About The College of Arts and Humanities at UTPA

The College of Arts and Humanities includes the departments of Art, Communication, English, History and Philosophy, Modern Languages and Literature, and Music.

The goals of the College of Arts and Humanities are based upon the recognition that a liberal arts education is the foundation for all University studies. Plays, concerts, art exhibitions and special events provide access to cultural events for the entire Rio Grande Valley.

Students and Faculty

Students participate in seminars, special projects, internships and various performance groups amid the myriad opportunities offered by the College of Arts and Humanities. Graduates have gone on to operate galleries and perform on Broadway, in movies and in television. Others are now professional musicians, music teachers and journalists or have gone on to pursue law or other professional degrees.

Students with demonstrated musical ability may perform with the University Band, University Choir, Aztlán Mariachi, Valley Symphony Orchestra, University Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and in smaller performing groups that are formed through student interest such as the Latin Salsa Ensemble.

The faculty members are experienced and focus on providing hands-on opportunities to students – from writing, producing or acting in a campus film or stage production to producing a literary magazine. The full-time faculty teaches not only at the junior to graduate levels but also provide most of the classroom instruction for freshmen and sophomore students. Faculty also provide assistance to students on an individual basis through out-of-class conferences, specialized instructional activities and other student service contributions. The faculty’s commitment to research, scholarship and creativity is evidenced by their numerous performance, presentation and publication accomplishments.

Special Programs and Facilities

UT Pan American provides a number of programs and facilities to support the special interests of students in the College of Arts and Humanities.

The University Gallery, located in the Visual Arts Complex and the Charles & Dorothy Clark Gallery, located in the Arts and Humanities Building are available for exhibits of senior bachelor of fine arts students and others.

Students may participate in two print publications under the auspices of the Department of Communication – The Pan American, a weekly student newspaper, and Panorama, an annual yearbook magazine for students. The department also houses Bronc Radio/TV, an internet podcast venue for news and entertainment run by students. The English Department also provides students with opportunities to participate in Gallery, a student literary magazine published annually.

The Hauser Communication Research Lab provides assistance in both speech presentations and interview training for students at the University. Students can improve their oral proficiency skills by working one-on-one with trained speech coaches who have received approximately 40 contact hours of oral communication competency training.

University Theatre Productions produces in the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre 6-8 full-length plays each year, including two Pan American Summer Stock (PASS) productions every other summer. Performances for children by the Theatre for Yong Audiences program are part of the season and youth theatre camps are offered in the summer. Pan American Summer Television (PAST) gives students the opportunity to produce a full-length TV movie every other summer. A complete TV studio with two sound stages is available on campus.