Senior Reflection

A Reflection of My Time at UT

As I near graduation day, I wanted to reflect on the past few years of my life at UT as a Liberal Arts major. I started my journey as a transfer-student sophomore and the next three years really flew by. Having come from a relatively small private university, I was immediately amazed by all of the opportunities that UT had to offer. I quickly registered for classes that interested me and joined an organization related to my major. I found that a student organization was a great way to meet people outside of my classes with similar interests and get involved around campus.

My first semester, both the student organization I was in, and in my classes, I instantly realized how diverse the UT campus was, being surrounded by students and professors from all sorts of backgrounds and interests. Over the years, I came to have such a profound appreciation for this diversity, as I know it truly added value to my education by exposing me to many perspectives and the opportunity to learn from them. I found that this is especially relevant to students studying Liberal Arts, as our primary focus is on people and how they interact with each other and the world they live in. Through this, I learned that it is important to not only learn from your professors, but also from your peers.

With a strong desire to learn about other countries’ histories, cultures, and languages, I decided to study abroad in China the summer after my sophomore year through a UT-affiliated program. Most of us have heard that living in another country is the best way to learn that country’s language. I found this to be true and we can all benefit from immensely from this as Liberal Arts majors with a language requirement. In addition to that though, through studying abroad we can learn a lot about ourselves and question the ways that we see the world, so consider doing it!

Lastly, I would encourage students to take courses that push you out of your comfort zone. Whether that means taking a course on Islam when you’re a devout Christian or not religious at all, or a course on gay and lesbian history even if you’re neither of those things, taking courses in topics that push you to learn about things that you might not have otherwise, can broaden your views and create better understanding and relationships between you and the rest of the world.

As I move on to the next chapter of my life, I’m excited about the prospect of fulfilling the motto “what starts here changes the world,” and I encourage students to make the most of their time here at UT!                       –Jaci Foxworth

Fall Snapshots: REE 325, GSD 360, AFR 317C

REE 325, 44523, European Avant-Garde in Print

REE 325

When one thinks of “avant-garde,” images of experimental art and innovative ideas immediately come to mind. So what does it mean when “print” is avant-garde? This fall, Meghan Forbes will be teaching this course to shed light on the intensive artistic and intellectual exchange of newly formed nations between the two World Wars.

Students will be able to engage in some hands-on research by visiting the Books and Periodicals Collection at the Harry Ransom Center and the Blanton Museum of Art to study examples of “interwar print culture” on campus. Ms. Forbes also will guide students through lectures, readings, and class discussions on how small magazines such as Disk and ReD in Prague, Pásmo in Brno, Merz in Hannover, and G and Veshch in Berlin opened up a dialogue in art-making and politics. Not only does this course focus on the exchange of textual and visual information through experimental photography, typographic conventions, and translation, but it also extends to the modern-day issues. What happens when periodicals are digitalized? How does their reception differ or become altered once they become an online resource? If you’re curious to discover another dimension to the avant-garde revolution, this course is for you!

GSD 360, 38050, European Immigration to Texas in the 19th Century

 Texas Migration pic

What do painted churches, sausage festivals, and dance halls have in common? These are all cultural legacies left by European immigrants that immigrated to Texas in the 1800’s, leaving a rich fabric of tradition and legacy that have made Texas, well, unapologetically Texas. If you’re curious to learn more about the immigrant story and Texas history, Dr. James Kearney will be teaching this course this fall.

What social and political forces drove Europeans to consider immigrating to the New World? And why of all places, Texas? How did the waves of immigrants that came from Central and Northern European countries influence Texas? The course will trace the accelerated economic and agricultural development of the republic and state with this influx. Following the pockets of bilingualism and generations of tradition, Dr. Kearney will place familiar Texas themes, such as the frontier, Native Americans, and slavery into context with the immigrant influences on culture and society. Additionally, there will be fun field trips to tour the Bricsoe Center for American History Studies, the Texas State Library, and the General Land Office to visit documented history for primary and secondary sources. 

AFR 317C, 30027, Yoruba History and Culture

FELA-ON-BROADWAY 

Fela Kuti is one of the greatest artists you’ve probably never heard of. On par with Bob Marley musically and socio-politically, Fela Kuti invented Afro-beat as a producer, arranger, musician, outlaw, and political radical until his death in 1997. This fall, Dr. Oladotun Ayobade ‘s course will examine the musical works of Fela Kuti and the larger picture of critiquing issues of gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation of the Yoruba people.

The Yoruba of Southwestern Nigeria have a rich history and culture. Students will be able to better understand the culture through performance and cultural studies to examine history, culture, and society. Dr. Ayodabe will introduce students to traditions such as Yoruba Oral Poetry, theatrical jazz, and life in the Yoruba community. From topics such as gender, colonialism, women, and rebel art, students will be able to come out of the class with a better perspective threw intimate snapshots of the Yoruba.

5 Registration Tips

Five Registration Tips from the Course Whisperer

  1. Familiarize yourself with the Course Schedule.

    It’s easy to find courses that have flags and/or satisfy the core. Plus it can be narrowed down to list only open sections or web-based courses.

  2. Check the cross-listings!

    Use the links to see whether the course’s other listings are open!

  3. Don’t give up! Try it first.

Sometimes restricted courses are restricted to you! Don’t miss out because you didn’t even try.

KOR 506

4. New courses can satisfy requirements & be good!

New to Core course flyer

5. The Course Schedule Lies!

Yes, I know, it’s shocking but sometimes the Course Schedule lists misleading information.

It may say a course is “closed” but it may not really be. Many departments save seats in popular courses and release them throughout registration. This is especially true for lower-division Core courses for the fall semester because many seats are “saved” for incoming freshman. It’s also true that if a course is listed as “closed” before registration and/or advising even starts, that it most likely will be canceled.

Don’t be afraid of the instructor-less courses! It’s not always a sign of impending cancellation but that instructors have not been appointed or are not due to start until fall so they don’t have an EID to put into the system.

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