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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The university

The University of North Texas is a place where students transform their lives through education and opportunity.

The flagship of the UNT System, UNT has a legacy of excellence in a broad range of academic areas. UNT is the most comprehensive university in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, offering 98 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 36 doctoral degree programs — many nationally and internationally recognized. The choice of 36,000 students, it’s the largest, most comprehensive university in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

UNT is a student-focused public research university. Named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys® for 19 consecutive years, UNT offers the state’s most affordable research university education. With 44 research centers, our faculty and students are discovering innovative solutions to real-world problems and serving the public good.


UNT is in Denton, a college town of about 122,000 people located 40 miles north of Dallas and Fort Worth. The 900-acre campus includes 173 buildings and Discovery Park, a 300-acre research facility. Discovery Park is accessible by shuttle buses, as are residence halls, athletic facilities and other areas of campus.

The Dallas—Fort Worth area is one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States and home to many of the nation’s fastest growing cities. UNT powers the North Texas region through innovation, education and research; forming partnerships with many business, industry, education, government and cultural organizations.

The university’s mission

UNT is a major public research university deeply committed to advancing educational excellence and preparing students to become thoughtful, engaged citizens of the world.

The university’s vision

As the most comprehensive public research university providing a top quality education in one of the nation’s largest, most dynamic regions, UNT will be celebrated for its academics, arts and athletics. UNT will be a diverse and inclusive institution creating knowledge and innovations that will shape the future, while cultivating excellence in the next generation of scholars and leaders for the global community.

Achieving the vision

UNT’s promise

The University of North Texas’ ultimate responsibility is to provide students with the best education possible, so they may achieve their goals, succeed at the highest levels and improve their communities, the state of Texas, the nation and the world.

UNT promises to offer students a challenging, rigorous, high-quality education and provide a supportive environment to help them successfully learn and grow.

UNT promises to contribute to the greater good through scholarship, research, creative endeavors and public service.

UNT’s four bold goals

At the heart of the university’s strategic plan are four cornerstone goals that drive UNT to provide the best education possible and rival the nation’s best higher education institutions. The goals are ambitious, but the plan builds on UNT’s strengths and momentum. We are reaching our destination by working together to meet the most ambitious goals. We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of quality, service and engagement, and measure our progress against clear and accepted standards.

Goal 1: Provide the best undergraduate educational experience in Texas.

Goal 2: Provide superior graduate education, scholarship and artistic endeavors and achieve status among the nation’s tier-one research institutions.

Goal 3: Become a national leader among universities in student support, employee relations, operational effectiveness and service to constituencies.

Goal 4: Establish UNT as a nationally recognized, engaged university and regional leader by building and expanding mutually beneficial partnerships and resources.

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:

1890 Texas Normal College and Teachers’ Training Institute
1894 North Texas Normal College
1901 North Texas State Normal College
1923 North Texas State Teachers College
1949 North Texas State College
1961 North Texas State University
1988 University of North Texas

Incoming students score well above the national and state averages on the SAT, and choose UNT for the quality of its programs, many of which are nationally and internationally recognized. UNT “firsts” through the years include:

  • First jazz studies program in the U.S.
  • First undergraduate emergency administration and planning program in the U.S.
  • First bachelor’s degree in digital retailing in the U.S. and first master’s degree in merchandising offered completely online
  • First school library certification program in the U.S. offered completely online
  • First accredited master’s program in applied behavior analysis in the world
  • First master’s program in international sustainable tourism in the U.S.
  • First four-year aviation logistics program at a university in Texas
  • First comprehensive training/research center for Spanish language media
  • First and only PhD program in art education in Texas
  • World’s first graduate program in environmental philosophy and world’s first field station in environmental philosophy, science and policy at Cape Horn, Chile


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 12 schools and colleges.

