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Alumni Achievements The Plano City Council has selected Ed Drain, UTA Criminology and Criminal Justice alumnus, as the city’s new Chief of Police, KTVT-TV CBS 11 and others report. Drain began his law enforcement career with the Plano Police Department in 1994 and has served as Police Chief in Amarillo since 2016. For the full story, visit here.

Did You Know? A Liberal Arts education can provide students—and future jobseekers—the most comprehensive, versatile foundation for today's ever-evolving career paths. Read more in the Washington Post’s education feature, here.

Alumni Achievements UTA graduate Nikola Olić, a software designer and a gifted photographer, was recently profiled in a Dallas Morning News feature story. Olić will showcase his photography in an exhibition at Afterimage Gallery through Feb. 25th. For additional information, visit here.

Inspirational Innovations Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, and a team of outstanding UTA faculty are researching loneliness and using technology to address the related crisis. To learn more about their groundbreaking research, click here.

CoLA Kudos CoLA Kudos go out to Department of Music professors, Dr. Jack Unzicker and Dr. Martha Walvoord, who recently released an album of duos for violin and bass. To learn more about where you can hear beautiful music from and by the inspired pair, click here.

CoLA Kudos Congratulations are in order… The UTA Department of Music’s Dr. Karen Kenaston-French is the Fort Worthian of the Month. This recognition and her new appointment as Conductor of the Fort Worth Chorale are highlighted in the latest issue of Fort Worth Magazine. Read the full article here.

Did You Know? PNAS, or Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, recently released an Op-Ed exploring "Why Science Needs Philosophy." The article underscores the value of incorporating arts and humanities within scientific and technical disciplines.Click here for more information on the impact of STEM vs STEM.

CoLA Kudos Dr. Cedrick May, an Associate Professor in the Department of English, recently won first place in the 2018 ScreenCraft TV Pilot Launch Competition for his screenplay, The Guardian. His award-winning web series delivers a refreshing perspective on the ever-popular superhero genre. Please join us in applauding this outstanding recognition by one of the top 10 screenwriting contests in North America.Click here for more information.

Did You Know? Dr. Jason Shelton, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the UTA Center for African American Studies (CAAS), was recently lauded for his emergence as one of the "most prominent researchers" on the black church in America. An article he penned, along with Dr. Ryon Cobb, an Assistant Professor of Social Work, has garnered well-deserved attention from Christianity Today, the most influential and widely read magazine on Christianity in the US. Their collective insights are truly making an impact. Click here to read the full article.

CoLA Kudos The UT Arlington Orchestra Strings, conducted by Dr. Clif Evans, recorded a video with acclaimed gospel singer and actor David Mann. The Texas-native has graced the stage in performances of drama, comedy and music, and when the time came to choose accompaniment, he chose the homegrown BEST. The video will complement his nationwide tour, this fall. The recording of Mann and UTA student performers has already been spotlighted on his tour 20-city US tour. Click here to preview the video.

Our Partners, Our Pride Market researcher, Nimdzi, recently spotlighted UTA's Modern Languages Department for their trailblazing new GILT (Globalization, Internationalization, Localization, and Translation) Program which is making industry access a reality for both students and the campus community. MODL's partnerships with local Language Service Providers, as well as their current collaboration with Middlebury Institute of International Studies provide real world experience and ahead-of-the-curve positioning for next level success. Click here to read more.

CoLA Kudos Amy Austin, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Modern Languages Graduate Advisor, co-edited volume 82 of Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition Series, A Companion to Ramon Llull and Llullism, which is now in print. This text offers a comprehensive survey of the work of the Majorcan lay theologian and philosopher Ramon Llull whose unique system of philosophy and theology - the "Great Universal Art" - was widely studied and admired from the 15th through the 18th centuries. Congratulations, Dr. Austin!

CoLA Kudos We've got nothing but CoLA kudos for the Pre-Law Center's three outstanding teams who recently traveled to Missouri for a mock trial invitational. There, they earned the Spirit of AMTA award, two top attorney honors, as well as two top witness titles. Congratulations; we are so proud of you! Click here for more information.

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In the College of Liberal Arts - CoLA, we use creative, interdisciplinary approaches to address the challenges of a complex, global society.

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 advancing the human experience through research, scholarship, and creative activity.


The Department of Art and Art History’s internationally recognized research programs (Visual Communication + Emerging Media, Film and Video, Intermedia, Glass, 3D Studio, 2D Studio, Photography, Art History, Art Education) provide outstanding undergraduate and graduate training in theoretical, experimental and applied art, design and new media.

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The Department of Communication at the University of Texas at Arlington is a diverse community of engaged award-winning scholar/educators, enthusiastic students, and dedicated staff.

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The Criminology and Criminal Justice Department provides students with an academically sound education in criminal justice and prepares them for management positions with municipal, state and federal agencies. Students who are new to the discipline have opportunities for internships with local criminal justice agencies and law offices.

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The undergraduate and graduate programs in English offer a wide range of courses in literature, rhetoric, composition, and literary, cultural, and digital media theory. Their overall purpose is to enable students to succeed in teaching, scholarship, and writing, or in other fields that value strong backgrounds in language, rhetoric, and the study of culture through texts, media, and traditions of discourse.

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Students choose to study History at UTA for many different reasons. Some have a passion for learning and creating. Others enjoy analyzing evidence, forming their own arguments, and engaging in spirited debate. All are curious about the world around them and want to understand how it came to be.

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The Department of Linguistics and TESOL offers a minor, a BA, an MA, and a Ph.D. in linguistics, the scientific study of human language. We also offer an MA and two certificates in TESOL, focusing on teaching English to adult speakers of other languages, here and abroad.

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The Department of Modern Languages (MODL) prepares students for success global competence in an increasingly interconnected world. Global competence is a critical component of 21st-century education

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The UT Arlington Department of Music is an exciting program offering both graduate and undergraduate degrees in music. Students work with an exceptional, world-renowned faculty, who work with them to realize their musical potential.

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The Department of Philosophy and Humanities offers a B.A. major in philosophy and B.A. minors in classical studies and philosophy, as well as language instruction in Greek and Latin. The department consists of six philosophers and two classicists.

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Our faculty members study people, power, networks, and politics in places as near as your town and as far away as your imagination.We offer classes covering American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Policy.

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The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is one of twelve academic departments within the College of Liberal Arts. We offer Bachelor of Arts degrees and minors in Sociology and Anthropology as well as a Master of Arts degree in Sociology.

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Department of Theatre Arts at The University of Texas at Arlington is fast-growing..... As a student at UTA, you will discover a myriad of opportunities for involvement in every aspect of theatre arts. Students are free to pursue their training and growth as far as their interests, talents, and commitment will allow.

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To recruit, educate, train, and inspire future leaders of character committed to the Army Values and prepared to lead in a complex environment as officers in the Army, dedicated to a lifetime of service to the Nation.

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The Pre-Law Center at UT-Arlington is an advising and resource center that serves students in every major at the university. Whether you have known all your life that you want to be a lawyer, or simply are curious about legal studies, we can help.

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At the University of Texas at Arlington, the Women's and Gender Studies minor enables students to speak knowledgeably and with sensitivity about the issues surrounding women and gender in our modern culture.

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