Undergraduate Catalog

2008-09 Academic Year

The University

University of North Texas Hurley Administration Building

The University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university and is the flagship of the UNT System. The university stands as the most comprehensive in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, offering 99 bachelor's, 104 master's and 49 doctoral degree programs, many nationally recognized.

UNT is a thriving university with a legacy of excellence in a broad range of academic areas. It is also one of the largest universities in Texas, enrolling more than 34,000 students. Founded in 1890, UNT takes pride in its outstanding faculty, high academic standards and diverse student body. Offering a traditional college experience at an affordable cost, UNT has a 20:1 student-faculty ratio and Division I-A athletics. Named one of America's 100 Best College Buys® for 10 consecutive years, UNT also provides more than 60 centers and institutes which serve the public good.

The university is committed to academic excellence, to student success and to serving as an intellectual resource for the community, state and nation.

History of the University

UNT was founded in 1890 as Texas Normal College and Teachers' Training Institute. Joshua C. Chilton, the founding president, leased facilities above a hardware store on Denton's square to establish a teacher training institute. His charge to the faculty at its first assembly remains an important part of UNT's value system: “It will be our aim to become leaders in the education of the young men and women of Texas, fitting them to creditably fill the most important positions in business and professional circles. We desire the cooperation of all who believe in higher education and who want to see our state in the very front of intellectual as well as material progress.”

The university has had seven names through the years.

Incoming students score well above the national and state averages on the SAT, and they choose UNT for the quality of its programs, many of which are nationally ranked. More degree programs at UNT are nationally accredited than at any other university in the Dallas-Fort Worth region (see list of accrediting organizations following the index). UNT “firsts” through the years include:


UNT is in Denton, a college town of about 100,000 people located 35 miles north of Dallas and Fort Worth. The campus, which is the largest residential campus in the North Texas region, has 167 buildings on about 800 acres. The campus includes Discovery Park, UNT's 285-acre research park, which is accessible by shuttle buses, as are a residence hall and athletic facilities at Eagle Point and the Mean Green Village.

Many business, industry, education, government and cultural activities that support university studies are in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, the fourth largest metropolitan region in the country.

The University's Mission

The University of North Texas is a recognized student-centered public research university where we harness the power of ideas through a culture of learning based on diverse viewpoints, interdisciplinary endeavors, creativity and disciplined excellence.

This is accomplished through a broad and balanced array of programs where well-prepared students and dedicated scholars and artists collaborate with our local and global communities in the creation, integration, application and dissemination of knowledge. In this way, UNT creates an enriched and sustainable future for our students, state, nation and world.

The university continues to expand its relationship with the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth; to develop the University of North Texas Dallas Campus (UNT System Center at Dallas); and to cultivate partnerships with elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, other universities, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of education and community life.

The University's Vision

The University of North Texas will be recognized for its educational, intellectual, research, public service and cultural achievements. UNT will be a diverse and inclusive institution creating the knowledge and innovations that will shape our future, while cultivating excellence in the next generation of scholars and leaders for the global community.

Achieving the Vision

UNT's plan for its growth as a student-centered public research university is shaped by four goals and three themes. The four goals focus our energies in key areas of endeavor: education, research, engagement as a community/with our communities, and institutional effectiveness, directing our efforts in a way that will move us quickly forward.

Our three themes speak to the underlying commitments that drive our work, emphasizing the importance of connection as a catalyst for change. They include a commitment to diversity, which draws a variety of voices into close conversation; to internationalization, which recognizes that global interchange is a vital part of education and research; and to collaboration, which includes partnerships within the university as well as alliances with external constituencies. These connections move the university forward, anchoring it within the context of a multicultural, interconnected, collaborative community and providing the synergy needed to accomplish its goals. The themes are woven throughout our goals, in specific strategies and actions. We also highlight them by gathering the strategies most closely related to the themes in a single statement, clearly illustrating their importance to our growth.


At the heart of the university's efforts to carry out its mission are the faculty. Individually, UNT faculty members have been singled out for contributions to their teaching and research fields through diverse national and international awards.

