Once Grades Post…

Final grades are set to be official today, December 17. There are many things that are attached to your official grades like academic standing, financial aid status, probation status and, if you’re in the University College, transitioning into a major.

First thing’s first, check your grades. Make sure they are the correct grades…accidents happen. If you notice any discrepancies contact your professor for assistance immediately.

If you are on probation, then you will want to look at several things. You should verify your semester GPA and your cumulative GPA. Review information about Academic Standing online and check out the FAQs, too. Did you meet requirements for continuance? Is dismissal a real possibility? If you have questions, meet with your advisor for information.

Other things to consider:

  • Are you on track for your major?
  • Did you meet the transition criteria (GPA, math progress, credit hours)?
  • Did you complete the necessary prerequisites for future courses?
  • Have you been advised for the upcoming semester?

If you have over 30 credits and a 2.5 GPA, then chances are that you’re able to transition to your major. You will receive an email with contact information for the advisor in your intended area of study. Check your UTA email, and set up an appointment with your new advisor, if applicable.

If you’re still working on a decision for a major, then plan on attending a Major Exploration Seminar during the spring or adding the Major Exploration class in the spring. Contact for more information.


Summer Exploring

Summer is not only an opportunity to work on your tan or earn extra cash, but it is also an opportunity to explore your major options without the stresses of a full load of classes. You may not know this, but Academic Advisors work year round at UTA to provide information to students about degree requirements, class registration and department opportunities like internships.

This is also a great time to start discussing graduate school options. The Office of Graduate Studies provides walk-in sessions for prospective students thoughout the year. It’s never too early to think about the future, and according to the Mav Grad Blog, the Ph.D is making a comeback, especially in science and business.

The important thing to note is that you have resources available as a UTA student. Career Consultants, Academic Advisors, Counselors, Peer Mentors, Faculty and Student Organizations are here to help you make the best of your time at UTA. Remember that your college experience is not all about the books and lectures; it also includes the people that you meet, the connections that you make and what you do when you’re not in the classroom. Utilize your time during the summer to make plans for your future and get answers to the questions that you have about your education.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~Mark Twain


University Studies or Interdisciplinary Studies?

Have you heard about  University Studies? It’s one of the newest degree options offered at UT Arlington, and there has been a lot of confusion about what a University Studies is exactly. University Studies is housed in the University College in Ransom Hall and offers a Bachelor of Science degree option. The degree plan is not a traditional degree plan, but it does has some similarities to the Interdisciplinary Studies degrees offered at UTA.

The main similarities include:

  • Both allow students to develop individualized degree plans.
  • Both allow flexibility in course selection to meet degree requirements.
  • Both provide a degree option for students not well-served by a traditional major for whatever reason.
  • Both allow students to make use of transfer hours and hours already earned at UT Arlington.
  • Both require students to complete an application.

Sounds simply enough, right? Well, there are some key distinctions between the two departments and the experience that the programs offer to students. Distinctions include program entrance requirements, GPA requirements, degree focus and use of credit among others. Please refer to the Distinctions between INTS and University Studies guide for specifics.

Do you think you might be a good candidate for University Studies or Interdisciplinary Studies?

  • A typical University Studies candidate would have over 60 credit hours, a variety of credit (both UTA and transfer),  at least a 2.0 GPA, and is ready to graduate. They would choose three areas of content from the approved list: Arts, Business, Community Studies, Engineering, Health and Wellness, Humanities, Media, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.
  • The ideal Interdisciplinary Studies student is usually a sophomore/junior with an ideal job or career in mind that is not offered as a traditional major at UTA. These students can opt of a BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies degree and combine 2-4 areas of study to gain certain knowledge and skills. Students would work with their advisor to develop content areas that are relevant to their goals, take 3 Interdisciplinary core classes and have an opportunity for internship or service learning experience.

Both degrees offer flexibility and independence, but for some students the big question is “What kind of job can I get with this degree?”  Since both degrees require students to choose their own academic adventure, the answer can only be found in the content areas that are selected and the research performed by the student while pursuing the degree. University Studies offers a broad-based education that can prepare you for a variety of career paths, and a Interdisciplinary Studies degree can be as specific as you want to make it. The key element is you, the student.

With that said, do either of these degree options seem interesting to you? If your answer is yes, follow the links below for more information.

To find out more about University Studies, click here.

To find out more about Interdisciplinary Studies, click here.


Study Abroad Fair – Sept. 12, 2012

Ever think about traveling around the world? Learning about different cultures and languages? If you said yes, then studying abroad is for you. Learn about your options at the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 12 between 11am and 2pm on the University Center Mall. Students can also apply for a passport at the fair!

For more information about the Study Abroad Program please click here.


Center for African American Studies (CAAS)

Schnavia Smith Hatcher, PhD is the Director from the new Center for African American Studies (CAAS). The mission and goals of the center are geared toward community outreach, social justice advocacy and life-enhancing transformations. CAAS will offer a minor degree program in African American studies with an introductory class scheduled for Spring 2013.

The Center for African American Studies is currently located in the Social Work Complex, Building B, Room 115. For more information, Dr. Hatcher can be reached at

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