Dear Future Arts and Humanities Students:

Sharon Diane Nell, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.

Embrace the opportunities and challenges ... Hop on a plane in Texas, and be in Spain in seven hours. Skype your friends in Brazil. Share ideas with students in South Korea and South Africa via video-conferencing classrooms. Champion a global human rights movement on Facebook. With every heartbeat, and tap of a keyboard, our world becomes more interconnected and accessible.

At ϲʿ’s University, we prepare you to keep pace with this prolific change and embrace the opportunities and challenges it brings. In the School of Arts and Humanities, it begins by empowering you with knowledge built on proficiencies in writing, literature, language, philosophy, religious studies and the arts. These explorations fuel imaginations and cultivate abilities to think critically, research topics from diverse perspectives and articulate findings and insights through writing, speaking and creative endeavors.

All the while, you'll refine your ideas and voice. Students present and display their work at exhibits and symposia. They publish two award-winning campus journals, Arete and Sorin Oak Review. Students produce and perform classics and original scripts on stage. Students examine arguments and ethics in our Passion and Civility debates and interact with renowned novelists, poets and playwrights in our Visiting Writers Series. Whatever your artistic or scholarly pursuit, you'll hone and share them through your projects and research.

The knowledge and skills acquired in the School of Arts and Humanities extend across academic disciplines and far beyond our Austin, Texas, campus. Our students, for example, immerse themselves in international languages, cultures and business through studies at our partner universities in France, Argentina, Japan and other countries. They explore photography in China and event management in Scotland. They participate in service projects in India, Uganda and Canada.

Amid opportunities like these — grounded in local and global realities — our students see the world and its people in new ways, with understanding and respect. Throughout your educational journey, you'll cultivate qualities such as self-awareness, intentionality, flexibility, empathy and intellectual curiosity.

Above all, you'll discover your passions, strengths and purpose, preparing you to thrive and make a difference in our rapidly changing world.


Sharon Diane Nell, PhD
Dean, School of Arts and Humanities

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