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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

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Former Student Receives Prestigious P.E.O. Scholarship

April 20, 2021

Tristin Nyman ‘18 is one of only 100 students in the U.S and Canada honored with the 2021 P.E.O. Scholar Award.

After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in a drive-through vaccination center, a lady gives a gig 'em with a smile behind her mask.

Vaccinating the Economy

April 19, 2021

Economic professors from the College of Liberal Arts explain effects of COVID-19 vaccines on the economy and what they mean for the future.

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Growing Harmony at The Gardens

April 16, 2021

College of Liberal Arts and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences team up to build a “location-aware” musical experience for visitors throughout The Gardens at Texas A&M.

  • 20:1
    Student to teacher ratio
  • 2,613
    Degrees awarded in 2019
  • 25%
    First generation college students
  • $17.5M
    Annual research expenditures
    Source: TAMU Accountability for FY 2019 – September 2020

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.


Pam Matthews

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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