Openings in Religious Studies Courses!

R S 358 • Saints & Shrines In Islam 42825 • Moin, A. Azfar  Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GEA 114 (also listed as ANS 340, ISL 372); Flags: GC

Often called wali or “friend” of God, saints have played a key role in shaping the Muslim religious imagination, especially from the eleventh century onward. This course provides a broad survey of the history of sainthood (walayat) in Islam and the religious customs surrounding saint shrines in Muslim societies across the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia. Through a series of important case studies, we will explore how sainthood developed into a major religious phenomenon in Islam, how saints and shrines played a role in the spread of Islam, and how they shaped other spheres of cultural life, including the political, the literary, and the aesthetic. Our survey will end in the modern era with a focus on “reform” movements that seek to contain and counter belief in sainthood in various parts of the Muslim world.

R S 375S • What Is Religion? 42860 • Friesen, Steven J. Meets MW 300pm-430pm BUR 436A ( Contact instructor for permission to register!) Flags: II, Wr

Religion has been a powerful force throughout human history, but what kind of force is it? This course allows students to examine some of the most important answers to that question from the last 150 years of academic study. We will consider psychological, sociological, economic, phenomenological, and anthropological explanations of religion. Participants in the course will also choose examples of religious phenomena and see how well the theories apply to those examples. Course sessions will emphasize discussion and analysis.

Credit Internship Course Available for All UT Austin Students This Summer

Register for the Liberal Arts Career Institute (LACI) internship course to earn academic credit that will fulfill the credit requirement while helping you make the most of the internship.

Course Description
LACI 101: Credit Internship Course is a one-credit, web-based course designed to complement your internship experience.  Assignments will be completed each week and uploaded to our online course site, Canvas.

This course is open to eligible students from UT Austin, regardless of major, and students from other colleges/universities. This course is also open to UT Austin Liberal Arts students interested in saving on the summer tuition cost when interning at a site that requires credit.

Explore the eligibility details []. You may be eligible to enroll if you:
are a currently-enrolled UT Austin student;
have 12 or more credit hours;
have a 2.0 or higher GPA; and
are not on scholastic or disciplinary dismissal or probation.

Internship sites are evaluated on a case-by-case basis on the criteria outlined at the link above.

This internship course is available on a credit/no-credit basis. The credit awarded is UT Austin Liberal Arts lower-division elective credit through University Extension (UEX). Transfer of credit is solely at the discretion of your home institution.

Hours Requirement
During the summer term, you must intern a minimum of 14 hours per week for a minimum of 9 weeks between the first and last class day.
Summer 2015 Dates: June 4-August 14, 2015

During the fall and spring semesters, you must intern a minimum of 10 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks between the first and last class day.
Fall Dates: August 27 – December 5, 2015
Spring Dates: January 20 – May 8, 2016

Application Deadlines
Explore the application deadlines [].
Summer 2015 Application Deadline: June 10, 2015
Fall 2015 Application Deadline: September 7, 2015
Spring 2016 Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

How to Register
The LACI internship course has a seven-step application process. Due to the extensive application process, we highly recommend that you start your application well in advance of the application deadline.

Explore the application steps and start your application [].


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Upper-Division RTF Courses for Non-Majors

Radio-TV-Film has some non-major seats available in a few upper-division courses. While these courses are primarily intended for upper-division students, we will not enforce prerequisites for non-majors.

While unlikely, there’s always the possibility of additional RTF upper-division courses opening at a later point, so please encourage students to monitor the course schedule.

RTF 322C – Film History w/ Charles Ramirez-Berg
This course is a survey of international film history for undergraduate students who seek an understanding of the history and aesthetics of the motion picture. On a weekly basis, it consists of two 75-minute lectures, one 50-minute discussion section meeting, and a screening of a feature-length film. All RTF majors interested in learning more about the development of the motion picture are welcome, regardless of concentration. The course will cover the history of the medium from beginning (Thomas Edison and the Lumière brothers) to the present, concluding with filmmakers such as Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater. While the history of cinema will be looked at from various perspectives (as a technology, an industry, an entertainment medium, and a mode of personal and national expression), particular attention will be given to the evolution and development of film’s formal elements. Several written assignments are designed to acquaint students with how research in film history is conducted; three exams are also required. Please note that RTF 314 and RTF 322C may not both be counted.

RTF 331K – Screen Theory w/ Lalitha Gopalan
Survey of basic theories that seek to explain the relationships between film, video, television, and their respective audiences.

