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Liberal Arts Needs Your Support

The College of Liberal Arts is fortunate to have former students and friends who are committed to moving the college to the forefront of education at Texas A&M University. The partnerships with our former students and friends allows our college to meet our goals of providing a transformational learning experience to each student, conducting research that has a national and global impact, and providing a platform for civic engagement and outreach.

Texas A&M University announced a $4 billion capital campaign in November 2014. Each college is responsible for fundraising for their key initiatives believe to have the greatest impact on our state, nation, and world. Below are the areas Liberal Arts will focus its fundraising efforts.

  • First-generation scholarships
  • Brain science
  • Behavioral economics
  • Entrepreneurship studies

Learn more about our key initiatives, ways to get involved with the college, and how you can invest in the future of Liberal Arts.

Donor Spotlight

Spectators looking up at the launch of Apollo 11

The story of Apollo 11

July 16, 2019

Former student Andrea Lloyd ’19 spent the past year working with NASA to tell the story of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 — and shares the key that made this historic narrative possible.

Number, please? ‘Hello Girls’ answered the call in World War I

July 10, 2019

History professor Elizabeth Cobbs resurrected the story of women soldiers in WWI with her book “The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers.”

We Are Liberal Arts: Politics, preparation, and Potomac Summer Institute

July 9, 2019

In this new video, we see how the Potomac Summer Institute, created by associate professor Joseph Ura, has positioned itself to provide hands-on political experience for Aggies who are ready to become leaders in Washington D.C.

  • 19:1
    Student to teacher ratio
  • 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.


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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