Departments


Of the twenty-five departments housed in the College of Liberal Arts, twelve actively operate on international efforts.

Department of African and African Diaspora Studies

Department of African and African Diaspora Studies
 AADS is committed to interdisciplinary scholarship and creative production that explores questions of social justice for Black people around the globe. Our scholarship, cultural creativity, and pedagogical practices reflect our investment in comparative and transnational approaches, intersectional analyses, and critical theoretical frameworks. They also reflect our collective commitment as scholars, artists, teachers, and students to bridging the perceived gap between scholarly and artistic work, and political engagement. We promote the activist academic careers of our faculty members, we coordinate with Black staff on University issues of relevance to our communities, and we collaborate with local, national, and international organizations in the investigation and enhancement of the lives of Black people.

Department of American Studies

Department of American Studies
The Department of American Studies strives to situate the United States in an international setting. It does this though many of its courses, such as United States Culture and Globalization, America and the Holocaust, Atlantic Slavery, and Exiles and Expatriates, among others. Many of its faculty have held Fulbright fellowships, teaching in Germany, Finland, and Japan, and have conducted research in places as diverse as Mexico, Central America, Russia, and Korea. It has welcomed generations of foreign students to study in Austin and, every other year, it offers a study abroad course in Vienna, Austria.

Department of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology
Faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology are involved in a range of global activities. Current faculty run active research programs in and maintain international collaborations with colleagues from around the globe, including east and southeast Asia, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, west Africa, north Africa, Madagascar, the Middle East, and Europe. Faculty also run two international archaeological field schools, in Belize and Portugal, that involve UT graduate and undergraduate students. The graduate student population in the department includes a large number of international students from a diverse range of countries, and various departmental labs host internships and research exchanges involving international students and scholars.

Department of Asian Studies

Department of Asian Studies
The Department of Asian Studies provides a focus within The University of Texas at Austin for the creation and dissemination of knowledge about Asia, principally East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea) and South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Afghanistan). With over forty instructors, the department is one of the largest and most distinguished in the country.  The department offers courses in ten Asian languages (Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu), and teaches the histories, cultures, religions, and literatures of Asia, as well as contemporary issues facing Asian countries from economic and ecological issues to security and ethnic conflicts.  The Department is home to the Center for East Asian Studies and the Hindi-Urdu Flagship Program, and is involved in a highly successful teaching and research exchange with the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS) at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Department of Classics

Department of Classics
The Department of Classics currently runs two archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean, one at Metaponto in southern Italy and the other at Morgantina in Sicily.  We encourage both graduate and undergraduate students to take part in these digs.  We are also members of both the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.  Our undergraduates frequently spend a summer or a long semester in one of these programs and our graduate students a full year.  Our faculty have also been instructors in these programs.  We have close relationships with both Humboldt-Universität and the Freie Universität in Berlin and several of our faculty have spent time as research or teaching fellows there.  The Humboldt have this year instituted an international summer seminar for advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students and one of our students won a place on it.

Department of English

Department of English
The Department of English sends students and professors to the Oxford Program every summer since 1984 for intensive on-site courses taught by our faculty. The Oxford Summer Program gathers students to enjoy life and literature at Oxford University, the oldest English-speaking university in the world. The Program is housed in Wadham College.  The Department also maintains a vigorous faculty exchange program, which has included universities in France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand.  The annual Augsburg Program is the latest and largest-scale addition to these exchanges.

Department of French and Italian

Department of French and Italian
The Department of French and Italian has two exceptional faculty-led summer undergraduate study abroad programs. The Lyon Summer Study in Lyon, France and the Rome Summer Study Program provides students the opportunity to live and study in France and Italy for six to seven weeks (corresponding to the first summer session), to develop French or Italian language skills and experience a different cultural environment. Each year several outstanding students receive full-support scholarships for Internships in Francophone Europe (IFE) in Paris, Brussels or Strasbourg. The department also supports and encourages students to study with UT-affiliated study abroad programs. With fellowship support, the department’s graduate students have opportunities to conduct dissertation research ranging from a few weeks to year-long stays in French and Italian speaking countries. Speakers series and French and Italian Film series provide international exposure opportunities closer to home.

Department of Germanic Studies

Department of Germanic Studies
The Department of Germanic Studies promotes the study of languages and cultures of the German-speaking countries, Scandinavia (Swedish, Norwegian and Danish) and the Netherlands. The Department offers a number of study abroad opportunities at German and Scandinavian universities. Most importantly, the Department operates a ten-week German and European Studies Summer Program at the University of Würzburg which offers intensive language classes at the intermediate level and cultural studies courses. The Department also sponsors international conferences and workshops on a regular basis, and departmental faculty members participate in international faculty exchanges.

Department of Government

Department of Government Studies
The Department of Government promotes the study of languages and cultures of the German-speaking countries, Scandinavia (Swedish, Norwegian and Danish) and the Netherlands. The Department offers a number of study abroad opportunities at German and Scandinavian universities. Most importantly, the Department operates a ten-week German and European Studies Summer Program at the University of Würzburg which offers intensive language classes at the intermediate level and cultural studies courses. The Department also sponsors international conferences and workshops on a regular basis, and departmental faculty members participate in international faculty exchanges.

