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Mission Statement

The seven departments of UT’s College of Arts and Letters engage students in the rigors and powers of devising and examining vital forms of expression, of making and reshaping meaning, and of understanding that meaning. Our diverse programs nurture the abilities and traits most necessary for a rich, flourishing and creative life: cultural empathy; social engagement; physical, emotional, and mental discipline; cultivated memory; moral sensitivity and understanding; and intellectual courage.  

College of Arts and Letters Goals

  • To enrich the cultural life of the University and community by building an appreciation for the arts and humanities
  • To encourage students to become creative, critical thinkers and humane communicators in diverse global cultures
  • To teach students to use developing technologies creatively, effectively and ethically
  • To assist students in acquiring the ability to critically assess the works of others as well as their own
  • To support students in developing concentrated areas of expertise in humanities and fine arts
  • To engage students and faculty in collaborative and interdisciplinary environments
  • To enrich the community of scholars and artists in our college
  • To foster a climate of tolerance, trust and respect that encourages a diversity of persons, opinions and beliefs
  • To provide and maintain safe, effective, efficient and inviting college facilities
  • To provide faculty and staff with the resources necessary for fulfillment of these stated goals and for excellence in teaching, research and creative activity