College of Liberal Arts
Dean Beth Wright
Associate Dean Elisabeth Cawthon
Associate Dean Kevin Gustafson
Associate Dean Les Riding-In
Associate Dean Kimberly van Noort
210 University Hall
Box 19617, Arlington, Texas 76019, USA
Art + Art History
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Visiting Assistant Professor
Philosophy and Humanities
Senior Vice Provost
Associate Adjunct Professor
Sociology and Anthropology
Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.A.
Music Performance, M.M. Thesis
Transatlantic History, Ph.D.
Sociology, M.A. Thesis
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, M.A.
Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.A.
Modern Languages, M.A. (Spanish or French Concentration)
Political Science, M.A.
Mission and Philosophy
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.
History and Overview
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.
Scholastic Activity and Research Interests of the Faculty
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.
Special Programs and Opportunities
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.
Lecture Series, Seminars and Conferences:
- Each year the English Department sponsors the Hermann Lecture series, which brings scholars from UT Arlington and other universities together for discussions and master classes on an issue of general theoretical interest.
- The History Department presents the Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures each March. Nationally prominent speakers make presentations on an annual topic, followed by a dinner in the University Center and a keynote address.
- Graduate students in Linguistics sponsor a Linguistics Conference each year. This conference provides an opportunity for students to begin their professional careers by organizing the sessions, reviewing paper abstracts and presenting their own research.
- The Women's Studies Program organizes an annual, month-long Women's History Month Lecture Series. Exhibits and film/video presentations also are included as part of the events scheduled during the month of April. The Women's Studies Brown Bag Colloquium is another forum for scholars, primarily UT Arlington faculty, to share their research with the University community.
- The Criminal Justice and Criminology Program sponsors a Brown Bag Lecture Series every spring semester, and students have the opportunity to receive credit for practicums.
- The Philosophy Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Humanities, together with the Philosophy Club at UT Arlington. Each semester, a philosopher of national or international reputation from another university is invited to the UT Arlington campus to lecture on a topic of current philosophical interest.
- The Department of Political Science hosts the annual Haggard Lectures, bringing in nationally and internationally known scholars in the field.
- Each spring the Department of Sociology and Anthropology hosts the annual Termini Lecture Series in Anthropology, which brings a nationally prominent anthropologist to campus to speak on topics of general interest. The speaker typically presents a public lecture and a more informal presentation, primarily for the benefit of students, on a related topic.
- The Department of History hosts an annual student conference for the graduate students.
- The History Department publishes an annual volume comprised of Webb Lecture Series papers.
- The English Department houses the online literary review "Znine" and the online journal "Pretext."
- The Center for Theory houses the online journal "Fast Capitalism."
- Individual departments/programs publish newsletters which provide news and information about and for students, faculty and alumni.
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
- In support of the history M.A. and Ph.D. programs, the UT Arlington Library Special Collections houses the Jenkins Garrett Library of Texana and Mexican War historical material and the Cartographic History Library. In addition, Special Collections has material on UT Arlington's history since 1895, the history of organized labor in Texas and the Southwest, and Yucatan and Honduran archival materials.
- The Gallery at UT Arlington presents a full program of major exhibitions in its 4,000-square-foot gallery, including lectures, symposia, screenings and publications. The Gallery's program demonstrates the complementary roles of visual and verbal literacy.
- The Department of Modern Languages has a Language Laboratory which produces innovative software in language learning.
- The Department of Music offers laboratory facilities and the Fine Arts Library contains an extensive collection of recordings and publications relating to musical performance and theory.
- The Anthropology Program has a biological anthropology lab, and offers an archaeological field school every summer where students can gain academic credit for learning and applying archaeological field methods.
- Numerous student organizations exist on campus to provide students with the opportunity to interact with peers in their disciplines. These student groups include interdisciplinary organizations for graduate students interested in Medieval Studies and Rhetoric; and honor societies for Anthropology, Communication, Criminal Justice, English, History, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as specialized interest groups.
- Student awards, scholarships and teaching and research assistantships are available in many College of Liberal Arts departments and programs. Each spring the History Department awards an outstanding graduate student the Wolfskill Prize, a cash award and plaque representing superior attainment in history studies. The English Language Institute, a part of the Program in Linguistics, provides graduate teaching assistantships. A McNair Fellowship is sponsored by the Office of the Dean.
- The Dean of College also awards funds for research travel and for travel to conferences for presentation of original research.
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.