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Our Faculty Are Making Great Strides

The College of Liberal Arts comprises faculty and staff who dedicate themselves to providing a transformational learning experience for our students, conducting research that changes fields of study, and fostering inclusive and welcoming learning environments and workplaces. Together, we are all fulfilling our college motto of "Knowledge for Life" through our research, teaching, support, service, and outreach.

We can continue to be successful because of the contributions of our outstanding employees. Our faculty are leaders in their fields and have brought Liberal Arts education to the forefront of Texas A&M. Our dedicated staff provide the outstanding support needed for student and faculty success. We invite you to learn more about the resources we offer to facilitate their academic and research initiatives.

Internal News

  • The burial mound at the Anzick site.
    June 19, 2018

    Montana Burial Site Answers Questions About Early Humans

    By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing And Communications Scientists have shown that at the Anzick site in Montana – the only known Clovis burial site – the skeletal remains of a young child and the antler and stone artifacts found there were buried at the same time, raising new questions about the early inhabitants […]

  • Headshot of Emily Davidson

    Emily Davidson passed away after almost 40 years service to the college

    The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is very sad to announce the passing of long-time faculty member, Dr. Emily Davidson on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

  • Two female researchers with cannon as it arrives at the Conservation Research Laboratory
    June 18, 2018

    CRL taking a shot at cannon restoration

    The Conservation Research Laboratory (CRL) at Texas A&M University is restoring cannons from the Castillo de San Marcos—the oldest masonry fort built in the continental United States.

  • Let freedom ring

    Juneteenth, a merger of "June nineteenth," commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas and much more, according to college's history professor.

  • Cover of Time magazine's special edition, "Great Scientists," with Stephen Hawking photo
    June 14, 2018

    George Bass: It’s about “Time”

    George Bass, professor emeritus and pioneer of nautical archaeology, was recognized by Time magazine in their recent special edition, “Great Scientists."

  • Photo of Reuben May in front of Academic Building
    June 8, 2018

    Minnie Piper, huge recognition

    Reuben A. Buford May, a Presidential Professor in sociology, was recently given the distinguished recognition of a Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

  • June 7, 2018

    Follow along

    Do you read the news on your phone? Department of Communication professor, Johanna Dunaway thinks you might not be retaining information as well as you think.

  • June 1, 2018

    Boenigk Family Values

    Rebecca and Bobby Boenigk '77 have recently established the Rebecca and Bobby Boenigk '77 Scholars in Liberal Arts Endowment in honor of their children and their time at the College of Liberal Arts.

  • May 29, 2018

    Something to Tweet about

    In the wake of social trends, the Department of Communication is adding a new social media course and certificate this fall.

  • TAMU logo
    May 22, 2018

    Recognition round-up

    The College of Liberal Arts is known for having highly-regarded scholars as faculty members. Here, we compiled just a few of their recent recognitions between January – May 2018.

The burial mound at the Anzick site.

Montana Burial Site Answers Questions About Early Humans

June 19, 2018

By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing And Communications Scientists have shown that at the Anzick site in Montana – the only known Clovis burial site – the skeletal remains of a young child and the antler and stone artifacts found there were buried at the same time, raising new questions about the early inhabitants […]

Two female researchers with cannon as it arrives at the Conservation Research Laboratory

CRL taking a shot at cannon restoration

June 18, 2018

The Conservation Research Laboratory (CRL) at Texas A&M University is restoring cannons from the Castillo de San Marcos—the oldest masonry fort built in the continental United States.

Let freedom ring

Juneteenth, a merger of “June nineteenth,” commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas and much more, according to college’s history professor.

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  • 2,438
    Degrees awarded in 2017
  • 33%
    First generation college students
  • $15.2M
    Annual research expenditures

Message from the Dean

Dr. Pamela Matthews Welcome to the Texas A&M University College of Liberal Arts.

Like similar colleges around the country, the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University serves a critical educational purpose in producing well-rounded undergraduate and graduate students prepared to lead productive lives that are fulfilling both professionally and personally and that contribute to the betterment of society. We touch the educational experience of virtually every undergraduate at Texas A&M, whether through core curriculum offerings, advanced courses in majors across fields in the humanities, social sciences, or outside the classroom in transformational experiences such as study abroad, forums for practicing civil discourse, and outreach to a wide variety of community partners.

We aim to become a national model for what an innovative College of Liberal Arts in a large public research university looks like. By building on our strengths; committing seriously to the teaching, research, and service that is demanded of 21st-century faculty, staff, and students; and fully embracing our college’s critical contributions to the future of Texas A&M, we aim to demonstrate the important role a liberal arts education plays in the future.

Central to a Liberal Arts education is learning about all aspects of the human condition, past and present. We study how humans across the world behave; how their brains work; how they express themselves creatively in literature, language, and performance; how they make decisions; how they organize and conduct themselves; and how they see themselves and others. On the foundations of this broad knowledge, we build the ability to listen and talk to one another, ask hard questions (including of ourselves), tolerate ambiguity, and communicate deeply in writing and speaking. We learn to read and think critically and to distinguish opinion from fact.

Our students graduate prepared for the workforce the majority of them will enter. Employers routinely express their desire for their new employees to be flexible, critical thinkers who understand other people and cultures, communicate effectively, and collaborate with coworkers to propose solutions.  

Whether you are considering joining the College of Liberal Arts or you are already part of it, I encourage you to explore this website to learn more about our mission, our accomplishments, and opportunities to get involved.

The College of Liberal Arts has a bright future, and we will shape it together.

Sincerely,

Pam Matthews
Dean

Pamela R. Matthews joined the English faculty of Texas A&M University in 1989 after earning a Ph.D. in English from Duke University. She has served as associate head of the Department of English, director of Women’s and Gender Studies, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts, associate provost for undergraduate studies and vice provost for academic affairs.

Matthews was appointed interim dean of the college in July 2014. She was named dean by the Board of Regents of Texas A&M University on April 29, 2015. Beyond campus, she co-founded Brazos Valley Reads, a program that brings internationally-recognized authors to College Station for a public book reading and interaction with members of the community.

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