College of Liberal Arts

A Message from Dean Stevens

Dean Ann Huff Stevens

I am excited to be back in my home state of Texas and honored to join the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin. 

Our college’s breadth, depth and adaptability make it ideally suited to the needs of a diverse state with a growing, dynamic economy and a rich history. The liberal arts prepare students to understand and learn from that history, to analyze problems from multiple viewpoints, and to draw upon knowledge from a range of cultures past and present. It prepares them to be creative and flexible leaders, citizens and workers, dedicated to making the world a better place for everyone.

The value of the liberal arts extends beyond our majors. Every student who attends the university, regardless of major, will take classes in our college during their undergraduate years as part of their core curriculum — classes in rhetoric and writing, the humanities, American and Texas history and government, and courses in a variety of behavioral and social sciences.

This is what distinguishes a liberal arts education at a public research university: the exposure to leading scholarship and teaching in a variety of disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences, and the opportunity to explore ideas across those disciplines in classrooms, laboratories and in our communities. 

Our students learn by getting involved, working side-by-side with faculty and graduate students on research and community service projects in Texas and around the world. They also gain valuable workplace experience as interns in corporations, nonprofits and government service, and year after year they represent the largest contingent of student leaders on the UT Austin campus.

I look forward to working with students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends in advancing the important work of the College of Liberal Arts in the years to come. 

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Ann Huff Stevens
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
David Bruton, Jr. Regents Chair in Liberal Arts

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