The mission of the College of Liberal Arts is to provide a learning community wherein students are provided both broad-based and specialized education and to vitalize the educational process by creating and transmitting knowledge through research, scholarship and creative activity.
The college is characterized by a diversity of intellectual styles and interests. Departments and programs cluster into social sciences, humanities and fine arts. Liberal Arts disciplines address the rich meanings of human experience and expression and liberate the imagination by producing knowledge and creating beauty.
The faculty and administration of the college address the traditional objectives of liberal arts in the University: 1) to develop the tools for analysis, appreciation and communication; for written and oral expression; for comprehension, interpretation, and analysis of textual material; for analytic reasoning and scientific method; and for appreciation of aesthetic experience; 2) to prepare students for a range of careers in academia and public and private sector organizations. Graduates of the college contribute to the region, the state and the nation as college and university professors, elementary and secondary teachers, legal professionals, in government agencies, social services, international business and industry, media and advertising, health and recreation, and cultural and entertainment industries; and 3) to promote understanding and critical evaluation of the cultural milieu the attitudes and the ideas that shape institutions and strategies in societies.
Accomplishing these objectives culminates in students reaping the creative, utilitarian and life enriching benefits of a liberal arts education.
The University of Texas at Arlington's College of Liberal Arts acquired its first graduate degrees in 1968, with the establishment of M.A. programs in English and History. Since that time, the number of M.A. programs offered has expanded to 13. In 1974, the college established its first Ph.D. level program, Humanities. The Humanities Program was reorganized in 1997 and replaced by three new Ph.D. level programs in English (Literature and Rhetoric/Composition tracks), History (transatlantic) and Linguistics. A joint Ph.D. in Philosophy with the University of North Texas was approved in 2005.
The faculty in the College of Liberal Arts excel in their roles as educators, creative scholars and researchers. Eight faculty members have won the Academy of Distinguished Teachers Award, and eight faculty are Chancellor's Teaching Award recipients. Two of our faculty have won the prestigious Piper Award from the UT System. Several faculty from a variety of departments in the college also have won the University Research Achievement Award. Numerous faculty have received recognition for their published scholarship, including Pulitzer Prize nominations and the Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Book Award. The Jenkins and Virginia Garrett Endowed Chair in Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography was created in 1995 and is currently held by David Buisseret, Ph.D. Five faculty from the College of Liberal Arts have been selected to be members of the Academy of Distinguished Scholars.
The scholarly activities and research of the faculty cover a range of areas represented within the 13 disciplines in the college. History faculty research interests center on transatlantic broadly defined, and research specializations of faculty include southern, western and southwestern history, frontier development, women and gender, urban and labor and public history. English faculty research strengths lie in the areas of American, British and comparative literatures; and rhetoric, composition and criticism. Linguistics faculty specialize in field linguistics. Numerous faculty throughout the college also conduct research on gender and women's issues. Anthropology faculty members recently became the first foreign archaeological team to excavate in Albania in more than 50 years.
The College of Liberal Arts provides a number of special programs and opportunities for graduate students. College lecture series and seminars, conferences, publications, academic centers, library collections and an art gallery provide a mosaic of events and resources that enrich the university community.
The College of Liberal Arts houses numerous centers designed to promote scholarship, research and teaching. These centers organize conferences, lecture series and workshops and provide a conduit for making faculty expertise available to the community. College of Liberal Arts centers are listed below and described in the Facilities for Advanced Studies and Research section of this catalog.
The Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training
The Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography
The Center for Mexican American Studies
The Center for Post-Soviet and East European Studies
The Center for Social Research
The Center for Theory
The English Language Institute
The International Linguistics Center
The Language Acquisition Center
The Women and Minorities Research and Resource Center
The College of Liberal Arts offers the following graduate degree programs:
Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.A.
English, M.A., Ph.D.
History, M.A.; Transatlantic History, Ph.D.
Linguistics, M.A., Ph.D.; TESOL, M.A.
Modern Languages (French and Spanish), M.A.
Music Education, M.M.
Philosophy, joint Ph.D. with UNT.
Political Science, M.A.; Public Administration, M.PA.