Colleges and Schools
|Office of the Dean:
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
|College Academic Advisors:
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
|Department of Art:
Fine Arts Building
|School of Communication:
621 Agnes Arnold Hall
|Department of Communication Disorders:
119 CRS Building
|Department of English:
205 Roy Cullen
|Department of History:
523 Agnes Arnold Hall
|Department of Modern and Classical Languages:
434 Agnes Arnold Hall
|Moores School of Music:120 Moores School of Music Building||713-743-3009|
|Department of Philosophy:
513 Agnes Arnold Hall
|School of Theatre:
133 Wortham Theatre
|African American Studies:
312 Agnes Arnold Hall
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
|Center for Mexican American Studies:
323 Agnes Arnold Hall
602 Agnes Arnold Hall
607 Agnes Arnold Hall
Dean: W. Andrew Achenbaum, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Associate Dean: Lawrence H. Curry, Jr., Ph.D., Duke University
Associate Dean: Steven H. Mintz, Ph.D., Yale University
College Administrator: Paula Clare
Academic Coordinator: Gretchen Wiggins, J.D., Southern Texas University
The College of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Communication offers courses that explore human experience as reflected in literature, language, history, philosophy, and the arts. The study of these disciplines will broaden students' understanding of life and prepare them for meaningful roles in society. These disciplines, together with those in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Social Sciences, constitute the traditional liberal arts curriculum of the university.
The curricula in the departments, schools, and programs of the college are flexible and encourage students to pursue a variety of intellectual interests while studying a specific area in greater depth. The college also offers preprofessional training in the humanities, fine arts, and communication that leads to a wide range of careers in fields such as education, communication, law, business, and government.
Delores Welder Mitchell Scholarships
Each year, the College of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Communication awards the Delores Welder Mitchell Scholarships to selected first-time-in-college freshmen and entering graduate students. The main criterion for selection is a demonstrable record of academic excellence or artistic achievement. For further information, interested individuals should write the Office of the Dean.
The College of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Communication departments and schools hold the following accreditations: The Communication Disorders program is accredited by the American Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology (ABESPA) of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA); the Moores School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Scholastic and Honorary Societies
Alpha Epsilon Rho,the National Honorary Broadcasting Society with chapters on more than 100 major campuses in the United States, is open to all broadcasting and film students with a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average. Alumni are accepted for membership, and professional memberships are offered to faculty and interested people in the business community.
The objectives of this society are to encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishments among broadcasting students, and high-level accomplishments in the art and science of broadcasting by both students and industry professionals; to promote the advancement of broadcasting education; to establish meaningful communication between students and professional broadcasters; and to foster integrity in the use of the powerful instruments of radio, television, and film.
Alpha Psi Omegais a national honorary fraternity for the theatre, the purpose of which is the advancement and improvement of theatre arts at the university level. The University of Houston chapter, Mu Cast, is a non-profit service organization designed to serve the entire School of Theatre, as well as the individual theatre major.
The Communication Honors Unionis open to majors in the School of Communication who are enrolled in the university;s Honors College. The union holds one major debate each semester in which outstanding professionals discuss issues of importance to the world of journalism and mass communication.
Delta Phi Alpha,an honorary scholastic organization designed to disseminate and extend knowledge of German culture, heritage, and literature, is open to all students. For additional information, interested students should call the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.
Phi Alpha Theta,an international honor society in history, is represented in the Department of History by the Zeta Kappa Chapter.
Phi Betawas founded in 1912 and is the only national professional fraternity for the creative and performing arts. The Alpha Epsilon Chapter is open to students with a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average and a major or minor in music, speech communication, communication disorders, theatre, dance, or art; or students who have demonstrated professional excellence in an equivalent area. Special support is provided by Pi Alpha Alpha and Pi Alpha Tau alumni chapters.
With more than 15,000 members nationally and 200 in the Houston area, Phi Beta provides an opportunity for students and faculty to blend their interests in the creative and performing arts. Faculty advisors are available to students in communication disorders, theatre, music, and speech communication programs. For further information, consult an appropriate faculty member.
Pi Delta Phi,national honor society for French and member of the Association of College Honor Societies, recognizes excellence in the study of French regardless of major. For further information, call the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.
Sigma Alpha Iotais an internationally incorporated professional fraternity for women in the field of music. Based upon scholarship (3.00 grade point average in music and 2.50 cumulative grade point average), musicianship, personality, and character, membership is open to undergraduate and graduate music majors and minors. The overall membership of 57,000 includes alumnae, patrons, and honorary members, many of whom are concert artists, composers, teachers, and exceptional patrons of the arts. Founded in 1903, Sigma Alpha Iota includes 176 college chapters and 119 alumnae chapters. Further information is available in the Moores School of Music.
Sigma Delta Pi,an honor society in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, is an organization designed for exceptional students in upper- and graduate-level Spanish. The society also elects honorary faculty members.
Sigma Tau Delta,the National English Honor Society, is open to English majors and minors who have a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.4 English GPA, who have completed at least three advanced hours of English, who have completed or are in the process of completing at least six additional hours of English, and who have the willingness to be an active member. The purposes of the organization are to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate or graduate studies, to promote interest in literature and the English language, and to foster the discipline of English in all its aspects including creative and critical writing. For further information, contact the Department of English.
