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Undergraduate Research

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Students in the School of Arts and Humanities enjoy a variety of opportunities to conduct research with their distinguished faculty. It’s a great way to dive deeply into the subject and also develops skills that can be used in any discipline. More about Undergraduate Research

It All Starts With Great Teaching

Dr. James Waller

Keene State’s award-winning faculty are focused on the success of our students. No over-sized classes. No graduate lecturers. Our faculty are teachers and scholars, mentors and colleagues. More about It All Starts With Great Teaching

Alumni Make a Difference

Anthony Bishop ’94

You’ll find them around the country and around the world, and in every career track. They were motivated and inspired by our faculty and they are driven by Keene State’s motto: Enter to learn – go forth to serve. They are making a difference and they are proud of it. More about Alumni Make a Difference

Real World Experience

Gabrielle Gentilella

Two dozen students in Assistant Professor of Communication Jamie Landau’s Health Communication and Public Culture class got some valuable experience when they created ad campaigns for local non-profit organizations. More about Real World Experience

Areas of Study

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American Studies

Explores the politics, literature, and popular culture of the past to illuminate the total American experience.

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Art & Design

Encompasses the fine arts, graphic design, studio art, and art history. Take your talent to a professional level.

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Communication and Philosophy

How to argue persuasively, how to create and articulate a message, how to make ethical decisions: these skills underlie the study of Communication.

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Love the written word in all its glory and complexity? Focus on literature or writing; delve into medieval studies.

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Film Studies

Concentrations in both film production and critical analysis. KSC grads have gone on to distinguished careers in the film industry and academia.

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Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The first four-year BA degree in the U.S. examines both the Holocaust and the broader topic of genocide. Students may spend a semester at the Centre for European Studies at Jagiellonian University in Poland.

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Why history? Because “those who don’t understand the past are condemned to repeat it” (George Santayana).

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Journalism, Multimedia, Public Relations

Writing, editing, and presenting effective stories for both print and broadcast media, with a liberal arts perspective.

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Options in Composition, Music Education, Performance, Music Technology, and Bachelor of Arts in Music

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Theatre and Dance

With the Redfern Arts Center as a laboratory for performance, students may specialize in modern dance or theatre arts.

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Women's and Gender Studies

The intersection of race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, and religion. What are the social origins and related politics of identity?

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Modern Languages

The study of a foreign language, literature and culture has traditionally been a core component of a true liberal arts education.


Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

"Arbeit Macht Frei," by sculptor Roland Brassard '98
"Arbeit Macht Frei," by sculptor Roland Brassard '98

The Cohen Center is much more than a resource center, though that is how it began in 1983. The Center is located at Keene State College in rural New Hampshire. We are charged by our founder, [Dr. Charles Hildebrandt][4] "To Remember…and to Teach." Rooted in the College’s public liberal arts mission, the Cohen Center is a leading educational center devoted to the memory and study of the Holocaust and genocide. More about Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The Monadnock Region’s Home for the Arts

"Dracula" at the Redfern Arts Center
"Dracula" at the Redfern Arts Center

Keene State College offers an exciting year-round venue for the arts and a vibrant teaching facility for the visual and performing arts.

Spectacular music, theater, and dance come to the Redfern Arts Center each year creating unforgettable artistic encounters for the campus and the community. Hosting internationally renowned artists, emerging young talent, and Keene State’s own student and faculty performers, the Redfern is the region’s premiere performance venue. The Redfern’s expanded outreach programs and community partnerships create an unparalleled resource for the community and beyond and support the College’s departments of music, theatre, dance, and art. More

For over twenty years, the Keene State College Film Society has been screening contemporary, classic, Hollywood, and art house films at the Putnam Arts Lecture Hall at Keene State College. Films are shown year round in a fully equipped venue that includes Dolby Digital Sound. The active schedule of screenings provides a first quality cinematic experience at a reasonable price. More

The Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College is a prominent focal point for the visual arts in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region. The Thorne features a schedule of exhibitions of national and international importance and showcases the work of local artists and Keene State College faculty and students. The museum’s permanent collection is dedicated to collecting and preserving the art of the 19th-century artists who were inspired by Mount Monadnock and formed the renowned Dublin Art Colony. The collection also includes many contemporary works by Jules Olitski, Fritz Scholder, Robert Mapplethorpe, and George Rickey. More

News and Events

Upcoming Events

February 24, 2018 (Saturday)
Johnny Fireseed and the Junkyard Dogs
- • Redfern Arts Center - 90 Wyman Way, , 03435, USA
February 28, 2018 (Wednesday)
March 03, 2018 (Saturday)
Student Recital Series: Joe Conti, Trumpet
- • Redfern Arts Center - 90 Wyman Way, , 03435, USA
The Nelken Line
- • Redfern Arts Center
Student Recital Series: Derrick Hegeman, Composition
- • Redfern Arts Center - 90 Wyman Way, , 03435, USA
March 08, 2018 (Thursday)
Addiction Performance Project
- • Redfern Arts Center
March 09, 2018 (Friday)
March 19, 2018 (Monday)
Music Educator Guest Lecture Series: Therapeutic Music Techniques for the Music Educator
- • Room 120, Redfern Arts Center, Wyman Way
March 23, 2018 (Friday)
The Bang Group
- • Redfern Arts Center - 90 Wyman Way, , 03435, USA

Arts & Humanities Newsletter

Kirsti Sandy
January 31, 2018 –

Keene State College English Professor Kirsti Sandy , who is currently serving as interim associate dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, is the winner of the 2017 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize from Bauhan Publishing.

Journalist and essayist Andrew Merton judged the 2017 contest, which drew entries from across…

Liz Gallacher
December 19, 2017 –

During her senior year at Keene State, Elizabeth Gallacher ’17 set out to undertake a series of paintings of the nude female figure. She turned to the model whose poses she captured in her artwork to set the tone.

“Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, ages, and cultures,” Gallacher wrote…

Dr. Erin Zaffini
November 13, 2017 –

A lecturer who is praised by students for her caring and inspiring approach has received the 2017 Keene State College Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Erin Zaffini, a 2003 graduate of the College, was nominated for the award, which honors adjunct faculty members, by her peers in the Music Department…

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