College of Humanities & Interdisciplinary Studies


Welcome to the College of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies! Our College offers a supportive and engaging learning environment where every student is valued and encouraged to pursue excellence.  To this end, the College provides academic programs that prepare students to demonstrate mastery of analytical, verbal, and written communication skills; excellence in artistic production and performance; distinction as superior K-12 teachers, administrators, and educational leaders; and overall leadership in meeting the diverse challenges of the 21st century global community. Additionally, our College provides courses to all majors at Southern University as an integral part of the university’s general education core curriculum.  Our courses emphasize a broad and diverse view of liberal arts and education, empowering our students to become critically aware of human complexities, as well as social and educational institutions and problems. To enhance the cultural climate of Southern University and its surrounding Baton Rouge community, the College proudly provides a variety of lectures, workshops, concerts, artistic productions, and art exhibits.


The College is comprised of the departments of Languages and Literature (English, philosophy, and world languages), Mass Communication (print, broadcast, and public relations), and Fine and Performing Arts (music, fine arts, and theater arts); and the School of Education that is comprised of the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice.  Our graduates are well-prepared for graduate and professional schools, as well as the global workforce.  We welcome all students who desire to become world class thinkers, leaders, writers, artists, journalists, and educators.  Our goal is to educate, but our mission is to elevate.


With my warmest welcome,


Dr. Cynthia Downing Bryant, Dean
College of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies

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