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The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts

The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts is composed of more than 25 academic departments and dozens of interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The College is one of the largest schools on the UT Austin campus, with more than 10,000 students and 500 faculty dedicated to teaching, research and service in the humanities and social sciences. Its nationally ranked programs include Latin American history, population sciences, psychology, sex and gender studies, sociology, political science, history and English.

We believe liberal arts are at the core of a strong university education, emphasizing learning across a broad range of subjects. In understanding history, society and culture, our scholars are prepared to face some of the world’s most complex challenges, encourage others to think critically and change the world.

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Japanese author Yukio Mishima speaks to Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers at Tokyo’s military garrison station on Nov. 25, 1970. JIJI PRESS/AFP via Getty Images

Japan’s most famous writer committed suicide after a failed coup attempt – now, new photos add more layers to the haunting act

Like a Rorschach test, the incident offers limitless interpretations. But newly published photographs of Yukio Mishima in his final weeks alive show an artist obsessed with scripting out death.
As vice president, Joe Biden – seen here on left, in 2016 – had a working relationship with the Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Is that possible now? Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Foreign policy is Biden’s best bet for bipartisan action, experts say – but GOP is unlikely to join him on climate change

A survey of 800 foreign policy experts identified four international issues where Republicans and Democrats may actually cooperate to get something done – and one area of severe disagreement.

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