Student life

 A wide array of student organizations gives UNT students the opportunity to build friendships with people of both similar and varied interests and provides avenues for organized and meaningful service. Student organizations represent many areas of interest, such as service professional, political, academic, spiritual, athletic, residential, and Greek. Being involved in a student organization promotes a sense of community and connection to the university, while serving to enhance the social, intellectual and developmental growth of students. For more information, see the Campus Resources section of this catalog, call the Student Activities Center at 940-565-3807 or visit

UNT libraries

A wide range of student- and faculty-centered services are the cornerstone of the Libraries’ integral role in the UNT community. As an essential component of education and research at UNT, the Libraries offer access to more than seven million items (print and digital), along with expert personnel to assist patrons in achieving their academic and scholarly goals. Visit us online at


UNT Libraries’ services include:

  • Willis Library open 24/7 during long semesters
  • Mac and PC laptop checkout
  • Free video games, movies, music and more
  • The Study cafe in Willis Library
  • Electronic resources, including journals, books and other research materials
  • Library instruction, subject guides and tutorials
  • Research assistance from subject experts
  • Accessible tables, study carrels, and computers in Willis, Eagle Commons, Media and Discovery Park libraries

Libraries and collections

UNT Libraries have many exceptional collections:

  • The Music Library is one of the country’s largest music collections, with an extensive phonographic disc and tape collection, and the private jazz collections of Stan Kenton, Don Gillis, Whit Ozier and Leon Breeden.
  • Special Collections preserve and provide access to an incredible wealth of materials that document the history and legacy of Texas, as well as touch on numerous topics of national import. Collections include the history of the university, oral histories and Texas county records. Other important archival collections include those of Sarah T. Hughes, Enid Justin and Ruth Salmon. The holdings also feature an outstanding miniature book collection; the private library of Anson Jones, President of the Republic of Texas; Texas Society of Sons of the American Revolution; the Weaver Collection of Juvenile materials; and examples of important early publishing, printing and binding styles. Recently expanded collections include the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Archive; the Latino/Latina Archive; and the Photography and Visual Materials Collection, which includes the photographic archives of several prominent photographers.
  • The Government Documents Department contains U.S. and Texas government documents, including the Texas Register. The library has received national recognition for its efforts to preserve online government information through the CyberCemetery and participation in the 2008 End-of-Term Harvest of U.S. government web sites. The UNT Libraries have the distinction of being one of ten affiliated archives of the National Archives.
  • Through collaborative efforts such as the Portal to Texas History and the UNT Digital Library, the Libraries provide digital content to a worldwide audience. The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials from more than 250 partners at libraries, museums and archives across Texas. The UNT Digital Library is ranked in the top 15 digital repositories in North America and is 19th best globally. Highlighted collections in the UNT Digital Library include UNT electronic theses and dissertations, the Federal Communications Commission Record, UNT Scholarly Works, a Virtual Music Rare Book Room and the World War poster collections.

In addition to Willis Library, UNT Libraries include the following:

  • The Media Library in Chilton Hall, which houses a large collection of audiovisual materials, including videos, 16 mm - films and audio CDs. Video-on-demand service is provided for curriculum support.
  • The Discovery Park Library, which supports the College of Engineering and the College of Information.
  • The Eagle Commons Library in Sycamore Hall, which focuses on physics, chemistry, biology, art and psychology and includes an outstanding collection in mathematics. The Collaboration and Learning Commons offers the ideal place on campus to study in groups, create multimedia projects and record presentations.
  • The Library Annex and the Research Collection Library—both located off-campus—which provide storage for and house the preservation and technical services departments.

Computer services

Centralized campus computing services that support instruction, research and student learning are provided through Academic Computing and User Services (ACUS). ACUS is a division of University Information Technology (UIT; and is located in Suite 336-338 of Sage Hall. ACUS services include support for a wide range of research computing platforms, student messaging, training, consulting and the university computing help desk (

In addition to the services directly supported by ACUS, 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 (UNT secure network and 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 Learning Enhancement, Assessment and Redesign (CLEAR; using computing systems supported by the Information Technology Shared Services (ITSS;

Student computing services

Thirteen general access microcomputer labs (, 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 network connections, allowing students to have high-speed access to the Internet and the campus network on their own computers.

Information Technology Shared Services (ITSS) provides electronic mail to all students via EagleConnect (, a web-based e-mail and calendar system. EagleConnect is used as an official communication medium between the university and students. Through the EagleConnect service, students can also download and install Microsoft Office to their personal computing devices free of charge.

Research computing support

Academic Computing and User Services (ACUS) supports multiple High Performance Computing (HPC) systems used for computationally intensive scientific research (

ACUS provides support for SPSS, SAS, R, Matlab, and other statistical analysis mathematics programming languages. SAS, SPSS, R, and Matlab are available for use in many of the general access computing labs. Documentation, training and consultation support are available for all supported statistical programming applications ( 

ACUS supports access to machine-readable data collections 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 and User Services (ACUS) to facilitate the use of research and instructional computing facilities. Short courses are offered on statistical packages and research techniques that are of particular interest to students involved in research activities.

