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College of Humanities & Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr Cynthia Downing Bryant

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


Department Contacts

Department of History
Department of Languages and Literature
Dr. Munir Muztaba Ali, Chair
English and Philosophy (Degree Program)
Harris #2012
Main Office: 225-771-5881
Dr. Thomas Miller, Program Leader
World Languages (Minors and Concentrations)
T.T. Allain #359 T.T.
Office: 225-771-2986
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Dr. Judy A. Guilbeaux –James, Chair
Music (Degree Program)
A. DeBose Hall #118
Office: (225) 771-3300

Dr. Joyce O’Rourke, Program Leader
Visual and Performing Arts (Minor)
Speech & Theatre (Minor)
Hayden Hall, # 10
Office: 225-771-4578
email: joyce_

Kedric D. Taylor, Director of Bands
Southern University Band
Isaac Greggs Band Hall # 116 
Office: 225-771-2455 Fax: 225-771-4075
Department of Mass Communications
Dr. Mahmoud A.M. Braima, Chair
Mass Communication (Degree Program)
220 Stewart Hall
Office: 225-771-5644
School of Education
Dr. VerJanis A. Peoples, Director
School of Education 
Stewart Hall Room # 242
Office: 225-771-2291
Dr. VerJanis A. Peoples, Chair
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Elementary and Middle School Education (Degree Program)
Stewart Hall Room 242
Office: 225-771-2291