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Dean's Message


Dr. Mary Brennan, DeanOur mission in the College of Liberal Arts is to create and sustain an intellectually challenging and diverse academic environment through excellent teaching, scholarship, and service in the humanities and social sciences.

Texas State University has always recognized the central importance of liberal arts education. Currently, the University requires that more than 50 percent of the general studies curriculum be taken in the College of Liberal Arts. Keeping pace with the ongoing explosion of knowledge, the liberal arts teach those skills most valued by today's employers and graduate schools, including problem-solving, communication, cross-cultural understanding, and global awareness. The liberal arts foster students' self-understanding, helping them to develop values as they consider moral issues or raise important ethical questions.

Our students, alumni, and friends also recognize the value of the liberal arts in their lives and work. Increasingly, Texas State students declare majors or minors in one of the College's Departments and Centers, and our alumni and friends are generous with the gifts that enable the College to achieve its mission of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. As you peruse our web pages, I think you will gain a sense of the College's vital role in preparing students for life in an increasingly complex society. I would like to draw your attention especially to the Overview and Faculty Bibliography links where you can learn about the College's exciting programs and research centers, and share our pride in our faculty's and students' accomplishments.

We want to hear from you and hope you'll visit us in Flowers Hall 313. If you want more information about the College, please e-mail us or call us at (512) 245-2317. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Mary C. Brennan, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts