About CoLA

Creative, interdisciplinary approaches to address the challenges of a complex, global society.

Why Choose Liberal Arts at UTA? 

The College of Liberal Arts (COLA) at the University of Texas at Arlington is a place where excellence is the foundation of everything we do. Our faculty are experts in their fields, celebrated for their scholarship and creative work. This excellence drives engaging and meaningful academic programs. Our renowned faculty are also thought leaders and they provide cogent media commentary to enrich public understanding of the important topics of the day. 

COLA MEANS ACHIEVEMENT 

for all in our community. We value and invest in our students, providing an environment where they will thrive and develop their own leadership skills. We care deeply about our students from their first moments as Mavericks to life beyond commencement. We carefully structure their educational experience to prepare them for careers and for an enriched life. We celebrate their successes and those of our faculty and staff. 


COLA PEOPLE MAKE AN IMPACT 

on those around them. Our programs make a difference in students’ lives, and they go on to make an impact on their world. Faculty research is driven by real problems facing humanity and we engage with people and organizations to find solutions. 


COLA IS A HUB FOR EXPERTISE 

We are a reliable source of knowledge and discovery. Our work informs decision makers in areas as varied as public policy, non-profit leadership, communication, activism, and the arts. 


COLA MEANS CREATIVITY

Our writers, artists, and performers are driven to be innovative, and their imagination and energy inspire the next generation of creatives. 


COLA IS GLOBAL 

From our people to the reach of our scholarship and creativity, we represent all points on the globe. Moreover, we understand the complexities and challenges of global politics, cultures, societies, and peoples. 

Mission

COLA departments and centers cluster into the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts. They are comprised of highly skilled faculty and students who are dedicated to elevating the human condition through research, scholarship, and creative activity. Throughout the college, we cultivate the following values and skills:

Values

Local Engagement and Global Thinking. Foster a community-based understanding at UTA, in DFW, throughout the state, and on a global level. This capacity encourages students to act locally while being globally conscious.

Creativity and Innovation. Ensure students are engaging and cultivating various pursuits in entrepreneurship and artistic expression.

Inclusiveness and Diversity. Encourage an environment that is open to diverse backgrounds, ideas, and ways of thinking. Teaching respect, empathy, and tolerance for all people and cultures develop thoughtful, well-rounded students and citizens.

Community and Collaboration. Provide students with the ability to examine their place and space in the world. Cultivating partnerships and collaborative efforts produce an impact on society and help students in an increasingly global, ever-changing world and workplace.

Curiosity and Imagination. Speak to allowing the brain to roam free, question unexpectedly, think divergently instead of conversely, and not be afraid to express one’s self and ideas.

COLA BY THE NUMBERS

12

Number of departments in CoLA

21

Graduate degrees including the M.F.A and Ph.D. programs in English, transatlantic history, and linguistics

425

Current graduate students in 13 programs

90

Ph.D. students in 3 programs

78%

Full time undergraduate students receiving need-based financial support

$66,000

Awarded in research and travel opportunities

$7,000

Average need-based scholarship or grant award

$1.1 Million

Amount awarded in 2019-2020 in scholarships and fellowships

166

Number of tenure track faculty

Skills

With an education in liberal arts, students will develop the following skills:

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Foster inquiry into the attitudes and ideas that shape contemporary society. These skills facilitate bold ideas, challenge conventional thought, and reveal the process of finding solutions to complex issues.

Comprehension, Interpretation, and Analysis

Create deep thought of written, oral, and visual material. Once mastered, students demonstrate a high level of cognitive ability.

Leadership, Teamwork, and Effective Communication

Promote work habits and character traits commonly associated with 21st century skills.

Technological and Digital Tools

Enrich tremendous knowledge in social/media, the Internet, computer programming, computer hardware and software, applications (apps), and future technologies.

Research and Professional Expertise

Highlight scientific, social science, and humanities literacy and reasoning and advance disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge.

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