AUSTIN, Texas–A new interdisciplinary undergraduate concentration in the College of Liberal Arts will use the breadth of the liberal arts to bridge the widening chasm between technical expertise and general education.
Technology, Literacy and Culture–TLC–will help the college and University serve the needs of its home city, as well as Texas and the nation, by producing graduates who are literate in rapidly changing technologies and knowledgeable and articulate about the consequences of change.
The concentration, which began registering students this fall, offers interdisciplinary courses from faculty in anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, and rhetoric and composition. Students combining TLC with technical majors–and liberal arts students who learn about technology through TLC–will be highly marketable because they have studied technology from the interdisciplinary perspectives that only the liberal arts can afford.
A launch event for the new concentration will bring together students, faculty, administrators, and representatives from corporations and government agencies. It will be held in the Knopf Room of the FAC from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 5). A reception will follow.
“High-tech corporations from IBM to Motorola to Cisco Systems, as well as state agencies and other state government offices, are coming to the College of Liberal Arts for graduates who are broadly educated,” said Lester.