Collectively, the faculty have contributed significantly to research and scholarship within various fields through numerous publications, presentations at scholarly conferences, concerts, recitals, exhibitions and performances.

Faculty leadership in teaching, research, creative activities, performance and service activities has created national and international reputations for excellence for a number of academic programs within the university's 11 schools and colleges.

Student Life

A wide array of student clubs and organizations offer UNT students friendships with people of similar and varied interests and avenues for organized and meaningful service. Included are national honor societies, national professional societies and departmental clubs, an active Greek system and special focus groups with interests that encompass everything from residence life to politics and sports. For information, call the Student Activities Center at 940-565-3807.

University Libraries

Library facilities at the University of North Texas function as the nerve center for teaching and academic research. In addition to a major collection of electronic journals, books and databases, five campus facilities house just under six million cataloged holdings, including books, periodicals, maps, documents, microforms, audiovisual materials, music scores, full-text journals and books. A branch library is located at the University of North Texas Dallas Campus.

Library Collections

Willis Library holds one of the country's largest music libraries, extensive phonographic disc and tape collections, a broad humanities and social sciences collection, the University Archives, and the Rare Books and Texana collections. Other unique library collections include the private jazz collections of Stan Kenton, Don Gillis, Whit Ozier and Leon Breeden; the private library of Anson Jones, president of the Republic of Texas; Texas county histories; miniatures; and examples of important early publishing, printing and binding styles.

The library is a depository for U.S. and Texas government documents, including the Texas Register. The UNT libraries also serve as an online morgue (cybercemetery) for government web sites and documents.

The Media Library in Chilton Hall houses a large collection of audiovisual materials, including motion pictures, tapes, recordings and videodiscs, DVDs, videocassettes, 16mm films and audio CDs.

The Science and Technology Library, housed in the Information Sciences Building, emphasizes physics, chemistry, biology and library science and includes an outstanding collection in mathematics.

The Discovery Park Library, supporting the College of Engineering, has a collection of journals and materials focused on computer science and engineering, materials science and engineering, electrical engineering and engineering technology. There are two library locations: reference assistance and current periodicals; and the library collection, bound periodicals and reserves.

The Library Annex houses more than 500,000 lesser-used materials and the preservation and technical services departments of the University Libraries. Items located in the annex are so noted in the libraries' online catalog and may be requested if needed for research. The Library Annex, located just off Airport Road on Precision, is near the main campus.

Special Services of the Libraries

Through the libraries' membership in TexShare, students with a TexShare library card may borrow materials at college, university and public libraries throughout the state of Texas. Contact library staff for details. Active participation in AMIGOS Library Services Inc. provides access to a variety of computerized library services, including interlibrary loans, bibliographic database searching and shared cataloging. The libraries have a large number of electronic databases available for public use, both on and off campus, via computer linkage.

The UNT Libraries hold a membership in the Center for Research Libraries. The center, which functions as an extension of the local collections, is dedicated to acquiring and lending materials that complement and supplement the collections of the major research libraries of North America. The University Library has been designated a major research library by the U.S. Department of Education.

Computer Services

Centralized computing services that support instruction, research and student learning are provided through Academic Computing Services and User Services (ACS/US). ACS/US is a division of the Computing and Information Technology Center and is located in Room 119 of the Information Sciences Building. These services include support for a wide range of research computing platforms, student messaging, training, consulting and a university computing help desk (www.unt.edu/helpdesk).

In addition to the services directly supported by Academic Computing Services, computer services are also available from the University Libraries and many college, school and departmental computer support centers. Computer networks are installed in all academic departments, providing Internet connectivity. Wireless networking (Eaglenet) is available in most campus classroom buildings and in public buildings such as the University Union and UNT Libraries. Online courses are offered with support from the Center for Distributed Learning using computing systems supported by the Computing and Information Technology Center.

