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College of Fine Arts and Humanities Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I apply to WTAMU?
  2. Is financial aid available?
  3. What degree programs are available in the College of Education and Social Sciences?
  4. How do I get an academic advisor?
  5. How do I obtain a degree plan?
  6. How does a student with a disability seek an accommodation?
  7. How do I obtain personal counseling and crisis intervention services?
  8. How do I apply for graduation?When do I apply for graduation?
  9. How do I challenge a semester grade?
  10. How do I resolve a concern with a course or a faculty member?
  11. How do I participate in study abroad through the Go Global program?
  12. How do I drop a course or withdraw from the University?
  13. What does it mean to be given an academic warning?
  14. What do I do if I have been placed on academic probation?
  15. What do I do if I am suspended from the University?
  16. What if I am suspended from the University for a second time?
  17. What is the tuition rebate? Am I eligible for the tuition rebate?
  18. How do I apply for a tuition rebate?
     

1. How do I apply to WTAMU?

The Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities consists of four departments and one School. The college houses the Departments of Art, Theatre and Dance; Communication; English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages; History; and the School of Music. They are prepared to help you find the career of your choice. West Texas A&M University is prepared to offer you the best college experience possible. It begins with your application to WTAMU. If you don't know what you want as a major, no worries. Trained counselors and fascinating classes help you narrow down the options and find your passions. We'll help Discover the BUFF in You.

Find out about Admission Requirements and be sure to visit the appropriate department page because many of them have additional requirements (auditions for the School of Music or Theatre and Dance auditions).

Whether you are an incoming freshmen, a transfer student, a graduate or international student, apply to WTAMU through the following applications.

 

2. Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is an important step in your educational process. The WTAMU Financial Aid Office is here to help you with your financial needs and get you on the fast track to educational success.

West Texas A&M University awards approximately $4 million each year in scholarships to new and continuing students, with the average award totaling $1,200 per year. Students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership and special talent are considered for University scholarships. Financial need may be a consideration. BUFF Promise is an excellent resource for families to cover the costs of education.

Incoming freshmen and new transfer students must apply for admission at Apply Texas before completing the scholarship application. Once the Office of Admissions receives your application, an acknowledgement and your Buffalo Gold Card ID number will be sent in order to complete the application. You can also contact us for your Buffalo Gold Card number (your Apply Texas ID will not work for the scholarship application).

See scholarships available to students majoring in the College of Education and Social Sciences.

 

3. What degree programs are available in the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities?

The Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities offer 16 undergraduate degree programs and 7 graduate degree programs. The college is also responsible for degrees in Applied Arts and Sciences and General Studies. See the departmental web pages for program and degree information.

 

4. How do I get an academic advisor?

Advising Services is committed to providing academic advising to all undergraduate students, including prospective students, at West Texas A&M University. While services are typically focused on students who have less than thirty hours credit and any student new to WT, they are available to any student, faculty or staff member who has questions or needs assistance. Through the advising process students will: be assisted with clarifying their personal and educational goals; learn educational options available at WT; select an educational plan consistent with their abilities, skills, interests and goals; discover the many opportunities available for student engagement; and learn of resources available to assist them with being a successful student.

Students who have completed more than 30 semester hours are advised by their academic department.

 

5. How do I obtain a degree plan?

Students, who are currently enrolled and have completed 45 semester credit hours, are required to file a degree plan. Prior to obtaining a degree plan, students must meet with their adviser and declare a major. To request a degree plan, please visit the Dean's office located in room 161 of Mary Moody Northen Hall.

 

6. How does a student with a disability seek an accommodation?

The purpose of the Office of Student Disability Services is to provide assistance and accommodations to students with disabilities. West Texas A&M University is committed to providing all students with equal access to a quality education. In addition to serving as an advocate for students with disabilities, the office also works very closely with faculty and staff members in order to monitor students' progress and encourage a positive educational experience.

 

7. How do I obtain personal counseling and crisis intervention services?

Life as a college student can be an exciting time filled with freedom, changes, and new experiences! It can be fulfilling, rewarding and sometimes challenging. For many students, these changes and demands can be overwhelming. WTAMU's Student Counseling Services understands that students may need some support during the school year to help them succeed. The Student Counseling Center is able to help students through:

  • Personal Counseling

  • Career Counseling

  • Couples Counseling

  • Crisis Intervention

Student Counseling Services is located in the Classroom Center suite 116. Our center is the suite with frosted glass windows in the Student Success Center.

 

8. How do I apply for graduation?When do I apply for graduation?

Visit the Graduation Application page to download the application form and follow the instructions. Deadlines for submission of a graduation application are as follows: 

December Graduation             Oct. 1
May Graduation                       March 1
August Graduation                   July 1

9. How do I challenge a semester grade?

The procedures for challenging a semester grade are detailed in the WTAMU Code of Student Life, Appendix II.

