Programs in the School of Arts and Humanities

The School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas endeavors to shape global citizens who are critical thinkers, imaginative creators and innovative problem solvers. We promote education that seeks and makes connections, combines critical with creative thought, theory with practice, and arts and humanities with other fields of knowledge. We support rigorous analysis and creative interpretation, contextual criticism and artistic expression, building bridges between traditional and newly emerging ways of knowing, thinking and doing.

The School of Arts and Humanities cultivates a deep understanding of different cultures and cultural difference—historically, geographically, and artistically. Students acquire focused knowledge in their major area, situated in a broad context of humanistic and scientific endeavor. Students develop the creative, critical and interpretive skills to make use of that knowledge, and master the verbal, visual, and creative communication skills necessary to bring their tools, talents and expertise to bear on a variety of career fields. Arts and Humanities students are distinct in their ability to bring innovative solutions to novel challenges.

In the School of Arts & Humanities, students will find a rich array of courses in literature, rhetoric, creative writing, history, philosophy, music, dance, film, theatre, visual arts, communication, art history, and foreign languages. Our internationally renowned interdisciplinary research centers—the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology, the Confucius Institute, and the Center for Translation Studies—provide additional resources and opportunities for learning. The School of Arts and Humanities is also part of a vibrant research university that still provides the nurturing atmosphere of a liberal arts college.

Undergraduate programs:

We offer four undergraduate majors: Literary Studies, Historical Studies, Philosophy and Visual and Performing Arts, and minors in Art History, Asian Studies, Communication, Creative Writing, Dance, Film Studies, History, Literature, Medical and Scientific Humanities, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Spanish and Hispanic Area Studies, Theatre and Visual Arts. We offer language training in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. The School of Arts and Humanities also offers an Honors Program giving students an opportunity for advanced creative and scholarly work and recognition.

Graduate programs:

We offer Master of Arts degrees in Art History, History and Latin American Studies, and an MA in Humanities and PhD in Humanities (where students may pursue a concentration in Aesthetic Studies, History of Ideas, or Studies in Literature).

Our unique graduate program provides students with a flexible, interdisciplinary context in which to pursue a personalized course of study. Our curriculum is designed to allow study that crosses and transforms traditional disciplinary lines. This flexible design allows faculty members to create learning communities based on mutual interests and in response to the educational needs of students.

For more specific requirements for each degree, see Degree Plans.

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