Student Computing Services

Fourteen general access microcomputer laboratories, housing approximately 700 computers, are available to all students for use of both Windows and Macintosh personal computers. Laser printers are provided in all labs. Approximately 30 additional special-purpose labs serve students in particular disciplines or students living in university residence halls. In addition, all residence hall rooms have connections to the campus network, allowing students to have high-speed access to the Internet on their own computers.

The Computing and Information Technology Center provides electronic mail to all students via EagleMail, a web-based e-mail system. EagleMail is used as an official communication medium between the university and students. Internet services available to students include personal web page publishing. Many buildings, including the University Union and libraries, have wireless network access, which is available to enrolled students.

Research Computing Support

Academic Computing provides support for a variety of microcomputer-based software applications. Site licenses are maintained for microcomputer versions of SPSS, SAS, S-Plus, STATA, and Matlab, which provide statistical analysis capabilities.

Several statistical analysis packages, including SAS, SPSS and S-Plus, are provided in many of the general access labs. Academic Computing also maintains a multi-node computing cluster to support concurrent execution of long-running user-compiled programs for computation-based research.

Academic Computing serves as a repository for a substantial body of machine-readable data including the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) data archives, Standard and Poor's COMPUSTAT and the Center for Research in Security Prices' (CRSP) data sets. The University Libraries also maintain a number of databases and other research materials on CD-ROM servers that are accessible through the campus network.

Consulting, Training and Help Desk Services

Consulting and training are provided by Academic Computing to facilitate the use of research and instructional computing facilities by students. A series of short courses is offered each term/semester to allow students to gain the expertise necessary for effective use of campus computer systems and software. A number of computer-based training programs are accessible within student laboratories or via the web (www.unt.edu/training). Experienced consultants are available to assist students with technical problems.

The Computing and Information Technology Center (CITC) operates a campuswide help desk service to provide students with information and help on a variety of computing problems (www.unt.edu/helpdesk).

Benchmarks Online (www.unt.edu/benchmarks), CITC's newsletter, is published monthly and serves as an excellent resource for current information systems at UNT.


The University of North Texas is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; telephone 404-679-4500] to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Inquiries to the commission should relate only to the accreditation status of the institution.

In addition, the University of North Texas offers programs accredited by the following organizations.

AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.

Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration

Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

American Chemical Society

American Library Association

American Psychological Association

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Association for Behavior Analysis

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Council for Interior Design Accreditation

Council on Rehabilitation Education

Council on Social Work Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

National Association of Schools of Music

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

National Recreation and Park Association/American Association of Leisure and Recreation Council on Accreditation

State Board for Educator Certification

Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technologyy

Addresses of accrediting organizations are printed following the index.

In addition, the University of North Texas offers programs that are approved or recognized by:

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Council for Exceptional Children

Educational Leadership Constituent Council

International Reading Association

International Society for Technology in Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Council of Teachers of English

National Council of Teachers in Mathematics

Institutional Memberships

The University of North Texas holds the following memberships.

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

American College Dance Festival

American Collegiate Retailing Association

American Council on Education

American Hotel and Lodging Association

American Political Science Association

Association of Texas Colleges and Universities

Association of Texas Graduate Schools

Broadcast Education Association

Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities

Conference of Southern Graduate Schools

Council for Chemical Research

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Council for Public University Presidents and Chancellors

Council of Graduate Schools

Council on Undergraduate Research

Dallas Dance Council

Federation of North Texas Area Universities

Greater Denton Arts Council

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International

International Council of Shopping Centers

International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education

International Textile and Apparel Association

National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges

National Collegiate Honors Council

National Restaurant Association

National Retail Federation

National Women's Studies Association

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Society of Cinema Studies

Texas Association of Broadcast Educators

University Film and Video Association

UNT System and University Officers

Board of Regents

Gayle W. Strange, Chair (2009), Denton
C. Dan Smith, Vice Chair (2011), Plano
Don A. Buchholz (2013), Dallas
Charles D. Mitchell (2011), Dallas
Robert A. Nickell (2009), Dallas
Gwyn Shea (2013), Dallas
Al Silva (2011), San Antonio
Rice M. Tilley, Jr. (2009), Fort Worth
Jack A. Wall (2013), Dallas

