College of Liberal Arts

Why Liberal Arts


Liberal arts students learn to think critically, communicate effectively and lead. Our curriculum emphasizes ethics, integrity, citizenship and awareness of global issues. Employers are increasingly seeking this type of well-rounded person in the workplace. Our alumni have careers in politics, international relations, management, education, law, medicine and more.

Liberal Arts majors:

  • Are some of the most creative problem solvers because they are introduced to a wide variety of subjects from multiple points of view-oftentimes drawing upon centuries of perspective.
  • Hone and refine their communication skills through rigorous language and writing requirements, as well as a wide variety of course papers and projects.
  • Gain critical thinking and analysis skills by selecting interdisciplinary coursework, research and experiential opportunities that meet their academic and personal interests.
  • Benefit from being part of a large and diverse student body in an environment that supports students as individuals with unique needs, goals and challenges.
  • Appreciate literature, art and the pursuit of knowledge, thus beginning their journey as lifetime learners.

Bianna Golodryga (pictured above) is a 2000 Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies alumna, winner of the 2018 Pro Bene Meritis Award and works as a New York-based co-host on CBS This Morning and as a regular CNN contributor.

“I’ve been able to utilize my educational expertise in a myriad of stories I’ve covered ranging from business, to geopolitics, terrorism and cybersecurity,” Golodryga said. “I spent my most formative years here at UT.”

Read a Q&A with Golodryga on Life & Letters.

Photo by Brian Birzer

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