343 Liberal Arts Building
Phone, 915.747.5666
Fax, 915.747.5905
libarts@utep.edu

Introduction

In 1942, the History Department, a component of today's College of Liberal Arts, awarded UTEP's first master's degree. Since then, most of the departments in the College have developed graduate programs. Master of Arts (MA) programs are available in Art with options in Art Education and Studio Art, Communication, English, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Teaching, and Theatre Arts. The Department of Music offers the Master of Music (MM) degree with options in Performance and Music Education. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is the degree offered by the Department of Creative Writing. In September 1993, the first students began course work in the PhD program in Psychology-- the first doctoral degree program in Liberal Arts. In September 1999, the first students entered the PhD in History, and in August 2004, a PhD in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition began.

Students wishing to expand their knowledge in areas outside their previous training or present profession can pursue the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS). Students in this program take MAIS courses that emphasize cross-disciplinary approaches, and are encouraged to pursue an individualized course of study designed to further their particular interdisciplinary interests.

Also offered is a joint UTEP-UT Austin doctorate with a concentration in Border Studies. Students in this program can complete much of their coursework in residence at UTEP, with the doctoral degree awarded by UT Austin. For more information on this program, students should consult the Graduate School section, under Cooperative Programs.

DEAN: Dr. Patricia Witherspoon 
ASSOCIATE DEAN: Dr. Maryse Jayasuriya
ASSOCIATE DEAN: Dr. Michael M. Topp
ASSOCIATE DEAN: Dr. Michael Zarate 

Professors

Patricia D. Witherspoon 
Contact Information: withersp@utep.edu; 915-747-7018 
Education: Ph D, UT Austin

Associate Professors

Maryse D. Jayasuriya
Ph D, Purdue University

Michael Topp 
Contact Information: mtopp@utep.edu; 915-747-7053 
Education: BA, Trinity College; MA, Brown University; Ph D, Brown University

Departments and Programs

College of Liberal Arts (Dean's Office)

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Programs

Master of Arts

Master of Arts in Leadership Studies

Master of Defense and Strategic Studies

Master of Public Administration

Master of Science

Certificate

Aerospace Studies

Art

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Communication

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Master of Arts

Creative Writing

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Master of Fine Arts

Criminal Justice

English

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Master of Arts

Master of Arts in Teaching

Doctor of Philosophy

Certificate

History

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Master of Arts

Doctor of Philosophy

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Minor

Languages and Linguistics

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Master of Arts

Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Teaching ESOL

Military Science

Music

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Master of Music

Philosophy

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Master of Arts

Political Science

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Master of Arts

Psychology

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Master of Arts

Doctor of Philosophy

Certificate

Sociology and Anthropology

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Master of Arts

Theatre and Dance

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