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College of Arts and Humanities


The College of Arts and Humanities is composed of the English, Foreign Languages, History, Mass Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts departments.The college provides courses to all areas of the University, emphasizing the broad view of liberal education. It is committed to preparing students to become critically aware of political, social, and economic institutions and their problems, and to instill within students the basic concepts of truth and beauty, an orderly process of thinking, and a hierarchy of values. To enhance the cultural climate of the University, the college also provides concerts, theatre productions, art exhibits, and lectures. Additionally, it prepares majors for graduate and professional schools and promotes and provides leadership in the arts.


Graduates of the college are expected to demonstrate a high level of mastery of communication skills and the capability of defining problems or issues and investigating them, utilizing a wide variety of resources and reaching some conclusions about them. Additionally, they are prepared to respond to and expand the creative and artistic efforts of humanity and demonstrate an awareness of and a concern for current events, and they proceed to develop and express convictions about these events.

Undergraduate degree offerings in the College of Arts and Humanities are Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in French, Bachelor of Arts in History, Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts. A Bachelor of Music and an Associate of Arts in Jazz, with emphasis in Louisiana music, also are offered.

Graduate degree offerings are a Master of Arts in Mass Communications, in cooperation with Louisiana State University, and a Master of Arts in Social Science, in cooperation with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the College of Sciences. For information about these graduate programs consult the Southern University Graduate School Catalog.