College of Liberal Arts

U.S. News Ranks Two UT Liberal Arts Programs Among Nation's Top 10

Tue, Mar 14, 2017
College of Liberal Arts building
College of Liberal Arts building

The Latin American history and sociology of population programs landed No. 1 spots on this year’s list of “Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News & World Report, released this morning.

In total, nine programs within the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin were highlighted in this year’s report, including: economics (No. 27), English (No. 20), history (No. 16), political science (No. 19), psychology (No. 8), sociology (No. 11) and sex and gender studies (No. 8).

U.S. News & World Report’s graduate rankings, separate from the magazine's yearly ranking of undergraduate programs, are among the most widely regarded ratings in higher education. They are based on surveys of academic leaders and, for select programs, additional quantitative measures including placement test scores, student/faculty ratios, research expenditures and job placement success.

The college also scored a top rating in clinical psychology (No. 8) when the health disciplines list was updated in 2016.

“These rankings show, once again, that students at UT Austin learn from and collaborate with our exceptional faculty in all disciplines,” said President Gregory L. Fenves, commenting on the university’s overall performance. “The university's depth, breadth and scale of expertise makes it an engine for innovation, in which scholars work across disciplines to make new discoveries and solve challenging problems that change lives in Texas, the United States and the world.”

According to the report, UT Austin has more than 40 graduate programs ranked among the top 10 in the nation and four programs ranked No. 1. 

The top rankings for graduate programs are consistent with other rankings for UT Austin, which has been named the 13th best value among public colleges (Kiplinger, 2016) and the 17th most productive university in the world for scientific research (Nature Index, December 2016). UT Austin has maintained these levels of excellence and improved in many rankings despite cuts in state support during the past decade.

These rankings are drawn from early figures released by U.S. News & World Report and could grow when fuller lists are published. Check utexas.edu/news for the most up-to-date lists.

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