The Houston Advertising Federation at UH received its charter in 1983. Membership in the club is open to all university students. Dues are $12 per year. Members receive the AAF Newsletter and are eligible to participate in various workshops and the AAF National Student Competition.
The American Center for Design(ACD), a national professional graphic design organization with university student chapters across the country, provides funding for campus design programs, maintains a speaker's bureau, and offers contact with the professional design community. Membership information is available from the ACD faculty advisor.
The American Institute of Graphics Arts(AIGA), a national professional organization open to student members, fosters students' understanding of professional standards, ethics, and career expectations through its publications and through events hosted in the Houston area by the Texas chapter. Membership information is available from the AIGA faculty advisor.
The American Society of Interior Design(ASID) Student Chapter provides opportunities to interact with professional designers and expand knowledge of all aspects of interior design through events, seminars, workshops, and competitions. The organization's publications include The ASID Report which informs students about key national and chapter issues and Access, a student-written newsletter published three times annually. Student chapters may use materials within their departmentÍs resource library donated through the Industry Foundation Library Program. An industry internship program is also available.
The professional chapter of ASID sponsors Career Day which introduces students to career alternatives for interior designers.
The Art Directors Club of Houston(ADCH) is a local design organization that offers student memberships, holds student competitions, hosts visiting designer presentations, and other events that include student participation.
The Houston Student Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicatorsis open to students at all major colleges and universities in the city. The organization has close ties to IABC-Houston, one of the largest professional chapters in the country. Students may attend professional chapter meetings and seminars as well as student chapter events held on campus.
IABC offers students an opportunity to learn more about the fast-growing fields of public relations and business communications. Additionally, members receive IABC professional publications, attend IABC workshops, and utilize IABC's job referral service, which offered 250 positions last year.
The National Association of Black Journalistssponsors student chapters at many universities including the University of Houston. The organization provides a variety of programs aimed at professional and social development of student members.
The National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association(NSSHLA) is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication behavior. It is the only national student association recognized by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). National and local chapters sponsor conferences, seminars, a professional publication, scholarship programs and social activities. Membership also entitles students benefits when applying for final professional certification in speech-language pathology or audiology. Further information is available through student advisors in the Department of Communication Disorders.
The Public Relations Student Society of America(PRSSA) consists of a national organization and chapters at colleges and universities dedicated to supporting educational and professional opportunities for students interested in the field of public relations. Members participate in seminars, national case study competitions, approved internships, and a variety of other programs sponsored by the Houston professional chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
The society also fosters students' understanding of contemporary public relations theories and procedures, and encourages adherence to the highest ideals and principles of the practice of public relations. Membership in the University of Houston chapter of PRSSA is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of any major. Further information is available from the faculty advisor in the School of Communication.
The Society of Professional Journalists(SPJ) is a national professional organization with student chapters at universities across the country. It provides scholarships, sponsors various programs designed to enhance the education of prospective journalists, and brings prospective journalists in contact with working journalists. Further information is available from the faculty advisor in the School of Communication.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(SMPTE) maintains a student section open to all undergraduate and graduate students interested in the activities of this international organization. The aim of the society is to gather pertinent information on motion pictures, sound and video technology and production, and share that information with its members.
SMPTE is the representative of the United States to international standards organizations and is responsible for setting standards in this country. SMPTE publishes a monthly journal. The Houston section holds monthly meetings, which include tutorials, seminars, and lectures on technology and techniques developed in television and motion pictures. Further information is available from the director's office of the School of Communication.
The International Television Association's(ITVA) Houston chapter maintains a strong relationship with the School of Communication and other units of the university. Workshops, tutorials, and seminars are held on a monthly and yearly basis on and off campus. The sessions cover key topics on the management and production aspects of industrial media production. Further information is available from the director's office of the School of Communication.
International Telecommunications Research Institute
The International Telecommunications Research Institute (ITRI) has three primary objectives: to assist in the successful implementation and utilization of communication technology, to address the social consequences of communication technology, and to study the underlying processes involved in people's interaction with communication technology. Areas of research include identification of factors that influence the success or failure of communication systems and services, the potential of telecommunications for altering social and cultural patterns in ways unanticipated by society, and applied research on communication technology.
The institute staff includes faculty members from the School of Communication. In addition, leading scholars from universities and research institutes around the world may become associates of the institute for specific projects related to their areas of expertise.
The ITRI archives contain a number of telecommunications journals as well as files of articles and reports on broadcasting, computers, teleconferencing, electronic mail, social and public policy issues, and other topics related to telecommunications. The institute has received several significant library contributions.
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages sponsors summer programs abroad. Spanish courses in language, literature, and culture from the second-year through the graduate level are offered in Spain or Mexico. Each of these programs provides students with many extracurricular opportunities for the appreciation of culture and civilization.
French courses are offered in a summer program in Bourges, France. For additional information, contact the department at 713-743-3007.
African American Studies offers education abroad courses in Africa and the Caribbean. Both programs focus on the experiences, history, and culture of Africans on the continent and the Diaspora. For additional information, contact the department at 713-743-2814.
For information about study abroad programs sponsored both by the University of Houston and other universities, and for scholarship information on study abroad, contact the department.
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