UT Austin believes that every undergraduate should be exposed to a set of skills and experiences in preparation for a complex world. To this end, all undergraduates at UT are required to earn Flags—courses that include a substantial focus on one of the following six areas:
- Cultural Diversity in the United States
- Ethics & Leadership
- Global Cultures
- Independent Inquiry
- Quantitative Reasoning
Flagged courses are taught in every department at UT, at upper-and lower-division levels, and cover a wide variety of topics. Flags are offered across the curriculum so you will learn about writing or ethical decision-making, for example, in the context of your own discipline.
Each college and school is implementing Flags on a different timeline, so speak with your academic advisor or check the Flag requirements by catalog to determine which Flags you need for your major and catalog. Learn more about Flags.
Opportunities and Events
School of Undergraduate Studies Writing Flag Contest
The first annual Writing Flag Award honors the best writing produced by UT undergraduates in courses carrying the Writing Flag. For full contest rules, submission guidelines, and other information, please see our contest page.
Visit the Flag information pages above to hear more faculty and student experiences with flagged courses at The University of Texas at Austin.