RTF 331K – Transmedia Storytelling w/ Suzanne Scott
Defined by media scholar Henry Jenkins as “a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience,” transmedia storytelling has been widely adopted and celebrated as a narrative model that promotes collaborative authorship and participatory spectatorship. This course will use Star Wars, one of the precursors of contemporary transmedia storytelling systems, as a primary test case to critically analyze the narrative challenges and pleasures transmedia stories offer creators and audiences, and consider how they cater to horizontal integration within the media industry.  In addition to screening, reading, and playing components of the Star Wars transmedia narrative, other transmedia stories under discussion will include The Matrix, Battlestar Galactica, Gossip Girl, Game of Thrones, and Heroes, among others. As a final project, students will collaboratively build their own transmedia extensions for contemporary media properties.

RTF 365 – Media Industries & Entrprenaurs w/ Wenhong Chen
Examination of the social, political, and economic contexts in which media and culture are produced, distributed, and monetized. Emphasis on new media and communication technologies.

ANT 304T Intro to Texas Archaeology

This fall we will offer ANT 304T Intro to Texas Archaeology for the first time! This introductory course has been approved for the Core Natural Science & Technology Part II requirement under the 2014-2016 Catalog. All students are welcome, so please keep this in mind as you advise your current and incoming freshmen.

ANT 304T Intro to Texas Archaeology
Dr. Mariah Wade

ANT 304T is an introductory course providing an overview of the prehistory and early history of Texas, and an introduction to the science of Archaeology. Its focus is on the interaction of humans and the Texas environment through time, and explores their changing technology and social organization. Texas geographic and environmental diversity provided prehistoric and historic peoples with unique resources and possibilities, and people used that diversity to make choices and develop specific cultural characteristics while interacting with other peoples from the surrounding regions. The course also gives an introduction to the methodologies of archaeology, including mapping, analysis of plant and animal remains, stone  tools, pottery, and other types of artifacts. Weekly labs and exercises provide hands-on experience with archaeological techniques and approaches.

Doing archaeology requires teamwork, critical thinking and multidisciplinary approaches. In archaeology, it is often more important to ask relevant questions than provide ready answers. The lectures and labs in this course aim to emphasize these requirements as well as how archaeology relates to other sciences.

MW 3:00-4:00pm
T 2:00-3:00pm

MW 3:00-4:00pm
TH 2:00-3:00pm

MW 3:00-4:00pm
M 5:00-6:00pm

MW 3:00-4:00pm
W 5:00-6:00pm

SSD Testing Money is Available

I am contacting you to let you know that the Services for Students with Disabilities Testing Fund is still available and accepting student applications.  Typically, by this time of year, we have awarded all available funding and are no longer accepting applications. We currently have monies available in the fund and have had a surprisingly low number of students apply for assistance this academic year.  The purpose of the funding is to help offset the cost of testing for students with suspected disabilities and is for psychoeducational evaluations only.  If you know of any students that suspect they may have a disability and are interested in a psychoeducational evaluation, please have them come to SSD to pick up an application and/or talk to a walk-in advisor to ask any questions. The funding is for students that are not currently receiving accommodations and have limited resources to get tested.

Please share this information with your colleagues, academic advisors, and students as appropriate. Once this academic year’s funding runs out, we will start accepting applications for 2015-2016 in September.

Thank you, and let me know if you have any questions,
Kelli Bradley

Kelli Bradley, LMSW, MBA
Executive Director
Services for Students with Disabilities A4100
University of Texas at Austin
Ph (512) 471-6259
Fax (512) 475-7730

NSSLHA Event Announcement

The National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association invites you to the 1st Annual Stroke Awareness Talk.  This event will feature discussion on the etiology, types, and treatment of strokes, as well as the latest research and talk on the subject.  Subjects covered at this event could greatly interest those in CSD, and stir up new ideas!

For further information, please contact

We hope to see you there!

