Message from the Dean
Welcome to the School of Arts and Humanities!
Arts and Humanities disciplines, and our interdisciplinary programs, explore the human condition and how people make meaning in the world through scholarly, artistic, and civic engagement. Faculty and staff work closely with students in small classes, encouraging them to think critically, communicate effectively, and create passionately, while preparing them for meaningful personal and professional lives.
In addition to our discipline-based programs in Art (Studio and Graphic Design), Communication and Philosophy, English, Film, History, Journalism, Modern Languages, Music, Theatre and Dance, we offer three interdisciplinary majors: American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the only such undergraduate major in the country.
All our majors provide for rigorous academic study, and many promote experiential learning through performance, digital media production or senior capstone experiences focusing on undergraduate research. English majors take an intensive year-long senior capstone curriculum, and history majors often pursue mentored research projects using local, regional and digital archives. All Arts and Humanities majors take a foreign language, and student clubs collaborate with language faculty to support a thriving foreign film series.
Our students contribute to a vibrant cultural and intellectual life on campus and throughout the community. I invite you to visit our studio art students exhibiting their work at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery and the Carroll House, a teaching gallery; stroll through the graphic design students’ senior portfolio review; or participate in our film majors’ screening of the films they have created throughout the year. Film students also run the Film Society, screening independent films in the Putnam Theater. Pick up a copy of the Equinox, our Journalism students’ award-winning newspaper, and tune in to student newscasts on KSC-TV, our campus television station. You can enjoy four major productions annually by Theatre and Dance majors, as well as over fifty performances by Music ensembles and choral groups throughout the year. The Redfern Arts Center brings in nationally recognized visiting artists for the college and the community, the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery host national and regional travelling exhibits, and the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies works with the town, the state and the region on outreach and community engagement.
Many of our students undertake valuable internships as part of their academic programs: our history students have interned at the Smithsonian; film students at Florentine Films, the Showtime Network, and the Monadnock International Film Festival; English students at the Chamber of Commerce; and Communication students at Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Our students develop service learning projects with community partners, such as the Chamber Music course that joins forces with a different regional nonprofit agency each semester to improve the community through the power of performance and song, and the Women’s and Gender Studies capstone seminar combining research and activism.
The arts and humanities empower students with critical thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, creativity, intercultural insight, and writing and speaking clearly and with purpose. I encourage you to explore further our programs, our faculty, and our student accomplishments.