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Thank you for your interest in the College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) at the University of Texas at Arlington! Our college is one of the largest at UTA, covering Liberal Arts disciplines in three areas—Fine and Performing Arts, Humanities, and the Social Sciences. In each of our departments and programs students work closely with world-renowned faculty, contribute to cutting-edge research and creative activity, and generate new ways of understanding the world around us. 

CoLA is the home of many “core” curriculum courses at UTA. Because these courses are at the heart of every undergraduate degree, our award winning educators enable all UTA students to build real-world skills in critical thinking, communication, and understanding culture and humanity across the globe. These skills are in high demand outside academia, as well.  Employers recognize the value our graduates bring to their teams and are ready to hire our alumni. 

Students who want to dive more deeply into the Liberal Arts have a variety of majors, minors, and certificates to choose from. Often, our students pair more than one course of study to chart a unique path—a decision that puts them in a position of strength after graduation because they learn to see the world through many different lenses. Whether working in public service, private enterprise, or non-profits, or striking out on their own as entrepreneurs, our graduates go on to change the world. You can find our alumni working as policy advocates or product designers, as digital media content creators or technical writers, as artists or secret service agents. With CoLA, the future is yours to design!



Elizabeth Newman smiling at the camera, wearing a dark blouse


Elizabeth Newman, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Meet our UTA CoLA Alumni

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Hallee Turner

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at UTA / Masters of Fine Art in Intermedia

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Desiree McNelis

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology / Master of Arts in Sociology

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Chief Derick Miller

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UTA / Bachelor and Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Laura Wimmer

Bachelor of Arts in Art History

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Nicholas Silvas

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Andrea Jenkins

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science / Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

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Catherine Celis

Bachelor of Arts in History / Minor in Law and Legal Studies / Minor in Disability Studies

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Undergraduate diversity among national universities

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Top 200

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Nearly 50,000

Number of alumni from CoLA dating back to 1962

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