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Introduction

The College of Liberal Arts, UTEP’s largest college, consists of more than 20 undergraduate degree departments and programs in the three broad areas of the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and fine and performing arts. The College has been built on a long tradition of excellence. Many College of Liberal Arts faculty are internationally recognized scholars and leaders in their academic disciplines; they draw on their research findings, scholarship, and creative activities to enhance the quality of students’ classroom experiences. Noted for its innovative educational programming that engages students in a variety of creative, scholarly, and service activities, the College of Liberal Arts is dedicated to preparing students for a variety of careers and professions in a rapidly changing global environment.

In addition to its many outstanding degree programs, the College offers students many opportunities to enhance their classroom experiences with special activities that promote learning and achievement outside the classroom. All UTEP students can access a variety of instructional services delivered by faculty, staff, and students in the new UTEP Writing Center managed by the Department of English. Students in the performing arts, for example, regularly perform in concert, recitals, and a variety of theatre productions. The world-class UTEP Dinner Theatre gives musical theatre students the opportunity to gain live performance experience with our long-established and well-respected production company.

College of Liberal Arts students learn from first-rate scholars and teachers, and are able to participate in faculty-directed research projects or join research teams of faculty and other students who are studying important contemporary issues. Among many other research opportunities, Psychology students can participate in studies focused on legal decision-making, the accuracy of eyewitness identification, and the effectiveness of various smoking-cessation techniques. Anthropology students are able to participate in important archeological research excavations. Others work with faculty studying life in border communities, or engage in research intended to find better ways to address a variety of social and community problems. Communication students are afforded the opportunity to produce and develop radio and television programs, to produce documentary films, or to design advertising campaigns. Many History students have worked on public history projects for their communities, while Foreign Language and English students can be found working in schools as specialized instructors and tutors. Additionally, many Liberal Arts students serve the community by volunteering their services to nonprofit organizations. Hundreds of Criminal Justice students have served as interns in state and federal law-enforcement agencies.

The College of Liberal Arts also supports programs that enhance the quality of life for all people living in the El Paso region. The Department of Music, for example, presents more than 80 musical performances and recitals on campus each year. The Art Department operates the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for Contemporary Art which is one of our nation’s finest contemporary art galleries. The Law School Preparation Institute prepares students for the process of law school application and admission and is a highly successful program in law school placement for UTEP students. The Liberal Arts Honors Program provides a compelling curriculum and prepares the best students in the college to excel after they graduate.

Degrees and Majors

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is offered in the following major fields: Anthropology, Art, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Chicano Studies, Communication, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, French, Geological Sciences, History, Latin American and Border Studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Arts and Women's and Gender Studies. Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree are designed to provide an essential unity in the programs of all Liberal Arts students and, at the same time, to offer each student substantial latitude in course selection. The degree consists of a minimum of 120 semester hours, including at least 45 at the advanced (3000-4000) level. Twenty-four (24) of the last 30 hours must be taken in residence. With exceptions noted in departmental program descriptions, a course taken to satisfy one degree area requirement (University Core Curriculum, major, or minor) cannot be used to satisfy any other degree area requirement. No course used for Liberal Arts General Education Requirements can be double-counted toward any other requirement.

University Core Curriculum (42 hours)

Students should refer to the University Core Curriculum section of this Catalog for a complete description.

Liberal Arts General Education Requirements (24-27 hours)
Communication Skills
ESOL 2303English/Humanities & Soc. Sci. (for those whose post-primary education has been in a language other than English)3
One Modern or Classical Language
Select one of the following:6
Complete 2301 and 2302 in French, German, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish (prerequisites: completion of 1401 and 1402 in the language, or placement by examination)
Interm Spanish One Non-Nat Spk
and Interm Spanish Two Non-Nat Spk (non-native)
Spanish For Spanish Spkrs One
and Spanish for Spanish Spkrs Two ((native) prerequisite: placement by examination)
Intensive Language Study
and Intensive Language Study
Intermediate Arabic I
and Intermediate Arabic II
Blocks
A total of 18 upper-division hours distributed among three blocks.18
Visual and Performing Arts
courses with prefixes in Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts and Film
Humanities
courses with prefixes in Creative Writing, English, History, Languages and Linguistics, and Philosophy
Social and Behavioral Sciences
courses with prefixes in Anthropology, Communication, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology
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At least three (3) hours must be taken in each block. No more than nine (9) of the 18 required hours can be taken in any one block. No course to meet this requirement can be taken in the student’s major or minor.

Courses in African-American Studies, Chicano Studies, Latin American and Border Studies, Religious Studies, Western Cultural Heritage (Humanities), and Women’s Studies that are also cross-listed will be counted in the block to which the course is cross-listed. If a course is not crosslisted, each studies program will determine into which block its courses fit.

Major Field (27-36 hours)

Students complete a major prescribed by an academic department in the College of Liberal Arts (or Science or Business Administration [for the Economics major]) of at least 27 hours, 18 or more of which must be advanced (3000-or 4000-level). Students should refer to the individual departmental listings in this catalog for specific major field requirements.

