The College of Liberal Arts faculty, staff and student employees serve more than 4,995 students enrolled in 26 undergraduate and 22 graduate programs.
National accreditation of two departments: the Department of Art & Art History through the National Association of Schools of Art & Design and the Department of Music through the National Association of Schools of Music.
Retention of first-time full-time freshman from Fall 2011: 73.5% (university = 72.1%); retention of new undergraduate transfers from Fall 2011: 72.1% (university = 63.8%)
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*MFA is terminal degree.
Total student headcount for College of Liberal Arts: 4,931
Faculty awards for research and creative activity include: a Guggenheim Fellowship, 2 Pulitzer Prize nominations, La Cruz Andina de Oro [Andean Golden Cross] from the Bolivian Government and multiple awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the National Academy of Education, the Mellon, Ford and Russell Sage Foundations, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Academy in Rome and many other institutions. Faculty members have discovered new languages. They have received national awards for outstanding advising. They include elected members of the Texas Institute of Letters, the Société de l’histoire de l’art français (Louvre Museum, Paris, France), and the Fondazione “Il Correggio” (Correggio, Italy).
Work by art faculty is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Fogg Museum, Harvard University; the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; the Royal Museum of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium. A Professor of Art was named Texas State Artist in 3-dimensional media by the Texas Commission on the Arts in 2007.
Waded Cruzado-Salas (1984 M.A. Spanish, 1990 Ph.D. Humanities) is President of Montana State University. She previously was dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and executive vice president and provost at New Mexico State University.
Nada Shabout (BS Architecture 1984; Art & Art History, B.F.A. Painting 1988, M.A. Humanities 1991, Ph.D. Humanities 1999) is curating the permanent collection and an Arab modernist exhibition for the opening of the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar.
Stephen Peters (2009 B.A., Communication: Journalism) was named national college Multimedia Journalist of the Year by the Center for Innovation in College Media at Vanderbilt University in 2009.
Beth Brunk-Chavez (1999 PhD, ENGL), Associate Professor of English at U Texas – El Paso received a UT Systems Regents Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009
Jack Franke (1987 BA, Russian) is dean of the Emerging Languages Task Force at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA.
William McKenzie (1979 M.A., POLS) was one of three reporters for the Dallas Morning News awarded a Pulitzer Prize April 12, 2010 for their series of articles “deploring the stark social and economic disparity” between North and South Dallas. This was the 9th Pulitzer Prize for the Dallas Morning News. Mr. McKenzie has been an editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News as editorial columnist since 1991.
Lou Diamond Phillips (B.F.A. 1985, theatre arts), star of the films “La Bamba” and “Stand and Deliver” and The King and I on Broadway.
Ann Wynia (1965 B.A., Political Science), currently president of North Hennepin Community College, was elected to serve the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1977-1989
Jim McClellan (1968 B.A. Political Science, 1970 M.A. History) is dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. He is in his seventh term as commissioner of human rights for the city of Alexandria, VA.
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