College of Liberal and Fine Arts

College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Excellence in Research

The College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) is home to more than 5,900 students and 330 faculty members, making it the largest by student enrollment of UTSA’s nine colleges. COLFA is also UTSA’s most academically diverse college. It offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and has awarded more than 25,000 degrees to Roadrunners since the university was founded in 1969.

COLFA contributes to the education of virtually every undergraduate student at the university through its core curriculum, which has been recognized for four years as one of the top in the nation by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). Students study in one of 11 academic departments: Anthropology, Art and Art History, Communications, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy and Classics, Political Science and Geography, Psychology, and Sociology. Notably, the college is home to a nationally recognized M.F.A. degree program, a master’s program in philosophy and UTSA’s undergraduate program in medical humanities.

Undergraduate and graduate students will find research and independent study opportunities plentiful in COLFA’s academics programs. Additionally, the college is home to three research centers and institutes: the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research, the UTSA Institute for Health Disparities Research and the UTSA Institute for Music Research. These interdisciplinary groups of UTSA faculty members and students research topics such as Maya archaeology, obesity and related health challenges, and the effect of music on the brain.

A major provider of arts and humanities programming in South Texas, COLFA also serves an audience of more than 70,000 guests annually. The UTSA Satellite Space, for example, located in San Antonio’s Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, is the Department of Art and Art History's off-campus gallery. Since its first exhibition in 1993, Satellite Space has become one of San Antonio’s most respected venues for challenging contemporary art. COLFA also regularly offers a variety of family friendly music and drama productions.

Degree Programs

College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Centers and Institutes


One of the top 400 universities in the world
One of the top five young universities in the nation
— Times Higher Education
No. 6 in Texas and No. 30 in the nation most affordable doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision
One of the “Best of the Best” U.S. universities for minorities, veterans, females, individuals with disabilities and LGBT students
— Hispanic Network Magazine
No. 3 in the nation in awarding education bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students
— Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
Among an elite group of U.S. universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification
— Carnegie Foundation of the Advancement of Teaching
Member of National Academy of Inventors


UTSA at a Glance

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160 degree programs

Library Print, Photograph and E-resources

7.4 Million+

Total Budget

$547.7 Million





Local Economic Impact

$1.2 billion

Research and Development Expenditures

$68.1 Million



UTSA’s Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA’s Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA’s Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

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