Overseeing education for all undergraduates School of Undergraduate Studies
The School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) is The University of Texas at Austin’s newest school and home to Longhorns exploring majors. UGS oversees undergraduate education and offers strategic advising and dynamic programs for all undergraduates.
Students enrolled in UGS explore all the university has to offer before selecting an academic path. While completing core coursework applicable to all degrees, students work with advisors and career counselors to identify interests, strengths, and goals before declaring a major in a degree-granting college or school. Students can spend up to four long semesters (fall or spring) in UGS.
UGS oversees the 42-credit-hour core curriculum required for all undergraduate degrees. The core requirements allow students to put their major coursework into a broader intellectual context and understand how other disciplines raise and answer important questions.
As part of the core curriculum, each student takes a Signature Course during his or her first year on campus. These rigorous interdisciplinary courses connect students with top-level faculty and help students transition to college-level academic expectations.
Students also gain experience in writing, quantitative reasoning, global cultures, cultural diversity, ethics and leadership, and independent inquiry by completing core, major, and elective courses carrying flags in the aforementioned areas.
Find out more about the university’s undergraduate core curriculum.
Programs to Enhance Education
UGS oversees the following programs—all of which are designed to enhance learning experiences for undergraduate students by expanding learning opportunities within and beyond the classroom.
Undergraduate Studies Programs
Archer Fellowship Program
Students accepted to the Archer Fellowship Program intern in Washington, D.C., while earning 12 hours of upper-division credit in Government and Communication Studies. Past internship placements include the White House, the World Bank, National Public Radio, and the National Council of La Raza.
Bridging Disciplines Programs
Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling
In the Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling, academic advisors work with students enrolled in UGS and students across campus unsure of their major to identify interests, set goals, and find suitable academic paths through the university. Career counselors help undergraduate and graduate students explore possible careers.
First-year Interest Groups
In a First-year Interest Group (FIG), 20-25 freshmen take two to four courses together and support each other as they adjust to campus life and college-level academics. Students sign up for FIGs during freshman orientation.
Freshman Reading Round-Up
At the Freshman Reading Round-Up, incoming students discuss books recommended by distinguished faculty in small book clubs with others who selected the same book the day before fall classes begin.
Sanger Learning Center
Learning specialists, tutors, peer academic coaches, and course-specific support programs in the Sanger Learning Center help students develop strong study skills and excel in challenging courses.
Signature Courses are rigorous interdisciplinary courses that connect first-year students with top faculty and help students transition to college-level writing and academic expectations. Signature Courses are offered in a seminar format with 18 or fewer students as well as in a large, lecture format.
University Honors Center
The University Honors Center offers enrichment programs for undergraduate honors students and supports the campus activities of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma, national honor societies for first-year students.