Nine (9) of the advanced hours in the major must be completed in residence within three years of the date of graduation. No course taken on a Pass/Fail basis can be counted for the major, even if the student changes majors after having taken the course. A completed degree plan must include a minimum grade point average (GPA) of C (2.0) in the major. Credit for courses taken to fulfill the major field requirements cannot also be counted to satisfy minor or College General Education field requirements.

A student who fulfills requirements for two majors prescribed by academic departments in the College of Liberal Arts (or Science or Business Administration [for the Economics major]) can earn a degree with a double major, provided that the two majors are from different fields. The second major fulfills the requirement for a minor field. The student must earn a minimum GPA of C (2.0) in both majors. Credit for courses taken to fulfill the major field requirements in one major cannot also be counted to satisfy requirements in the other major field.

Electives

Students complete electives as needed to bring the total semester hours of credit to at least 120. Elective credit cannot also be used in meeting any other degree requirement. Electives of advanced (3000-4000) level can, however, be applied toward satisfaction of the requirement of 45 advanced hours.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Psychology Department offers the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Please see the Department of Psychology section of this catalog for complete information.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a professional degree offered in three fields: Art, Dance, and Music Theatre. The Art degree is offered with the following areas of specialization:

Concentrations: Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Metals, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

Minors: Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Metals, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

For specific requirements, students should refer to the Art Department section of this catalog.

The BFA in Dance is offered by the Department of Theatre and Dance. For specific requirements, students should refer to the Theatre and Dance Department section of this catalog.

Bachelor of Music

Students can pursue this professional Music degree in one of four areas:

  1. General Music; choral and instrumental (All-Levels Teaching Program).
  2. Performance; orchestra and band instruments, guitar, keyboard instruments, or voice.
  3. Theory and Composition.
  4. Commercial Music

For specific requirements, students should refer to the Music Department section of this catalog.

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

A Bachelor or Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS) degree is administered by the Dean’s Office. For specific information about the BMS, please see the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies section of this catalog.

Minor Field (18 hours)

Students will complete a minor of at least 18 or more hours, nine of which must be advanced (3000-or 4000-level). The minor field must be selected from a discipline different from that of the major field. Credit for courses taken to fulfill the minor field requirements cannot also be counted to satisfy major field requirements. No course taken on a Pass/Fail basis can be counted for the minor, even though the student changes minors after having taken the course. A completed degree plan must include a minimum GPA of C (2.0) in the minor. Students should refer to the individual departmental listings in this catalog for specific minor requirements.

Liberal Arts minor fields are available in Anthropology, Art, Art History, Communication, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Dance, English and American Literature, Film Studies, French, German, History, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Professional Writing and Rhetoric, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre Arts. Students should refer to the departmental listings for requirements.

Interdisciplinary minors are also available. However, no more than six (6) hours from a student's major field can be counted toward such a minor, and courses so counting cannot help satisfy the major requirement. In addition, no more than nine (9) hours from any one discipline will be counted as part of such a minor. Students electing an interdisciplinary major cannot elect an interdisciplinary minor. The following are approved interdisciplinary minors: African American Studies, Asian Studies, Border Studies, Chicano Studies, Humanities, Latin American Studies, Military Science, Museum Studies, Religious Studies, Russian and Post-Communist Studies, Translation (Spanish/English), Urban Studies, and Women's Studies. (Students should refer to the section on Interdisciplinary Minors for requirements.)

Minors can also be selected from the following approved disciplines in other colleges:

Accounting Minor: Please see the College of Business Administration section of this catalog for requirements.

Economics Minor: Please see the College of Business Administration section of this catalog for requirements.

General Business Minor: Please see the College of Business Administration section of this catalog for requirements.

Management Minor: Please see the College of Business Administration section of this catalog for requirements.

Speech-Language Pathology Minor for Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts) Students:

For students pursuing admission to the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, the SPLO course(s) not selected as part of the minor (totaling 3-4 hours) can be used as elective credit in the Linguistics major. These students are advised jointly by the Linguistics and Speech-Language Pathology departments.

Science Minors are available in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics. Students should refer to the College of Science departmental listings for details.

Interdisciplinary Minors

The College offers several interdisciplinary programs of study that can be pursued in conjunction with any major (except an interdisciplinary major). These minors require the completion of a minimum of 18 semester hours.

African American Studies

The African American Studies Program offers students an interdisciplinary opportunity to examine the African American experience in detail. Specific requirements are listed under African American Studies.

Chicano Studies

The Chicano Studies minor offers students four options: Social Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, or Interdisciplinary. Specific requirements can be found under the Chicano Studies section of this catalog.

Humanities

The minor in Humanities is offered through the Humanities Program. Specific requirements are listed under the Minor in Humanities section of this catalog.

