Students may take a maximum of 17 credit hours in one semester. If a student wishes to take more than 17 hours, approval is required in the Liberal Arts Dean’s Office in Gebauer 2.200. During summer sessions, a student can take up to 14 hours with no more than 8 hours in either summer session.

Scholastic Probation/Dismissal

Students with GPAs less than 2.00 are placed on scholastic probation. In the College of Liberal Arts, students on probation must complete a Success Agreement with their major academic advisor. Students who meet the terms of their Success Agreements will be automatically continued by the College; students who do not meet the terms of their Success Agreements will be dismissed from the University. The exception to this policy is when students earn 12 hours of failing grades in their first semester at the University - this results in an automatic dismissal.

Students dismissed for the first time are automatically eligible to return to the University after being away for one long semester and can apply for readmission; however, if they attend another college or university while on dismissal, they must show a grade point average of at least a 2.5.

A second dismissal requires permission from the Liberal Arts Dean's Office to return to the University. Second dismissals last for three calendar years. For more information see the College's policy on dismissals and dismissal appeals.

Transferring to Liberal Arts

If you are enrolled in another college and your intent is to earn a Liberal Arts degree ONLY, you must first meet with the department advisor of the major you will declare and then come to the Liberal Arts Dean’s Office in Gebauer 2.200 to complete a college change form. Click here for more information.


Students cannot withdraw online; students must do this in the Liberal Arts Dean’s Office in Gebauer 2.200. If it is not possible to come to the office, students should call 512-471-4271.

During the first four weeks of classes there is a prorated refund for withdrawing. A full refund, less $15, is ONLY given if a student cancels registration prior to the first day of class. Failure to properly withdraw will result in failing grades in all semester coursework. Leaving the University without a formal withdrawal is the same as failing all classes and has the same consequences.

After the mod-semester deadline, students may not withdraw unless there are serious non-academic circumstances that occurred after the deadline date. To withdraw after the deadline, see the policy on the One-Time Exception.