 

10. How do I resolve a concern with a course or a faculty member?

If you have a concern with a course or a faculty member, you should make initial contact with the faculty member in an effort to resolve your concern.  If no resolution is achieved, you may contact the head of the department that offered the course. If no resolution is possible, you may appeal to the dean or associate dean of the college.  

 

11. How do I participate in study abroad through the Go Global program?

Studying abroad is an experience you will carry with you throughout your life. It will not only expose you to a different and unique culture, but it will open doors in academic areas as well as future employment opportunities. Gaining experience through time spent abroad is something that no amount of classroom experience can simulate or replace. For more information contact the Study Abroad office.

 

12. How do I drop a course or withdraw from the University?

Dropping a course (not withdrawing) by the deadline can be done through:

Withdrawing is dropping all classes in a semester (with the option of returning). Withdrawing or dropping your last class cannot be accomplished through Buff Advisor. Withdrawing by the deadline can be done through:

  • Completing and returning the withdrawal form with signature to the Office of the Registrar in person, by fax or mail.
  • In person at the Office of the Registrar  

Check the University calendar for deadlines.

 

13. What does it mean to be given an academic warning?

 

A student has a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) and a semester GPA. The cumulative GPA is based on all hours for which a student has received a grade from WTAMU. The semester GPA is based on only the hours for which a student received a grade in a single semester. An academic warning is given when a student’s overall GPA is 2.00 or above but the semester GPA is below 2.00 or when the student failed to complete at least 75% of the courses in which he was officially enrolled (courses passed, failed, or dropped). The student will be advised to see his academic adviser for assistance with academic intervention or the need for support services. A student who has been given an academic warning may register for classes the next semester without any restrictions. However, a student who has received three consecutive academic warnings must consult with the Dean or Associate Dean of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities.

 

 

14. What do I do if I have been placed on academic probation?

 

A student is placed on academic probation when his cumulative grade point average (GPA) is below 2.00. The student will be advised to see his academic adviser for assistance with academic intervention or the need for support services. A student will continue to be on academic probation but may register for classes as long as his semester GPA is 2.00 or above.    The student will remain on academic probation until his cumulative GPA is 2.00 or above. Once a student’s cumulative GPA is 2.00 or above, the student will be returned to regular academic status.  

 

 

15. What do I do if I am suspended from the University? 

 

A student who is suspended from the University has two options: to serve the suspension or to appeal the suspension to the Academic Review Committee. A student who has been suspended from the university for the first time (First Suspension) will be required to sit out for two consecutive academic semesters. Summer I and Summer II count as a single academic semester. After serving the suspension the student must re-apply to the University using the EZ form located at http://wtamu.edu/webres/File/Administrative/Enrollment Management/Registrar/Steps to post on web for Reinstatement after First Suspension.pdf

After applying for readmission the student must make an appointment with the Associate Dean of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities for reinstatement. A student may also appeal his suspension to the Academic Review Committee. The Suspension Appeal Form can be found on the Registrar’s web site at http://wtamu.edu/administration/registrar-probation-suspension.aspx. A student who is reinstated either after serving the suspension or after a successful appeal will continue to be on academic probation until his cumulative GPA is 2.00 or above. Once a student’s cumulative GPA is 2.00 or above, the student will be returned to regular academic status.


 

16. What if I am suspended from the University for a second time?

A student who has been reinstated after a first suspension and whose semester grade point average (GPA) remains below 2.00 will be suspended a second time. A student who has been suspended from the university for the second time (Second Suspension) will be required to sit out for a calendar year or may appeal his suspension to the Academic Review Committee. The Suspension Appeal Form can be found on the Registrar’s web site at http://wtamu.edu/administration/registrar-probation-suspension.aspx. If the appeal is denied, the student will be required to serve the one-year suspension.   After serving the suspension the student must submit a re-entry application and submit a Request for Reinstatement after Serving a Second Academic Suspension.  The Request for Reinstatement must be approved by the Academic Review Committee. After approval by the Academic Review Committee the student must be reinstated by the Associate Dean of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities.  A student who is reinstated either after serving a second suspension or after a successful appeal will continue to be on academic probation until his cumulative GPA is 2.00 or above. Once a student’s cumulative GPA is 2.00 or above, the student will be returned to regular academic status.  A student reinstated after a second suspension and whose cumulative GPA remains below a 2.00 will be dismissed from the University (Academic Dismissal).

 

17. What is the tuition rebate?  Am I eligible for the tuition rebate?

The purpose of the rebate program is to provide tuition rebates that will provide a financial incentive for students to prepare for university studies while completing their high school work, avail themselves of academic counseling, make early career decisions, and complete their baccalaureate studies with as few courses outside the degree plan as possible. The amount of tuition to be rebated to eligible student under this program is $1,000, unless the total amount of undergraduate tuition paid by the student to the institution awarding the degree was less than $1,000, in which event the amount of tuition to be rebated is an amount equal to the amount of undergraduate tuition paid by the student to the institution. Details concerning eligibility for the rebate.

 

18. How do I apply for a tuition rebate?

Apply here for the tuition rebate.

 

 

 

 

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