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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?


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

September 18, 2018 (Tuesday)
Google Apps in the Music Classroom
- • RAC 115
October 03, 2018 (Wednesday)
# "That's a Sharp, not a Hashtag!" - The Joys of Teaching Middle School Chorus
- • Redfern Arts Center - Alumni Recital Hall, 90 Wyman Way, , 03435, USA
October 21, 2018 (Sunday)
Brendan Goodwin, Euphonium
- • Redfern Arts Center - Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 90 Wyman Way, 03435
November 03, 2018 (Saturday)
Freshman & Sophomore Voice Recital
- • Redfern Arts Center - Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 90 Wyman Way, , 03435
November 17, 2018 (Saturday)
Kirsten Becker, Piano
- • Redfern Arts Center - Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 90 Wyman Way, , 03457
November 19, 2018 (Monday)
Designing a Comprehensive K-12 Music Curriculum
- • Room 120 in the Redfern Arts Center, 90 Wyman Way, , 03435, USA
November 26, 2018 (Monday)
Vocal Consort
- • Saint Bernard Catholic Church, 185 Main St, , , USA
December 02, 2018 (Sunday)
Saxophone and Brass Ensembles
- • Redfern Arts Center - Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 90 Wyman Way, , 03435
December 08, 2018 (Saturday)
String, Flute & Clarinet Ensembles
- • Redfern Arts Center - Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, 90 Wyman Way, , 03435

Arts & Humanities Newsletter

June 8, 2018 –

When it comes to the arts, Keene State is a powerhouse in the Monadnock Region and beyond – as evidenced by the great showing the college will have at the Ruth and James Ewing Arts Awards festivities in July. A number of the winners of the awards, which are presented…

June 7, 2018 –

Keene State faculty and staff engage in professional development and scholarship opportunities both in and out of the classroom; they win honors, land fellowships, and undertake research and creative work. It all feeds back into the educational experience they bring to students. Here are a few recent faculty and staff…

April 4, 2018 –

The Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State will kick off its spring exhibitions with a free, public opening reception party with live music by Signals Over the Air on April 13 at 5 pm . Two new exhibitions will be on display. A showcase of work created by 16 Keene State…

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