Inter-American Jewish Studies

The Inter-American Jewish Studies minor is a broad, flexible, interdisciplinary program designed for students to gain an understanding of Jewish civilization and its creative and cultural experience. The program is an academic exploration of the multi-faceted, socio-historical, 4,000 year record of the Jewish people. The program is structured to provide an in-depth liberal arts education that will constitute a foundation for advanced academic study, professional careers in a variety of fields, and a more complex and rich understanding of the world. Specific requirements are listed under the Minor in Inter-American Jewish Studies section of this catalog.

Latin American and Border Studies

The Latin American and Border Studies Minor provides students in other majors the opportunity to take advantage of the University’s rich resources in these areas. Specific requirements are listed in the Minor in Latin American and Border Studies section.

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies minor is designed to provide an interdisciplinary framework within which students can take courses that explore the nature of religion and its impact on human culture, past and present. Courses are academic and non-sectarian in nature. Specific course listings and requirements can be found under Minor in Religious Studies.

Translation and Interpretation (Spanish/English)

The Translation and Interpretation Program is designed to provide qualified students the opportunity to acquire skills in these fields. Translation Certificates in either Spanish or English or both will be awarded to those who pass professional-level competency examinations. Consultation with the Program Coordinator is necessary for students to be admitted into the program. Details of the program are listed in theLanguages and Linguistics section of this catalog.

Women’s Studies

The Women's Studies Program provides a broad, interdisciplinary minor in which students can take course work to specialize in issues of gender and/or women. Specific requirements are listed under the Minor in Women's Studies section of this Catalog.

Teacher Certification

Primary and Middle Grades Certification

Incoming students who plan to teach in elementary or middle schools ordinarily seek the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree. These students are referred to the description of that degree contained in the catalog section for the College of Education.

Students who have completed a degree offered in the College of Liberal Arts, or who plan to earn such a degree, should consult with the Education Advising Office in the College of Education concerning the requirements for certification to teach in the elementary or middle schools.

All-Levels Certification

Students interested in All-levels teacher certification in Art or Music should consult with the Education Advising Office in the College of Education concerning the requirements for certification. Music Education majors are required to contact the Music Department.

Secondary Certification

Students interested in Secondary teacher certification in a Liberal Arts subject area should consult with the Education Advising Office in the College of Education concerning the requirements for certification area only. Requirements for the remainder of the degree can be found in the catalog section for the department of the major.  

Graduate Studies

Graduate degrees are offered in most Liberal Arts disciplines, including Art, Communication, English, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Linguistics, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Teaching English, and Theatre Arts. Details of graduate programs are contained in the Graduate Catalog and are available from individual departments and the Graduate School.

Special Programs

Aerospace Studies

The Aerospace Studies curriculum includes the Air Force ROTC education program taught at New Mexico State University, leading to a commission as second lieutenant in the Air Force. The Air Force ROTC Commissioning Program is open to all qualified students in all academic majors leading to a bachelor's degree. Specific courses and requirements are listed under the departmental section for Aerospace Studies.

Liberal Arts Honors Program

The Liberal Arts Honors Program [LAHP] offers students a curriculum that is engaging and challenging, and works to prepare students to excel at their next steps, whether applying to graduate school or entering a profession.  It also fosters a sense of community among the best students in the College of Liberal Arts.  Students complete an 18 hour Honors minor.  This minor features both courses designed specifically for and restricted to LAHP students, taught by the best faculty in the college, and courses drawn from existing outstanding offerings in Liberal Arts.  Students can also accrue hours through internships taken for course credit and study abroad courses.  The minor is designed so that a student should not have to add any additional courses to their degree plan to complete it.  The Honors minor upon completion appears on student transcripts.  The LAHP offers other benefits as well.  The honors projects required of LAHP students enable them to work closely with outstanding Liberal Arts faculty, and their finished projects enhance their applications to graduate school or their job applications.  The lectures the LAHP sponsors introduce students to leading intellectuals and professionals, and enable its students to meet and network with these visitors to campus in small gatherings only for LAHP members.  For additional information about the Liberal Arts Honors Program, please see www.utep.edu/lahp.

Military Science

Military Science courses are designed to afford the student an opportunity to become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. These courses provide leadership training and military-skills training required of an Army officer. Army ROTC is open to all students in all academic majors leading to a bachelor's degree. Graduate students can also participate in ROTC; however, it is highly recommended that graduate student prospects speak with the Military Science 

Pre-Law

UTEP is an excellent place to prepare for law school. Law schools seek well-trained graduates from all disciplines, including sciences, math, languages, social sciences, health sciences, business, education, and liberal arts. In selecting students, law schools are less interested in a student’s major than in evidence that the student has well-developed analytical skills, writing skills, and skills in critical-reading skills. Any course or major that helps students acquire these skills is appropriate for Pre-Law students. For more information, students should contact a Pre-Law advisor.

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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Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

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Aerospace Studies

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African American Studies

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Art

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Chicano Studies

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Communication

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Creative Writing

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Criminal Justice

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English

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History

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Bachelor of Arts

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Languages and Linguistics

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Bachelor of Arts

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Military Science

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Music

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Bachelor of Music

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Philosophy

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Political Science

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Psychology

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Bachelor of Science

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Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Theatre and Dance

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