Colleges and Schools
|Sophomores, juniors, seniors, postbaccalaureates||
|Students on probation||
The totals listed above include all courses for which students may wish to enroll. Permission to take course loads above these maximums must be approved by the faculty advisor (or the chair of the major department) and dean. (See Regulations and Requirements section for details on maximum course loads and overloads for Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions. Students on probation must check regulations and requirements for specific class load limitations.)
In the normal conduct of education at the University of Houston, justifiable grievances may arise concerning the violation of university, college, or department academic policies or procedures. CLASS is committed to resolving these grievances in a fair, orderly, and expeditious manner. To that end, the college has established informal and formal procedures beginning at the department level for settling academic grievances.
An academic grievance refers to an action taken against a student by a member of the faculty (including part-time instructors and teaching assistants), staff, or administration that either violates a university, college, or department academic policy or procedure or prejudicially treats the student on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, veteran status, or any other nonacademic status.
Because assigning a grade or evaluating a student's work performance involves the faculty's professional judgment and is an integral part of the faculty's teaching responsibilities, disagreement with an instructor concerning a grade or evaluation is not a justifiable grievance to be considered under this policy unless factors such as those mentioned in the previous paragraph can be shown to have affected that grade or evaluation.
A student with a justifiable grievance that can be substantiated should initiate academic grievance proceedings as soon as possible after the action in dispute occurs.
Any student who believes he or she has an academic grievance involving CLASS should first try to resolve the grievance informally with the faculty member or other involved parties. In some cases, the student may have to discuss the grievance with the department chair, the college officer designated by the dean, or both before obtaining a satisfactory resolution.
If the informal discussions do not resolve the academic grievance, the aggrieved student may initiate a formal grievance by submitting a written complaint to the chair of the department involved (or the college officer designated by the dean if the chair is the focus of the grievance) as soon as the informal proceedings have ended.
The aggrieved student who does not obtain a satisfactory resolution at the departmental level may file a formal appeal first with the office of the dean and then, failing to obtain satisfaction, with the office of the senior vice president for academic affairs.
The procedures a graduate student must follow to file an academic grievance in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences are in the Faculty Handbook. The procedures an undergraduate student must follow are available in writing in the office of each department in the college and in the Office of the Dean (402-AH).
Any student suspended from the college for academic or disciplinary reasons is ineligible to return during the designated period of suspension. Students may apply to the CLASS Academic Affairs Center for readmission after scheduling an appointment with their academic advisor, who will make a recommendation regarding readmission to the dean. Students must check with the CLASS Academic Affairs Center for the time period during which they may begin the readmission process. Students should be advised that readmission is neither automatic nor guaranteed.
A student readmitted from academic suspension enters the semester on probation and must fulfill the following requirements to avoid further academic action.
Failure to attend the university during the semester of readmission cancels the readmission approval. Students may reapply in any subsequent semester.
Each CLASS area provides opportunities for majors and minors to take special problems (independent study) courses and/or internships. Participation in special problems courses and/or internships requires an approved petition to be on file in the appropriate department. No more than six semester hours of these special problems courses and/or internships may be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements in CLASS. An unlimited number may apply toward elective hours.
Note: If a student takes nine or more hours of internship/special problems courses, no more than nine hours will be given a letter grade.
Questions concerning transfer credit are resolved by the petition process. This process originates in the department of the major, and the petitions are routed to the relevant department and dean's offices.
The Dean's List, a tabulation of the names of all undergraduate honor students, is compiled each semester. To qualify for this recognition in CLASS, students must earn a 3.50 minimum grade point average (the grade of S is not counted) on twelve or more semester hours completed during the semester. At least nine of the twelve semester hours must be letter grades. Students who earn a grade of I (except in a senior honors thesis course), D, F, or U during the semester are excluded from consideration for the Dean's List.
The Center for Immigration Research was established in 1995 to conduct research on immigration processes and issues that have policy implications at the local, national and international levels. A major goal of the center is to train students in immigration research. Students work as assistants in research projects and use center research data for writing senior honors theses. The center conducts research from a wide range of perspectives, e.g., health, religion and federal policies in local, national and international areas. Findings from center projects are shared with policy makers and the public through conferences, professional publications and public media. The center actively seeks working collaborations with other academic institutions and community organizations in the United States and abroad.
Established in 1981, the Center for Public Policy serves the Houston community as an impartial research organization in the University of Houston's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Drawing on the collective research and public service interests of university faculty, the center was designed to identify and evaluate major public policy issues through program activities that include conferences and symposia; economic, demographic and political research; and educational programs. Supported by an advisory board of Houstonians prominent in business and civic affairs, the center maintains cooperative relationships with many educational and public service entities in the Houston area.
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 University of Houston, the University of St. Thomas, and Texas Southern University have established the Inter-University Consortium for International Studies to broaden the opportunities for undergraduates to take courses in the field of international studies.
Students may take certain approved courses at any of the three universities without added tuition. This opportunity is subject to the following conditions:
For more information write:
University of Houston
Inter-University Consortium for International Studies
Department of Political Science
447 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3011
The college provides counseling in preprofessional training to all undergraduates who wish to prepare for the study of law. Such counseling includes providing students with a list of recommended courses that undergraduates may take regardless of their social science major. These recommended courses significantly benefit pre-law students in several ways: they better prepare students for the formal study of law, they increase the capacity to perform well on the Law School Aptitude Test, and many are useful to the future practice of law.
In addition to recommending courses to undergraduate pre-law students, the college offers counseling on such subjects as how to prepare for the Law School Aptitude Test, the process of selecting the law school best suited to the student's personal desires and credentials, and the procedures for applying to law school. Up-to-date information also is provided on the various career opportunities and general employment prospects within the legal field.
Address all inquiries about pre-law counseling and training to:
Department of Political Science
Attn: Pre-Law Advisor
University of Houston
447 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3011
Please see the departmental sections for recommended courses.
The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP), located in 501
Ezekiel Cullen, is the umbrella for all study abroad programs at the University
Three types of programs are offered:
Students must apply to Faculty-Led programs through the departments.
The Social Sciences Laboratory is sponsored jointly by the departments of Political Science and Sociology to facilitate computer applications in research and teaching among the faculty and students of those departments. The laboratory serves as an archive for data received from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research and other sources and offers a series of training workshops and class presentations on computer usage, data analysis, and word processing. Laboratory facilities include 21 microcomputer terminals providing use of current software applications and access to the university's mainframe system.
CLASS departments and schools hold the following accreditations:
For applications and admissions information:
Office of Admissions