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Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office!

Photo: full portrait of Dean Randy L. Diehl

Ever since The University of Texas at Austin opened its classrooms in 1883, the liberal arts have been at the heart of the school’s mission. And with our world-class programs in such fields as History, English, Philosophy, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish and Portuguese, that’s as true today as it was more than a century ago.

The College of Liberal Arts offers more than 45 degrees through 21 academic departments and two-dozen centers and institutes. And we’re committed to the idea that understanding history, society and culture helps students better understand — and, ultimately, thrive in — the world beyond campus.

Central to that mission is our people.

We have nearly 600 faculty including Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellows, members of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Science, and a Pulitzer Prize winning historian. More of the nation’s brightest scholars are joining our faculty each year, coming from other top private and public universities to be part of what we’re continuing to build in Austin.

Our professors do cutting edge research on everything from brain imaging to population trends. They conduct well-respected political polls and study topics as diverse as ancient Rome and 3 million-year-old fossils.

Many of our more than 10,000 students are off to equally impressive starts. They earn top national scholarships and study abroad on six continents. Then, they go on to some of the best graduate and professional schools in the country or land jobs at Fortune 500 companies, in Congress and with schools and organizations throughout Texas.

The College of Liberal Arts’ commitment to providing a top-tier education, conducting groundbreaking research and preparing young minds for the world is central to The University of Texas’ history and future.

I invite you to browse our website to learn more about our programs, departments and people.

Randy L. Diehl

Learn more about Dean Diehl here.

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Liberal Arts Administration

Richard Flores
Senior Associate Dean
Academic Affairs

Marc Musick
Senior Associate Dean
Student Division

Esther Raizen
Associate Dean
Research & Graduate Studies

Kathleen Aronson
Assistant Dean
Development & Alumni Relations

Kimberly Krieg
Assistant Dean
Student Division

Jamie Southerland
Associate Dean
Business Affairs

Joseph TenBarge
Assistant Dean
IT & Facilities

Gail Davis
Human Resources

David Ochsner
Public Affairs


Are you a student with questions? Student Affairs (512) 471-4271  provides support for all liberal arts students.

Information about Liberal Arts Commencement can be found at COLA Commencement