Student Regent

Appointed annually

UNT System Officers


Lee F. Jackson, MPA, Chancellor of the University of North Texas System
Gretchen M. Bataille, DA, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and President of the University of North Texas
Scott Ransom, DO, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and President of the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth
Jack Morton, JD, Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations
Nancy S. Footer, JD, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel
Andrew M. Harris, MBA, Vice Chancellor for Finance
Richard L. Escalante, MA, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

UNT Officers


Gretchen M. Bataille, DA, President of the University of North Texas, including the UNT Dallas Campus (UNT System Center at Dallas)
Wendy Wilkins, PhD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Celia Williamson, PhD, Deputy Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
John Ellis Price, PhD, Vice Provost for the UNT Dallas Campus (UNT System Center at Dallas)
Philip M. Turner, EdD, Vice Provost for Learning Enhancement
Gregory McQueen, PhD, Senior Vice President for Advancement
Gilda Garcia, EdD, Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity
Andrew M. Harris, MBA, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Bonita C. Jacobs, PhD, Vice President for Student Development
Deborah S. Leliaert, MEd, Vice President for University Relations, Communications and Marketing
Vishwanath “Vish” Prasad, PhD, Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Troy Johnson, PhD, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Allen Clark, EdD, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness
Bonita J. Hairston, JD, Chief of Staff
Richard Villareal, BS, Director of Athletics

Academic Deans

Honors College,
Gloria C. Cox, PhD, Dean

College of Arts and Sciences,
Warren W. Burggren, PhD, Dean

College of Business Administration,
O. Finley Graves, PhD, Dean

College of Education,
Jerry Thomas, EdD, Dean

College of Engineering,
Oscar N. Garcia, PhD, Dean

School of Library and Information Sciences,
Herman Totten, PhD, Dean

School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management,
Judith C. Forney, PhD, Dean

College of Music,
James Scott, DMA, Dean

College of Public Affairs and Community Service,
Thomas L. Evenson, PhD, Interim Dean

College of Visual Arts and Design,
Robert Milnes, PhD, Dean

Robert B. Toulouse School of Graduate Studies,
Sandra Terrell, PhD, Dean

University Libraries,
B. Donald Grose, PhD, Dean of Libraries

Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science,
Richard J. Sinclair, PhD, Dean

University Diversity Statement

The University of North Texas has a history of seeking to preserve an atmosphere of openness and tolerance. It is committed to maintaining an unpretentious and accepting atmosphere welcoming to anyone who strives to achieve his or her personal best. UNT possesses and values an increasing diversity among the individuals who make up its community. This is one of UNT's greatest strengths.

Individuals within the UNT community are unified by a primary purpose: learning. With that primary purpose in mind, UNT works to advance ideals of human worth and dignity by facilitating open discussion, supporting rational resolution of conflict and encouraging examination of values.

Harassment based on individual differences is inconsistent with UNT's mission and educational goals. Every member of the UNT community enjoys certain human and constitutional rights, including the right to free speech. At the same time, individuals who work, study, live and teach within this community are expected to refrain from behavior that threatens the freedom, safety and respect deserved by every community member in good standing.

Every member of the UNT community must comply with federal and state equal opportunity laws and regulations. Such compliance is not only a given standard, but is, in fact, a baseline from which our community works to assure fairness and equity to all who pursue their educational and professional goals here.

Students, faculty or staff who have concerns or questions should contact the appropriate office. Students should call the Dean of Students at 940-565-2648. Faculty and staff should call the Equal Opportunity Office at 940-565-2103. TDD access: 800-735-2989.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The University of North Texas does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of individuals in its programs and activities.

The university provides academic adjustments and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined under the law, who are otherwise qualified to meet the institution's academic and employment requirements. For information, call the Office of Disability Accommodation at 940-565-4323, TDD access: 940-565-2958 or 940-369-8652; the Equal Opportunity Office at 940-565-2103; or Institutional Equity and Diversity at 940-565-2456. TDD access is available through Relay Texas: 800-735-2989 or 940-369-8652.

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