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Academic Departments

Academic Departments

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is central to the teaching, research, and service interests of the greater UHV community, a dynamic destination university in the Coastal Bend region of Texas. We prepare students with the skills and intellectual leadership needed in the public and private sector. Special emphasis is placed on providing students with the critical thinking and technological skills necessary for lifelong success, active citizenship, and global awareness.

Everyone has dreams of where they want their careers to take them. Everyone has interests and passions, different skills and aptitudes. Figuring out what you want to study starts with aligning your dreams, passions, and aptitudes with what is needed in the global economy. The faculty at UHV Liberal Arts and Social Sciences can help you find your future.

Communication, Creative Writing, English and Publishing

The Department of Communication, Creative Writing, English, and Publishing aims to equip students with the skills needed to communicate effectively in a rapidly changing world.  Whether this communication be through writing, media, or in interpersonal and group contexts, the department teaches students how to thrive both professionally and personally in their work and social contexts.

Craig Goodman

Criminal Justice, History and Political Science

The Department of Criminal Justice, Political Science, and History provides students with a range of programs to explore the human condition and consider contemporary challenges from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Our faculty members are dedicated teachers in small classes that allow students to engage deeply with course materials and develop excellent analytical skills, and productive scholars committed to advancing human knowledge. Students can earn a B.A. in History or a B.S. in either Criminal Justice or Political Science, and an M.A. in Criminal Justice. Classes are available in a variety of formats to fit the needs of students. Please contact Craig Goodman for more information.

Multidisciplinary Studies Department

The Department of Multidisciplinary Studies is the home to programs which engage students to look beyond a single area and to instead investigate how culture and ideas can be applied in many areas. Our graduate program in Interdisciplinary Studies and our undergraduate programs in Applied Arts and Sciences as well as University Studies allow students to create highly flexible degree plans around their unique goals and experiences. Our programs in Spanish and Communication Design engage students in inquiry about language, art, culture, communication, and meaning. Additionally, The Multidisciplinary Department coordinates the University Seminar Program for first-year students. Please reach out to Justin Bell if you have any questions.”

Elise Hendricker

Psychology Department

The Department of Psychology is home to high quality psychology programs that aid students in preparing for a variety of careers in human service. Our undergraduate program helps students gain psychological understanding of self and others through a variety of coursework that builds a broad knowledge base and appreciation for the scope of psychology. Our graduate programs in Counseling, Forensic, and School Psychology provide students with specialized knowledge, clinical experience, and application of skills to serve the public in a variety of mental health fields. These programs are designed to lead to licensure in the state of Texas and our School Psychology program is nationally approved, leading to national certification. The Psychology faculty pride themselves on providing high quality training and professional development, while fostering the personal and professional growth of its students.