The College of Liberal and Fine Arts is the most academically diverse and oldest college at UTSA, with nine departments encompassing the fine arts, humanities and social sciences. The college offers 33-degree programs to more than 4,600 students, including doctorates in anthropology and English, a nationally recognized M.F.A., and one of the nation’s largest undergraduate programs in medical humanities. Research and independent study opportunities, including the annual research conference, are plentiful in COLFA’s academics programs. Plus, the college is home to three research centers and institutes: the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research, the UTSA Mexico Center, and the UTSA Institute for Music Research; as well as an on-campus art gallery and a state-of-the-art photography studio.
Interdisciplinary groups of UTSA faculty members and students research topics such as Maya archaeology and the effect of music on the brain. COLFA is a model for experiential learning, for teaching a broad array of skills that apply across a variety of jobs and careers, and for encouraging students to consider - and apply critical thinking to – life’s biggest ideas and questions. COLFA students learn to think about themselves and their communities from a global perspective, to see the connectedness and to appreciate and celebrate the diversity of humanity. The college serves a diverse group of students, many of whom are first-generation and non-traditional students; and its mission has been to prepare future generations of global thinkers and world-changers.
COLFA is also a major provider of arts and humanities programming in Texas, reaching an audience of more than 70,000 guests annually. COLFA is a hub for creativity in arts, music and cultural exploration, not just for the university but for San Antonio at-large.