Beyond Boundaries


Beyond Boundaries: Mastering the Liberal Arts is an open-access, student-organized academic journal designed as an inclusive forum for UTSA graduate students to demonstrate original work and experience the process of reviewing, editing, and submitting for publication. Along with a digital platform, Beyond Boundaries focuses on the diverse experience of students earning a master’s degree in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. The journal is interdisciplinary and welcomes student authors and editors from all departments within COLFA in an effort to build a supportive academic environment that encourages mentorship, scholarship, and publication. You can learn more at the journal's website:


Study Abroad

study abroadStudying history is about more than just learning facts and dates; it's about comprehending the forces that have shaped our world and understanding the complexities of human civilization. By studying abroad, you will gain a profound appreciation for the interconnectivity of cultures, witness the remnants of ancient civilizations firsthand, and witness how historical events continue to shape societies today. By experiencing different historical contexts, you will gain a unique perspective that will inform your future research, studies, and career. There are many different international opportunities for students who want to study abroad. In recent years, students have travelled to Mexico, Italy, Belize, China, France, Peru, Japan, and South Korea, to name just a few. You can learn more at the COLFA Study Abroad website.


Study Away

study away

Expand your horizons, enrich your understanding, and embark on a captivating journey through time with our Study Away program tailored exclusively for History majors. This is your golden opportunity to dive deep into the annals of American history, unraveling captivating narratives in the very places where they unfolded. Immerse yourself in a transformative experience that will shape your academic pursuits and ignite your passion for the past. As part of the Study Away program, our History students have travelled to a variety of different places within the United States, from Big Bend National Park to upstate New York. Want to be a part of our next trip? You can learn more at the COLFA Study Away website.


 COLFA Research Conference

 colfa-conferenceThe annual COLFA Research Conference & Showcase offers graduate and undergraduate students pursuing majors within COLFA the opportunity to present their original work in a forum of interested and critically engaged minds.  Attendees also have the chance to network with faculty and learn about experiential learning opportunities in COLFA. To learn more, visit the COLFA Research Conference & Showcase website 



Nau Scholars Program 

nauOur Nau Scholars Program began in 2013, thanks to John Nau's generous investment in our students. From that, UTSA (University of Texas at San Antonio) History has forged a department that celebrates an unparalleled diversity of students- from traditional first-time college students to those who returned to academia after starting families, completing military service, or have simply recommitted themselves to their education after a break. Our scholars bridge the divide between geographic, racial, ethnic, generational, and socio-economic borders. You can learn more at the Nau Scholars Program website.



Mellon Humanities Pathways

mexico centerThe UTSA Mellon Undergraduate Humanities Pathways Program contributes to enhancing diversity in the humanities broadly defined by increasing the number of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in doctoral humanities study. The UTSA Mellon Pathways Program connects the study of humanities to the current conditions of Latinos in the United States and beyond. The program provides research experiences, an apprenticeship with a UTSA humanities faculty mentor, visits to Texas humanities Ph.D. programs, a three-week professionalization workshop, and assistance in applying to humanities graduate programs. You can learn more at the Mexico Center website.