Computer-based training programs are accessible within general access computer labs or via the web ( Experienced consultants are available to assist students with computing problems. 

ACUS operates the university computing help desk service to provide students with information and help on a variety of computing problems ( The help desk is located in Sage Hall, Room 130. The phone number is 940-565-2324.

Benchmarks Online (, University Information Technology’s (UIT) newsletter, is published monthly and is an excellent source for news about computing and information technology resources in use at UNT. 


The University of North Texas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of North Texas. 

Note: The Commission should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support the institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.  Normal inquiries about UNT, such as admission requirements, financial aid, and educational programs, should be addressed directly to UNT and not the Commission’s office


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


AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

ABET-Computing Accreditation Commission
ABET-Technology Accreditation Commission
Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

American Association of Forensic Science
American Chemical Society
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
American Library Association
American Psychological Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Association for Behavior Analysis International

Association for Childhood Education International
Association for Middle Level Education
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Council for Interior Design Accreditation
Council on Rehabilitation Education
Council on Social Work Education
Development, Family Studies, and Early Childhood Education
National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
National Association for Sport and Physical Education
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
National Council for the Social Studies
National Recreation and Park Association/American Association of Leisure and Recreation Council on Accreditation
Texas State Board for Educator Certification

See Accrediting Institutions  for addresses of accrediting organizations.

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 Society for Technology in Education
National Council of Teachers of English
National Council of Teachers of 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 Association
American Collegiate Retailing Association
American Council on Education
American Hotel and Lodging Association
American Mathematical Society
American Political Science Association
Association for Symbolic Logic
Association of Texas Colleges and Universities
Association of Texas Graduate Schools
Association of Women in Mathematics
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
Mathematical Association of America
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 for Cinema and Media Studies
Texas Association of Broadcast Educators
Texas Educational Theatre Association
University Film and Video Association

Administration, faculty and librarians

See the Administration, faculty and librarians  section for lists of university officers, UNT System officers and academic deans.

Information regarding individual faculty members and librarians is available from the Faculty Profile System ( Select “Faculty Profiles” from the Browse menu. To access faculty information from a specific department or from the Libraries, use the drop-down menu at the head of the faculty list.

Graduate faculty of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (UNTHSC) also are members of the graduate faculty of the University of North Texas and thus can serve as mentors or committee members of UNT graduate students appropriate to their graduate appointment. See the UNTHSC Graduate Catalog for UNTHSC graduate faculty listings.

UNT presidents

Joshua C. Chilton (1890–1893)
John J. Crumley (1893–1894)
Menter B. Terrill (1894–1901)
J.S. Kendall (1901–1906)
W.H. Bruce (1906–1923)
Robert L. Marquis (1923–1934)
W.J. McConnell (1934–1951)
J.C. Matthews (1951–1968)
John J. Kamerick (1968–1970)
John L. Carter, Jr. (acting, 1970–1971)
C.C. Nolen (1971–1979)
John L. Carter, Jr. (acting, 1979–1980)
Frank E. Vandiver (1980–1981)
Howard W. Smith Jr. (ad interim, 1981–1982)
Alfred F. Hurley (1982–2000)
Norval F. Pohl (2000–2006)
Gretchen M. Bataille (2006–2010)
Phillip C. Diebel (ad interim, 2010)
V. Lane Rawlins (2010-2014)
Neal Smatresk (2014-present)

From 1981 until 2000, the president also carried the responsibilities and title of Chancellor of the University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Senate Bill 751 of the 76th Texas Legislature provided for the establishment of the University of North Texas System, and in July 1999, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board confirmed formal system status for UNT System Center (now in Dallas), including the Denton campus, UNTHSC at Fort Worth and the UNT Dallas Campus. In October 2000, the positions of president and chancellor were officially separated.

UNT chancellors

Frank E. Vandiver (1981)
Howard E. Smith (ad interim, 1981)
Alfred F. Hurley (1981–2002)
Lee Jackson (2002–present)

On August 24, 2002, the UNT Board of Regents named Alfred F. Hurley Chancellor Emeritus of the UNT System and President Emeritus of the university.