7. College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Vision Statement

The College of Liberal and Fine Arts will become an internationally recognized college of liberal and fine arts providing the core intellectual experience that prepares students for their role as responsible citizens in a free society.

Mission Statement

The College of Liberal and Fine Arts will meet the needs of the diverse population of Texas through quality research and creative work, exemplary teaching, and professional contributions to the community.

General Information

The College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) includes 11 departments in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. COLFA is responsible for one-third of all the instruction delivered at the University and serves all University students through the Core Curriculum. In addition, the College offers 25 major degree programs and 31 minors. One-fourth of all UTSA undergraduate degree recipients annually are COLFA majors.

COLFA faculty are among the University’s leading researchers, recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally. Faculty and their students play a major role in improving the community through the creation and application of new knowledge in numerous artistic, cultural, business, and public policy settings.

The COLFA Signature Experience

Every undergraduate degree program in the College includes a capstone experience that involves the practical application of liberal and fine arts training in a professional setting. The Signature Experience may be pursued through an organized class assignment, independent study research project, internship, performance, public presentation, or other activity as deemed appropriate to the discipline. Students should consult with their advisor or department chair to learn about Signature Experience opportunities in their major.

Minor in Film Studies

The Minor in Film Studies provides a broad, interdisciplinary approach to film analysis and criticism, history of cinema, film production, and the uses of film in the fine arts, humanities, and social science disciplines.

All students pursuing a Minor in Film Studies must complete 18 semester credit hours from among the following courses:

ANT 3803Media, Power, and Public Culture3
ANT 4243Ethnographic Film3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
HIS 3803World History in the Cinema3
HUM 2053History of Film3
HUM 3103American Film3
HUM 3203Film Genres3
HUM 3303Major Filmmaker3
HUM 3403Literature into Film3
MES 3113Film Studies3
MES 3333Digital Video Production3
MES 4333Digital Video Practicum3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
POL 3743Politics in Film3
SOC 3423Mass Media in Society3

The following topics courses may also be applied toward the 18-hour requirement when they examine film or cinema:

AHC 4333Topics in Art History and Criticism3
AMS 3343Studies in Race and Ethnicity3
AMS 4823Topics in American Culture3
ART 4033Studio Art Problems3
ENG 4613Topics in Mexican American Literature3
ENG 4953Special Studies in English3
ENG 4973Seminar for English Majors3
FRN 4213Topics in French Culture and Linguistics3
GER 4213Topics in German Culture and Linguistics3
HUM 3703Topics in Popular Culture3
HUM 4953Special Studies in Humanities3
HUM 4973Senior Seminar in Humanities3
RUS 3633Topics in Russian Culture3
SPN 4303Topics in Hispanic Cultures3

Other courses that include a focus on film or cinema may be proposed as substitutions in satisfying requirements for the minor.

To declare a Minor in Film Studies, obtain advice, or seek approval of substitutions for course requirements, students should consult their advisor.

Minor in Museum Studies

The Minor in Museum Studies will provide students, through theoretical and practical training in the display and interpretation of exhibited objects, opportunities to develop an interdisciplinary relationship with the arts, material culture, cultural production, cultural history, and natural history. This minor also provides undergraduates with the opportunity to undertake systematic coursework that emphasizes both conceptual and applied approaches in the museum field, coupled with work in language and writing skills.

All students pursuing a Minor in Museum Studies must complete 18 semester credit hours:

Required Courses:
MSM 3003Fundamentals of Museum Studies3
MSM 4933Museum Internship3

Students will choose 12 additional semester credit hours from the following courses:

Elective Courses:
AHC 3113Contemporary Art3
AHC 4333Topics in Art History and Criticism (Histories of Display)3
ANT 3383Folklore and Folklife3
ANT 3413The Ethnographic Experience3
ANT 3543Museum Studies in Anthropology3
ANT 3713Anthropology of Material Culture3
ANT 3803Media, Power, and Public Culture3
ANT 4243Ethnographic Film3
ART 4973B.A. Senior Seminar3
ART 4833Internship in the Visual Arts3
ART 4983B.F.A. Senior Seminar and Exhibition3
CLA 3063Topics in the Art and Architecture of the Classical World3
CLA 3123Cultural Issues in Classical Antiquity3
ENG 4433Advanced Professional Writing3
HIS 3493History of San Antonio3
HIS 4133History and the Public3
MES 3333Digital Video Production3
MES 4333Digital Video Practicum3
MSM 4813Topics in Museum Science3
MSM 4913Independent Study in Museum Studies3
MUS 2273Introduction to Music and Art Nonprofit Organizations3
MUS 3103Audio Technology I3
MUS 3163Audio Technology II3
SOC 4433Culture and Society3
SOC 4853Special Studies in Sociology (Multimedia Applications in Sociology)3

Museum Studies (MSM) Courses

MSM 3003. Fundamentals of Museum Studies. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

A general overview of the field of museum studies, including curatorship, collections management, fieldwork, exhibits, interpretation, educational and public programming, marketing, fundraising, and administration.

MSM 4813. Topics in Museum Science. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: MSM 3003 or consent of instructor. Advanced examination of one or more topics in the museum profession. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

MSM 4913. Independent Study in Museum Studies. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Scholarly research under the supervision of a faculty member on method, theory, or practice in the museum profession. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, may apply to the Minor in Museum Studies or a bachelor’s degree.

MSM 4933. Museum Internship. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Supervised work at a museum in one or more areas of museum studies. Internships in other major or minor disciplines may be substituted for the Museum Internship course when conducted at museums or galleries. May be repeated for credit in the minor, up to 6 hours.