Department of History
The Department of History features over 50 areas of study that range through Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the United States. The department focuses on a variety of cultural, political, social, economic, gender, and foreign relations topics. In addition, the department organizes a variety of internationally themed activities such as the Frank Denius Normandy Scholar Program which takes a group of students and faculty to Europe every year to study the causes, conduct, consequences, and contemporary representations of the Second World War from multiple national perspectives thorough meeting WWII combatants and Holocaust survivors, and visiting WWII sites. The department has also organized The Annual Africa Conference for the past 15 years which is convened by Professor Toyin Falola. The conference encourages an interdisciplinary dialogue about the African continent for scholars from around the world with focus on an annual theme and a collection of published conference papers. Recently, Dr. Leonard Moore and Dr. Charles Lu have led the Beijing, China Maymester called “History of Social Entrepreneurship in China and the US” which looks at how innovative people in China and the United States use business approaches to address a variety of social issues.

Department of Linguistics

Department of Linguistics
The University of Texas at Austin has one of the most prominent faculty groups in the world focusing on the indigenous languages of Latin America, including five faculty members in the Department of Linguistics and three in other departments. Two members of the group have been MacArthur Fellows. Since 2001, 27 doctoral students working on indigenous languages of Latin America, including 7 native speakers of indigenous languages, have received their degrees under the group’s direction. Special areas include the indigenous languages of Mesoamerica, especially the Mayan languages of Guatemala and Mexico and the indigenous languages of the Amazon Basin. In 2002, members of the group founded the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America, a major digital archive housed as a permanent part of the Nettie Lee Benson Library, a division of UT’s General Libraries.

Department of Mexican American Latina/o Studies

Department of Mexican American Latina/o Studies
The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies offers a B.A., M.A. and Graduate Portfolio in the field of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies that promotes the study of diverse Latina/o populations in their diasporas by encouraging scholarly interchange at the international level, including a scholar-in-residence program. MALS also organizes a Mexico City study abroad program called “Learning from Mexico City: NAFTA, Neoliberalism, and Narco Cultura” which focuses on the rise of informal economies, mass migration through Mexico City, and the long-term impacts of the North American Free Trade Agreement brokered between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in 1994.

Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Department of Middle Eastern Studies
The Department of Middle Eastern Studies promotes specialized knowledge and public understanding of this crucial part of the world, which includes the Arab states, Iran, Israel, and Turkey. With more than 50 core faculty members, the Department provides students with a learning environment of the highest quality instructional programs built on a solid academic foundation, delivered by a faculty with extensive experience and world-class credentials.  The Department of Middle Eastern Studies offers five academic programs in Arabic Studies, Hebrew Studies, Islamic Studies, Persian Studies, and Turkish Studies that focus on developing a strong knowledge base and training top tier scholars.

Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
The Department’s mission is to further excellence in our various disciplines. We provide quality undergraduate instruction in our language and literature programs and interdisciplinary area study courses and support study abroad experiences both for graduate students and undergraduates. The department advances knowledge in our research fields of Slavic and Eurasian languages, literatures, cultures, area studies, and linguistics; and prepare graduate students for both public and private sector career.

Department of Sociology

Department of Sociology
The Department of Sociology faculty and students conduct and present cutting-edge social research in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia with funding by various academic exchange services, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and many other international, US and university agencies. The Department also sponsors major conferences and both short- and long-term visits by leading international demographers, ethnographers and other scholars. In addition, the Sociology Department heads the Sport and English Society Maymester undergraduate program in Leeds, England, through Study Abroad at The University of Texas at Austin International Office.

Department of Spanish & Portugese

Department of Spanish & Portugese
Faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese teach and research a broad view of literature, linguistics, culture, and audiovisual production of the Iberian and Latin American world.  Features regions include Spain, Portugal, Brazil, North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, and related areas in Africa. The department organizes an annual conference called “Poetics for the 21st Century” which focuses on texts drawn from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking poets and explores their heterogeneous and varied panorama of trends that are taking shape due to globalization. The department also manages Pterodáctilo, a digital interactive journal accessible and meticulously curated by graduate students to promote dialogue about content that expands the reach of academic study to a broader public. The department has longstanding summer faculty-led programs in Santander, Spain, and Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Students may study Spanish and Portuguese language or enroll in more advanced literature and culture courses, and there is often a service component. The department is also launching study-abroad programs in Cuba, Ecuador, and Mexico City. The department offers a PhD program encompassing three major areas of study: Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Literatures and Cultures in Portuguese and Spanish, and Iberian and Latin American Linguistics. These tracks seek to address important themes, including cultural and linguistic diversity as well as the impact of ensuing and continued contact among indigenous people in these regions as a result of conquest, slavery, displacement, and immigration. These flows, encounters, and intersections shape the faculty research and teaching, resulting in a graduate program that is highly intersectional, interdisciplinary, and intercultural, as well as transnational and hemispheric.