(Aug. 27, 2013) -- The Graduate School at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will offer a M aster of Arts degree in Philosophy starting spring 2014. The new program will be administered by the Department of Philosophy and Classics in the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts. Students graduating from the new master's program will fill a key need in today's job market for professionally trained ethicists.
Employment options include hospitals and educational institutions and in the corporate world as ethics officers or ethics committee members. Additionally, the program will provide training in ethical reasoning and critical thinking for students, two important areas of need emphasized recently by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Over the years, UTSA philosophy students have secured admission to top law schools and philosophy graduate programs around the country. The new master's program will help more students looking to develop an advanced understanding of philosophy before pursuing a law degree, doctoral degree or employment.
The selected coursework will provide students with a broad background in philosophy. It also will help them hone their philosophical skills and learn how to communicate clear and compelling arguments. Scheduled curriculum will be flexible and allow students to choose a thesis track (30 hours) or internship track (33 hours) to complete their degree.
UTSA philosophy and classics faculty are distinguished teachers and scholars who publish regularly in leading publications and journals and present at prominent local, national and international conferences. Faculty have received numerous research grants and accolades including UTSA President Ricardo Romo's Distinguished Achievement Awards for Research and Teaching Excellence and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
"This new master's degree program in philosophy supports UTSA's mission to become a Tier One research university by providing students with opportunities to develop critical skills they can use to build successful careers," said Daniel Gelo, dean of the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts. "Prospective students who have already expressed an interest know that a master's degree in philosophy will provide a strong foundation for a variety of careers in numerous fields including education, law and business."
The University of Texas at San Antonio is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 31,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property -- for Texas, the nation and the world.
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This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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