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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

  • December 3, 2018

    JBA Speed Shop pulls ahead

    When it came time for James “J.” Bittle ‘78 to choose a career, he knew he wanted to take the road less traveled–he started an automotive parts and service company. While a connection between the automotive industry and the liberal arts isn’t obvious at first, Bittle says his time at the College of Liberal Arts was instrumental in the success of J. Bittle American, (JBA) Speed Shop located in San Diego, California.

What’s love got to do with it?

December 5, 2018

Anthropology associate professor Jeff Winking conducts research on marriage among indigenous people in Nicaragua.

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A sweet reward

December 4, 2018

Anthropology professor Vaughn Bryant was Regent Professor by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on November 15–the highest honor bestowed within the Texas A&M University System.

Taylor Grieger (left) and Stephen O'Shea as they arrived in Panama.

A port in the storm

November 12, 2018

We honor Veteran’s Day by talking to former College of Liberal Arts student Stephen O’Shea ’13, who is making a documentary with his friend and veteran Navy rescue swimmer Taylor Grieger to raise awareness of veteran suicides.

  • 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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