College of Humanities and Fine Arts
The College of Humanities and Fine Arts is the largest and most
diverse college at MSU, with over 100 full-time, tenure-track faculty
producing the greatest number of student production credit hours at the
university. The college teaches the majority of the university studies
curriculum that defines MSU's mission. Our departments are spread out in
numerous buildings, including Faculty Hall, Price Doyle Fine Arts Complex,
and Wells Hall. The following departments and programs make up the
College: Art and Design; English and Philosophy; History; Modern Languages; Music; Political Science and Sociology; Psychology;
Sociology; and Theatre.
As a college we
value academic excellence as well as collaborative teaching and learning
enterprises. The college has been instrumental in the successful
development of the Commonwealth Honors Academy and in providing a new focus upon Service Learning. We are the
campus leaders in the use of technology to enhance teaching and
learning, and have an active undergraduate research agenda. As the
artistic and cultural heart of the campus, the College of Humanities and
Fine Arts sponsors film, lecture, and reading series; musical and
theatrical performances; and exhibitions that enrich the quality of life
in the region.
The College of Humanities and Fine Arts strives to foster awareness and appreciation of the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences among students, the university community, and the public. The College is a learning community dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and its application through civic and professional leadership. Students and faculty members act as advocates for the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences in a variety of ways, ranging from teaching and scholarly work to performance, exhibition, and consultation. To this end, the College actively promotes research and creative activities among its faculty and students.
The College seeks to provide a personalized learning experience promoting the free and rigorous pursuit of knowledge, respect for differing points of view and cultures, appreciation of personal expression in all its artistic forms, awareness of the role of an educated citizenry in a democratic society, and understanding of the role values play in thought and action. The College aims to develop students who think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and participate actively in their communities. Thus, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts is committed to preparing well-educated, thoughtful, and contributing citizens of the world.