About Us

Welcome to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Liberal Arts. With 10 academic departments, two freestanding degree-conferring programs, over 300 faculty members, almost 8,000 students, and a multitude of service courses needed by every student enrolled at UTRGV, the College of Liberal Arts is, by far, the largest and most diverse college at UTRGV.

Why liberal arts? In a world that seems dominated by ever increasing specializations, the answer to that may be found in the nature of the challenges we face as individuals and communities. These stem from the interaction of factors that span time, geography, behavior and ideology. No discipline by itself can provide the answer to them. The liberal arts approach recognizes this.

Students interested in this approach can obtain undergraduate degrees in the following fields:

  • Anthropology (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Applied Arts and Sciences (Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences)
  • Communication Studies (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice)
  • English (Bachelor of Arts)
  • History (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Mass Communication (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Mexican American Studies (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Multidisciplinary Studies (Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies)
  • Philosophy (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Political Science (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Psychology (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science)
  • Social Studies Composite (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Sociology (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Spanish (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Spanish Translation and Interpretation (Bachelor of Arts)

We also offer a wide variety of graduate degrees including:

  • Anthropology, Clinical Psychology (Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Communication (Master of Arts)
  • Criminal Justice (Master of Science)
  • English (Master of Arts and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • English as a Second Language (Master of Arts)
  • Experimental Psychology (Master of Arts)
  • History (Master of Arts and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Mexican American Studies (Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Public Affairs (Master of Arts degrees in Public Administration, Public Policy and Management and Global Security Studies)
  • Sociology (Master of Science)
  • Spanish (Master of Arts)
  • Spanish Translation and Interpreting (Master of Arts)

Our accelerated online Masters of Public Administration program is an exciting option for professionals in the public sector interested in pursuing an online graduate degree in public affairs.

Lastly, graduate certificate programs are available for those interested in graduate-level preparation, but are not seeking a master's degree. These include:

  • Advanced Placement Spanish Literature
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Communication Training and Consulting
  • Court Interpreting
  • English as a Second Language (18 Hours Supplemental)
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Media Relations and Strategic Communication
  • Mexican American Studies
  • Secondary English Language Arts
  • Spanish Translation and Interpreting

We invite you to explore the many opportunities available to you by navigating our website and talking with our faculty and staff who are always willing to advise you about your academic and professional development.