Stroke Awareness Talk
Thursday, April 30, 2015
University of Texas at Austin
Student Activity Center
2.412 Ballroom South
6:30 pm

Best regards,

Lindsey Foo
NSSLHA Co-President

Career Opportunities for 4/22/15

Keywords: Internship,  Part-Time, Paid, Design
Employer: UT RecSports
Opportunity: Student Graphic Designer
Apply: For more information and instructions to apply go to CareerSource, Job ID: 5546
Deadline: Monday, April 27, 2015

Keywords: Commission Based, Job, Part-Time-Time, Sales
Employer: got2getOnboard
Opportunity: Sales Representative
Apply: For more information and instructions to apply go to CareerSource Job ID: 5661
Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2015

Keywords: Job, Part-Time, Paid
Employer: Emler Swim School
Opportunity: Swim Instructor
Apply: For more information and instructions to apply go to CareerSource Job ID: 5331
Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2015

Keywords: Job, Part-Time, Paid, Advertising Sales
Employer: Austin Film Festival
Opportunity: Advertising Sales Coordinator
Apply: For more information and instructions to apply go to CareerSource Job ID: 5624
Deadline: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Opportunity: Check out the 2013 Graduate Employment Survey Data!  CCS conducts employment surveys of Communication graduates approximately six months and five years after they graduate. These surveys provide a wealth of information regarding job satisfaction, salary ranges and usefulness of CCS services. Click here to see the 2013 Graduates: 1 Year After Graduation Survey Data

Need accommodations? If you need accommodations for any of the above events, please contact or at 512-471-9421 five business days in advance.

Need prep help? Resume, Cover Letter, Interview, etc. Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a CCS career advisor, stop by our offices in BMC 2.302 or call us at 512-471-9421. Drop-in advising is available during the fall and spring semesters, every Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 pm and Wednesday from 9:00 – 11:00 am on a first-come, first-served basis. Drop-in advising appointments are limited to 15 minutes.

Communication Career Services (CCS) does not specifically endorse the opportunities and programs we publicize or employers who recruit students and alumni through our recruiting services. We encourage all job and internship seekers to research programs, opportunities, organizations and employers thoroughly before submitting applications.

Intern group workshop and comedy performance

The interpreting students at Austin Community College are hosting a workshop on interpreting comedy with Kent Kennedy, a Deaf comedian here in Austin, TX. He will explain all the important aspects of interpreting comedy
such as pausing, facial expressions, and many other things! Please join us for a fun-filled morning of learning!

The workshop is on Saturday, May 9th, 9 am – 1 pm at Austin Community College – Eastview Campus room 8111. Join us for this interactive experience and earn .4 RID/BEI CEUs, sponsored by Signs of Development. You can
attend in-person, stream it live, or even watch it up to a month later! See the flier attached or go to for more details and to register.

Register and then a conflict emerges? No problem! You can watch it archived for up to 30 days afterward! The cost is only $10 for students and $15 for Certified Interpreters if you register online before the workshop
date! The prices will go up at the door!

Join us ACC’s Eastview Campus on April 24th for ASL Comedy Night! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Kent perform live. The performance will take place in Room 8500. Tickets are $10 at the door and doors
open at 6:30 pm.

Any questions, please contact Britt Guilbeau, Look forward to seeing you there!

Latina/o Filmmaking & Media Production

The Latino Media Studies Program is hosting the following event:

“Latina/o Filmmaking & Media Production”

Monday, April 27, 2015
6 PM
BMC 5.102


Free and open to the public

Meet Latina/os that are producing films and media, view examples of their latest work, and join the discussion.

Filmmakers: Lizette Barrera, MFA filmmaker and producer; Sebastian Bisbal, Chilean filmmaker video artist, and animator; Jazmin Diaz, undergraduate filmmaker, writer and director; and Cameron Quevedo, MFA filmmaker and ethnomusicologist

Co-moderators: Dr. Joseph D. Straubhaar, and Dr. Mary Beltran, Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film

Philosophy VAPA courses for Summer and Fall

Here in Philosophy we always have many long waitlists in our approved Core Visual & Performing Arts courses. I am happy to announce many additional seats in these classes for Fall. Not only are we offering another large section of PHL 317K Intro to Philosophy of the Arts, nearly doubling our capacity in that course compared to previous semesters, we are also offering the much-requested upper-division course, PHL 346K Aesthetics. The upper-division option has not been offered in some years. I would recommend the upper-division course primarily for upper-division students, but it could be a great fit for someone who needs both VAPA and upper-division hours. Below is a summary of our offerings for both Summer and Fall!

Summer 2015:
PHL f317K Intro to Philosophy of the Arts (85695), MTWTHF 1-2:30pm

Fall 2015:
PHL 317K Intro to Philosophy of the Arts (41495), MWF 1-2pm (no discussion sections!)
PHL 317K Intro to Philosophy of the Arts, lecture TTH 2-3:00pm, multiple unique numbers with varying discussion sections. Taught by the ever-popular Dr. Kathleen Higgins!
PHL 346K Aesthetics (41654), MWF 3-4pm. No prerequisite, recommended upper-division standing.