College of Liberal Arts

Welcome to the Dean's Office

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The liberal arts have been at the heart of the university's mission since its founding in 1883. With our world-class programs in fields such as History, English, Philosophy, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish and Portuguese, we continue to build on that great tradition.

The College of Liberal Arts offers more than 50 degrees through 25 academic departments and 29 centers and institutes. In every discipline we emphasize the importance of understanding history, society and culture to help students better understand and thrive in the world beyond campus.

Central to that mission is our people. We have more than 500 faculty, including Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellows and members of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. More of the nation’s brightest scholars are joining us each year, coming from other top private and public universities to be part of what we are continuing to build in Austin.

Our professors and students do leading 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 consistently earn top national scholarships such as Rhodes, Truman and Marshall scholarships, and they study abroad on six continents. Many 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 history and future of The University of Texas at Austin.

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

Randy L. Diehl
Dean

Learn more about Dean Diehl here.

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